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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. 

An unmarried father now has automatic guardianship if he has lived with the mother of his child for at least 12 continuous months, 3 months of which must be after the birth of the child.  This time period will apply only from January 18th 2016 onwards  i.e. it is not retrospective. The 3 month period does not have to be directly after the birth of your baby;it can be be at any time provided it is part of the 12 consecutive months during which you lived together.


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

 

Briefing from the UK Centre for Mental Health
Download FATHERS AND CHILD MENTAL HEALTH.PDF (1,540 Kb, 18 July 2017)

Focus on Fathers: Free One-day Workshops

The TPSP offers free one-day Workshops for professionals who have contact with young fathers. 

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

'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

Download PROCEEDINGS-TPSP NATIONAL CONFERENCE.PDF (516 Kb, 31 Mar 2012)

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Unmarried Fathers Rights and Responsibilities

Download UNMARRIED FATHERS RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITIES.PDF (362 Kb, 18 July 2017)

Guardianship of Children
Download GUARDIANSHIP OF CHILDREN.PDF (317 Kb, 18 July 2017)

Shared Parenting

Download SHARED-PARENTING-OF-CHILDREN.PDF (271 Kb, 28 June 2012)

Other Support and Information
Parenting24seven
Parenting24seven is an online resource offering evidence based key messages on what works best for children and families at different stages of childhood and in different situations. 

http://www.tusla.ie/parenting-24-seven