Children need loving relationships with their fathers as well as their mothers in order to thrive. The Nurturing Fathers’ Program brings together men from all family circumstances (custodial, non-custodial, step-fathers, new fathers) who need help with understanding how to be nurturing and supportive, while also maintaining their authority and providing consistent guidance and structure.
As a group, participants explore their experiences with their own fathers, and with the guidance of FNC facilitators, they learn about their children’s needs and how to meet them. They learn why they need to be their children’s first teachers, and how important it is to provide loving praise and a nurturing and secure environment for their children to gain self-esteem and confidence. Emphasis is also placed on maintaining a positive and supportive co-parenting relationship with the child(ren)’s mother, whether the parents are together or separated.
FNC typically coordinates 4-6 Nurturing Fathers’ Programs each year, many in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families. Additional programs are offered across Massachusetts by organizations trained by FNC staff. Please see the Nurturing Program Calendar for a full listing. For questions about Nurturing Fathers' Programs, contact John O'Neil.
To get a glimpse of a Nurturing Fathers' group and to learn about the power of fatherhood engagement, check out Dads Rock, a short documentary segment produced by the Children's Bureau, in cooperation with Children's Trust. Our first Nurturing Fathers' Program Director, Haji Shearer, and our current NFP Director, John O'Neil, are featured.