Office of Children and Family Services

Fatherhood Initiative

Responsible Fatherhood while in OCFS Care

The Juvenile Justice Fatherhood Initiative provides opportunities for young men in custody to learn and practice basic parenting skills and engage in group discussion on the joys and challenges of being a father. These activities equip young fathers with the skills needed to be a responsible parent. 

MacCormick – Johnson Fatherhood Initiative
The Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University offers a service leadership project at MacCormick Secure Center.  The team provides a positive male influence and expands opportunities for the lives of young men who will be responsible for fathering children upon their release.  The program covers mentorship, support, and educational opportunities through activities focusing on fatherhood, work, and life skills.  Read more.

Celebrating Father’s Day at OCFS Residential Facilities
In recognition of Father’s Day, Brookwood Secure Center holds an Annual Father’s Day Family Program to encourage bonding between father and child.  Since the start of the fatherhood program at Brookwood in 2009, at least two dozen young fathers have participated in fatherhood activities. The Annual Father’s Day event is part of other visits that provide opportunities for young fathers in custody to spend quality time with their child and immediate family members.

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