When fathers are involved with their children there are many benefits for themselves, their children, their families, and the wider community. There is now significant evidence to show that when fathers take a positive, active role in the lives of their children, the children experience less behavioral problems, improved social skills and better educational outcomes. Central to CFUF's mission is the belief that men—the most disconnected and under served citizens in urban communities—who connect with women, their children, and the workplace are key to the restoration of stability and optimism.
With this philosophy in mind, CFUF has developed a training curriculum designed to help organizations establish a program that helps develop young fathers called THE D.A.D. M.A.P.: DEVELOPING ALL DADS FOR MANHOOD AND PARENTING. The curriculum provides an opportunity for programs to expose young, low-income men to fatherhood education, information, and skill development that is rarely accessible to them. The curriculum focuses on fathers who have an interest in exploring the possibility of formalizing their commitment to their children and families. CFUF created the DAD MAP curriculum based on experience working in low-income African-American communities. Organizations can supplement the activities or examples used in the curriculum with material that connects more effectively with their target populations. The curriculum covers issues such as:
- Child support education
- Parenting skills
- Proper communication skills with your children and the mother of your children
- Employment readiness
The curricula and training are supplemented with a guidebook that is intended to provide program planning and implementation strategies as well as resources that organizations can use as a guide in creating or enhancing responsible fatherhood program.
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