Community Advocates recognizes that kids need strong, independent, and caring moms and dads. That’s why we’ve partnered with Milwaukee County in their Milwaukee Fatherhood FIRE program, which promotes fathers as Family-focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential in the lives of their children, families, community and society. This program connects fathers with other fathers with similar goals working to improve their lives. Over a period of several weeks, these fathers will work together learning as a team how to develop positive, healthy habits that align with the FIRE qualities.
Fatherhood FIRE serves biological fathers, expectant and adoptive fathers, stepfathers, or a person who is serving as a father figure for a dependent child or young adult up to 24 years old who lives in Milwaukee County.
Fatherhood FIRE involves three blended core program services and workshops:
Healthy Relationships: It is important for children to see examples of healthy marriage or co-parents. Relationships are difficult and take work. Fatherhood FIRE workshops and case management services will help you with things like: communication, conflict resolution, intimate partner violence, knowledge of the benefits of marriage.
Responsible Parenting: Engaged fathers—whether living with or apart from their children, can help foster a child's healthy physical, emotional, and social development. Our Responsible Parenting workshops and case management services were created to help dads become the best father they can be. They will cover topics like: child development and behaviors, how to establish positive communication with children, skills for effective co-parenting, how to set boundaries and use non-violent discipline, strategies for becoming an involved father, skills for age-appropriate play with children, the importance of financially providing for children.
Economic Stability: Everyone can use a little help when it comes to their finances. Whether you know a lot or nothing at all, economic workshops and coaching services will help with: resume development, interviewing skills, employment opportunities, career advancement information, internships and other job training programs.
Upon completion of the Fatherhood FIRE program, Milwaukee County Child Support Services will generously offer you a 50% reduction in state interest OR, if there is no state interest, a 50% reduction in state owed birth expenses.
Milwaukee Fatherhood-FIRE is a project of Milwaukee County Child Support Services. Funding for this project is provided by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Grant #90ZJ0010. The content is solely the responsibility of the Milwaukee County Fatherhood-FIRE program and does not necessary represent the official views of ACF. This program is offered to eligible persons regardless of race, gender, disability, age, or religious affiliation.
MILWAUKEE FATHERHOOD FIRE at COMMUNITY ADVOCATES
4900 W. FOND DU LAC AVE
MILWAUKEE, WI 53216
SATURDAYS: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM FOR 5 CONSECUTIVE SATURDAYS
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH SERVED
WEEKDAYS: TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM FOR 6 CONSECUTIVE WEEKS
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CALL OR TO ENROLL: MARTHA BROCK, 414 737-6510
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4900 W. FOND DU LAC AVE
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