Making Your Organization Father-Friendly

Fatherhood Preparing Your Organization to Serve Fathers Father Inclusion

Many programs are designed to support the whole family, but primarily target services to mothers and children. Below are helpful resources on how to provide a father-inclusive environment and stories from organizations who implemented various strategies to create father-friendly spaces and ensure that services are inclusive of fathers. Explore the page to find quotes from practitioners about how they include fathers in their work.

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Tips to Create a Father-Friendly Organization

Ready to serve fathers?

Whether you provide father-focused programs or programs for the whole family, these tips can help guide your organization's efforts to create a father-friendly environment:

  • Use inclusive or gender-neutral language
  • Ensure that the physical space is welcoming and inclusive for the whole family
  • Train staff on the importance of father involvement
  • Review your strategic plan and mission

Practitioner Stories: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Thanks to Tecora Smith with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) for creating this video as an important example of implementing various father-friendly strategies to serve fathers in Texas!

Practitioner Stories: Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services

Thanks to Johnnaé Cortez with Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services, Region 3 East for creating this video as an important example of listening to father voices and incorporating lessons learned to serve fathers in Texas!

Practitioner Stories: LifeWorks

Thanks to Stephanie Rainbolt and Jerry Lacera with LifeWorks for creating this video as an important example of listening to father voices and hiring a fatherhood specialist to serve fathers in Texas!

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Administration for Children and Families: Dads Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement

From the United States Department of Health & Human Services' Administration for Children & Families, the Dads Rock! video explores the experiences of men in home visiting programs, father support groups, and professional men's family service providers' groups to highlight the importance and difference of working with fathers.