Date of Award
University or Center
Clark Atlanta University(CAU)
School of Social Work
Richard Lyle. Ph.D.
Robert W. Waymer. Ph.D.
M. Sebrena Jackson. Ph.D.
The purpose of the study is to determine in what ways incarceration, undocumented paternity, substance abuse, and parental conflict create barriers to father involvement and family reunification with children in the Georgia foster care system. The study is designed to explore the impact that child welfare workers have on these four major barriers preventing fathers' lack of participation.
The participants of the study are social workers and case managers who work with fathers and their children who are in the custody of the Georgia Department of Human Services foster care system. In addition, this study explores ways in which social work practices mandate the importance of reaching out to fathers in every client's case. As well, consideration is given to the historic, cultural and psychosocial barriers that the child welfare system must address in the family reunification process.
Furthermore, this study challenges the child welfare system to offer services and make intentional efforts to engage the fathers' participation in all aspects of their child's case including, but not limited to, assessments, medical treatment and family conferences. Finally, this study further advocates a paradigm shift in the culture of the child welfare system to fulfill the goal of foster care, which is family reunification.
Wilson, Jimmy L., "A study of select barriers that adversely impact father's participation and family reunification of foster care children in the state of Georgia" (2014). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. 1528.