Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Kim Judson


ACTION’s Community Case Management program works collaboratively with Monterey County Department of Social Services’ Family and Children Services’ Voluntary Family Maintenance and Voluntary Family Reunification unit, to keep children safe at home and out of the court system. Recurrent child maltreatment rates are too high in voluntary and court-ordered child protective services. Various factors contribute to father involvement and engagement in family stabilization efforts. This capstone was an exploratory research project that assessed father involvement in parent education services for families that were referred to voluntary child protective services in Monterey County. This project aimed to increase awareness on the importance of father involvement in prevention and intervention services, with a focus on engaging fathers, if present, in voluntary services. Findings suggest that father involvement is related to program completion, but additional research is recommended to prove the statistical correlation.