California

Across every state there are efforts to help support the positive and engaged involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and families. Local schools, faith communities, and community organizations are among the groups providing support and services, as well as hosting family events throughout the year.

This section of Fatherhood.gov is not inclusive of all these efforts, but serves as a starting point to help connect fathers with programs and with each other. If you have a program, resource, or event that you would like us to consider for inclusion on this list, email us at info@fatherhood.gov.

Learn more about efforts in your state:

California State Profile (PDF 335 KB): These fact sheets highlight State programs and strategies to promote parenting and responsible fatherhood.

Highlights

Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP): El Centro CA
Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program (IVROP) is an Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage grantee. Project Juntos continues to serve families in the Imperial Valley through interactive educational classes designed to improve the quality of family relationships. Topics include Healthy Marriage Relationship Skills, Communications Skills, Job Readiness & Career Advancement Skills, and Job Placement. Project Padres (Fathers) is a comprehensive approach to promoting responsible fatherhood with activities designed to promote responsible parenting, healthy relationships, and economic stability.

One of IVROP’s success stories from Project Padres is featured in the DadTalk Blog.

Find more about OFA Grantees (link no longer active) and other Federal Programs (link no longer active) in the DadTalk Blog.

Programs

Responsible fatherhood programs exist all over the country. This section serves as a starting point for fathers looking to connect with programs that can help make them responsible and involved in their child’s life. Inclusion on this list is limited to State-operated and HHS-funded local programs, and DOES NOT constitute an endorsement of the program by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse or the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families' Office of Family Assistance.

If you are looking for a program in your area but don’t see your city listed here, or are looking for assistance with a personal situation, contact us at 1-877-432-3411.

1910 Magnolia Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1220
Phone: 213.342.0100 
 
The California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.  Children's Bureau implements the Dads Matter program using four Family Resource Centers (FRCs) as models to integrate young fathers into the program. Children's Bureau's Dads Matter program specifically targets at-risk adolescents (ages 15-24), and impoverished, immigrant fathers in Orange County.
 
Project Fatherhood
711 S. New Hampshire
Los Angeles, CA 90005-1831
213-260-7600
 
The Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) Project Fatherhood (PF) program provides a comprehensive fatherhood program that integrates responsible parenting activities, economic stability/employment activities, and healthy marriage activities in Los Angeles, CA. The goals of the program are to help fathers establish or strengthen relationships with their children, improve their long-term economic stability, and overcome obstacles that prevent them from being the most effective and nurturing parents.
 
827 Missouri Street Suite 5
Fairfield, CA 94533
Phone: (707) 421-7229
Fax: (707) 421-6495
 
The Children's Network of Solano County's Solano Fathers Network project targets low-income noncustodial fathers in Solano County, CA, who are or at-risk of not paying or only partially paying child support. Solano Fathers Network is a voluntary program with multiple incentives, including the possibility of modification of child support orders, reduction of state-owed arrearages, and suspension of enforcement remedies for participants who successfully participate in the program. Solano Fathers Network offers focused support to fathers so they can improve economic and social viability, and thereby strengthen their ability to be more fully engaged in their children's lives.
 
Health & Human Services
6335 Myrtle Avenue 
Long Beach, CA 90805 
Phone: (562) 570-3300 
Fax: (562) 570-3306
 
The City of Long Beach's Life Coaching and Fundamentals of Fatherhood Project (LCFFP), located in Long Beach, CA, addresses the lack of resources available to low-income fathers in the City of Long Beach (CLB) to ensure that children are healthy, safe, and emotionally secure. The LCFFP improves father involvement through a comprehensive project that creates responsible fatherhood by increasing the economic stability of fathers, increasing their emotional well-being and ability to connect with their children, as well as healthy co-parenting relationships.
 
195 Harvey West Blvd in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 469-1700
 
PAPÁS of the Central Coast is a responsible fatherhood program run by Encompass Community Services (Encompass) in Santa Cruz County, CA. Collaborating with Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO), Inc., PAPAS of Central Coast aims to increase the number of children with involved and loving fathers through strong partnerships with proven, experienced providers of fatherhood involvement services. Partners work together within a trauma-informed care framework to strengthen positive father/child engagement, improve employment and economic mobility, and build lasting healthy couple/co-parenting relationships and marriages.
 
1045 Passiflora Ave, 
Leucadia, CA 92024-2215
 
Healthy Relationships California (HRC) provides responsible fatherhood services through the West Coast Dads and Kids Initiative, headquartered in Leucadia, CA. The program provides comprehensive services that strengthen positive father/child engagement, increase employment and economic mobility, and improve healthy couple/co-parenting relationships across seven west coast metropolitan areas in California, Washington, and Oregon. T
 
For general inquiries:
2500 Bissell Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
510-235-1516
 
Rubicon’s mission is to prepare very low-income people to achieve financial independence and to partner with people with mental illness on their journey to recovery.  Based in Richmond, California, Rubicon has provided employment, housing, mental health, and other supportive services to individuals, especially those who are homeless.
 
1000 Vale Terrace Dr
Vista, CA 92084 
(760) 631-5000
 
Vista Community Clinic, a federally qualified health care center located in San Diego, CA, implements the Dads' Club program to serve low-income fathers, with a focus on young fathers between the ages of 16 and 24, to help them improve their parenting skills and relationships with their partner, children, and community.

Resources

The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes the broad range of federal programs that address the needs of children and families. These programs are at the heart of the federal effort to strengthen families and help all children succeed by bringing new ideas, insights, and leadership on issues that impact the lives of all Americans.

The San Francisco-based Region 9 office serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Learn more about ACF Region 9.

Events

The NRFC Events Calendar lists events throughout the country that are broadly accessible and sponsored by federally funded or recognized and/or national or state-wide fatherhood or related organizations.

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