fatherson2Our Mission: To Facilitate the Involvement of Fathers in the Lives of Children.

What We Do:

  • Assist agencies to start and market programs for fathers-to-be and fathers and to keep statistics about father and child involvement
  • Develop and promote programs for fathers, grandfathers, uncles and male mentor/role models related to the stages of parenthood
  • Develop and conduct training workshops educating men and women about the diverse role of fathers in a culturally diverse community
  • Offer continuing education on the issues impacting fatherhood
  • Offer support groups for men about their fatherhood choices and experiences and facilitating their learning and growing together
  • Participate in research related to fatherhood and act as a clearing house for resource information
  • Establish a network of partner agencies servicing fathers to advocate for funding and jobs to help strengthen families and communities
  • Encourage and empower men from all walks of life to become responsible fathers and to develop healthy relationships

We value the importance of fathers’ engagement with children from before they are born through adulthood. and work toward helping them to have closer and more productive relationships.

  • 10% of fathers experience post-partum depression and need support to connect with their new baby. (Journal of the American Medical Assocation)
  • When non-custodial fathers are highly involved with their child’s learning, the children are more likely to get A’s at all grade levels – U.S. Dept. of Education, 1997
  • Children can learn how to deal with higly charged emotions in the context of playing with their fathers.(Father facts from the National Fatherhood Initiative – NFI)
  • Sustained contact with a child’s father is a strong predictor of a son’s self esteem which includes absence of delinquency and conduct problems, absence of substance abuse, overall mental health, and well-being. For daughters, the affection from fathers helps to raise their self-esteem (NFI)
  • The co-parenting model brings more father participation in families (Jamie McHale Researcher)
  • Father love is a better predictor than mother love for certain outcomes including absence of delinquency and conduct problems, absence of substance abuse, overall mental health, and well being. (NFI)

The FTF Speakers Bureau provides experts, fathers and male role-models for media appearances, conferences, symposia and workshops for municipalities, professional/civic groups, schools, universities, faith-based organizations.  Please contact Holly Zwerling, LMFT, LCSW, President/CEO

for more information and scheduling at 305-812-4000 or holly@fatherhoodtfsf.org