Engaging the Power of Dads: A National Federation of Families Roundtable Discussion Earl Kelly, Parent Involvement Coordinator Jerry Roach, Fatherhood Group Joseph Turner, Family Coordinator Brad Norman LCSW, Family Partnership Institute Gerry Rodriguez Ph.D., EMQ Families First Frank Rider MS, National Federation of Families
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Fathers include biological and adoptive dads, stepfathers and legal guardians. When we need to make a more precise point about one of these kinds of fathers, we will explain it more specifically.
Social Father: A man who is “like a father” to children. He is either a relative or an unrelated male who provides support for children other than his own. Relative social fathers include grandfathers, uncles, cousins or older brothers.
A non-relative social father can include a stepfather, adoptive father, foster-father, fictive kin (non-biological uncle, grandfather, big brother, etc.), or male friend of either biological parent.