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.
La Voz del Condado de Fairfax - WUST’s Spanish-Language Program 1120 AM
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
Finding Balance When Mom and Dad Parent Differently
Filmed earlier this year, staff with the Department of Family Services’ Father Engagement Program explore differences in the ways moms and dads handle parenting, and how children can benefit from those differences.
Dads Parenting Classes
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.
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!
Dads Parenting Group
Mondays, May 4-August 3
Dads Parenting Group in Spanish
Wednesdays, April 15-July 8
Pre-registration is required. Call Bennie Herron 703-324-7308, Mercedes Alonzo 703-324-7677 (Spanish) or Champana Bernard 703-324-3611.
Volunteer to help teach the Dads Parenting Classes!
Dad's Eye View Podcast
Podcast - County Conversation - Dads and Parenting
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.
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.