Action for Children believes that the role of a father in a child’s life has a lasting impact on their child’s future. We work with fathers at every stage of their parenting journey – whether they need help with Child Support, learning new ways to handle tough parenting challenges, learning co-parenting strategies, or establishing a stable income and career.

Below are our current fatherhood programs, tailored to the various stages of a father’s parenting journey. If you have questions about which program is right for you, contact us at (614) 224-0222.

Father Factor

This program is for fathers focused on building, rebuilding or strengthening their relationship with their children, providing parenting tools and resources in a group setting, case management, barrier removal, and employment services.

Who is eligible?

  • (Required) Fathers in Franklin, Licking and Delaware Counties
  • (Required) Fathers of children 18 or younger
  • Fathers that are TANF eligible
  • Incarcerated fathers with an expected release date of 9 months or less

Program goals:

  • Fathers gain skills and strategies through education and coaching in a group setting
  • Fathers have access to intensive case management services to support them in achieving parenting goals and barrier removal
  • Fathers have access to employment services to provide job placement, job training and job skills development

When & Where?

  • Ongoing programming in Franklin, Licking and Delaware Counties
  • In-person and virtual group options

If you have questions about the Father Factor program, please contact Program Manager Ashiko Hudson at ahudson@actionforchildren.org or call (614) 224-0222 ext. 170.

 

The Journey – A Parent’s Voice

This program is for fathers during the establishment phase of Child Support.  In this program, Action for Children  partners with Franklin County Child Support,  Goodwill Columbus and Jewish Family Services to offer full wrap-around parenting, case management and career counseling services and supports to help non-custodial fathers be the very best parent, co-parent and provider they can be.

Who is eligible?

  • TANF eligible fathers in the process of establishing a child support order in Franklin County

Program goals:

  • Fatherhood skills, education, coaching and co-parenting strategies
  • Intensive case management services to achieve parenting goals and overcome barriers
  • Individual career development services to assist with job skills, job training, placement and retention
  • Enhanced non-custodial supports and services provided by Franklin County Child Support

When & Where?

  • Ongoing programming in Franklin County
  • In-person and virtual group options

If you have questions about The Journey program please contact Jeff Kramer at jkramer@actionforchildren.org or call (614) 224-0222 ext. 137

 

Every Child Matters Program

In this program, Action for Children provides fatherhood education and supportive reentry services for juvenile fathers in Department of Youth Services facilities. This program is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Youth Services.

Who is eligible?

  • Juvenile fathers within the Department of Youth Services

Program goals:

  • Fatherhood skills and parenting strategies through group discussion and coaching
  • Reentry services to assist with barrier removal, job training and placement

When & Where?

  • Ongoing in DYS facilities

If you have questions about the Every Child Matters program please contact Jeff Kramer at jkramer@actionforchildren.org or call (614) 224-0222 ext. 137