At Terra, we know that all fathers are important in the lives of their children.

That’s why we offer the only fathering program in the region that is specifically designed for young fathers.

Services for Young Dads is accessible for dads 24 years old or younger, as well as their children and families who live in Edmonton. This includes: teen dads who are in a relationship with the mother of the child, dads who are not in a relationship with the mother of their child, dads seeking legal access to their child, single-parenting dads, and young men that are in the role of a dad but not the biological father of the child.

We serve approximately 50 young fathers and their children each year and work with them to achieve their goals.

Some things we assist young dads with are:
  • Employment searches
  • Schooling
  • Applying for sources of funding
  • Meeting basic needs
  • Legal assistance
  • Finding and using other community programs

But most importantly, we are here to support YOU as a young dad and ensure that you have a healthy, involved, and meaningful role in your child’s life.

All of Terra’s Outreach Workers for the Young Dads program are male.

They will meet with you weekly and are there to provide you with information and referrals, advocate for you and help with applications or paper work.

Our Young Dads Workers are flexible so they can meet with you when you are available. Work during the day? They will meet you in the evening. They accommodate what works best for you!

They will also work with you to gain confidence in parenting and show you how to support your child’s development.

Ultimately, our Outreach Workers want to help you make the best possible decisions for you and your family, and provide you with all the tools you need.

Studies show that direct father engagement results in the following positive outcomes for children:
  • enhanced cognitive development during infancy
  • better than average social functioning in childhood
  • higher educational attainment
  • decreased likelihood of behavior problems in adolescence
  • lower rates of delinquency and criminal behavior
  • reduced likelihood of addictions including smoking, drugs and alcohol.
  • better problem solving skills
  • increase in personal control (less impulsive)
  • higher level of emotional regulation
  • increased self-acceptance
  • more positive peer relationships
  • enhanced empathetic concern

Young fathers also benefit from being involved in their children’s lives.

Research shows that dads who are engaged with their child improve in the areas of parental confidence, self-confidence, personal health, productivity, and community participation.

If you are a young dad and think that you could benefit from our Services for Young Dads, we encourage you to check out the Starting Point page.

The first step is the most important one!