Exploring Associations between Nonresident Father Involvement and Child Welfare Case Outcomes

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

The study investigates whether the involvement of a nonresident
father affects permanency outcomes for children in foster care.

Although causality could not be determined, the report found an association between levels of father involvement and case outcome. Greater involvement by nonresident fathers in the lives of their children
was associated with a higher likelihood of reunification and a lower
likelihood of adoption. Greater involvement was also associated with
children leaving foster care sooner than those whose fathers were
less involved. Additionally, children with highly involved fathers who
were reunited with their families had a much lower chance of mistreatment than those whose fathers were not involved.

Free, 30 pages. (202)-619-0257, http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/08/MoreAbout-Dads/report.pdf.

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