Supporting Father Involvement

What is Supporting Father Involvement?

The Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) Program, also known internationally as Parents as Partners (PasP), is an evidence-based approach to increasing father involvement, engagement in co-parenting, and fostering children’s development.

The Brazelton Touchpoints Center offers a 24-hour training for teams interested in implementing the SFI program in their organizations.

Participants will learn how to implement this 16-session, parenting-group program that includes co-led group facilitation, an interactive curriculum, case management, and child care during the groups while parents are meeting. The program is designed to focus on co-parenting partners (e.g., parents, grandparents, same-sex couples, etc.) but it can be implemented in a fathers group format.

The program was designed by the team of Dr. Philip A. Cowan, Dr. Carolyn Pape Cowan, Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, and Kyle D. Pruett, MD.


Who should attend this training?

This training is for programs or organizations that want to learn how to implement SFI with parents and families in their setting. SFI is implemented by a team who together attend this training. We will coordinate with you in selecting your SFI Team. The foundational team includes:

  • Project Director
  • two Group Leaders
  • Case Manager

Other team members may include:

  • additional Group Leaders
  • additional Case Managers
  • a Data Manager
  • Child Care Director/Coordinator

What does an SFI Team learn?

The SFI Team will learn how to develop, recruit, and implement the parenting groups, which include 32 hours of group time (16 two-hour sessions). SFI is based on the following five interconnected family domains known to affect family health, mental health, and child abuse outcomes:

  • Individual characteristics of the parents
  • Parent-child relationship quality
  • Couple or co-parenting relationship quality
  • The intergenerational transmission of parent-child involvement and relationships
  • External influences such as employment, environmental stressors, and social supports

Research on SFI has demonstrated that these domains are interconnected and that changes in one or more domains can cascade positively through the family system.

What are the evidence-based effects on parents, children, and families of SFI parenting groups?

Programs can anticipate the following durable impacts on children, parents, and families that participate in SFI parenting groups:

  • Reduction in both parents’ personal distress, including depression, anxiety, embarrassment, and anger
  • Increased positive communication by both parents
  • Reduction in destructive communication and violence
  • Increased ability in parents to set appropriate limits for their children
  • Increased father involvement and co-parenting
  • Increased quality of parent-child relationship
  • Increased positive behavioral and emotional outcomes for children
  • Reduction in harsh parenting
  • Reductions in the children’s acting out, aggressive and shy/withdrawn depressed behaviors

Where can I learn more about SFI?

For more information about the SFI program, history, and evidence base, please visit the Supporting Father Involvement website.

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This training is accompanied by one year of mentoring in the implementation of the SFI curriculum in your setting. 

Registration: Brazelton Touchpoints Center faculty and staff are available to help you consider bringing SFI to your community. Please contact us to schedule a time to discuss your interest in using the SFI Program to help you reach your goals for father involvement, engagement in co-parenting and fostering children’s development?