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 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 Help@FatherhoodGov.Info.

Learn more about efforts in your state:

Illinois State Profile (PDF 212 KB): These fact sheets highlight State programs and strategies to promote parenting and responsible fatherhood.


Haymarket Center: Chicago, IL
The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community. For chemically dependent fathers, establishing and repairing relationships with their children is an important part of their recovery. The Haymarket Center Fatherhood program supports healthy relationships, responsible parenting, and economic stability through multiple services, including counseling, case management, and curriculum-based training.

Find more about OFA Grantees and other Federal Programs in the DadTalk Blog.


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.

4800 N. Marine Drive
Chicago, IL 60640-4220
Phone: (773) 275-6233
Fax: (773) 275-6288
The overall goal of Fatherhood University is to improve the well-being of children and families by strengthening the skills and abilities of fathers to positively engage with their children, to provide for their children, and to build healthy relationships. Fatherhood University participants improve communication and conflict resolution skills, increase knowledge and strategies for making healthy relationship choices, increase frequency of contacts with children, improve nurturing and parenting skills, increase financial responsibility, and increase employment skills.


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 Chicago-based ACF Region 5 office serves Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Learn more about ACF Region 5.


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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