Launching the New Caring Dads Website
Caring Dads is growing!
As we have often said, our aim in developing this program was to fill a gap that we saw in our community. We needed a program that could genuinely engage with fathers and work with them to contribute to the safety and well-being of children and their mothers. We also needed this program to be accountable to the community and integrated with other services to end violence. Little did we know that this program would spread so rapidly and widely!
As many of you may already know, Caring Dads is currently implemented through a network of Facilitators and Trainers in Canada, the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Australia and other locations around the globe. Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to the program. We recognize that your work has been so integral to the widespread, evidence-based support Caring Dads enjoys today.
Bold new goals.
As the Caring Dads program has grown, issues of quality and sustainability have come to the forefront. As many of you know, over the past two years, we have been working to develop a framework to ensure that the quality of the Caring Dads program is consistent across sites. We have also been working on the development of a number of resources to support quality program implementation and to transform Caring Dads into a sustainable social enterprise.
We’re also connecting with the wider Caring Dads family to share with you our plans for expansion of the program in the future. Caring Dads has always, at its core, been about protecting and safeguarding children and their mothers.
"Our goal, over the next three years, is to establish over 600 new Caring Dads programs worldwide, servicing nearly 8000 fathers annually, and thereby ensuring the safety of almost 11,000 mothers and over 18,000 children. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is a very exciting prospect indeed!"
A new brand identity
An integral part of the new direction of Caring Dads is our updated brand identity. Our new logo reflects the kind of compassion and empathy we seek to develop in the fathers who progress through Caring Dads group programs.
By working with these fathers to change patterns of abuse, increase awareness and application of child-centered fathering and promoting respectful co-parenting with children’s mothers, we are working to develop scenes like the one depicted in our logo: family relationships based on recognition, kindness and understanding.
A new way to connect.
Just as we are working hard to expand the Caring Dads program, we are equally invested in enhancing the support and development of our Facilitators and Trainers. We have redesigned the program as a social enterprise with the aim of creating the leading, international network of clinicians working in the fields of domestic and gendered violence. One of the many tools available to accredited Caring Dads professionals is our new website which launches today.
A key feature is the new online Professional Portal where you can communicate and share your experiences with other Caring Dads professionals in the Forum, and access resources directly from the program's developers in the Resources section (this second version is much more user-friendly than our first attempt). As an accredited Caring Dads professional you will also receive ongoing program updates, regular newsletters and full participation in all the Caring Dads Program Evaluation Research. There will be some changes to how we do things, but it is our hope that these changes will be of benefit to everyone.
New team members.
We would also like to introduce the two new members of our team, Marty Menard and Jean-Paul Mouton. As our Social Enterprise lead, Jean-Paul has been integral to helping us pull together this new model for Caring Dads. He will be the main point of contact for Caring Dads in the UK, Europe and Australia and is working with us to respond to requests from other parts of the world. Marty is our Enterprise Development specialist in North America will be the main point of contact for all Canadian and US Caring Dads sites.