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Fatherhood Program

MISSION

The Fatherhood Program’s mission is to help fathers overcome barriers in their lives that interfere with them being emotionally, physically and financially involved in the lives of their children. Initially started to serve a select and small group of non-custodial fathers, the Program has expanded to serve a wider range of men who want to be engaged in their child’s life. Men may volunteer to participate and referrals can be made from the Courts, the detention center and local community partners.

ELIGIBILITY

Fathers wanting to be more engaged in their child’s life are all eligible. Referrals are accepted on a volunteer basis and from the Courts, Child Support Specialists, Foster Care programs, and other DSS and local community partners and programs.

SIX-WEEK PROGRAM INCLUDES

  • Weekly life skills support/work group sessions
  • Intensive case management, as needed
  • Access to DSS Employment Center
  • Referrals to community resources and programs
  • Assistance with entitlements and eligibility for DSS programs
  • Vocational Training opportunities
  • Internship possibilities to sustainable employment
  • Identification of barriers to employment
  • Identification of barriers to Child Support payments and case

GROUP SCHEDULE

Group sessions are held twice a week on Monday’s from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and Thursday’s from
10:00am – 12:00pm.

GROUP TOPICS

  • Understanding the Role of a Father
  • Stress Management
  • Coping as a single father
  • Understanding Child Support
  • How to Become Self-Sufficient
  • Developing Life Skills

BENEFITS

  • FREE – No program fees or costs
  • Establishing healthy family relationships
  • Gain Employment development skills
  • Access to Employment Resources
  • Certificate of Completion

OPEN FORUM

Fathers are encouraged to share concerns and needs specific to their parenting situation without judgment

ENROLLMENT INFO

CONTACT: BRENT ATWATER, FATHERHOOD COORDINATOR
(301) 392 6851
charlescounty.fatherhood@maryland.gov
200 Kent Avenue
La Plata, MD 20646

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