|February 2012-Prevention Webinar presented by the Federal Interagency Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect|
Topic: Addressing Intimate Partner Violence: Approaches to Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare
February, 28th 2012 2-3:30pm (EST)
Many child welfare agencies around the country are working to improve their ability to engage fathers in efforts to keep children safe and promote their well-being. In cases involving intimate partner violence, several child welfare agencies have incorporated the practice of working collaboratively with non-offending parents and domestic violence programs when considering the engagement of fathers who may be abusive. This webinar will introduce principles for developing child welfare practice approaches to engaging fathers, and will review results of an innovative service for fathers in the North Carolina child welfare system via the Strong Fathers Program.
- Fernando Mederos, Ed.D, Director of Fatherhood Engagement, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
- Kathy Niedt, Ed.M, Assistant Director for Case Practice, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Division of Youth and Family Services
- Joan Pennell, PhD, MSW, Director of Center for Family & Community Engagement, North Carolina State University
Presented by ACF’s Children’s Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program in collaboration with Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund).
Accountability and Connection with Abusive Men: A New Child Protection Response to Increasing Family Safety (Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, 2004) is a practical guide for CPS workers to develop skills at interviewing and working with men who use violence. Available at:
The following Tip Sheets were developed by Fernando Mederos based on his work with Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Teams in Massachusetts DCF. They provide additional, easy-to-use tips for child welfare workers to assess risk posed by men who use violence.
To promote the practice of universal screening for domestic violence, New Jersey developed this guide to help screeners know which questions are most helpful to ask of reporters in a variety of settings/organizations.
Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, worked closely with facilitators of family meetings to develop guidelines and a curriculum to support safe and effective Team Decision-making in DV cases. Products are available for download here: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/child_wellbeing/_team_decisionmaking
For more information on the evaluation of Strong Fathers, read the following report from the North Carolina State University Center for Family & Community Engagement (February 2012)