City Initiative to Make Absent Dads Better Parents
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Fathers will be required to take parenting skills workshops, and if they are so inclined, they may attend anger management classes as well as domestic violence prevention courses. Fathers will also be offered employment services if they have a prior criminal record, issues related to substance abuse, experience homelessness, and/or have a poor educational background.
Last year, 1,091 fathers were enrolled, and thanks to the Father Initiative program, 44 percent spent more time with their kids as a result and provided more financial support. With the new expansion in proposal, which is supported by Mayor de Blasio, these numbers should see a spike in the years to come.