For many fathers who have been assigned a child welfare case, the process to obtain custody or visitation may seem overwhelming. The following resources can help you as you work with your caseworker or lawyer and assist you when you re-enter your child’s life.
10 Tips on How to Work with Your Lawyer (PDF File)
From the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers, this tip sheet provides resources, questions and reminders of things fathers should bring when meeting with their lawyers about their rights as non-resident fathers.
Advice for Non-Residential Fathers (PDF)
Things non-residential fathers should remember, courtesy of the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers.
Back in Touch – Reconnecting with Your Children (PDF File)
If a significant amount of time has passed since you last spent time with your child, it will take some time to become comfortable with each other again. This tip sheet, from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, features approaches for dads to consider as they try to patch up a relationship.
Children's Bureau Express Newsletter
A spotlight on the work of the Center on Fathering (Colorado Springs) to help more fathers become engaged in the Child Welfare system.
Free Legal Forums
Hosted by the Denver Department of Human Services on the third Thursday of every month, attorneys at these forums address such issues as parenting time, visitation, custody, child support and other family law issues.
Making Visitation Work
From the National Center for Fathering, this article contains resources for fathers to utilize as they begin the visitation process with their children.
My Kids are in State Custody – What do I do now? (PDF File)
A real life story of one father’s journey to regain custody of his children, courtesy of the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers.
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System
This project is a collaborative effort between the American Humane Association, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and National Fatherhood Initiative and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.
The focus of the project is a result of the federal Child and Family Services Reviews and the “What About the Dads?” report, which indicated that there is very little meaningful engagement occurring between the child welfare system and fathers. The QIC NRF promotes the importance of gaining more knowledge regarding the engagement of non-resident fathers and their children who are involved in the child welfare system.
The purpose of the project is to determine the impact of non-resident father involvement on child welfare outcomes. Child welfare outcomes include child safety, permanence, and well being. Included in the design is the examination of the relationship between children, non-resident fathers, and/or paternal relatives. Throughout the project, information gained from the QIC NRF has been distributed through the QIC NRF website to the Children’s Bureau, sub-grantees, child welfare agencies, private service providers, the courts, legal systems and other organizations.
The Center on Fathering, a Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative community access funded program, was one of four programs nationwide selected to participate in this research project. For more information on the COF, please click here.
- Your Rights and Responsibilities
- How to Work with Your Lawyer
- Your Role in Court
- Your Role Outside of Court
- When You Owe Child Support
- If You Are or Have Been in Prison
Parenting from Prison (PDF File)
A resource guide for incarcerated parents in Colorado.
Stories by and for parents affected by the child welfare system.
The Importance of Father Engagement (Video)
A resource from the Center on Fathering in Colorado Springs, this video examines the treatment of fathers in human services agencies and the value they can bring to their children’s lives.