C.O.P.E. Family Support Center is thrilled to receive and report positive feedback from our first East County Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) Program held at Black Diamond High School in partnership with Pittsburg Unified School District!
C.O.P.E. recognizes the importance of the father’s role in their child’s life thus Supporting Father Involvement was developed with evidence-based research. This 8-week program provides innovative support to community fathers seeking to become more actively involved and engaged in their system of relationships with emphasis on their family and children.
Feedback From East County SFI Graduates:
- Helped participants to reduce arguments with their children/teenager.
- Helped create a network/support system between the participants.
- Participants enjoyed the judgement free zone where they could share honestly and openly.
- Participants enjoyed how the program helped build community between fathers from various schools in our district.
- Helped them to strengthen their overall communication with spouses, children, and family members.
- Several participants desired a 2nd session to continue their work in exploring the important role of the father.
If you are interested in our Supporting Father Involvement Program, please visit our class schedule for upcoming classes and contact C.O.P.E. (925) 689-5811 to register!
An example of case management success occurred with father participant Isaiahs. Isaiahs was referred to C.O.P.E. parenting classes by his CFS social worker. He was assessed by case management staff and enrolled into the Supporting Father Involvement January 2018 class. Throughout his participation during the 16-week course, Isaiahs was provided with weekly check-ins by C.O.P.E. case management staff. The case manager collaborated with Isaiahs’ CFS worker to enroll Isaiahs and his partner into couples’ therapy and Anger Management. The CFS worker was provided with thorough weekly updates on the progress of this family in order to move them through their case plan and obtain family reunification.
Through their participation in these programs, the parents were able to identify unhealthy parenting practices and alternative parenting strategies to utilize with their toddler. At the beginning of services, Isaiahs’ toddler was in foster care; at the close of the program, Isaiahs had reunified with his son and was able to bring his child to the Supporting Father Involvement graduation session in May of 2018 (pictured).
Isaiahs reports that through participating in C.O.P.E. services he learned about himself, how he responds to situations and the impact his actions and behaviors have on his child. He attributed his success to putting forth the effort to improve himself as well as the strategies and tools he learned in the programs.
As a result of providing case management services to eligible fathers participating in the program, participants were able to reach desired outcomes and increase their ability to be actively involved in their childrens’ lives.
An example of this is illustrated by participant Adam. Adam is a father to two daughters, ages 3 and 7. When A began services at C.O.P.E., he was not allowed to see his daughters. In order to obtain supervised visitation, A was court-ordered to take a parenting class, 52 weeks of Anger Management and 26 weeks of individual therapy. Adam was assessed by C.O.P.E. and enrolled into each program. Throughout his participation in each program, A received individualized support such as attendance verifications, phone conferences with his attorney, letters provided to mediation and family court and referrals to local substance-abuse recovery centers.
Once A completed approximately 6 months of comprehensive services, he was granted unsupervised visitation. This was a positive development in A’s case, but also presented a problem: the time of unsupervised visits conflicted with the Anger Management and parenting class at C.O.P.E.
In order to ensure A was able to successfully complete the program, C.O.P.E. administrative and case management staff provided childcare services for his two daughters while he attended the classes. During this time, C.O.P.E. staff observed firsthand the positive relationship between Adam and his daughters.
A completed all aspects of his case plan in March 2018; he was then awarded 50/50 custody with no restrictions or limitations and his family court case has been closed.
Today A reports that the experience throughout the program was “life-changing” and has generously pledged to donate $1,000 to a father in need of C.O.P.E.’s case management support. A was invited to speak at the Supporting Father Involvement class beginning in August 2018 and spoke to 16 father participants about his journey, and how his daughters motivated him to continue to strive toward rebuilding a healthy and stable family. His words of encouragement to these fathers serves as a testimonial of being an actively involved father that is driven to be the best parent for his children. (pictured)