Indiana Fathers and Families Center and Indiana Department of Child Services
The Indiana Department of Child Services collaborates with an array of partners to offer the 20-week peer-led support group designed by the QIC-NRF supplemental project team.
- The Indiana Fathers and Families Center started in 1993 as an organization supporting young fathers in their efforts to gain GEDs. Incorporating as a 501(c)(3) in 1998, the organization has expanded its range of services to young fathers and will house the project and provide a full-time staff member to lead.
- The Indiana University School of Social Work will provide the external evaluation for the project.
- The Indiana Department of Child Services, Child Support Bureau assists in locating non-resident fathers and work with fathers who need additional support.
To supplement the peer-led support group, fathers are offered:
- Legal support (advocacy letters to the courts);
- Legal fees;
- Transportation help (reinstatement of a driver’s license, car repair or bus tickets);
- Assistance in finding housing, child care, clothing, food, and education;
- Technical training, and
- Mental health and other referrals.