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"More than 24 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father. Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent. If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency."


National Center for Fathering

Who does this program benefit?


The F.I.T. Dad Program is provided to noncustodial fathers in Shelby County but any father who wants to improve their parenting skills is welcome. This is a second chance for men to be successful fathers by supporting their families financially, morally and emotionally. Besides providing a supportive and safe environment for men to become better dads, our goal is to protect and improve children's lives through educating and helping their parents.


What happens at the F.I.T. Dad Classes?


For 13 weeks, men dive into five main issues: Self-awareness, Taking Care of Themselves, Having Healthy Relationships with Family & Friends, Father Skills and Co-Parenting Skills using the curriculum, " 24/7 A.M. DAD and 24/7 P.M. DAD" from The National Fatherhood Intiative.

Every participant is given opportunities to overcome the obstacles that have hindered them and caused them to not meet their obligations as fathers. Many resources are made available in addition to receiving help in securing employment, obtaining a GED, legal advice, addiction support, group counseling, and one on one coaching. Each father has different issues that they are facing and FIT DAD works hard to address each person's individual challenges.

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Inside Out Dad
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24/7 A.M. Dad
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24:7 P.M. Dad
What happens at the end of the 13 week program?


At the end of this program, the fathers come together to discuss the developments each one has gone through and how it has affected their relationship and family life. They can continue to attend the program for free for as long as they feel they need it. Clients that have been mandated by the family court to attend the class must complete the entire 13 week program.

When does the program take place?


Facilitator: Ward Williams

Meeting Times: Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm

Classes are also offered:

The Alabama Therapeutic Educational Facility(ATEF)

Shelby County Work Release Center

To schedule a class offering to your facility or church, please email

Where does the program take place?


Location: Vineyard Family Resource Center

              1359 Royalty Drive Alabaster, AL. 35007

Call: 205-704-0594  or Email for directions

            FATHERING IN 15


Sometimes life is really busy and our schedules are demanding. With Fathering In 15, you cover 15 topics and they are all 15 minutes each. You receive important guidance and support but can do it at the time that works best for you.


The 15 Topics Covered in Fathering in 15:


  1. Family History

  2. Being A Man and Dad

  3. Handling Emotions

  4. Grief and Loss

  5. Your Health

  6. You and Mom

  7. Talking with Mom

  8. Co-Parenting

  9. Fathering Skills

  10. Child Development

  11. Child Discipline

  12. Sexuality

  13. Intimacy

  14. Work-Family Balance

  15. Managing Money


Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and can ne shared with your attorney, DHR, and/or to support your case in court.


For more information or to receive the link for the online class:


Contact: Ward Williams, Executive Director & Facilitator

Cell:        205-533-7852


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Helping fathers stay involved, committed, and responsible.



Non-Discrimination Statement

Vineyard Family Services does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or military status in any of its activities or operations.  These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.  We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors and clients.

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