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dads rock: nurturing father engagement

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services looked to the Children’s Trust when they wanted to document how family support programs can successfully engage fathers.  As part of a national film series identifying best practices, the Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children & Families selected our Fatherhood Initiative to lead the 11 minute documentary.

The result is an overview of how our programs have comprehensively integrated and elevated the importance of engaging dads in the work of strengthening families. Elements of our Healthy Families, Fathers and Family Network, and community based dads groups are all featured in the inspiring result, amply named, “Dads Rock.”

The film addresses barriers and provides insights about working with dads. Produced by the Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD), the powerful video is the latest in the Building Community, Building Hope video series, showing real-world, collaborative solutions to the problem of child abuse and neglect.

As Haji Shearer, Director of the Fatherhood Initiative, says in the film, “when we help one dad get more connected with his family, we’re changing that whole community. So we need to recruit dads with the same passion that we recruit moms, because they’re super important to kids’ lives as well.”

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Robin Boorstein
Deputy Director of Operations
Robin.Boorstein@state.ma.us 
617.312.3946