But all I can tell is what we’re doing in our community, which is starting/organizing a Fatherhood Initiative. It will be based upon similar principles of the National Fatherhood Initiative. We are in the planning stages now and will be applying for non-profit status in the next few months.
The basic principles of our fatherhood initiative will be to:
- Promote interaction between father (any type of father, married, divorced, single, custodial, non-custodial, etc.) in the way of organized events throughout the year for fathers, their children, and families.
- Provide information resources for fathers (same as above, all types of fathers). Especially for divorced/non-custodial fathers.
- Advocacy for the rights of fathers (mainly non-custodial fathers) who are unfairly denied access to the children, and therefore, are not allowed to maximize their “fatherhood potential”.
- Provide resources for legal services for fathers who are involved in litigation (i.e. have been issued an OFP, restraining order, served with divorce/custody papers, etc). We hope to obtain grants to get these services through legal aid.
- Media Awareness Campaign – To promote the importance of fatherhood in our community and state through media outlets (radio, TV, newspaper).
- To offer resources and services for disabled fathers and fathers of children with disabilities.
- To offer services for fathers who are victims of crime (abused and battered fathers) and provide information regarding legal action and shelter resources). This includes victim compensation for victims of abuse.
- To work with local courts, law enforcement agencies and corrections regarding parenting time for at-risk fathers (incarcerated, jailed, on probation, under an OFP, convicted of crimes, anger management programs, etc.) in which the fathers relationship with child is jeopardized/affected.
- Offer parent education for new/young fathers.
I hope this helps. It is my belief that we should take a holistic approach to fatherhood and this includes father’s “right to parent”.
P.S. The above list is not in order of importance…it was off the top of my head….I’m in a hurry right now but wanted to get this out. Thanks!