Village Fathers is a fatherhood education program and support group sponsored by Healthy Families Rappahannock. Its goal is to help fathers improve their parenting skills by promoting healthy and positive attitudes towards fatherhood and parenting.

According to a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, “7 in 10 adults say it’s equally important for new babies to bond with their mother and their father.” Village Fathers equips dad to do just that, forge a bond with their children while learning how to raise them in tandem with the other parent.

The program offers twelve weekly sessions to help fathers to connect with other dads to develop relationships, understand fatherhood and their role in the lives of their children, learn how to parent and co-parent, and more. Upon completing the program, fathers in the Village Fathers program will be seen as more positive role models and active parents in their children’s lives.

The 12 Week Program includes the following sessions:

1. Family History
2. What It Means to be a Man
3. Showing and Handling Feelings
4. Men’s Health
5. Communication
6. The Father’s Role
7. Discipline
8. Children’s Growth
9. Getting Involved
10. Working with Mom and Co-Parenting
11. Dads and Work
12. My 24/7 Dad Checklist

Interested in participating in the Village Fathers program? Learn more at, or by calling 540-374-3366 x114.

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