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The Dad Project

a program of the State's Attorney's Community Foundation and Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office, powered by the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley 

Dear Dads,


If you have a son engaging in violence, he needs you.  This is an opportunity to rebuild that relationship and build a better future for both of you, before it is too late.  Whether you've never had a relationship with your son, believe you've exhausted all efforts at reconciliation or are struggling to find a way to interrupt the cycle of violence in his life, this Project may be able to help.      

We know that when fathers (or father-figures) are present in the life of their son, that son is 80% less likely to end up in the criminal justice system.  The Dad Project aims to increase public safety by strengthening father and son relationships throughout Kankakee County.  The immediate focus of this program are the young men in our community involved in violence (whether as offender or victim) and their father.  This program is supported by funds from the State's Attorney's Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; drug forfeiture funds (funds seized from drug dealers); and a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley.

The Dad Project consists of curriculum-supported local activities for dads to engage in healthy, positive relationship-building time with their son(s).  Participation is 100% free and all expenses and activity fees are covered by the Project.  Participating fathers will also have access to many other supportive resources, including job placement, expungement and sealing services, GED testing, college or trade school tuition assistance, counseling/therapy, and other services offered by the State's Attorney's Community Foundation and Kankakee County State's Attorney's Office.  Activities will include outdoor activities, sports, sporting events, bowling, gaming competitions, ice fishing, movie nights, short trips to neighboring attractions, and more.  Participants will have input into the activities selected, and there will be something for everyone.   The Dad Project Coordinator is a young father, trained to deliver a strong curriculum, holds a doctorate degree and has experience in overseeing restorative justice and youth development initiatives.  His personal life experiences will bring a beneficial perspective to this Project. 

We have limited enrollment for this pilot project.  For more information and to register for The Dad Project, complete the form below  


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Dads must be over the age of 18 and be willing to make a 12-month commitment to the Project.  This may include as many as 4 outings/sessions every month.    

For More Info or To Register:

Please complete and submit the below form.  Upon receipt of your information, a Dad Project Coordinator will contact you with information on our upcoming Orientation Meeting (in-person or virtual) to discuss this initiative and further explain the program.  Please be sure to complete all fields.

The Dad Project - info & registration

Thank you for your interest! A Dad Project Coordinator will be in contact with you soon.

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