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Advancing Equity for Fathers in Human Services Programs

Publication Date
Armando Yanez and Rebekah Selekman

This practice guide is a resource for a broad range of human services programs aiming to be more inclusive of and responsive to fathers. Building on literature from the field and interviews with human services providers that engage fathers in services, this guide outlines strategies for advancing equity in human services programs:

  • Acknowledge and confront systemic racism and other structural barriers to equity;
  • Develop a father-strong approach that acknowledges and respects how fathers' experiences might influence the type of father they want to be for their children;
  • Collect and use data to improve policies and practices; and
  • Employ culturally responsive and equitable evaluation practices.
Product Type
ASPE Issue Brief | Guide
Fathers | Men | Parents | Black & African American People | American Indian & Alaska Native People (AI-AN) | Asian American & Pacific Islanders People (AAPI) | Hispanic, Latino, Latina, & Latinx People | Racial & Ethnic Groups | White People | Families with Children | Immigrants & Refugees | Justice-Involved Populations | Low-Income Populations | People with Disabilities | Underserved Populations
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) | Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) | Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) | Head Start | Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) | Housing Choice - Voucher Programs | Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) | Maternal and Child Health Services (MCHS) | Older Americans Act (OAA) Services | Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) | Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) | Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) | Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)