Involved fathers do make a difference.

Helping fathers and children thrive

Children with more involved fathers have healthier, more fulfilling lives with fewer behavioral, emotional and academic issues. The Children’s Center Fatherhood Initiative works to support fathers in our community by helping them play a leading role in their child’s life.

Did you know?

  • Children with involved fathers are less likely to act out in school or engage in risky behaviors in adolescents
  • Research shows that children with more involved fathers experienced fewer  behavioral problems and scored higher on reading achievement
  • Children without a father are twice as likely to drop out of school
  • An active and nurturing style of fathering creates better intellectual functioning and fewer behavioral and emotional problems

We empower fathers

The Children’s Center Fatherhood Initiative is committed to helping fathers, male caregivers and their families achieve positive outcomes and become strong advocates and role models for their children. We do this by providing a range of assistance for fathers:

  • Encourage/Empower Fathers to participate in their child’s mental health system of care
  • Assistance with Friend of Court challenges
  • Fatherhood Support Network with access to “The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad”
  • Father-child social activities, including educational workshops specifically for fathers
  • We educate other service providers to understand the need of fathers, their children and families
  • Advocate for fathers through TCC’s leadership role in the Wayne County Fatherhood Initiative Taskforce

Let’s work together for your child

It’s critically important for fathers to take on a highly active and responsible role in the lives of their children. In a welcoming and supportive environment, we help fathers reconnect with their children and understand the positive and long-term impact they can have on a child’s life.

Fathers matter

Learn how to connect with your children and understand the positive and long-term impact you can have on your child’s life. We encourage you to participate in our Fatherhood Initiative, leadership committees and social activities. As an active member in your child’s life and in our Fatherhood Initiative community, you’ll be shaping your child’s future in important ways. Visit the National Fatherhood Initiative website to learn more about the impact of involved fathers.

Take our survey

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Tips for fathers during challenging times

Are you a father having feelings of anxiety about recent events and are uncertain about what lies ahead? Social separation can make us feel powerless and isolated. There are things you can do to support your family, provide yourself with self-care to reduce the impact of such feelings. Click to read more about parenting tips for dads during the COVID-19.

Join the Consumer Advisory Council!

Do you have a positive outlook? Are you passionate about your child’s care and want the best for all children & families? Are you interested in spreading the word about The Children’s Center through advocacy, volunteerism & community service? If so, The Children’s Center Consumer Advisory Council is right for YOU! To learn more, please contact contact Robin Floyd at 313.262.0975 or

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Contact us today

Give us a call today at 313.262.0944 to learn how you can make the difference in your child’s life.