Engaging Fathers Through Prevention | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Engaging Fathers Through Prevention

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and fathers play a critical role as protectors in children’s lives. At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, we want to support and engage fathers in bolstering prevention measures that can promote a child’s safety and well-being.

Fathers are essential to the physical, emotional and social development of youngsters. But typically, mothers receive more—if not all—of the available home-visiting services, support and community resources. All too often, fathers get left out or aren’t involved for various reasons. By helping fathers to become more involved, we help their children grow and thrive.

These organizations offer a multitude of resources for fostering and promoting fatherhood initiatives in our community:

National Parenthood Initiative is a leading nonprofit organization working to end father absence and create a world “in which every child has a 24/7 dad. Resources include informational blog posts, webinars and podcasts.


Casey Family Programs is a national organization working to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the
ir communities. Casey Family Programs experts say that the myriad benefits of father involvement include ameliorating circumstances that led to abuse, higher likelihood of reunification between father and child, quicker discharge of children from foster care, and lower likelihood of subsequent abuse allegations.

Child Welfare Information Gateway a federal service promoting the safety, permanency and well-being of children, youth and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources and tools on topics such as child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption and more.


National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center a service of the U.S. Department of Human Services Children’s Bureau. It’s WE CAN promotion helps agencies boost outreach and engagement efforts via social media and other communications, with simple, positive actions that can support families experiencing stressors.

For more helpful tips on how to parent safely during this time, including self-care, educational activities and free resources, check out our Parenting During Coronavirus post.