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The influence of father involvement on child welfare permanency outcomes: A secondary data analysis


  • Coakley, Tanya M.


Children have a higher risk for poor psychosocial outcomes when their fathers are absent or uninvolved. These children are more likely to live in poverty, drop out of school, and engage in risky behaviors like using alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs. Only 54% of nearly a half million children in foster care had contact with their fathers in the past year compared to 72% of children from the general population. Data on the involvement of fathers whose children are in out-of-home placements are scarce and child welfare agency efforts to involve fathers and children's permanency outcomes also are not well documented.

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  • Coakley, Tanya M., 2013. "The influence of father involvement on child welfare permanency outcomes: A secondary data analysis," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pages 174-182.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:35:y:2013:i:1:p:174-182
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.09.023

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    1. Coakley, Tanya M., 2008. "Examining African American fathers' involvement in permanency planning: An effort to reduce racial disproportionality in the child welfare system," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 407-417, April.
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    3. Campbell, Christina A. & Howard, Douglas & Rayford, Brett S. & Gordon, Derrick M., 2015. "Fathers matter: involving and engaging fathers in the child welfare system process," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 53(C), pages 84-91.
    4. Brewsaugh, Katrina & Strozier, Anne, 2016. "Fathers in child welfare: What do social work textbooks teach our students?," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 34-41.
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