Fatherhood Initiative Program
The Fatherhood Initiative Program: is a court ordered and voluntary program that is designed to assist fathers (and mothers) to put themselves in a better financial and emotional position to better provide for their children. This is achieved through paying their child support and being a positive, active role model in their child’s life. The Fatherhood Initiative Case manager works with the fathers by referring them to community resources, such as; drug treatment, GED classes, job skills training, resume-building, and seeking better employment. Participants are required to attend a fathering class (parenting classes for the mothers), through these classes the fathers are taught how significant their role is in the healthy growth and development of their children.
Family Services of North Alabama provides Fatherhood Initiative Programs in Marshall, Blount, and St. Clair counties of Alabama.
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The Positive Impact of Father Involvement
In a study examining father involvement with 134 children of adolescent mothers over the first 10 years of life, researchers found that father-child contact was associated with better socio-emotional and academic functioning. The results indicated that children with more involved fathers experienced fewer behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement. This study showed the significance of the role of fathers in the lives of at-risk children, even in case of nonresident fathers.
Source: Howard, K. S., Burke Lefever, J. E., Borkowski, J.G., & Whitman , T. L. (2006). Fathers’ influence in the lives of children with adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Psychology, 20, 468- 476.