Engaging Fathers During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond (Program Snapshot)
- The program prioritized retention of existing participants over recruitment of new participants.
- The program adjusted services to meet participants’ new needs that arose as a result of the pandemic.
- The program leveraged the opportunities created by virtual service delivery as a way of expanding its reach.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many human services organizations, including fatherhood programs, adapted their engagement approaches as the needs of the people they serve changed. This Program Snapshot explores how a fatherhood program in South Carolina adapted its program to better engage fathers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlights strategies this program and others used during the pandemic that may help strengthen service delivery going forward. The study is sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.