Fatherhood Responsibility Program
In an effort to strengthen families, the Urban League of Greater Madison created our Fatherhood Responsibility Program to assist the fathers of economically disadvantaged children. The program assists fathers in finding and keeping living wage jobs, increasing their involvement with their children, and managing child support obligations. Participants in the program receive:
Career Counseling Services:
Our career counseling services include job search and job placement assistance, training in job readiness and workplace expectations, occupational skills training in some instances, and employment retention and career planning services for up to two years.
Fatherhood Development Workshops:
These workshops are designed to deepen fathers' relationships with their children by addressing issues of responsible parenting, visitation, and custody. Weekly workshops are led by trained facilitators and focus on personal development, life skills, parenting skills, and interpersonal relationship skills.
Inividualized Case Management:
Urban League's approach to individualized case management includes information about and assistance navigating the family court system, help developing manageable support orders, and referral to other support services including adult basic education, AODA and mental health counseling, housing, and many more.
Additionally, because many services are provided in a group setting, participants have the opportunity to learn in a peer-support system, sharing experiences and pushing each other to overcome obstacles.
Major financial contributors to the Fatherhood Responsibility Program include Dane County Human Services, United Way of Dane County, City of Madison Office of Community Services, First Baptist Church, and contributions from individuals and local businesses.