Being a dad is one of the most important jobs a man can have. A loving and nurturing father improves outcomes for children, families and communities. Recent research results show that fathers who live with their children are more likely to have a close, enduring relationship with their children. Other results show that children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior, and avoid high-risk behaviors including drug use, truancy, and criminal activity.
Providing services to fathers is crucial, but does not have to mean starting a new project to serve men. Many fatherhood initiatives are part of larger organizations and include family services, job training and social services. Others are small organizations focused only on fatherhood. Regardless of a program's scope, any fatherhood effort can succeed when certain strategies are used effectively.
A fatherhood program can have many priorities:
Helping dads learn about positive parenting
Counseling men in their relationships with their children and their children's mother
Supporting men to become more self-sufficient in supporting their families
Supporting Father Involvement (SFI), an evidence-based research intervention, was funded by the California Department of Social Services' Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) from 2002 until 2012.
The Study was employed to:
(1) determine the effectiveness of increasing positive father involvement within their families,
(2) reduce child abuse and neglect, and
(3) measure organizational culture change to determine if the family resource center implementing the intervention had an increase in father participation in their other programs and services.
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes for children and their families.
Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
A Trauma-Informed Book Club!
Here is a great way to become trauma-informed and build your knowledge around adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and resiliency.
Inspired by an ACEs Connection idea, we are following along, sharing with you one book each month that focuses on the issues of trauma and toxic stress in children and in our communities. Read along with us, and use the discussion questions to further the conversation around this timely and important topic. Join us on our Facebook page to discuss the follow-up questions each month for a more in-depth understanding of how trauma, ACEs, and resiliency are inter-related and impact our community.
We are starting off our first month with the book, Help for Billy, by Heather T. Forbes.
This book is based off of the neuroscience of emotions and behavior. It is a type of help guide for families and teachers that struggle with children that have been through trauma. The book provides tables, outlines and lists that will help a traumatized child succeed.
What does it mean to have a trauma-sensitive focus?
Name 3 things you have learned from Help For Billy and how you could use them in your daily life.
Should children learn different coping mechanisms at a young age?
Should children be offered to take a trauma-informed class in school?
Free Mandated Reporter Training
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings. Open to parents, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE.
Steering Committee, Tuesday, March 12, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.
Next CAPC Meeting
CAPC meetings are the third Monday of every other month.
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.
Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway,Jackson, CA 95642