Keweenaw Family Resource Center helps dads and father-figures gain the skills and support they need to be involved in their children’s lives by providing through our Dad’s Parenting Toolbox by utilizing two researched-based programs. Dad Cafe’s and 24:7 DAD.


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Cafés are spaces where people talk and listen to each other on topics that matter to them. Topics include challenges and victories of raising a family, navigating landscapes of inequality, enhancing well-being. Even being involved in the recovery process of someone they love. Through individual deep self-reflection and peer-to-peer learning, participants explore their strengths. As they learn about Protective Factors, they will create strategies from their own wisdom and experiences to strengthen their families. Participants leave Cafés feeling inspired, energized, and excited to put into practice what they’ve learned.

Cafés are a highly sustainable with model used nationwide. As a result, Cafés engage and affirm parents as leaders. They were developed as an in-person experience and have now been adapted, with fidelity, to be hosted online.

24:7 DAD

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24:7 DAD is a 12-session workshop. The goal for this program is to give participants the parenting, relationship, and communication skills they need to be involved, responsible, and committed fathers. 

Developed by fathering and parenting experts, 24:7 Dad® is the most widely used evidence-based program designed specifically for fathers. It focuses on the characteristics that men need to be involved fathers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This community-based program helps men develop the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they need to get—and stay—involved with their children. 24:7 Dad® focuses on key fathering characteristics—like masculinity, discipline, and work/family balance—and helps men evaluate their own parenting skills, as well as their fathering role models.

“Research shows that a major barrier to father involvement is a lack of skills in dads, many of whom grew up without fathers in their lives. At a time when 1 in 4 children live in father-absent homes” – Christopher Brown, President of National Fatherhood Initiative

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