The Parenting Network will achieve Father Involvement by providing:
- Coordination of individual/family counseling services.
- Group Support
- MIRG (Men in Relationships Group) cover these 10 main topics:
- Introduction and Rapport Building
- Child Abuse and Neglect
- Loss and Separation
- Distinguishing Between Punishment and Discipline
- Normal Child Development
- Domestic Violence
- Substance Abuse
- Communicating Needs
- Rites of Passage: From Boyhood to Man
- Choosing a Healthy Mate
- Significant Others Groups
- Therapeutic activities for children
- Building relationship and more effective communication.
- Helping fathers to make healthier decisions in relationships.
- Job Assistance
- Domestic Violence, AOD, Loss/Separation, Legal, Marriage, and Financial workshops.
- Parent Child Enrichment Activities (e.g. Barbeques, outings, sports)
- Guest Speakers
Project Fatherhood meets weekly. Groups usually last 1.5 hours. Please check our calendar of upcoming groups are events (insert link to Calendar Page)
Project Fatherhood is offered at Parenting Network’s Visalia, Porterville, and Dinuba.
Project Fatherhood’s mission is “To renew the biological imperative for fathers to care for their child so that no child feels like a fatherless child. And to accept the fact that the public sector will never be able to raise children as well as a family can.”
Project Fatherhood initially began with the goal of addressing the issue of absentee fathers and fathers who are minimally involved in the lives of their children. The program was established for Fathers to take more of an active role in their child’s lives and upbringing, with special attention to those involved with child welfare services. The program aims to teach fathers how to become better parents, thereby enhancing the safety and quality of life for their children. This is achieved through fathers taking an active role and processing experiences and issues that affect their relationships with their children and partner. Additionally, the fathers develop skills and awareness by learning about topics such as domestic violence, substance abuse, communication, child development, healthy relationships.
* Individuals with sexual convictions will not be allowed in the groups.
Father Focused Parenting Classes offered through Project Fatherhood:
The 24/7 Dad curriculum was developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative for their fatherhood training program. The curriculum is evidence-based and encourages fathers to be involved, responsible, and committed to their child 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
The program is built around 5 domains:
- Fathering skills
- Parenting skills
- Relationship skills
Which enables men to establish long-lasting positive relationships with their children.
The curriculum is typically 2 hours a week over a 12-week period, but can be completed in 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the father’s needs.
Nurturing Fathers is an evidence–based training course designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men.
This class consists of 13 sessions and is a group-based program designed to increase knowledge, understanding, and skills associated with male nurturance. Fathers meet weekly to increase their understanding of their own childhood relationship with their father or father figure. They also will be learning how to handle feelings of anger and stress, learn proper communication, learn ways to nurture themselves, and more.
Certification is received upon completion of all sessions.
Impact of Father Involvement
Research has consistently shown that fathers who are actively involved in their children’s lives have a positive impact on their children’s development and well-being. Children with involved fathers are more likely to have better academic performance, higher self-esteem, and fewer behavioral problems.
At Project Fatherhood, we provide a safe and supportive space for fathers to connect with one another, share their experiences, and learn valuable skills and strategies for effective parenting. Our group offers a range of resources, including workshops, parenting classes, and one-on-one sessions.
We understand that being a father can be challenging at times, but we believe that with the right support and guidance, all fathers can become positive and impactful role models for their children. So, we invite fathers everywhere to join us and take the first step towards creating a brighter future for themselves and their families.
Additional Resources & Events
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