Fathering Together envisions an equitable world where fathers* invest in their families and communities.
Fathering Together empowers fathers to be agents for positive change.
Advocacy, Community, Education, Equity, and Service* We define “father” as anyone who identifies as a father figure. This can include, but is not limited to biological, by marriage, adoptive, grandparents, uncles, and older siblings as well as cisgendered, non-binary, and those on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. We invite all individuals who identify as fathers into our communities and to participate in our programs. (see our full inclusivity statement here).
It’s simple. Our kids are too important for us to not do everything we can to be the best dads we can be!
We are critical to their development and we must advocate for a world that is ready for their amazing smiles, laughter, and energy.
We recognize that not every day has the tools or resources to be the best dad they can be. Heck, all of us on the leadership team struggle too!
So, we created Fathering Together to help!
We create communities to provide SUPPORT, hold one another ACCOUNTABLE, offer space to be VULNERABLE, and work toward EQUITY for all.
The Research is Clear
Numerous studies have shown the positive impact a father’s presence can have on their children and vice versa.
- Children have higher self-esteem.
- Children form stronger attachments and healthier friendships.
- Dads tend to find stable and secure employment.
- Involved dads tend to be healthier, show fewer signs of depression, and have better longevity due to reduction in risky behaviors.
- Moms have better mental health trajectories when partners took paternity leave.
- Astone, N., & Peters, E. (2014). Longitudinal influences on men’s lives: Research from the transition to fatherhood project and beyond. Fathering, 12, 161-173.
- Kotila, L., & Dush, C. (2013). Involvement with children and low-income fathers’ psychological well-being. Fathering, 11, 306-326.
- Cardenas, S.I., Corbisiero, M.F., Morris, A.R. et al. Associations between Paid Paternity Leave and Parental Mental Health Across the Transition to Parenthood: Evidence from a Repeated-Measure Study of First-Time Parents in California. J Child Fam Stud 30, 3080–3094 (2021).
So Let's Reimagine Fatherhood!
Fathering Together sees a world where dads are more than breadwinners. We see dads creating a more equitable society where our kids will thrive and be free from harm.
As fathers it is time we live into our full humanity and manifest equitable structures at home, at work, and in our communities. We are integral to creating social change, so let’s STAND UP and be counted.
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Dads are critical parts of families, but they don’t always have the tools, resources or community they need to be the best father they can be.
Fathering Together is here to help. We work to create communities, provide education and act as a conduit to resources that empower all dads be more engaged and emotionally connected to their partners and families.
- children benefit from being cared for by their fathers
- fathers are equipped care for the needs of their children
- employers see the value of a gender equitable workplace and take proactive approaches to making this so
- children are raised and cared for by both parents
- a dads’ mental health is recognized and supported
- dads are seen as caregivers
- dads step up to advocate for their children to make a more gender and racially equitable world
Fathering Together sees a world where fatherhood is reimagined to be more than a financial provider to one where dads create a more equitable society where there kids will thrive and be free from harm.
We see equity manifesting both in our workplaces and in our homes and dads play an integral role in creating social change at work, at home and in their community.
- Attract, recruit and retain top talent
- Create a diverse and inclusive workplace
- Achieve more gender equal outcomes
- Support employee productivity and mental health (1)
- Build employee resilience and psychological safety
1) Promundo, State of the world's fathers 2021: Structural solutions to achieve equality in care work. https://promundoglobal.org/resources/state-of-the-worlds-fathers-2021/
2) Schaeffer, Charles, It's time to support fathers' mental health. Seleni, https://www.seleni.org/advice-support/2018/3/12/its-time-to-support-fathers-mental-health-eb5th