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Double Duty Dad Guide

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31 pages
This guide provides practical advice for fathers who are involved in the National Fatherhood Initiative’s “Double Duty Dad," which is a program that encourages experienced dads to provide support for children who are growing up without their fathers, either by mentoring a child or mentoring other fathers.
The guide first describes what is involved in volunteering to become a Double Duty Dad. This includes giving time to and interest in the well-being of the child they are mentoring; being a good role model for the child; and keeping promises. The program requires giving a minimum of 12 volunteer hours in a year. In getting started, the Double Duty Dad signs a pledge to be and do what is required to be an effective Double Duty Dad. The guide also describes the various awards that Double Duty Dads receive under the program, based on the hours they have logged in the program. This is followed by practical advice on working with the children. This includes advice on how to select and recruit children for the program. This involves getting consent for the child’s involvement in the program from the mother or guardians and being clear with them about how much time will be spent with their child. Other advice pertains to building trust with the child and the parent/guardian, such that there is no issue of impropriety or risk for the child. Other advice is to encourage the child and to use the resources on child development and relating to children at various ages. Suggested activities with the child are listed, and distinctive guidelines are offered for working with boys and girls. Separate sections of the guide address working with fathers and working across generational lines. Recommended mentoring organizations are listed and described as potential resources.