Important Roles of Fathers & Grandfathers in Families, Programs & Systems
Source: National TTA Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC)
Resource Type: Video or Webinar
Transformation Team Subjects: Infant & Early Childhood
Key Topics: Family, Positive Youth Development, System of Care
This recorded webinar covered multigenerational approaches to systems change, grounded in the assumption that the health of young children depends on the health of caregivers—including custodial and non-custodial fathers and father figures, grandparents, and other kinship caregivers. This discussion featured David Armstrong, a grandfather who accompanied his grandson, DeAndre, on his journey through school, medical, and behavioral health systems. Mr. Armstrong shares how his advocacy for sustaining appropriate early childhood and school-age services and supports for DeAndre grew into leadership roles in local and national systems-building work. Participants discussed how the case of one family highlights the importance of including nontraditional caregivers as partners in their efforts to keep family voice and needs at the center of systems transformations work.