“This is more than a job. It’s got to be a calling. Even if you weren’t paid for this job, you’d still be doing something like this in your life.” - Patricia Littlejohn, South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families
While leaders can bring vision, and services may attract participants, most fatherhood practitioners recognize that the quality of frontline staff is what ultimately determines whether men commit to a fatherhood program. To fulfill their mission, fatherhood programs need well trained staff who understand the challenges facing participants and the various factors that contribute to success. Organizational decision makers, leadership, and direct service staff must share a level of commitment and investment to fatherhood. Careful attention should be paid to hiring and training new staff and providing ongoing support and development for existing staff.