Webinar: Strategies for Helping Young Fathers
A webinar hosted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Center for Urban Families discussed practices and recommendations for advancing program strategies and policies that help young fathers of color thrive emotionally, financially and as parents.
During the hour-long event, Supporting Young Fathers of Color: Lessons From the Field, speakers — all of whom lead organizations that serve young fathers — shared experiences from their work and offered recommendations for improving the field, including:
- build connections among existing young fatherhood practitioners so they can share experiences and learn from each other;
- expand both qualitative and quantitative research to improve program models and build an evidence base for organizations serving young fathers;
- identify government policies that penalize or exclude fathers and advocate against them;
- increase funding for promising approaches and community-led organizations.
Speakers also explored findings and lessons from a new report, Reaching Their Full Potential: Strategies for Supporting Young Fathers of Color — which shares findings and lessons based on interviews with organizations that have developed promising practices to support young fathers.