Fathers Are Concerned Too

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The importance of male involvement in the children's life.

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Fathers Are Concerned Too

  1. 1. Where Have All the The group is an exciting and Fathers Gone? rewarding journey for men. FACT GROUP Group focuses on character that every father needs and covers all Fathers Are Concerned Too aspects of fatherhood so that men of all cultures, races, religions and Stay involved, be committed, background can benefit from the Purpose: be patient and your influence group. Purpose of the Group is to increase will pay off in the long run! positive involvement and interaction SUPPORT SERVICES: between fathers and their children. We Get involved-- join the FACT Child Support, Family Court, encourage fathers to help increase GROUP (uncles, cousins, Parenting Time, and Relationship their ability to meet their parental Building and Community responsibilities of providing social, friends, grandfathers, and god Involvement. emotional, medical, educational and fathers). financial assistance of their children. "If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort ABCD Inc. from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of 1070 Park Avenue being right." Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606 -- Bill Cosby Phone: (203) 366-8142 E-mail: cmoore@abcd.org ABCD, Inc. (203) 366-8241 ext. 267 or 272
  2. 2. FACT Group -- Fathers Are Concerned Too • Father-child interaction has been shown Where Have All The Fathers What Statistics says about to promote a child's physical well-being, Gone? the influence of fathers. perceptual abilities, and competency for relatedness with others, even at a young age. Never underestimate the power • Children in father-absent homes are five of your presence Dad. • A survey of over 20,000 parents found times more likely to be poor. that when fathers are involved in their • The U.S. Department of Health and children's education including attending Know that parent rejection is Human Services states, "Fatherless school meetings and volunteering at children are at a dramatically greater risk often part of the development school, children were more likely to get of drug and alcohol abuse." process of young children. A's, enjoy school, and participate in • Fatherless children are twice as likely to extracurricular activities and less likely to drop out of school. have repeated a grade. • Adolescent females between the ages of 15 and 19 years reared in homes without "I cannot think of any fathers are significantly more likely to Fathers will increase their need in childhood as engage in premarital sex than adolescent effectiveness as parent by: females reared in homes with both a strong as the need for a mother and a father. • Increasing their knowledge of child father's protection." • Father involvement makes a difference development. -- Sigmund Freud in kids’ emotional lives. • Improve their ability to provide financial • Children with involved fathers have less and other resources to their children and emotional and behavioral difficulties in families. adolescence. • Increase father involvement in the lives • Teenagers who feel close to their fathers of their children. in adolescence go on to have more • Paternity establishment. satisfactory adult marital relationships. • Re-establishment of linkages with • Girls who have a strong relationship with children their fathers during adolescence showed a • Active participation in Head Start lack of psychological distress in adult life. Programs and family partnership process. ABCD, Inc. (203) 366-8241 ext. 267 or 272

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