In June of 2010, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of a citywide multi-agency fatherhood initiative to strengthen New York City families by helping fathers become more active in the lives of their children. The launch came after the Mayor directed city agencies to review their policies and practices to make sure fathers were not unintentionally excluded from, or missing opportunities to engage in their children’s lives. The initiative includes 14 agencies which offer programs that range from parenting and employment workshops at community centers in public housing developments to reading programs that facilitate family re-unification and literacy for children of incarcerated fathers. To oversee the effort, the City hired its first-ever Citywide Fatherhood Services Coordinator.
The name, NYC DADS, has its roots in the City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA) which, in 2007, launched a public information campaign that focused on highlighting the important role fathers play in the growth and development of their children. Now, as a 14 agency initiative, NYC DADS: The Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative endeavors to make all of New York City as “father-friendly” as possible, offering educational and employment programs geared to dads, and providing support to fathers, young and old.
To contact the Initiative please email us at NYCDADS@hra.nyc.gov.