Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy, and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
From the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) Website
The objectives of the Fatherhood Initiative are to increase men’s awareness of their importance in the life of their child and to improve their understanding of positive parent-child interaction. Fatherhood services are open to dads, step-dads, non-custodial fathers and father figures living in Niagara Falls or Lockport, whose family members are enrolled in the Healthy Families Niagara Program.
The Fatherhood program provides these “dads” with the support they may need:
- To keep up-to-date on healthy child development, discipline and parenting.
- To enhance father-child relationships.
- To connect fathers with community services, programs and resources.
- To provide information and referrals regarding employment, education and job training.
For more information about the Healthy Families Fatherhood Initiative call 716-285-6984.
National Fatherhood Initiative www.fatherhood.org