Structured within our existing Client Services, the Fatherhood Program was created to equip and educate our male clients:
To increase the father’s knowledge of basic care, health and safety of their child - This is of major importance to the mother and significantly impacts her willingness to “allow” the father to participate in childrearing
To educate and help fathers and mothers understand the importance of their respective roles – assisting men to assume their role as responsible fathers and encouraging women, as the societal and self-appointed gatekeepers, to consider the best interest of their child by including the father and encouraging his presence and participation
To help fathers and mothers understand the value of a healthy (cooperative, communicative and respectful) relationship for the effective co-parenting of their child in order to provide an environment in which their child can grow and thrive
To empower and encourage those we serve to consider healthy lifestyle choices including, but not limited to, sexual risk avoidance (abstinence); risky behavior avoidance/reduction (smoking, drinking, drugs, social media safety…), and to provide avoidance, awareness, preparedness, and prevention of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), as well as referrals, skills, and tools to leave, escape or walk-away from IPV.
To show fathers and mothers the benefits of a healthy monogamous long-term relationship (i.e. marriage and family).
Studies consistently show that healthy, nurturing, and loving fathers play a significant role in preventing domestic violence.
Our Fatherhood Program offering includes:
· Car Seat & Safety Program
· Birth of a Family: Completing Family Circles with Fathers
· 24/7 Dad®
· Doctor Dad®
· Intimate Partner Violence – Awareness and Prevention: Relationship & Communication Enhancement (expectant parents and
may have other children)
The Fatherhood Program is funded in part by a grant from Verizon Hopeline.