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Fatherhood Empowerment Project

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Abdullah Alsunbul

on 26 February 2016

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Transcript of Fatherhood Empowerment Project

Presenter: Veronica Gilbert-Tyson, LSW
Mercy Family Center

Reconnecting fathers with their children

Dad and Me Community Fair
Connecting to the Community
Fatherhood Empowerment Project addresses the importance of father-child relationships, the issues of children in father-absent households and different strategies to maintain a solid relationship between father and child over time. The client centered approach is functional in reconnecting (non-custodial, non-residential, incarcerated and transitioning) fathers to their children and communities within the context of current social policies restrictions.

Project Purpose
Fatherhood Empowerment Project
Of the 6,725 families living in Asbury, 23% of them consist of a female householder with no father figure present.

In 2014, Asbury Park reported 9.4% of households consisted of a male householder with no wife present.

Females were running 22.2% of all households, with no male present.

27.3% of these households have related children under the age of 18 years living in the home (US Census Bureau, 2014).

Monmouth County Probation Department reports there are two hundred and seventy males on probation in Asbury Park and two hundred twenty in Neptune Township.

According to a report by Regional Perinatal Consortium of Monmouth and Ocean Counties in 2005, nearly seventy eight percent of the African American mothers in Neptune Township were unmarried.

According National Fatherhood Initiative’s Father Facts, the negative findings effecting this population can be greatly reduced with the involvement of confident and nurturing fathers:

Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro social behavior and avoid high risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
Studies on parent-child relationships and child wellbeing show that father love is an important factor in predicting the social, emotional and cognitive development and functioning of children and young adults.

Fathers who live with their children are likely to have closer enduring relationship with their children that those who do not.
Children who live without their biologic fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, uses drugs, experience, educational , health emotional and behavioral problems, be victims of child abuse, and engage in criminal behavior that their peers who live with their married, biological or adoptive parents.

Benefits of Father Involvement
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