Help for Young Fathers
“I never thought I’d make it this far.” ‘Levi’, Young Fathers Program participant
A few years ago, ‘Levi’ was more concerned with his next drug fix than spending time with his baby, ‘Tim.’ Drug recovery helped him overcome his addiction, but did little to prepare him for parenting. Now, with Catholic Community Services’ help, he is stable and has brought Tim back into his life.
Levi learned the fundamentals of being a parent from our 12-week parenting class. Separate support groups helped him share successes, voice frustrations, and draw inspiration. Levi learned practical matters like finding and keeping a job, paying bills on time, budgeting, and getting a driver’s license. “Thanks to this program, I have options,” he says. “I can do things that before I could never do.”
Levi maintains full-time employment and his own housing, and is now able to be a parent for his son.
As the only program of its kind in Lane County, the Young Fathers Program helps young men struggling with parenthood because of poverty, unemployment, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness or other related problems. Through classes, a support group, and focused one-on-one support, we help young men take on a more active and positive role in their children’s lives.
- Parenting classes feature modules on the father-child relationship, positive discipline, child development, communicating with your partner, co-parenting, nutrition, and stress management.
- Options to Anger class helps participants identify ‘invitations to anger’ and learn to control impulsive behaviors.
- Support group sessions help young dads learn from, encourage and – in some cases – challenge each other to sustain a serious commitment to responsible parenting.
- One-on-one support guides each young dad to overcome his personal barriers to being a better parent, whether that is employment, housing, education, or some other obstacle.