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Fathers, like mothers, play a significant role in their children’s psychological and emotional development. When fathers are actively involved, children are less likely to experience:
It's a fact -- fathers are important to their children. Their positive involvement contributes to child safety and well-being. Dads Parenting Classes focus on self-awareness, self-care, parenting skills and relationship skills.
Do You Want to Improve Your Parenting and Fathering Skills?
Our Father Engagement Unit sponsors the services and activities below to enhance fathers’ parenting and fathering skills, and to promote and celebrate the importance of fathers in Fairfax County.
Characteristics of a 24/7 Dad™
12 Sessions and One Orientation Meeting - Free for all participants!
Pre-registration is required. Enroll in a free Dads Parenting Group by completing this form. (For Fathers Only)
For more information about Dads Parenting Group or registration, contact Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, Mercedes Alonzo 703-324-7677 (Spanish) or Champana Bernard 703-324-3611.
Pocket Dad Video: Virtual Back to School Success
Back to school in 2020 is full of new challenges for families! The team from the Father Engagement Unit is experiencing those same challenges at home. So, they are sharing tips to help dads support their children in getting a good start to the virtual school year.
Check back for new videos. Catch-up on all of the Pocket Dad videos.
DFS staff, Marcus Garr of the Parenting Education Programs and Bennie Herron of the Father Engagement Program made a joint appearance on the June 5, County Conversation podcast with host Jim Person to talk about dads! Listen to their conversation to learn how each program’s classes and other services help dads to embrace their role in the family and parent with confidence! Tune in to the interview through the SoundCloud podcast.
On Tuesday, Mar. 17, Yuri Villacorta and Mercedes Alonzo from the Children, Youth and Families Division were guests on “La Voz del Condado de Fairfax” discussing Fairfax County services that support families and prevent child abuse and neglect. They focused specifically on our Father Engagement Program and issues in parenting that are specific to dads. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview
The brothers of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity (Psi Alpha Alpha chapter) challenged their membership to find a program that helped empower dads. “We’re a male organization and we’re fathers. Unfortunately, there’s an absence of fathers, particularly in minority communities. We want to assist with that to the best of our ability,” Craig Spraggins, president of the Psi Alpha Alpha chapter, said. Learn more about their story.
The term domestic violence strikes a different chord in all of us; this much was evident during a recent Father Engagement Unit Dads Parenting Group. The unit took advantage of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month to tackle this tough subject matter with the men in the group, many of whom have direct experience with the issue. Learn more about this discussion.
Fairfax County recognizes that June is Fatherhood Awareness Month. Fathers, like mothers, play a significant role in their children’s psychological and emotional development. They contribute to their children’s safety and stability, and there is a direct link between positive father involvement and child well-being. Learn more about Fatherhood Awareness Month and join us in celebrating fathers. #FatherhoodMonth
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