About half a million children in the United States benefit from home visiting programs, which support vulnerable families by encouraging positive parent, promoting child development, and improving maternal and child health. Programs have traditionally targeted pregnant women and new mothers, but increasingly home visitors are also engaging fathers. In a series of reports, briefs, and blogs, the Urban Institute highlights practices five different home visiting programs are using to target fathers, with a particular focus on young and low-income men. Drawing on a qualitative research study conducted for the Administration for Children and Families, we offer recommendations for home visiting programs looking to expand their reach to fathers and we offer next steps for the field at large.
Additional research on fatherhood and father involvement can be found here.