- National Center for Fathering
- Find research-based trainings and resources to help men address and meet their children's needs
- National Fatherhood Initiative - Free Resource Library
- This website includes articles, research, tools and resources to help fathers stay involved in their children's lives (may have a cost involved).
- National Fatherhood Initiative - Federal Programs & Resources
- Learn more about tips, activities and a list of programs for fathers to learn how they can become mentors (search for fatherhood programs).
- Postpartum.net - Resources for Fathers
- These are resources for fathers whose child's mother is experiencing postpartum depression.
- Rise Magazine
- Rise Magazine provides education for parents about their rights and the steps to take to take to reunite with their children and strengthen their parenting skills.
- Dad's Adventure
- This a program that helps men wrap their minds around becoming dads and offers resources for all stages of fatherhood (Cost involved).
- Project Fatherhood - Children's Institute
- This program engages low-income fathers, particularly in urban settings, in the care and upbringing of their children.
- National Compadres Network
- This program leverages reading and storytelling to increase the positive involvement of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, compadres and other significant males in the lives of children.
Fun Things to Do
- Meetup makes it easy to organize a local group, or find one that already meets. There are several Meetup groups for dads in the L.A. area.
- Red Tricycle
- Red Tricycle's mission is to help parents have more fun with their kids. They offer ideas for cool things to see, eat, make and do with your kids in your neighborhood.
- LA County Library
- COLA's website has special sections for children and parents. They have recommended books by age, as well as kits for dads and kids to read and play together.
- LA Public Library
- LAPL offers story times and programs across the city, and their website has details and other resources.
- Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
- The RIF website has book lists and activities in English and Spanish that are fun and educational for dads and kids.
Community Resources in Metro Los Angeles
- 522 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
- (213) 806-6300
- CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE, INC.
- 2121 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
- (213) 385-5100 ext. 8244
- Services are in English and Spanish.
- L.A. Fathers Program - ECHO PARENTING & EDUCATION
- 1226 N. Alvarado St., Los Angeles, CA 90026
- (213) 484-6676
- This program for fathers ages 15-25 provides workshops on healthy relationships, job training and placement services, and offers a network of support for young families through several partner organizations. This program is also offered by Children’s Hospital in South Los Angeles. Services are available in English and Spanish.
- HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES
- 130 W. Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
- (323) 526-1254
- Support for fathers who have been involved in gangs and/or who have a criminal record. Free services include fatherhood classes, Baby & Me parenting classes, domestic violence intervention for men, training to work certification and/or employment placement, anger management groups, tattoo removal and legal services. Walk-ins welcome. Classes are in English only. Services are in English and Spanish.
Community Resources in South Los Angeles
- Dad's Back! - FRIENDS OUTSIDE IN LOS ANGELES
- Inglewood One Stop Business and Career Center
- 110 S. La Brea Ave., Ste. 270, Inglewood, CA 90301
- (310) 680-3792
- This program helps fathers who have been in prison or have a criminal record re-enter their children’s lives. The program provides fatherhood classes, support groups, employment and other services. Services are available in English and Spanish.
- GREAT BEGINNINGS FOR BLACK BABIES
- 301 N. Prairie Ave., Ste. 515 Inglewood, CA 90301
- (310) 677-7995
- The purpose of this program is to encourage and support fathers to be more involved in the care and support of their children. This initiative seeks to reduce infant mortality, low birth weight and preterm births by making the father an active participant with the mother in securing appropriate health care before, during and after the birth of the child. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Community Resources in the South Bay/Harbor
- FAMILIES UNITING FAMILIES
- 525 E. 7th St., Long Beach, CA 90813
- (562) 437-9224
- Currently offering virtual programs. Services are only in English.
Community Resources in the San Fernando Valley
- Fatherhood Journey - PUKÚU CULTURAL COMMUNITY SERVICES
- 1019 2nd St. San Fernando, CA 91340
- (818) 336-6105
- This program provides American Indian fathers an opportunity to identify and work through issues that affect their children and find ways to make changes in order to create a more stable environment for them. Please call to inquire about the program’s start date. Services are in English only.
Other Community Resources in the Los Angeles Area
- Events and Meetings for Gay Dads - THE POP LUCK CLUB
- P.O. Box 46760, Los Angeles, CA 90046
- (323) 942-9323 or email email@example.com
- Events and monthly meetings (generally at West Hollywood Park) aim to advance the well-being of current and expectant gay fathers and their children through mutual support, community collaboration and public understanding. Events are held in English only.
- Positive Parenting for Fathers/Padres - THE HELP GROUP
- 15339 Saticoy St., Van Nuys, CA 91406
- (818) 781-0360
- The center offers a 20-session parent support group for fathers that addresses communication skills, stress management, problem solving, effective discipline and behavior management. Child care is provided free of charge. Events are held in Spanish only.