Maternal & Child Health Division

4DAD Fatherhood

Healthy Families America

Who We Are:

The 4DAD Fatherhood program was established in 2015 as a resource for Kalamazoo area fathers and father figures. Serving as an extension of Healthy Babies Healthy Start, 4DAD offers guidance and support to area fathers, empowering them to best care for their children and families.

The 4DAD Fatherhood program works to:

  • Offer one-on-one and/or group support to fathers and those serving as father figures in a young child’s life.
  • Promote the unique role that fathers have in a child’s life.
  • Promote community health through free community education and events.

The 4DAD Fatherhood program supports fathers and father figures through a variety of services and outreach efforts.

List of Services

  • Transportation assistance
  • Family planning
  • Social emotional support
  • Car seat and equipment safety
  • Health and nutrition
  • Child development milestones
  • Individual goal planning
  • Partner involvement
  • Group support
  • Stress management
  • Parenting and co-parenting

Contact Us

311 E. Alcott St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

269-373-5200 (HCS main line)


Who we help:

Services are primarily targeted to fathers and those serving as father figures to children birth to 18 months of age.

Where we help:

We serve the greater Kalamazoo community, including the following ZIP codes:

How we help:

The 4DAD program has a variety of services and outreach efforts.

The 4DAD Fatherhood program is free and offers one-on-one in-home or virtual visits for personalized support as well as group settings to allow for fathers and those serving as father figures to come together encouragingly on their respective child-rearing journeys.

The program includes guidance on various topics such as infant and toddler care, safe sleep practices, car seat safety, discipline, child development, partner support, and community resource navigation along with much more.

In addition to the services that 4DAD offers, our team skillfully connects families with any needed resources. Within Kalamazoo County, we have a variety of resources available for varying matters such as food assistance, housing, childcare, transportation, employment, and mental and physical health.

We are community resource experts that are happy to connect families to and help navigate these resources to live free from barriers.

The 4DAD program encourages fathers and father figures to gather and discuss fatherhood, along with its challenges and triumphs, together in an informal setting through its Dad Café. The group meets twice a month in the Edison and Northside neighborhoods.

For a schedule and more information on the Dad Café, please visit its Facebook page.

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. 

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