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Nurturing Fathers Program

Health Factors: Family & Social Support
Decision Makers: Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates
Evidence Rating: Expert Opinion
Population Reach: 20-49% of WI's population
Impact on Disparities: Likely to decrease disparities

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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).

Expected Beneficial Outcomes

Improved parenting

Evidence of Effectiveness

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.


United States

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).

Citations - Evidence

CEBC - California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). Information and resources for child welfare professionals. Accessed on December 8, 2015
Palusci 2008* - Palusci VJ, Crum P, Bliss R, Bavolek SJ. Changes in parenting attitudes and knowledge among inmates and other at-risk populations after a family nurturing program. Children and Youth Services Review. 2008;30(1):79-89. Accessed on February 29, 2016
SAMHSA-NREPP - SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Accessed on January 7, 2016

Citations - Implementation

Nurturing Fathers - Nurturing Father's Program (Nurturing Fathers). Accessed on May 23, 2016

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May 22, 2012

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