Dads Parenting Groups


The Dads Parenting Group is designed to help fathers become teachers and role models for their children. The program uses the evidence-based 24/7 Dad curriculum and is a free resource for fathers designed to educate and empower fathers, support mothers co-parenting and enable children to develop strong self-esteem, family identity and values.

Focus of 24/7™ Dad Curriculum

Upcoming Dads Parenting Groups

June is Fatherhood Awareness Month

Annual June Fathers Matter Picnic June 3, 2017 (Check out past picnics in 2016 and 2015.)

     Dads Parenting Groups

Fathers enroll in the program by completing this form. (For Fathers Only)

12 Sessions and One Orientation Meeting - Free for all participants!

Program Includes
- 24/7 Dad™ parenting group
- Meals
- Access to Fairfax County resources
- Access to father-child friendly community activities

Characteristics of a 24/7 DadTM
- Self awareness
- Caring for self
- Fathering skills
- Parenting skills
- Relationship skills

Dates:  May 1, 2017 - August 7, 2017
Days:  Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Road, Reston, VA 20191
Pre-Registration Required:  (Call early, classes fill up quickly!) Calvin Robertson 703-324-7730, TTY 711; Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, TTY 711; Noelia Privado 703-324-9449 (Spanish)
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Dates:  September 13, 2017 - December 13, 2017
Days:  Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Westlawn Elementary School, 3200 Westley Rd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Pre-Registration Required:  (Call early, classes fill up quickly!) Calvin Robertson 703-324-7730, TTY 711; Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, TTY 711; Kimberly Torres 703-324-3064 Privado 703-324-9449 (Spanish)
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*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7800; TTY 703-222-9452.


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     Focus of 24/7™ Dad Curriculum

  • Self-awareness
  • Caring for self
  • Fathering skills
  • Parenting skills
  • Relationship skills

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     2017 Fatherhood Awareness Month Proclamation

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WHEREAS, fathers play an integral part in the successful lives of their children and research has demonstrated that the psychological and emotional development, health and well-being of children is significantly enhanced by the presence, commitment and nurturing of fathers and father figures; and

WHEREAS, with fathers actively engaged, children are less vulnerable to the risks of childhood poverty, mental illness, juvenile delinquency, youth sexual activity, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and failure to complete high school; and

WHEREAS, involvement of fathers in the lives of their children increases the likelihood of success in social skills, academic performance, adult careers, employment goals and involved parenting skills for their future families;

WHEREAS, through programs, including Father Engagement; Healthy Families Fairfax; and the Head Start Policy Council, the Fairfax County Department of Family Services, additional county agencies and community-based agencies help fathers gain parenting skills and economic self-sufficienty; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim June 2017 as

Fatherhood Awareness Month

in Fairfax County to raise public awareness of the importance of fatherhood and the importance of a father's engagement with his children and family.

Sharon Bulova, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
June 6, 2017

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Community Activities

 Fathers Matter Picnic

Join Us on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Fathers Matter Picnic
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (rain or shine)
Burke Lake Park 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, 22039 (Shetler B)

Help us celebrate fathers! Families will get to spend time with each other and enjoy swinging, nature hikes, tot lot, Frisbee toss, arts and crafts, music and giveaways. A cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, assorted treats and beverages will be provided.

RSVP by May 29, 2017
Contact Bennie Herron by phone 703-324-7308 or email. For Spanish, call Noella Privado at 703-324-9449.

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2016 Annual Fathers Matter Picnic

During the second annual Fathers Matter picnic on June 11, 2016 at Providence Park, families enjoyed swinging, nature hikes, tot lot, frisbee toss, arts and crafts, music and giveaways. A cookout with hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, assorted treats and beverages were provided. The picnic was a great time to recognize fathers, and for families to enjoy each other's company.

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     2015 Annual Fathers Matter Picnic

During the first annual Fathers Matter picnic on June 20, 2015, Hunter Mill District Supervisor Cathy Hudgins presented a proclamation declaring June 20 - 27, 2015 as Fatherhood Awareness Week. In addition to the proclamation, participants enjoyed food and games. Fathers, mothers and their children - both from the community and fathers who graduated from the Fathers in Touch program - were joined by staff from the Department of Family Services, Neighborhood and Community Services, the Capital Youth Empowerment program, and the Fire Fighters of Fairfax City

 

 

To Enroll

Pre-registration is required.
For information or to register call
Bennie Herron
703-324-7308, TTY 711
or
Champana Bernard
703-324-3611, TTY 711

Fathers Enroll in the
Program by
Completing this Form
(For Fathers Only)


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Facilitator Calvin Robertson

Photo courtesy of Victoria Ross, the Connection Newspapers.

 

 




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