Children suffer due to lack of father involvement both financially and emotionally. Research shows father
involvement has a direct correlation to the health and well-being of pregnant women and children, while helping to create the framework for a successful childhood. Adults and children in single-parent households are at higher risk of developing adverse health effects, such as depression and tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse. Fatherhood programs work to change the dynamic by introducing positive, goal-orientated
behaviors that strengthen the family structure.
Fatherhood PRIDE (Parental Responsibility Inspiring Dads Everywhere) provides education and support for fathers and father figures through case management, group education and one-on-one support. The program addresses the comprehensive needs of fathers and improves their relationship with their children by increasing financial self-efficacy, fatherhood responsibility, job-driven workforce development and reducing domestic violence and recidivism rates
Fatherhood PRIDE offers several different classes:
- Boot Camp for New Dads is an evidence-based workshop that equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads.
- 24/7Dad (National Fatherhood Initiative) is an evidence-based, nationally-recognized 12-module, 24-hour comprehensive fatherhood program for fathers of all races, religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Developed by fathering and parenting experts, it focuses on the five characteristics men need to be good fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Understanding Dad and Mom as Gateway (National Fatherhood Initiative) will be utilized with mothers as sister components to 24/7 Dad. Both curricula help break down barriers between mothers and fathers and facilitate helpful discussions and efforts towards co-parenting. Studies show that mother’s perceptions greatly influence father’s involvement; therefore, mothers are a key factor for getting fathers involved. When both parents can effectively co-parent together, their children benefit greatly.
- The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Money Smart curriculum provides financial education for adults and young adults. The award-wining training is available in traditional and computer-based formats and covers topics such as the basics of borrowing money wisely, using a spending plan to achieve financial goals and how to use banking products effectively.
Healthy Marriages & Responsible Fatherhood Grant: 2015-2020
The Healthy Start Coalition was awarded a five-year grant from the Administration for Children & Families to provide comprehensive fatherhood services to dads in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties from 2015-2020.
Fatherhood PRIDE strengthened and expanded fatherhood, employment, housing, health care, mentoring and recidivism reduction services through case management, referrals and group classes. The program built on the foundations established by the Coalition and the Florida Department of Revenue – Child Support Enforcement Department’s “Bringing Relief, Education and Assets to Children and their Household” Project (BREACH), which ceased services in August 2014.
Training on responsible fatherhood and a mother’s role in the father-child relationship was available to men and women through a partnership with the Department of Revenue — Child Support Enforcement Department until September 2014.
The training was arranged through the DOR’s Bringing Relief, Education and Assets to Children and their Household Project (BREACH). Case managers were assigned to men and women who were identified by the state for not paying their child support payments or being in arrearage. The case managers assisted them with job training, financial management courses, payment modification, delayed child support enforcement action, a matched savings plan for business/school/home ownership goals for qualified participants and the Coalition’s Responsible Fatherhood and Mom as Gateway programs.
From May 2011 to September 2014, nearly 600 fathers participated in 24/7 Dad responsible fatherhood training through BREACH.