The 3C’s: Called, Committed, Connected
3C’s was developed in response to the worsening condition of father absence, manifested both physically and emotionally in families, particularly in low income communities. Research indicates a great need to improve the quality of training and practice among individuals and agencies who are working with fathers with the hope of turning the tide of further erosion of the family structure. For almost two decades family practitioners have been working with fathers from diverse backgrounds without the requisite knowledge and skills to optimize the development of the character traits of a responsible father; such as positive verbal engagement and effective communication among both parents.
3C’s seek to increase the number of trained, well prepared family practitioners working with fathers. This is done through a certification program designed to increase the capacity of individuals and agencies to become successful practitioners in working with fathers from diverse backgrounds and community settings. 3C’s trains practitioners in the effective use of The Fatherhood Development Curriculum. The Curriculum was developed by, Pamela Wilson and Master Trainer, Dr. Jeffery M. Johnson. It has the unique distinction of being the only fatherhood curriculum recommended and used in four national demonstration projects targeting fathers from diverse backgrounds: Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project; Parent’s Fair Share; The Partners for Fragile Families Site Demonstration; and The Fathers at Work Demonstration. The desired outcome of 3C’s is to have observable and measurable responsible behavior and attitudes in Fathers.
The Fatherhood Development Curriculum is based on real experiences and challenges of fathers in fragile family settings. Through streetwise group sessions, the curriculum offers practitioners a field-tested guide to working with fathers in providing support, information and motivation in areas of life skills, responsible fatherhood, relationship skills, and health and sexuality. The curriculum also offers a theory of change methodology for training and learning, and assessment tools. When combined with other support services such as employment, education, family counseling, and housing, the curriculum provides the foundation for an effective program to work with fathers.