When fathers are actively involved in their children’s lives, the whole family thrives.
Our Fatherhood Initiative works to advance activities and trainings that support fathers, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
The Fathers & Family Network (FFN) was created in 1996 and has since been recognized as both a statewide and national program model. The Children's Trust provides funding to local agencies and organizations to convene FFN meetings in seven locations, one in each region of the Commonwealth. FFN has a current membership list of over 1,500 interested individuals and provider programs that meet regularly in an effort to increase competency for professionals, better coordinate services and raise public awareness of the important role that fathers play in families. FFN meetings include topical presentations and discussions as well as networking and collaboration opportunities. The result is increased competency for professionals, better coordination of services and greater public awareness of the important role that fathers have in families. Key components of the FFN are:
The Children’s Trust partners with community agencies to bring the Nurturing Fathers Program to Massachusetts fathers. The program is a 13-week, strength-based parenting group that helps fathers build and strengthen positive parenting attitudes and behaviors.
For more information, please contact Michael Ramos, Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator.