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Fatherhood Program

The Cambridge Fatherhood Program (CFP) is a non-profit, collaborative effort, committed to helping fathers of all ages, become responsible and nurturing parents, by providing advocacy and support, in the areas of education and job training, parental and relationship-building skills. We hold that ‘child support’ is both financial and emotional commitment; integral to the responsibility of a father and vital to the wellbeing of a child.

Our Constituency
The Cambridge Fatherhood Program (CFP) will serve fathers of all ages who are on probation for having committed a ‘low level’, non-Federal, criminal offense (as defined by the Massachusetts Judicial System) and who live in Boston, Cambridge and the surrounding communities.

Our Vision
The Cambridge Fatherhood Program (CFP) recognizes its charge to embrace the fathers who enter into our program. Our goal is to establish respect for one’s role as a parent, by respecting one’s responsibility to the child; to become a bridge to the reunion between father and child by providing life changing opportunities and to foster self-pride through positive accomplishment. Our vision is to become a visible, accessible and continuing resource to the communities we serve, where we can facilitate the growth into responsible fatherhood. We believe that by shaping a father, we will save a child.

The Five Principles of Responsible Fatherhood
As a father, it is my responsibility to:

1. Give affection to my children.
2. Give gently guidance to my children.
3. Provide financial support to my children and to the mother of my children.
4. Demonstrate respect at all times to the mother of my children.
5. Set a proud example for my children by living within the law and without the taint of alcohol and drug use.

Leader: Deacon Marshall Thompson


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  1. Rev. Melvyn Johnson says

    Hello Deacon Marshall Thompson:
    I want to encourage you as I pray for your continuing strength and wisdom in the Lord.
    You are doing a great and needed work in todays society.

  2. Linda Alhart says

    Hello Deacon Marshall Thompson. I am writing to you tonight in great concern for our son Peter Alhart who just finished your Fatherhood class. He is now incarcerated, as of two days ago, in the Billerica House of Correction. He is there for thirty days for not paying child support. This appalling to us and a shock. We are confused and devastated since that he has complied with the court order of drug and alcohol testing and completed the Fatherhood course. He has told us in the year he has spent with us that he is contributing to the children’s welfare. We feel Peter is covering up something and we cannot get the truth from him. We are praying for him and his four children and do not know where to turn. He has told us NOT to bail him out should he go to jail. We have a phone account set up for him to call us and we hope he will. We have the means to supply bail but are not sure that is what is best for him. A job he said he had starting in twelve days has been denied because of a background check.

    I know he valued you as the leader of the Fatherhood class. I hope to hear from you.

  3. Linda Alhart says

    Please review the above and respond to lindaalhart@aol.com regarding Peter Alhart from your Fatherhood Class.



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