Address: Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica - Off Campus Office - 4 Ellesmere Road, Half-Way-Tree, Kingston 10
Telephone: (876) 977-0315; 977-6267
Fax: (876) 977-9301
Fathers Incorporated is a community-based parenting group established by Jamaican men in 1991 to address negative stereotypes of Jamaican fathers.
In order to carry out its mission to 'protect the image of fatherhood', workshops, seminars, and conferences are offered that address various aspects of fatherhood. These sessions are designed to provide information about parenting skills, as well as to encourage men to play a more active role in the lives of their children. Men who are not yet fathers are encouraged to learn from other participants about how to anticipate and prepare for the challenges they may encounter in that role. Fathers Incorporated has developed a special training module to address the needs of men from the country's deprived inner-city communities. This module goes beyond parenting skills to address contraception. Future topics for this module may include broader topics on the issue of male sexuality such as gender development, socialization, and cultural norms. In addition, workshops in 2001 focused on the single father. The organization also instituted a Fathers' Day concert under the patronage of the Governor-General and the Prime Minister. Since 1997, a yearly presentation of the 'Model Father' award has been made in an effort to recognize fathers who love, nurture, and provide for their families.
The temporary office in Half-Way-Tree serves as our Fathers Resource Centre which is in its infancy. The centre aims to help address the numerous problems that fathers face today but especially those related to:
The four roles of fathering: Protection, Provision, Nature and Being a Role Model;
Violence or potential violence committed by mean against their families and by their families against them;
The general health of men;
Financial management and stress management strategies; and