.The Fraternity of Fathers Rally, in collaboration with Starfish Family Services, will showcase the Zero to Thrive Fraternity of Fathers (FOF) Program. Fraternity of Fathers is a group based engagement program for fathers with child(ren) ages 0-5. We developed this program alongside Starfish Family Services in Wayne County and have been running groups out of their Head Start location since 2017. The groups have been very well received and proven effective to support dads.
Overall, FOF is a resilience-building and relationship-focused engagement intervention. It utilizes adventure therapy activities to deliver content around parenting topics while eliciting emotional displays of joy, pride, disappointment or even frustration and anger, which then are debriefed and reflected upon. We understand the way a dad shows up in the adventure activities and handles the team challenges as a good entry point to discuss how he is generally approaching/coping with challenges in his life (e.g., work, parenting, family conflicts/challenges). This format allows fathers to practice skills needed in understanding their reactions around parenting their child(ren) and co-parenting with their spouse/parenting partner (e.g., emotion regulation, teamwork, communication).