Supporting Father Involvement (SFI)
C.O.P.E. Family Support Center’s Supporting Father Involvement program is dedicated to the development, enhancement and strengthening of services to fathers and their children through providing education, information and access to community resources to fathers actively involved in their child’s lives. A growing body of research has concluded that positively engaged fathers promote their children’s physical and emotional development. Research confirms that when fathers become more involved in parenting – and in working with mothers as co-parents and partners – healthier families and healthier children are the outcome. Parents participating in groups experience reduced stress and anxiety, are more satisfied with their relationship, and employ less harsh discipline. Their children become less hyperactive and aggressive than the children of parents in the control group.
Class Discussion Includes:
- Individual adjustment (self-confidence, depression, anxiety).
- Increase parents’ ability to work together to problem solve and decrease conflict (co-parent relationship quality).
- To increase fathers’ involvement and the use of age appropriate parenting strategies (skills and confidence in parenting).
- Find ways to break negative cycles of intergenerational cycles of harsh treatment, neglect and abuse (three-generational family patterns).
- Develop strategies for coping with stresses on the family including work, support or lack of support from friends and family, and family-relation policies in the surrounding community and state agencies (external stressors).
- Information about how to navigate social systems such as Family Court