Department of Family Services – Children, Youth and Families

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
703-324-7500 TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035
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Father Engagement Program for Volunteers - Dads Parenting Groups

What are Dads Parenting Groups?

father and child plaing guitarVolunteer facilitators are needed to lead parenting classes for fathers. Developed by a widely renowned team of fathering experts, 24/7™ Dad is a unique and innovative program specifically designed to educate and empower fathers, support co-parenting mothers, and enable children to develop strong self-esteem, family identity and values. It focuses on five key areas of fatherhood:

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-care and coping
  • Fathering skills
  • Parenting skills
  • Relationship skills

Referral Process

Many fathers enrolled in the class have not been involved with their children, recognize that they need to improve their parenting skills, and want to break the cycle of absence in their family.

Fathers are encouraged to apply to the program; however, most of the men are referred by a social worker. Participants are screened to determine their appropriateness for the class. Learn more about the program.

How Can You Help?

Become a Facilitator

Volunteer facilitators teach parenting classes that are specifically designed to work with these fathers who struggle with parenting or engaging with their children who may be within the child welfare system.

Facilitators must be at least 30 years old, a father and have experience with the child welfare system as a client or a professional. Facilitators need to be reliable, accepting, patient, honest, flexible, motivated, cooperative and tolerant. Volunteers help fathers engage in and build relationships with their children.

For more information, email Samantha Carrico or call 703-324-7576.

Learn more about the application process and criteria for becoming a volunteer with the Father Engagement Program. Apply to volunteer today!

Meet Our Volunteer

James CherryJames Cherry is the proud father of three beautiful girls, including a set of twins. Having retired from a career with Verizon Communications, he currently serves as an IT deputy division chief with the US Department of Defense. James has been a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity for over 27 years, currently serving as chapter reporter and chairman of the Fatherhood Initiative and Mentoring Committee for the Psi Alpha Alpha Chapter in Fairfax County. James enjoys speaking and is regularly asked to lend his voice to emceeing events and voice-over opportunities for his church (Mount Olive Baptist Church) and fraternity.  As a co-facilitator for the Dads Parenting Groups, James says, “I love the level of transparency the fathers display, and I am always proud to see the emotional support they gave each other and their commitment to do the work needed for continuous progression."

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