Children's Bureau, Inc. - Fatherhood Engagement

By: Children's,bureau,indianapolis  11/22/2011

The Importance of Fatherhood - - Fathers Matter!
About Our Programs Our Father Engagement programs are a collaborative partnership between the Department of Child Service and the fathers and families of children who are in the Child Welfare system. The focus of the program is to engage fathers to increase contact with their children, improve their fathering skills, and connect them to Community resources to strengthen the entire family. Our goal is to work with fathers, both individually and in groups to strengthen their parenting skills, increase contact with their children and help them be a better dad. See the map (right) which shows the Indiana regions and counties served by Children's Bureau.
How You Can Get Involved Make a donation of clothes, bus passes, gas gift cards or a financial gift to be used to assist our work with fathers. You can volunteer your time to mentor a dad or come speak to our groups about your experiences as a struggling dad. You can assist our dads with employment opportunities or trade skill development. You may also serve on our local Advisory Committees which meets regularly to discuss resources, employment opportunities, education resources and help our program develop our resource network.
Advisory Committee We are seeking advisory committee members who would meet regularly to help evaluate community resources, find financial resources, evaluate service delivery and help our program develop an enhanced resource network within each community served. We are looking for representatives from the faith based community, attorneys, work force development, law enforcement, mental health providers, educational professionals and fathers who care to help and support dads. To get involved please contact one of the offices listed below:
Region Counties Served Phone
Region 7 Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Jay, Randolph 765-381-0210
Region 8 Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo 812-231-8607
Region 9 Boone, Hendricks, Montgomery, Morgan, Putnam 317-745-6496
Region 10 Marion 317-686-0161
Region 11 Hamilton, Hancock, Madison, Tipton 317-770-8328
Region 12 Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Rush, Union, Wayne 765-827-2045
Region 14 Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Shelby 317-535-3326
Region 15 Decatur, Dearborn, Jefferson, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland 765-827-2045
Why Get Involved? The statistics of absent and/or unengaged fathers and the impact on children is staggering. Fathers matter in the lives of their children. The following statistics feature outcomes of children from unengaged, fatherless households, compared to children whose fathers are involved. Children from unengaged fathers are:
  • Five times more likely to live in poverty.
  • Three times more likely to fail in school.
  • Two times more likely to develop emotional and/or behavioral problems.
  • Two times more likely to abuse drugs.
  • Two times more likely to be abused and neglected.
  • Two times more likely to become involved in crime.
  • Three times more likely to commit suicide.

When you actively get involved, you help us advocate,
educate, and empower our community’s fathers!

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