Dear Friends and Supporters,
With Father’s Day just around the corner, I wanted to take some time to celebrate the incredible role that fathers play in our children’s lives. Fathers have a profound impact on their children and families, and even on society as a whole.
A healthy father-child relationship acts as a vital source of love, care, and emotional support. An involved father has a lasting impact on their children’s choices, aspirations, and achievements. They can provide guidance in decision-making, help navigate the complexities of life, and instill the values that shape the character of their children. Research also shows that fathers (to a greater extent than mothers) encourage their children in taking appropriate risks and in being adventurous even when the experience may be scary.
My experience (one I am sure I share with many others) is that fatherhood is about the role someone plays in a child’s life, not necessarily about a genetic connection. If you are a father, know that you are making a difference in your children’s lives. Your love, support, and guidance are essential to their development.
The Center for Family Services of PBC supports the mental health of fathers in a variety of ways, including via individual and family therapy, as well as through our Triple P program (around 20% of Triple P participants are fathers). And, we are currently working to obtain funding to further expand the services we have available that is specifically oriented towards fathers.
On this upcoming Father’s Day, let’s take a moment to express our gratitude and appreciation for the fathers and father figures in our lives: Thank you for being a part of our lives and our community. We wish you a wonderful month ahead filled with love, joy, and meaningful connections.
p.s. If you’d like to donate and make a gift to the Center in honor or in memory of a great father, we can email an acknowledgement to the recipient letting them know that a gift was made in their honor for Father’s Day. Be sure to leave a note with the name and email address in the message field or contact Ellen Vaughan at email@example.com if you’d like to arrange recognition for a gift.