DADS MATTER is a voluntary fatherhood program designed to support dads in resolving barriers. There are no income eligibility requirements and all fathers, expecting fathers, and father figures are welcome to attend. Father figures can include any man in a childcaring role, including adoptive fathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, older siblings/relatives, and men with partners who have children.
This program encourages dads to be the BEST that they can be and consists of services using evidence-based curricula to encourage Responsible Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage/Relationships, Economic Stability, and Workforce Trainings to improve employment skills and attain job certifications.
DADS MATTER is located in Beaver, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania and the goal is to provide services to 1,100 dads through September 2025.
An Individualized Development Plan (IDP) will be developed jointly with the support of the DADS MATTER Team. This approach will connect dads to services and activities that should result in direct benefits to their children, improve the status of dads both economically & socially, and offer dads a variety of supportive services.
Topics of discussion include Balancing Work and Family Life, Communication and Problem-Solving, Nurturing Our Children and Ourselves, Teamwork and Co-parenting, and Financial Education. Flexible hours are available, including evenings and weekends. Strategies are utilized to keep dads engaged and motivated by providing each dad with opportunities to have a voice and network with other dads.