Caring Dads Parent Education Programme for Fathers

30 May 2005

Caring Dads: Helping fathers value their children is a group intervention programme for fathers.

This group-based course focuses on helping men recognize attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours that support healthy and unhealthy father-child relationships, develop skills for interacting with children in healthy ways, and appreciate the impact on children of controlling, intimidating, abusive and neglectful actions including witnessing domestic violence.

During Caring Dads, fathers will develop skills to cope in healthy ways with frustrating situations: Understand how different fathering strategies and choices effect children — Increase their awareness of controlling, abusive, and neglectful attitudes and behaviours — Be provided with strategies to strengthen the father-child relationship

Caring Dads usually runs for 2 hours, one night a week, for 17 weeks. There are about 8 to 12 men are registered in each group. Men’s children and partners do not attend. Groups are co-led by male and female facilitators with knowledge and experience with challenging issues around various aspects of fathering.

Caring Dads can be used with men who use violence in their families.  The programme is the result of a collaborative effort of representatives from two universities, child protective services, batterer intervention programs, children’s mental health agencies, women’s advocates, centres for children and families involved in the justice system, family resource agencies and probation and parole services.

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