Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency's Healthy Families Program recognizes how important dads are to the healthy growth and development of their children and to the success of their family. Our Fatherhood Initiative promotes and encourages dads to get involved and to be an active part of their children’s lives.
What exactly is a “dad” and why do dads matter so much in the lives of children? We define a “Dad” as any man who is or wants to be actively involved in raising a child. This includes fathers, step-fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and non-custodial fathers. Dads matter so much in the lives of their children, because studies show that children with involved, loving fathers have a healthier self-esteem, are more likely to do well in school, and exhibit better social behaviors than those children who have uninvolved fathers.
National Fatherhood Initiative
“Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy, and criminal activities compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.”
Healthy Families New York Fatherhood Initiative
The mission of the Healthy Families New York Fatherhood Initiative is to engage fathers and support them in their parenting role to enhance child developmental outcomes and long-term family success.
Healthy Families Cayuga/Seneca currently has over thirty “dads” involved in our program and supports and promotes both the National and Healthy Families New York Fatherhood Initiatives.
We offer the following services:
- Home visits at a time that is convenient for both parents
- Curriculum and information geared toward parenting as a father, including “Maps for Dads”
- Fun activities including group meetings and picnics
- Support for dads with information on positive parent-child interaction, optimal healthy child growth and development and enhanced self-sufficiency
For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.fatherhood.com or call Healthy Families Cayuga/Seneca at (315) 283-2030 ext. 211.