FIND in Early Childhood Home Visitation.
Helping Fathers FIND Their Strengths
An innovative pilot study in Washington helping low-income fathers find their strengths as parents. This is a partnership between University of Oregon, University of Washington College of Education, and Children's Home Society of Washington.
Early childhood home visitation has proved to be a successful platform to integrate FIND. We have implemented FIND in a range of home visitation models, including Early Head Start and Healthy Families America.
In collaboration with the University of Washington and Children’s Home Society of Washington, FIND was adapted for low-income fathers and implemented through Early Head Start home visiting. The co-creation process involved a high level of collaboration between the research and clinical teams as well as interviews with fathers and home visitors in the community. Learning more from the local community members allowed the team to make adaptations to the model to better suit the unique needs of the fathers. This included offering a 6-session model as compared to the traditional 10-session model, sessions on nights and weekends and asking fathers about their preference of a male or female coach. Fathers who completed FIND reported lower stress and showed improvements in observed parenting skills. In addition, fathers who had experienced the most adversity in their own lives reported higher levels of parental involvement and decreases in their children’s behavior problems.