Father absence is a leading cause of teen pregnancy, delinquency, poor academic performance and poverty. It is a 100 billion dollar problem that, if left unaddressed, will spiral out of control catastrophic proportions. The seriousness of father absence is so compelling and significant; and one that affects even the lower animal kingdom, that a special CBS “Sixty Minutes” segment profiled the problem with teenage bull elephants in South Africa in 2003.
In 2009, CEEC was one of ten organizations across the state to be awarded the Ohio Fatherhood Initiative grant to re-engage absent dads in their children’s lives. The purpose of the program was to deliver programming and services to assist fathers in becoming more involved, committed and responsible to improve their children’s outcomes. CEEC’s initiative focused on delivering services inside Ohio’s prisons utilizing a best practice curriculum, Inside/Out Dads, from the National Fatherhood Initiative. In the Families First Fatherhood component, CEEC served more than 116 incarcerated fathers at Allen Correctional Institution; Harborlight Complex and Community Assessment and Treatment Services. The program was so well received that five male facilities have requested programming for the 2010 grant year. This initiative continues to provide training to any father wanting to become a better dad to their children.
If you are interested or know of someone who is interested in the fatherhood training program, please contact the project director, Mr. Ken Jackson, at 216/426-9012. A follow-up program to Inside/Out Dads is the 24/7 Dads training. It is open to the public and there is never a charge for these services.
Inside / Out Dads http://www.fatherhood.org/insideoutdad/
24/7 Dads http://dads24-7.org/index.php
Ohio Fatherhood http://www.fatherhood.ohio.gov/
Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative http://www.fatherhoodinitiative.cuyahogacounty.us/