Services for young dads

Fatherhood Initiative | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Family Services Caregiver

The Fatherhood Initiative helps young dads who do not live with their children learn about parenting. Fathers ages 18 and older can get up to six months of case management and up to a year of follow-up services.

Services from the Fatherhood Initiative include:

  • Help co-parenting with the child’s guardian
  • Parenting skills classes
  • Help getting a job or going to school
  • Child visitation or placement help
  • Help with child support
  • Mediation and conflict resolution training

Am I Eligible?

Fathers aged 18 and older who do not live with their children can take part. There are also programs for fathers with past involvement in the criminal justice system.


How Can I Get Help?

Other Family Services Programs

Child Support Services

Office of Child Support Services (OCSS)

NYC Human Resources Administration

Financial support for children and employment support for fathers and mothers.

Home visits for pregnant women and girls

NYC Nurse-Family Partnership (NYC NFP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Nurses provide support and give medical care and advice to women who are pregnant for the first time.

Home visits for new moms

Newborn Home Visiting Program (NHVP)

NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

New moms can get home visits from health professionals to help with breastfeeding, health and safety tips, and connections to community resources.

Updated December 4, 2019