Fathers, Families and Healthy Communities (FFHC) confronts racism, poverty and policy that limit relationships between African American fathers and their children. Through training, collaborative partnerships and advocacy, FFHC creates new pathways for men to connect with their children, their families and their communities. FFHC believes fathers are an underutilized resource and an overlooked asset that can help break the cycle of poor child outcomes in many of our communities. By connecting African American fathers and their families to a range of services and resources, FFHC provides fathers with the tools they need to meaningfully engage with their families, improve relationships with their children and their children’s mothers, – and ultimately to give their children a better chance at success.
FFHC works directly with fathers to foster communities of support in hopes of eliminating their sense of isolation and empowering them. FFHC believes the strength of utilizing a peer group model is two-fold. First, is its ability to help fathers develop a community of mutual aid. Second, it creates opportunities for fathers to share, compare, and highlight their challenges and successes as men and fathers. This peer group work helps FFHC assess and support the emerging needs of fathers. FFHC works to grow and maintain service partner network that assists fathers in meeting their needs in a customized fashion. Additionally, the peer groups keep FFHC abreast of the successes, as well as challenges, that fathers face. This real-time feedback influences the ongoing evaluation of how well FFHC’s practice and policy initiatives are meeting the needs of father FFHC is serving.