Dedicated Dads

“I learned that I am not alone in learning how to be a good father”.

Our mission is the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable children, and we have long recognized the important role fathers play. That is why, for over a decade, Children’s Friend has facilitated a Dad’s Group. Our Dads Group is a fun, informative and educational environment that support men in their role as father or father-figure.

Our 24-week “Dedicated Dads” group meets every Tuesday and is a chance for dads and father figures to interact with their peers, build relationships with other fathers, to share openly and to learn from one another.  We utilize the “Responsible Fatherhood” curriculum the program is designed to help participants look at themselves as men and fathers.

With an experienced facilitator, and peer support, participants learn how to negotiate healthy and productive relationships with partners, children, family and community. The experiences our fathers have had up to this point in their lives affect how they see themselves as men and as fathers.

Many Dads share similar experiences, yet all have had some experiences that are unique. Some of our Dads are the sole custodial parent for their child; some share custodial responsibility; others are non-custodial parents. The group experience provides an opportunity for the Dads to share and discuss their experiences – the joys and the challenges – in a safe, supportive environment.

For more information about Dedicated Dads, contact Susan Grant at sgrant@cfsri.org.