The Dad Allies Initiative launched out of our third-annual Fatherhood Summit’s last-day planning session. The group created its North Star Father-Friendly Principles and endorsed the training series strategy. This work draws upon the tremendous system change successes of the Fathers Corps, a program of First 5 Alameda County.
Dad Allies activities build community and program capacity to increase fatherhood specific and inclusive education and support services so that men (father figures) can become the fathers they want to be, and their children and families need them to be.
Dad Allies consists of three main components:
- A series of fathering Community Cafés across the state, and within specific populations, to lift up the voices of fathers, engage community providers, and coalesce around our North Star Father Friendly Principles.
- Formation and promotion of a set of Father Friendly North Star Principles that will guide our collective work to transform systems for child and families. We want all our partners to implement the Principles at their home agency and promote these Principles with their partners.
- Conduct a monthly training series for providers, delivered by local and national thought leaders on timely issues facing fathers and father figures in meeting their needs for education and support to build a strong father friendly provider network.