The Richmond Family & Fatherhood Initiative is dedicated to the vision that "We are a city where children experience the benefits of fathers and mothers working cooperatively and responsibly to raise healthy children."
It is a city-wide initiative involving members of the Richmond community in efforts to reduce the number of births to single parents and increase the percent of Richmond's children raised in two parent homes. Our mission is that the "Richmond Family and Fatherhood Initiative will empower fathers and mothers to improve the well-being of their children by aligning activities, mobilizing resources, advancing public policy and measuring impact." The Initiative focuses on equipping and empowering men and women with essential tools and training for positive lifestyle choices leading to sexual responsibility, self-reliance, and family responsibility.
Family stabilization: improving child health, educational and economic outcomes by strengthening mother's and father's ability to work together to raise their children with a focus on men; building human capital rather than building more jails.
Young men who disconnect from the mainstream and drop out of school will frequently enter a drug-based economy that often results in a criminal record thus decreasing their employability and their ability to provide stability and security for the mother of their babies. Therefore, many mothers continue to raise their children alone.