|Health Factors:||Family & Social Support|
|Decision Makers:||Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates|
|Population Reach:||20-49% of WI's population|
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The Nurturing Fathers program is a 13-week training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men (Nurturing Fathers).
The Nurturing Fathers program is a suggested strategy to improve parenting attitudes and knowledge as well as fathers’ interactions with their children (Palusci 2008). The Nurturing Fathers program adapts the Nurturing Parents program model to address the specifics of fatherhood. Nurturing Parents has been shown to increase child welfare and improve parenting attitudes, knowledge, and behavior (SAMHSA-NREPP, CEBC). Nurturing Parents has also been shown to improve attitudes and behaviors among predominantly male inmates and participants in substance abuse programs (Palusci 2008). Additional evaluation of Nurturing Fathers is needed to confirm effects.
The Nurturing Fathers program has been implemented in a number of states and a variety of settings including: schools, churches, prisons, parenting and counseling centers, and community action agencies (Nurturing Fathers). Specific examples include: the North Carolina Department of Corrections, The Oneida Tribe of Indians, and the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative (Nurturing Fathers).
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