Dr. Paul Frankel Panel Speech: "Bring Back Our Dads," State Court Administrative Office of the Michigan Supreme Court, April 2011, East Lansing, Michigan. (Video only; PowerPoint available)

Working With Fathers in the Assessment and Case Planning Processes

Ron Clark, Director, Community Based Programming, National Fatherhood Initiative.
Dr. Paul Frankel, Project Manager, Children’s Division, American Humane Association National Quality Improvement Center on Non resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System.
Vivek Sankaran, Clinical Assistant Professor Law, University of Michigan Law School and Director, Detroit Center for Family Advocacy.


This interactive workshop is designed to help child welfare practitioners embrace the importance of involving fathers in the lives of their children, with a particular focus on non-custodial (or non-resident) fathers whose children are involved with the child welfare system. In order to provide context for this session, we will briefly review available research and data regarding how the absence of father involvement in children’s lives impacts child well-being. Additional discussion will be directed at understanding the impact of the involvement of non-resident fathers on case planning, decision making processes, and child outcomes.

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