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)