In Kansas City, residents are seeing unprecedented statistics for criminal re-offense, gangs, high school dropouts, and youth suicides. Studies point to a correlation between these rates and fatherlessness in the home. In fact, 63% of youth suicides and 85% of incarcerated youth come from fatherless homes. In Kansas City specifically, 43% of homes don’t have a father.
The infrastructure in Kansas City has supported single mothers for years with effective programs, but the needle isn’t moving. We need to continue to support single moms, but we are losing ground if we fail to look at the reasons moms and children are living without a dad in the home.
That’s where Good Dads Kansas City steps in. Our team of leaders and facilitators use multiple programs from Good Dads Springfield’s evidenced-based curriculum to train, equip, and develop men to be the fathers they were created to be.
Since February 2022, we trained over 45 men in our first two programs and have two more programs planned in the fall. Each session lasts for two hours and runs between 4 to 22 weeks. Here is what some of the men said about participating in Good Dads Kansas City meetings:
We see genuine transformation in the men, and the changed behavior is palpable.
The long-term goal of Good Dads Kansas City is to see the entire Kansas City area transformed to the point that fathers are actively engaged in their children’s lives. The pain of abandonment and neglect will take time to overcome. Transformation is possible when men step up, take responsibility and become Good Dads.
For more information about Good Dads Kansas City and the programs that are offered, please visit our website gooddadskc.com, call 972-935-4613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos courtesy of Good Dads Kansas City.