Alameda County Fathers Corps
Established in 2013, the Fathers Corps is a collaboration between First 5 Alameda County, Alameda County Public Health Department, and Alameda County Social Services. The Fathers Corps is a county-wide team of male service providers trained to help strengthen families by fostering constructive engagement of fathers in the care and upbringing of their children.
The Fathers Corps is designed to increase involvement of fathers in their children's lives by focusing on factors specific to the needs of men and the challenges they face in fulfilling their role as fathers. Since June 2014, the Fathers Corps has graduated an energetic team of 49 male Father Engagement Specialists and 15 male Father Engagement Mentors. After participating, Fathers Corps learning community members reported work-related improvements in a number of areas including increased knowledge of child development; feeling more supported in their work with fathers of young children; and feeling more connected to other male providers in the community.
We are pursuing this work with firm commitment to the mission of the Fathers Corps, i.e., to promote and support fathers and father figures to be meaningfully engaged with their children and families, and to advocate for family service providers to provide father friendly services and to assist fathers in strengthening their parenting skills.
We concluded the third year of the Fathers Corps in June 2016. We will be launching the fourth cohort of male service providers in September 2016. The upcoming learning community will not only include the early childhood topics, it will also include a more intentional focus on encouraging and supporting participants to work with their home agencies to adopt and implement the Father Friendly Principles. The invitation to join the Fathers Corps will be available by mid-August. If you have any questions please contact Kevin Bremond.
Click the links below to learn more.
Alameda County Board of Supervisors has adopted our Father Friendly Principles
Read all about the February 2015 official adoption of principles developed by the Alameda County Fathers Corps in the February FYI.
Read the Official Resolution.
For more information about the Fathers Corps contact Kevin Bremond.