Supporting Engagement with Fathers Matters: A Video Series

This series addresses the historic under-engagement of fathers within the child welfare sector.

In the course of their work, professionals within child welfare systems will encounter significant diversity in families and caregivers, including but not limited to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, culture, religious beliefs, and socio-economic status. Infants, toddlers, and young children benefit from being in attuned and nurturing relationships — and such relationships exist in the context of diverse family compositions and intersectional communities.   

These videos can be useful in supporting conversations around parent leadership, as well as the importance of engagement of fathers and diverse caregivers who can offer important perspective to inform an understanding of needs, strengths, and assets for the purpose of case planning as well as potentially increasing support for the child and family system. 

Fatherhood Engagement Video Series 

Led by the voices of Dorothy Gorder, Parent Leader; Edwin Daye, Parent Partner; Nucha Isarowong, Ph.D., LCSW; and Mike Sherman, Psy.D. 

Why Engaging Fathers Matters 

Assumptions about Gender Roles 

Opportunities for Self-Awareness and Systems Awareness 

The Father Experience 

Equitable Support for Fathers 

The target audience for this series of videos is professionals and paraprofessionals involved in direct practice, supervision, management, policy making, and advocacy in roles that are embedded in child welfare and court systems, as well as service providers that often work alongside child welfare systems in supporting families (e.g., mental health clinicians, early childhood educators, primary medical providers, etc.).


This program was made possible through the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,424,967 with 0 percent financed from non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit

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