Over 24 million children are growing up in a home without their biological father. Statistics show that if a father is invloved with his child for the first two years of their life, 80% will stay involved. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, feel better about themselves, and are more likely to have good physical and mental health, and, avoid high risk behaviors such as truancy and criminal activity compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.
The mission of the DADS' Connection is to provide opportunities for personal growth and development to men, by empowering them to become responsible fathers to their children and involved members of our community.The majority of our fathers served have been affected by the most common obstacles of employment barriers, such as the lack of education, poor job skills, poor employment histories, criminal backgrounds, and limited transportation. Our program seeks to promote stability in the father -child relationship as well as increase the opportunities for fathers to enhance job skills, education, Job retention, and to consistently meet their Child Support commitments to their children. Most of the fathers involved in our program have come from fatherless homes, and are trying to break the cycle of fatherlessness, poverty, abuse, and neglect.
The DADS' program will continue to connect with our community fathers to identify their individual needs, and determine what services or community resources would be available to assist with their personal journey toward success.