“The relationship is built by how you come across to the dads. At first, you want to spend 90% listening and 10% talking. Remember that you won’t solve everything in a day or a week.”
― Barry McIntosh, Young Fathers of Santa Fe
“Participants must know that if they slip and fall we’ve got them…they have to feel they belong.”
― Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families
Although many fatherhood program activities take place in group settings, critical work can also occur on a one-to-one basis. In fact, whether a father even decides to join a program can depend on the first one-to-one encounter with a staff member. One-to-one interaction and group activities both have important roles in helping fathers successfully complete a program. Workshops led by facilitators can generate tremendous positive energy among a group of fathers and influence retention. Similarly, the quality of individualized interaction and case management can affect how long a person stays in the program and whether he follows through in achieving his goals.