ERIC Number: ED360766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Circles of Care and Understanding: Support Programs for Fathers of Children with Special Needs. First Edition.
This manual is intended to assist in the establishment, facilitation, leadership, and evaluation of support programs for fathers of children with disabilities. The manual begins with a foreword written by a father of a child with severe disabilities and a preface by the project director of the National Fathers' Network. An introductory chapter identifies common themes of fathers' programs (e.g., safety, camaraderie, and understanding); benefits of fathers' programs (e.g., discuss and practice the skills of caregiving); and suggestions for using the manual. The second chapter discusses patterns of family life, the father's role/reactions, and results of fathers' support programs (e.g., increased acceptance of the child). The third chapter addresses steps in starting such a group, including obtaining organizational sponsorship, recruiting fathers, determining costs, creative fund raising options, planning for child care, and locating meeting space. Principles of facilitation and leadership based on various leadership models (combinations of a professional and/or fathers facilitating the group) are covered next. Organizational activities (father/child activities, open discussion, educational opportunities, and social activities) are considered in the fifth chapter. Principles of individual and program evaluation are summarized, and the final chapter offers additional suggestions for supporting male involvement. Fifteen appendices provide sample publicity releases and forms, suggested activities, and evaluation guidelines. (Contains 21 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Disabilities, Emotional Adjustment, Family Problems, Father Attitudes, Fathers, Fund Raising, Group Activities, Group Counseling, Group Discussion, Helping Relationship, Individual Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Leadership, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Social Support Groups
Association for the Care of Children's Health, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814 ($6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Counselors; Practitioners
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resources Development.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Care of Children's Health, Bethesda, MD.
Note: For a related document, see ED 336 908.