Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut
The John S. Martinez Fatherhood Initiative of Connecticut is currently in its twentieth year of operation. We are extremely encouraged by the many lives we have touched and the accomplishments we have made together.

NOTICE TO CONNECTICUT FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE CUSTOMERS: The Department of Social Services has suspended in-person visits to our offices as a protective measure for customers and staff. The majority of employees in the Office of Child Support Services (OCSS) Division which includes the CT Fatherhood Initiative have been instructed to work remotely and will be retrieving voicemail messages. Please provide an email address if you leave a voicemail message and staff will do their best to respond to your concern via email within two business days. If you should need to speak with someone immediately please dial 211 and be connected to Infoline or  for self-help visit their website  www.211ct.org/ .  Thank you for your understanding during these unprecedented times.  

Latest News
Friday, March 06, 2020
Department of Social Services & Fatherhood Institute of CT Selected for Aspen Institute Fatherhood Learning & Action Community
  Department of Social Services & Fatherhood Institute of CT Selected for Aspen Institute Fatherhood Learning & Action Community; Joining Fathers, Ten Other Organizations Working Toward Innovations to More Effectively Engage Fathers for Family Prosperity

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Audio: ‘Being a Dad in 2020’
  Check out Connecticut Public Radio’s ‘Where We Live’ talk and call-in program (2-10-20), featuring Tony Judkins, program manager for the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative; Dr. Brad Harrington, executive director and research professor at the Boston College Center for Work & Family; and Perry Thompson, Waterbury resident and father who completed the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative program at New Opportunities in Waterbury. Topics include social expectations for fathers as caregivers, and the impact an involved father has on the entire family, emotionally and financially.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Dear Dad Tour
  The stories collected in this video, will help draw attention to the important role of fathers and the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative which aims to strengthen that paternal relationship.

Thursday, May 23, 2019
The Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative(CFI) launches “The Dear Dad Tour” public awareness campaign.
  The Dear Dad Tour is a video booth tour throughout the State of Connecticut collecting anecdotal stories from people like you. Stories about Fathers. Once the stories are collected they are shared with the world in the hopes of drawing attention to the important role of fathers and an initiative which aims to strengthen that paternal relationship.

Monday, April 15, 2019
A single dad walked 11 miles to work every day -- until his co-workers found out
  Trenton Lewis' workers took up a collection to buy their determined colleague a car.

Thursday, December 20, 2018
DSS Signature Stories - Short: Fatherhood Initiative
  View a short video for an overview of Fatherhood Initiative programs and services.

Friday, June 29, 2018
2017 Fill – A- Truck Toy Campaign
  The DSS Office of Child Support Services (OCSS), in collaboration with the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative, launched its 2nd Annual “Fill –A – Truck” Toy Campaign on Friday, December 1, 2017. The campaign collected unwrapped toys, books, clothing and other gifts for families in need, to help brighten the holiday season for children.