Welcome to New Pathways

New Pathways for Good Dads (NPGD) is designed to help a low-income dad make changes to be a good dad who is actively engaged with his children. The NPGD program includes the following:

  • Fatherhood Development
  • Stress & Anger Management
  • Job Assessment
  • Family Budgeting & Counseling
  • Relationship Skills Training for Dads & Their Partners
  • What Kind of Relationship Do You Want
  • Problem Behaviors
  • Smart Love
  • Good Communication Skills
  • Co-Parenting
  • Help for Dads with Past Legal Issues
  • Child Support Training
  • Individual, Group and Family Advising
  • Father-to-Father Mentoring
  • Effects of Your Background
  • Decision Making
  • Hidden Issues and Danger Signs
  • Safe and Healthy Relationships

The number and kinds of services a father receives depends on his needs. Some dads have child support concerns; some do not.  Some are becoming new dads; others have been fathers for some time. Some are in a relationship with the mother of their child; others are doing it alone. Each father will have an Individual Service Plan (ISP) designed to help him receive the maximum benefit from the NPGD program.

Welcome to New Pathways

New Pathways for Good Dads offers both: a guide and companions intended to help you reach your goals for being a good dad.

When you choose a new path and invest in a new journey, NPGD also invests in you.

We want you to be the best dad you can be. Along the way we will recognize your progress in a number of different ways ​including:

  • Awards and recognition
  • Gift certificates for activities to do with your child(ren)
  • Gift cards, certificate, t-shirt, and a suit for graduation
  • Other tools good dads need

Overcoming Obstacles

Any new path or adventure is bound to have some obstacles along the way. NPGD has a number of ways to address concerns that might discourage a father's progress.

Depending on the site where classes are offered and the time of day, child care and food will be available. For those living in Greene County, some transportation assistance is available.

Ask yourself what is really important and then have the courage to build your life around the answer. "
— Lee Jampolsky, M.D.


The easiest way is to complete and submit the form below where you can indicate your interest in NPGD. When that information is received, a Good Dads staff person will contact you to arrange a time when the two of you can sit down to learn more about your needs and concerns.

You may also call the Good Dads office at 417.501.8867 or stop by to get more information. We are located in downtown Springfield at 205 W. Walnut, Ste. 10. We are just a half block west of the intersection of Walnut and South Streets, in the back portion of the Great Southern Bank building.


NPGD has a number of partners in Greene County.  In some cases, you can begin the process of enrolling in the NPGD program at these sites.  These include the following:

  • Ascent Recovery Residences
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Greene County Prosecuting Attorney - Child Support Office
  • Jordan Valley Health Center
  • Mountain Moving Ministries (Mt. Grove)
  • Family Restoration Center (Stockton)
  • Missouri Job Center
  • New Beginning Sanctuary
  • OACAC Head Start
  • Pregnancy Care Center
  • Recovery Outreach Services, LLC
  • Victory Mission
  • The Alliance of Southwest Missouri (Joplin)
  • Restoration of Hope Project, Elevate Kansas City, Elevate Branson


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