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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
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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Fathers Are Concerned Too

  • 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. 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