In Iowa, and across the nation, we’re facing a father absence crisis. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, one in four American children grow up without a father in the home. The Y’s Fatherhood Initiative aims to reconnect non-custodial fathers with their children and provide them with the skills to be involved, loving parents while building supportive relationships with their children’s mothers.
The research results are clear: When fathers maintain an active, positive presence in their children’s lives, everyone benefits.
The family’s economic circumstances improve
Children get better grades, enjoy better health, experience fewer behavioral and substance abuse issues, and are more likely to graduate from high school
Mothers and fathers are better able to parent effectively as a team
Men are more likely to maintain employment and pay child support on a consistent basis, and those previously incarcerated are less likely to re-offend
The Y’s Fatherhood Initiative helps fathers develop the skills and resources necessary to be engaged parents and positive role models for their children. It provides instruction in conflict resolution so they can build healthy, productive relationships with the mothers of their children. Over the course of the 12-week program, men have the opportunity to learn from each other and from mentors who walk beside them on their journey back into their children’s lives.