2005 Jordan Institute
11, No. 1
Assessing Father Involvement in Your County
After reading about the challenge of engaging fathers, a North Carolina child welfare program manager we know was moved to take a closer look at her county’s performance with fathers. She consulted her agency’s information and found that there were 53 children in her agency’s custody at that time. Of these children:
Seeing these numbers encouraged this program manager to talk with her supervisors and case managers to see what the agency had done to engage the 24 fathers who were unknown/uninvolved.
Using data and asking questions in this way can lead to insights and positive practice changes, not to mention improved outcomes for fathers and their children. If you have been touched by the things you have read in this issue we hope that you will consult your agency’s data to get a clear picture of how your agency is performing now and how it might improve its ability to involve fathers in child welfare.