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Healthy Families Rappahannock Area announces the renewal of an educational and support group for fathers using the 24/7 Dad® curriculum. Village Fathers will meet beginning Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mary Washington Hospital. The group is open to all fathers residing in the City of Fredericksburg and the Counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. Click here if you want to be involved with your kids as a father.

Village Fathers, originally supported by the National Fatherhood Initiative, was introduced locally in 2008 when Healthy Families Rappahannock Area was one of eight organizations in Virginia to receive a Fatherhood Resource Center funding award. Village Fathers will once again be led by local volunteer, facilitator, and father of two, Phillip Fields.

According to Michele Powell, Program Manager for Healthy Families Rappahannock Area, “We are thankful for the opportunity to collaborate with the City Reach Ministry program of Strong Tower Ministries to reinvigorate the Village Fathers support group. So many fathers can benefit from a group focusing on their role and the positive impacts they can make in the lives of their children.”

The 24/7 Dad® curriculum focuses on key fathering characteristics like positive role models, discipline, and work/family balance. Group discussion will focus on expressing emotions, anger management, and improving communication skills. The program works to help men evaluate their individual parenting skills and their fathering role models. A program goal is to give fathers the tools they need to be positive and active parents to their children.

The National Fatherhood Initiative has worked since 1994 to improve the overall well-being of children by increasing the number of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.

To register for the Village Fathers support group, please call Healthy Families Rappahannock Area at 540-374-3366, ext. 116.

To obtain additional information on Healthy Families Rappahannock Area or to make a referral, please call Michele Powell, Program Manager, at 540-374-3366, ext. 118 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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