Breaking the family cycle of absentee fathers takes a concerted effort. Making the case for including fatherhood development within a probation intervention for young dads is easy because it works. It works to:
- Focus young dads on successful probation completion;
- Improve their ability to be responsible fathers and family members; and
- Lighten the workload of probation officers through concentrated programming.
After 5 years of testing and tweaking, Cook County is ready to show the world their successful probation/fatherhood model.