The Caring Dads Model
The Caring Dads program was specifically designed from the premise that violence against women and violence against children are intricately intertwined, and that these two issues both can and should be addressed together. The program was developed in collaboration with child protective services, batterer intervention programs, children's mental health agencies, women's advocates, centers for children and families involved in the justice system, family resource agencies and probation and parole services. Furthermore, the university-community partnership at the heart of this program means Caring Dads is based on a solid foundation of both theory and practice. For more information about the independently verified results achieved through implementation of our intervention program in Canada, the UK, the USA, Australia and Europe, please see our Impact page here or download the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Report here.
Professionals and organizations who seek accreditation in the practice of the Caring Dads group intervention model are typically those working with fathers (including biological, step, or common-law fathers) who have who have physically abused, emotionally abused or neglected their children, or exposed their children to domestic violence, or who are deemed to be at high-risk for these behaviors. Currently accredited professionals include batterer intervention program group leaders, child protection workers, counselors working within child and family mental health services, victim advocates, probation officers and their supervisors and managers, psychologists, violence prevention educators, substance abuse counselors, healthcare workers, police officers, native leaders, clergy and military personnel.
We've designed Caring Dads to be accessible and practicable. Working with us to implement the model in your organization or community is a simple three step process that leads to rewarding, and empirical supported results.