As agencies supported by community donations and tax dollars we have an obligation to pay attention to the research. Children do better when they have two parents who love and care for them. Those parents don't need to be in the same household, but they do need to collaborate to ensure their children grow up healthy and resilient.
Far a long time now we've focused on mothers -- reaching out to them, supporting them, engaging them. Now we wonder, where are the fathers? It's time to take a look at the messages, overt and unintended, that we send to fathers. Are we welcoming them? Do we make it easy for them to participate? How do we communicate with them?
We've posted some tools to help agencies take a look at their "father-friendliness." We hope they get the conversations started at your agency.