NewDay Services in Denton is piloting a new fatherhood initiative designed to reach families before they experience crisis. Their organization was awarded the program to start implementing throughout Denton County by the Department of Family and Protective Services.
The Fatherhood EFFECT (Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow) project will consist of a life-skills class at Serve Denton and mentoring. The program is delivered by skilled mentor-navigators who will work one on one with the male caregivers to develop fatherhood education, career development, financial planning, anger resolution/mediation and co-parenting skills.
This free class starts July 9, and will continue for 13 weeks.
NewDay Services has nearly 20 years of experience offering help and hope to the children and families of North Texas. This program is three-fold and highly focused on prevention. They aim to find fathers before they enter the system, fathers who may lack the necessary tools to be a successful parent, and fathers who want to become better dads.
The eligibility requirements include being a father or male caregiver 18 years old or older, having a child under 17 years old, being a current resident of Denton County.