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Fatherhood Matters Today

CAANH and New Haven Healthy Start have partnered to encourage low-income and non-custodial fathers to become involved with their children. Research shows that fathers who are connected to mothers while they’re pregnant helps to improve birth outcomes. The CAANH program will work collaboratively with NHHS to educate young men and women before and during pregnancy, so they’ll make better choices throughout the course of the relationship and marriage. Healthy men contribute to healthy families and communities; and, connecting mothers and fathers as co-parents will support the positive development of children.

Without active intervention, fathers may not know how to reach out, and when they finally do, the children may not be receptive. Early and active reconciliation and engagement is what we encourage. In the end, poor and/or dysfunctional parenting can leave everyone involved traumatized and regretful because we cannot recapture time that is lost by absence and neglect. Without an intervening force the cycle may, and is most likely to repeat itself. There’s more fatherhood work going on now than ever before, and even more needs to be done. New Haven,for instance, has only one family shelter allowing fathers to stay with their children.

We hope that our efforts together with the M.I.N. Consortium, and Dad and Diamonds are Forever will spark a new and rich dialogue that leads to better outcomes for children and their parents irrespective of their station in life. Our guidance, support,and education combined with others will lead to access to jobs, improved incomes,and new levels of civic involvement that build healthier communities.Giving fathers and those reentering society a second chance is one of the most important keys to a healthy society.

If interested in the Fathershood Matters Today program, please contact:

Germano Kimbro, Fatherhood Engagement/Re-entry Coordinator

(203) 387-7700, ext. 285