Supporting Father Involvement (SFI)

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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Motivation and Engagement Programs and Father Involvement Interventions.

Target Population: Primarily low-income families

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 11

Brief Description

SFI is a preventive intervention designed to enhance fathers’ positive involvement with their children. The curriculum is based on an empirically-validated family risk model. This model predicts that children’s development is predicted by risks and buffers in five interconnected domains:

  • Family members’ characteristics
  • 3-generational expectations and relationship patterns
  • Quality of parent-child relationship
  • Quality of parents’ relationship
  • Balance of stressors versus social support for the family.

The curriculum highlights the potential contributions fathers make to the family.

Program Goals:

The goals of Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) are:

  • Strengthening fathers’ involvement in the family
  • Promoting healthy child development
  • Preventing key factors implicated in child abuse

Contact Information

Name: Philip A. Cowan
Agency/Affiliation: University of California, Berkeley
Phone: (510) 643-5608
Fax: (510) 526-5745

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2008