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PIC is excited to announce its DADS MATTER Project launch in Fayette, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties on July 1, 2016!

DADS MATTER is a responsible fatherhood program designed to support DADS in resolving barriers that impact their abilities to be actively involved with their children. The program will meet the goals of improved family dynamics, increased DAD and child well-being, increased economic stability and mobility, and reduced recidivism among reentering DADS from the justice system. PIC will serve 1,060 DADS over the next 5 years.

Target populations include:

  • DADS with children up to age 24
  • DADS who are living in poverty or at-risk of poverty
  • DADS who are under and unemployed
  • DADS involved in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system
  • DADS reentering communities after incarceration
  • Teen DADS
  • Military and Veteran DADS

An Individualized Education Employment Plan (IEEP) will be developed by each DAD with the assistance and continuous support of the DADS MATTER Team. This approach will connect DADS to services and activities which are evidence-based models that will result in direct benefits to their children, improve the status of DADS both economically & socially and offer DADS other supportive services. The supportive services to be offered by community partners include: substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, domestic violence services, and other ancillary supports.

PIC’s retention plan for DADS includes the use of stipends, incentives, certificates, and recognition of progress. Numerous strategies will be utilized to keep DADS engaged and motivated.

PIC’s past experience as a Responsible Fatherhood Grantee, knowledge and expertise from collaborative partners, and strong presence in the community for more than 32 years are key elements for the success of this DADS MATTER Project!

For more information please call our DADS MATTER team in Greensburg at 724-836-2600.