CII Program Update
Family Support Services
Besides providing direct services to families, CII partners with other nonprofit and government agencies. Project Fatherhood Director Alan-Michael Graves currently co-leads a team at DCFS dedicated to reducing disparities for African American children in the child welfare system.
Project Fatherhood Partners with Department of Children & Family Services
Through this partnership, DCFS and Project FatherhoodSM established the Los Angeles Fatherhood Network (LAFN), which advocates for fathers’ rights, supports their involvement in their children’s lives, provides them with essential resources and, most importantly, addressing disparities many fathers face.
“We recently conducted our first Father Engagement Survey,” says Graves. “We found that many fathers still feel that DCFS doesn’t value their involvement and that social workers don’t understand their stories.”
As a result, Project Fatherhood now trains staff in DCFS’s Pomona, Vermont Corridor, Lancaster, Palmdale, and Wateridge offices to ensure that fathers are consistently engaged in the lives of their children. Plans are underway to expand training in the coming months.
“The research is clear: children do better in every measure of development when there is a responsibly involved father in their lives. For the past 20 years Project Fatherhood has expanded the number of fatherhood groups and trained other agencies in the model. We’re excited to make a positive change in the systems fathers have to navigate.”Alan-Michael Graves
Director of Project FatherhoodSM