The FATHER Project’s mission is to assist fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally.
Founded in 1999, the FATHER (Fostering Actions To Help Earnings and Responsibility) Project was originally administered by the City of Minneapolis and became a program of Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota in 2004. Since then, the FATHER Project has served hundreds of fathers in the community through our extensive network of collaborative partners. The FATHER Project has received national recognition as an effective and innovative program and, in 2012, received federal grant funding to expand to other Minnesota communities.
A Return on Investment study by the Wilder foundation showed a long-term financial return of $3.41 for each dollar invested in the FATHER Project. Evaluation results have shown increased parenting skills, educational achievement, job placement, and benefits of the children of participating families.
A professional father advocate provides expert consultation on issues facing fathers and support for effective parenting.
Parenting classes help fathers learn practical skills and receive support from other fathers in similar circumstances.
Child support services
Hennepin County child support provides staff to work with the FATHER Project. From paternity to payment issues, we help fathers understand and improve their situation.
Father and family activities
Fun and educational activities provide fathers, children, and family members with important opportunities to strengthen relationships.
We offer comprehensive employment services, including job search support and resume development.
The FATHER Project GED offers one-to-one GED tutoring provided by experienced, committed volunteers. All testing expenses are covered, and bus tokens are available for students who demonstrate a commitment to the program. All genders can apply. GED is open Monday–Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.