Study of Fathers’ Involvement in Permanency Planning and Child Welfare Casework . What are the barriers to father involvement in case planning?


There are no published studies of the extent of non-custodial fathers’ involvement in child welfare case planning. Anecdotal evidence suggests that traditionally biological fathers have been overlooked in the case planning process. However, the recent trends described above have occasioned more attention to the need to involve birth fathers. A number of studies have therefore examined some of the reasons why birth fathers have not been more involved in the case planning process. The literature suggests that barriers to the involvement of non-custodial fathers in child welfare casework may be related to caseworker and systemic bias, mothers’ gate keeping, and the characteristics of non-custodial fathers. The following sections address these barriers.