The Centers for Families and Children

4500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103  AND 6001 Woodland Ave., Cleveland, OH

Artis Gaines, Program Manager

Service Area: Cuyahoga County

Program Information

Mission:  To improve the lives of those we serve through integrated behavioral health, primary care, early learning and workforce services.

Vision:  Through innovation and leadership we strengthen the community by providing individuals and families with life-changing solutions to lead healthier and more successful lives.


Fathers and Families Together program helps to provide fathers with the tools to become caring, committed and responsible fathers.  Fathers participate in a series of monthly educational life skills workshops, six week parenting classes and group support activities.


 Parenting Classes:

·         Meets mandated parenting requirements

·         Networking and resource opportunities to workforce development and training

·         Unique opportunity to connect with fathers experiencing the joys and challenges of parenting

·         Build better communities to co-parent


Life Skills workshops include:

Financial Literacy: Introduction to basic budgeting, as well as household and credit management

Cooking with Dads: A hands-on workshop that focuses on planning, budgeting and preparing nutritional meals with children

Living with the Law: Shares father-focused info on family law, employment law, voting issues, housing rights and legal records

Navigating Community Resources: Updates fathers about community services (utilities, employment, education, etc.) and how to access them

Healthy Relationships and Parenting: Topics include relationship development between parenting partners, handling and expressing emotions, increasing involvement as a father and finding balance

Fathers Networking: Positive parenting support group that gives dads the opportunity to meet, socialize and discuss positive parenting and community advocacy, as well as male and fathering issues

The FAFT program and workshops are open to all men who are interested in developing fathering skills.