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Focus on Fathers: Free Workshop March 23rd 2017

Free Workshop
The TPSP is offering a free one-day Workshop for professionals who have contact with young fathers. This will take place in the Aisling Hotel, Dublin 8 on March 23rd 2016.
The aims of the Workshop are to:
  • raise awareness regarding the value of fatherhood in a child’s life
  • introduce participants to the use of the Young Dads Resource Pack and other material relevant to their work with young fathers.
The Young Dads Resource Pack was developed by the Louth TPSP with funding from the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.  It is a practical programme which aims to develop the parenting skills of young men, empowering them to make informed choices regarding their parental responsibilities by identifying and responding to their needs as young fathers.

If you would like to register for the Workshop contact :
Margaret Morris, National Co-ordinator, TPSP.   tpsp@treoir.ie or 087-2518428

What about Fathers?

If you are a young father, the TPSP can help you to look after your needs as a father and a young person.  We can also support you to get your rights in relation to your child and to have contact with him or her.

The TPSP believes that it is good for children to know who both their parents are and, as far as possible, to have contact with both of them.  
For some young fathers this can be  difficult if they are no longer in a relationship with the mother of their child.
This situation is complicated by the fact that in Ireland a father who is not married to the mother of his baby has no automatic rights at birth in relation to his child.  This is the case even if his name is on the birth certificate or even if he is paying maintenance for his child.

However, the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which commenced on January 18th 2016 has changed the law regarding guardianship for some unmarried fathers.

For example, an unmarried father will now have automatic guardianship if he is living with the mother of his child for 12 months, 3 of which must be after the birth of the child.  This time period will only apply from January 18th 2016 i.e. it is not retrospective.

If you would like more information about different ways to  become a guardian of your child contact Treoir's Information Service at 01-6700120 or go to www.treoir.ie


Free Connecting with Young Men Workshops
One of the big questions of the age is: ‘Are young men not interested in looking after their own health, or are we simply not offering them the right things in the right way? ...’ If you work in the Republic of Ireland, are curious about the answer to this question, and would like practical ideas to help your organisation to engage more effectively with young men, then you might be interested in a free one day workshop titled 'Connecting with Young Men'. This workshop has been developed by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) - funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention - and is a new Unit within the highly regarded ‘Engage’ National Men’s Health Training Programme. MHFI is, currently, looking for groups who would like to host this free workshop for their staff / volunteers / activists in January 2016. For more details, visit: www.mhfi.org/ConnectingWorkshops.pdf

'The Dad Factor' Briefing Paper
A new briefing paper titled 'The Dad Factor - How Fathers Improve Child Outcomes' was launched in The Long Gallery, Stormont, Belfast, on Monday 21st September 2015. This publication was produced by the Dads Direct group in Northern Ireland (comprised of Contact Centres, Family Mediation NI, Home-Start NI, Men’s Health Forum in Ireland, Parenting NI, Relate NI and Sure Starts). To access a  PDF version of this document, visit: www.mhfi.org/TheDadFactor.pdf


Young Dads Information Booklet
This Information Booklet was developed by the Louth TPSP as part of a Father Focus project . If you would like to know more about Father Focus and associated training contact the TPSP National Co-ordinator at tpsp@treoir.ie or 01-6700167.

Download YOUNG DADS INFORMATION BOOKLET.PDF (14,802 Kb, 19 Sept 2013)

Teen Dads-the Neglected Parents


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Other Support and Information
Families, Fathers and Friends:Supporting and Promoting Fatherhood

Parenting site for Dads and Dads-to-be

Unmarried and Separated Parents of Ireland