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The Being A Dad Program

The Being a Dad Program is a treatment/prevention program offered by Catholic Family Services of Toronto in conjunction with the Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS). It is offered to fathers who have been abusive to their partners and have active cases with the children’s aid societies. The goal of the program is to increase the emotional and physical safety of children and their mothers. The focus is to assist fathers to end their abuse and to affect positive changes in their parenting.

The group is structured in such a way as to be a partnership with the group leaders and the man’s family service worker.

In practice, this means:

  • The family service worker participates in the screening interview with the man. This ensures that the group leader is clear about the family service worker’s concerns.
  • The man attends an eight week group program.
  • The family service worker attends the “exit interview” with the man and the group leader. This will give the family service worker a sense of how much the man has gained from the group and what concrete plans he has made to ensure no further abuse will occur. This process will also assist the family service worker to evaluate what further actions may need to be taken.

Please note that during the course of the group, the man’s partner will be contacted and services will be offered.

All screening interviews and groups will take place at CCAS/CAS sites.

Please contact Daniel Hinch at (416) 222-0048 for further information.

Click here to view the Being a Dad Brochure