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.
Fathers enroll in the program by completing this form. (For Fathers Only)
12 Sessions and One Orientation Meeting - Free for all participants!
Dates: February 7, 2017 - May 9, 2017 (12
sessions + one orientation session)
Dates: April 5, 2017 - June 28, 2017 (Class in
Dates: May 1, 2017 - August 7, 2017
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
Fathers Matter Picnic
Join Us on Saturday, June 3, 2017 for the 3rd
Annual Fathers Matter Picnic
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
2016 Annual Fathers Matter PicnicDuring 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.
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
Pre-registration is required.
Fathers Enroll in the