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Practice Guide: Centering Fathers in Human Services Programming to Increase Participation

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Human services programs can implement recruitment and retention strategies to increase father engagement and participation in services to promote child and family well-being. When included in programming, fathers have the opportunity to expand their valuable role in their families and help generate positive child and family outcomes. This guide offers strategies for a two-step process of increasing participation: (1) getting fathers into human services programs and (2) keeping them engaged in programming.

This Practice Guide is based on findings from research conducted through ASPE’s Key Programmatic Elements of Father Engagement to Promote Self-Sufficiency (KEEP Fathers Engaged) project.

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