Waypoint is excited to announce a new initiative called the Caring Dads Program, which will be added to the multitude of services offered by the Domestic Violence Program. The Caring Dads Program has a goal of helping fathers improve their relationships with their children and end controlling, abusive, and neglectful behavior.
Fathers are an incredibly important part of a child’s life and can have a positive influence on their growth and development. Those who are involved and have a positive relationship with their children can enhance their children’s academic, personal, and social development and success. Unfortunately, fathers can also have a negative impact on their child’s life when they do not understand the feelings and needs of their child, harshly discipline them, argue frequently with the child’s mother, or use abusive and controlling behavior.
The program is a 17-week support group that will offer men opportunities to connect with other fathers and learn about themselves and their parenting through group discussions, exercises, and homework. The program will allow fathers to develop skills to cope with frustrating situations in healthy ways, understand how different fathering strategies and choices can effect children, increase their awareness of controlling, abusive, and neglectful attitudes and behaviors, and learn strategies to strengthen relationships with their children.
Anyone who is interested in joining this group can contact Alexis Chadwick, Caring Dads Program Coordinator, at 319.550.0248. The group is funded by Linn County Decaregorization.
Throughout the month of October, Waypoint will be working share information about domestic violence, healthy relationships, and what resources are available to those who may need support. This year, the program is facing an 8% funding cut, so community support is now more important than ever.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Waypoint is proud to be part of the effort to end domestic violence in our community. Domestic violence is a complex issue and requires a variety of approaches and solutions to help individuals from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and income levels move forward.