According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, 24 million (1 in 3) children in America live without their biological father. Many of the underlying issues challenging society today can be related to the lack of involvement by fathers in their children’s lives. Studies have shown that involved fathers provide practical support in raising children and serve as models in their development (The Effects of Father Involvement, Allen and Daly, 2007). Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem and exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior compared to children with uninvolved fathers.
The National Fatherhood Initiative's flagship fatherhood curriculum is used by thousands of organizations across the country to train Fathers to be involved, responsible, and committed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The 24/7 Dad Project will focus on five characteristics that a father must have to be a great Dad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The five characteristics include: self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills. Training topics cover the following subject matter:
• Fathering and the 24/7 Dad
• Boyhood to Manhood
• Dealing with Anger
• Knowing Myself (Self-Worth)
• Family Ties
• Power and Control, Competition and Fathering
• Improving my Communication Skills
• Fun with Kids The 24/7
Dad Project includes the following goals:
Goal 1: Increase the knowledge and skill level of fathers.
Goal 2: Promote a more positive, healthy attitude regarding fatherhood and parenting.
Goal 3: Provide access to educational workshops, trainings and support groups through group and one-on-one support. Goal Goal 4: Provide increased opportunities for father/child interactive activities to model positive parenting.
Goal 5: Increase the number of fathers participating in responsible fatherhood activities in Plumas County.
The 24/7 Dad Program is currently being offered through the county jail. For more information about this program and/or to schedule an informational presentation for your organization, please contact:
You can also visit this website for more information on the National Fatherhood Initiative:
Co-Parenting Classes are offered at PCIRC (591 Main St., Quincy, CA) on Mondays from Noon to 1 pm. For more information, call Bruce Mulligan at (530) 283-5515.