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|April 29, 2003
Holland, Director of Communications
THE FATHERHOOD PROGRAM OF THE EAST BOSTON
DISTRICT COURT PROBATION DEPARTMENT
TEACHES FATHERS RESPONSIBILITY
group of 14 probationers, who have children ranging in age
from infants to teenagers, recently graduated from the Fatherhood
Program of the East Boston District Court Probation Department
during a courthouse ceremony.
Boston District Probation Officer Anh Vu manages the 12-week
program. The program featured workshops on Recognizing signals
and gang involvement followed with a question and answer session
with Police Captain James Claiborne and Police Officer Donny
Stone. It also included a discussion on custody and child
support issues with Probate and Family Probation Officers;
a pediatrics and child safety course; child protective issues
seminar; a presentation on domestic violence and anger management;
a talk on signs, symptoms and treatment of substance abuse,
and information provided on social activities for children.
Fatherhood Program is the "brainchild" of Norfolk Juvenile
Court Chief Probation Officer Thomas Mitchell who started
the program ten years ago when he discovered a common thread
among the male probationers under supervision. “An overwhelming
majority had little or no contact with their own fathers,”
Mitchell said. There are Fatherhood Programs in nearly each
of the 110 courts throughout the Commonwealth. The Fatherhood
Program is based on the following five principles:
As a father, it is my responsibility to give affection to
As a father, it is my responsibility to give gentle guidance
to my children.
As a father, it is my responsibility to give financial support
to my children and to the mother of my children.
As a father, it is my responsibility to demonstrate respect
at all times to the mother of my children.
As a father, it is my responsibility to set a proud example
for my children by living within the law and without the taint
of alcohol and drug abuse.
Massachusetts Probation Service is a department of the Massachusetts
Trial Court. There are 12 Superior Court, 70 District Court,
and 12 Probate and Family Court probation offices throughout
the Commonwealth. Probation's Juvenile Court system includes
11 divisions which represent every county in the state. There
are more than 20 Community Corrections Centers. The Office
of the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) serves as the central
administrative office for the state Probation Service and
the Office of Community Corrections.