The Fatherhood Task Force of South Florida's mission is to facilitate the involvement of fathers in children's lives and to eliminate the barriers preventing fathers engagement. We stress the inclusion of father strengthening programs in organizations as essential to building healthy families and securing the well-being of children. We proudly printed our lst Fatherhood Magazine for new, expectant and new fathers focusing on their health, mental health and involvement as they effect birth outcomes. Our lst published Neighborhood Dads Book stresses the importance of father involvement in the academic and social lives of children at home, in schools and in the community. These books are used in conjunction with the training for our Fatherhood Reading Squad program following fathers who read in schools. Our Fathers in Education Day and Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week, a collaboration with M-DCPS & The Parent Academy is celebrating its sixth year and the increase of father involvement in the education of children. Our preventive work focuses on developing classes for high school students on aspects of consistent fatherhood and its effect on children’s lives from a social policy and social issues perspective.
Fathers participating in Fatherhood Reading Squad program
Fatherhood Task Force mission is to advocate for father involvement in children’s lives by emphasizing the importance of their health, mental health and engagement with their children. We provide programs, workshops and conferences engaging fathers to become advocates and educators for their children. We collaborate with schools and community organizations to provide programming and partner with policy makers to identify resolutions and bills which will increase father involvement in families.
Neighborhood Dads Book follows fathers who participated in the Fatherhood Reading Squad program by reading and telling stories to school children. This book is used for training to invite more schools to participate in the programs and more fathers to be involved in the academic and social lives of their children.
One of our goals of the Fatherhood Task Force is to find funding for Paternal Health Care & Education for expectant and new fathers so that fathers receive services to be prepared emotionally and physically to become fathers. Our goal is to print the Fatherhood Magazine in English, Spanish and Creole as a supportive piece emphasizing needed services for future, expectant and new fathers are needed.
Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week Community Workshops
The Fatherhood Task Force works with schools and community organizations to sponsor workshops during Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week on issues of parenting, advocacy and community involvement.
Fatherhood Reading Squad Mentoring Training Program invites fathers into schools to read and tell stories while networking with other fathers around parenting issues.
Fatherhood Reading Squad & Mentoring Program
Fathers and father figures are trained to be effective leaders for new readers during which time they learn how to engage children in learning, how to help with comprehension and encourage participation and empathy
Fathers in Education Day & Fathers in Action & Advocacy Programs
Fathers in Education Day Initiative involves MDCPS schools reaching out to fathers and father figures to read, tell stories or share interests with children to increase the involvement of fathers in the academic and social lives of children while role modeling positive male interaction with children. Fathers in Action & Advocacy Week invites schools and community organizations to provide workshops on parenting, advocacy, legislation and safety to encourage neighborhood advocacy and family strengthening.
Paternal Health Care & Education Conference /Fatherhood Magazine
Focused on future dads, expectant and new and seasoned fathers this Conference and related workshops focus on providing information on health and health care including physical and mental health preparation for parenthood and education that will prepare men for fatherhood and help them adapt to their new role in their family and in the community. Since fathers’ health and behavior is an indicator affecting birth outcomes this information is an important aspect of the information shared during the Conference. As a result of this work the lst Fatherhood Magazine for future, expectant and new fathers was published.
Neighborhood Dads Book
Neighborhood Dads Book follows fathers who participated in the Fatherhood Reading Squad program reading and telling stories to school children. The book is used as a training for schools who are interested in starting the program at their location and dads who want to become involved in the schools.
This prevention oriented program is geared to high school students focusing on aspects of fatherhood from a social policy and social issue perspective. Fathers will share their real stories with the students and how they managed their challenges without an involved father. The interactive format promises to be engaging and supportive raising awareness about issues to be considered early on that pertain to ones health, social and personal relationships and goals.
Career Source South Florida Workforce Investment
General Board Member
Marilyn Blumberg, Esq
Private Family Law Practice
This organization's financial statements were independently submitted and have not been verified by The Miami Foundation.