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Fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children. Research confirms that if a child's father is affectionate, supportive, and involved he contributes greatly to the child's healthy development, academic achievement, sense of self-worth, and other critical elements associated with positive life outcomes. Healthy fathers and families are essential to the overall health of our cities and neighborhoods.  

Promoting The Father

"And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers"

- Malachi 4:6

Our Vision

A city in which every father is restored and equipped to become engaged, responsible dads.

Our Mission

We provide fathers with the tools they need to overcome barriers and achieve healthy, lifelong relationships.

Fatherhood Initiative operates out of the Center for Fathers & Families, presented by the MAP Foundation and serves as a ministry hub for local and statewide fatherhood programs.   


Center for Fathers and Families

436 Georgetown St.

Lexington, KY 40508

(859) 800-9974

Lifelong Fatherhood

Fatherhood Initiative’s Lifelong Fatherhood Certification Program is a unique and individualized approach to engaging and equipping fathers.  Our program is designed to meet fathers where they are and offers a mix of ongoing group sessions, one-to-one mentoring, interactive workshops, and more – all in collaboration with a dedicated staff and a network of community volunteers. 


If you would like to speak with a member of our team about the Lifelong Fatherhood program, joining our free 12-week parenting class for fathers, or to engage with other Fatherhood Initiative events, please sign up below and someone will reach out to you. 

Our faithful team of community volunteers is growing!  Please explore all of our opportunities to serve and let us connect you to new ways of sharing your God-given talents. Please sign up below and someone will reach out to you. 

If you're ready to volunteer now,

click here.

If you have any additional questions before volunteering, feel free to call Program Specialist Zachary Farmer at (661) 310-5447

Fatherhood Calendar

"The program helped me gain patience and understanding. I was angry because I had lost custody of my children. Because of the support and knowledge from the Fatherhood Initiative, I was able to go to court and take ownership of my faults. When I told the judge this, he said that changed his mind. He gave me custody of my children that day."


-Program Participant 

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