Be A Great Dad

This unique program provides comprehensive parenting skills to men in caregiving roles— including fathers, stepfathers, foster parents and relative caregivers—using an innovative support group model.

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About the Program

Dr. Hershel Swinger created Project Fatherhood at Children’s Institute in 1996 to engage fathers in the care and upbringing of their children. Through support, parenting education and other services, fathers learn to be more loving, responsible parents and active participants in their children’s lives.

Project Fatherhood helps fathers to be better parents through:

  • Individual and family counseling
  • Group support
  • Significant others group
  • Therapeutic activities for children
  • Helping fathers to make healthier decisions in relationships

At the heart of the program is the Men in Relationships Group (MIRG), which provides comprehensive support at no cost for fathers from diverse backgrounds.

After twenty-plus years, more than 15,000 fathers and 23,000 children across Los Angeles County have participated in the program.

We know that if a man is a success at parenting, all the other aspects of his life will fall into place. The benefits to children, and ultimately to society, are exponential.

DR. HERSHEL K. SWINGER, PROJECT FATHERHOOD FOUNDER

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