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Friday, 26 August 2016

Centre for Fathering

Donated $75 to Centre for Fathering using dividends collected in my Permanent Stocks Holdings.

Centre for Fathering (CFF) was founded on the belief that an active and involved father is essential for a child’s successful development.

For more than ten years, CFF has helped countless families – and fathers in particular – through our father-child experiential programmes and fathering workshops conducted in schools, prisons, religious organisations and companies.

We organise two nation-wide events every year – Eat With Your Family Day and Back To School With Dad – to remind and encourage fathers to set aside time to be with their families and to help create a culture that promotes involved fathering.

CFF is a non-profit organisation registered in Singapore (Registration No: 200101825N; IPC No: IPC000149). We are not a funded organisation and we rely on donations to continue our efforts to Enable, Equip and Empower men in their role as fathers. If you wish to support our cause, please consider contributing to our work.

Vision & Mission
CFF’s vision and mission is Turning The Hearts Of Children Towards Their Fathers by Empowering More Fathers To Be Better Role Models And An Enduring Inspiration To Their Children.

At CFF, we believe every child needs a dad they can count on. The research is clear: children thrive when they have an involved father—someone who loves them, knows them, guides them, and helps them achieve their destiny. We inspire and equip men to be the involved fathers that their children need.

Father-absence affects about 27 million children in America, and it’s spreading. It’s linked to higher rates of poverty, failure in school, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, violent crime, depression, and ultimately a loss of hope.

    90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
    85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.

These statistics (Source: Center for Disease Control) translate to mean that children from fatherless homes are:

  •     5 times more likely to commit suicide
  •     32 times more likely to run away
  •     20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders
  •     14 times more likely to commit rape
  •     9 times more likely to drop out of high school
  •     20 times more likely to end up in prison

Our focus and mission is about getting fathers to spend time and be involved with their children and CFF want to enhance fathers’ desire and ability to do it.

Turning The Hearts of Children Towards Their Fathers

By empowering more fathers to be better role models and an enduring inspiration to their children

Dads For Life
Dads for Life is a movement to inspire and involve fathers to be good influencers in their children’s lives … for LIFE.

The movement seeks to mobilise fathers to ACT:

    Be Aware of the importance of a father’s role
    Commit to be good fathers and role models to their children
    Spend Time, acquire Tools and bring Transformation to lives

5E Philosophy
The 5Es stand for Educate, Enlighten, Enable, Equip and Empower.

For Educate, we want to educate all Singaporeans, especially fathers, about the important role dads play.

For Enlighten, we aim to create a change of mindset. The limiting definition of fatherhood as primarily breadwinner… is shared and reinforced by mothers themselves…despite growing rhetoric of shared parenting

For Enable, we want to remove bottlenecks.

For Equip, we want to equip fathers with the necessary fathering skills through a variety of programs and initiatives.

For Empower: “Research shows that multiple factors determine when and how fathers get involved. Particularly important are a father’s own motivation, skills and self-confidence, social approval regarding his role, and institutional support, whether from employers or government.  This suggests that families, the community, employers, the government and fathers themselves have an important part to play in helping fathers succeed in their roles.”

Dads Adventure Hub
It has long been the dream of the founders of Centre for Fathering to have our own adventure centre for father-child bonding activities. Back then, we started on the right footing by incorporating adventure learning for fathers. It worked beautifully well. However, without facilities of our own, we were dependent on availability of suitable adventure sites for father-child bonding.

Now that we have our own adventure facilities, a number of our dreams can now be fulfilled. I imagine our new facilities to be the centre where fathers know they can get quality father-child bonding activities on a regular basis. The challenge elements (rock wall, maze and ropes course) are all carefully selected based on our experience that both children and fathers would benefit tremendously in building bonds. Each challenge provides a wonderful opportunity for coaching a father and his child to make progress in their relationship.

Beyond father-child bonding, we hope to provide coaching for the fatherless, especially for children who either do not have a father-figure in their lives or whose fathers have not been involved with them. We seek to reconcile troubled children and teens to their fathers and also empower them to be confident in dealing with challenges in their lives.

Coaching for Fathers
Nobody said fathering was easy, and many of today’s fathers did not have much of a role model. It is likely they had fathers who were distant; providing, but not involved.

If you want to be a better father than you are now, or to prepare yourself for your fathering journey, where do you begin?

Coaching for Fathers is a service that empowers fathers to engage fully, effectively, and responsibly in their children’s lives. We will work on your building relationships with your children that are healthy, nurturing and ongoing. Ultimately, we hope to help dads acquire the skills necessary to move from mediocrity to extraordinary in their role as fathers.

Dads do what best coaches do.  They nurture, motivate, discipline and love.  We believe that you can be that great coach to your children too.


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