According to a national fathering study done in 2009 by the National Center of Fathering, 7 out of 10 people surveyed agreed that the physical absence of fathers from the home is the most significant family or social problem facing America. Studies show that children thrive better in a two parent home, or with both parents present in their lives.
Though this may be true, families live apart due to being unmarried, addictions to drugs and alcohol, emprisonment, and more. Many children end up living with their mother while the father has little to no contact with their child. This makes children miss out on what could potentially be a good second parent to them. For fathers who want to be with their kids, they should not be pushed away or ignored.
There are resources for fathers in Minneapolis who want to be a part of their children’s lives from helping to set up visits with their children to custody issues.
The FATHER Project helps men living in the metro area between ages 17-35, have a child or one on the way, and are low-income and non-custodial. The project helps men to assist them in being more involved in their children’s lives. Services involved include case management services, parenting groups, legal and employment services, and more. You can apply for services online and an intake coordinator will get back to you to arrange an intake interview.You can also call (612) 724-3539 for more information.
The Young Dads program through the Employment Action Center helps fathers ages 15-29 become more stable and more involved in their childrens lives.They offer parenting classes, help with housing, education, employment, and more. You can call (612) 752-8836 for more information.
The Center for Fathering in Minneapolis empowers men through parenting classes and mentoring to become more involved in their child’s life. Their program Forever Strong offers classes for men, encouraging them to be a more responsible father and a role model for their family. The Family Time program provides education and training in a variety of parenting issues. The Ready, Set, Work… program helps men (and women) prepare for the work force, even if you are an ex-offender or have barriers keeping you from getting work. There’s different people to contact for the different programs, so you can visit their website to see who to contact for more information.
For more resources for fathers you can check out the Minnesota Fathers and Families Network. Lets help todays fathers take their rightful place back in the household.