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:
Youth sexual activity
High school drop out
Fathers are irreplaceable in the lives of their children
There is a direct link between positive father involvement and child well-being
Fathers contribute to their children’s safety and stability.
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.
Enroll in a FREE Dads Parenting Group by completing this form. (For Fathers Only)
Pre-registration is required. For information or to register call Bennie Herron at 703-324-7308, TTY 711; Champana Bernard at 703-324-3611, TTY 711; or Kimberly Torres (Spanish) at 703-324-3064.
Save the Date for the 5th Annual Fathers Matter Cookout Jun. 1
Join the Father Engagement Unit for their celebration of fathers! Enjoy family time, nature hikes, a tot lot, Frisbee toss, arts and crafts and giveaways. There’ll be food and fun for everyone! RSVP by May 30, 2019.
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.
24/7 Dad™ parenting group
Access to Fairfax County resources
Access to father-child friendly community activities
Characteristics of a 24/7 Dad™
Caring for self
12 Sessions and One Orientation Meeting - Free for all participants!
Reston Dads Parenting Group
Southgate Community Center
12125 Pinecrest Road, Reston, VA 20191
Mondays, May 6, 2019 - July 29, 2019
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Falls Church Dads Parenting Group
Westlawn Elementary School
3200 Westley Road, Falls Church, VA 22042
Wednesdays, September 11, 2019 - December 11, 2019
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Call Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, Kimberly Torres 703-324-3064 (Spanish) or Calvin Robertson 703-324-7730.
Volunteer to help teach the Dads Parenting Classes!
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.
Dads’ Parenting Group Facilitates Domestic Violence Discussion
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.