Dads are important.
Children raised in a home without a dad are:
- At a 4 times greater risk of living in poverty
- More likely to have behavior problems
- More likely to commit crimes and go to prison
- More likely to use drugs
- More likely to drop out of school
- More likely to face abuse and neglect
- More likely to be pregnant as a teen
Dads Mentoring Dads is trying to prevent this by helping local fathers be better dads. Mentors will complete a provided training and commit to one year of at least monthly contacts. They provide support, share ideas, make connections with other available support, and serve as a role model.
The dads being mentored are typically referred by Family Court, Children’s Division and other services. They have children ranging from newborn to 17. Some dads have enrolled themselves into the program.