“He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

ForeverDads is a non-profit organization in Muskingum County that exists to celebrate and strengthen fatherhood.

“It is a wise father that knows his own child” – William Shakespeare

ForeverDads is a non-profit organization in Muskingum County that exists to celebrate and strengthen fatherhood.

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

ForeverDads is a non-profit organization in Muskingum County that exists to celebrate and strengthen fatherhood.

Celebrating EVERYDAY Dads

Boys are not born with fathering skills. Within every young man lies the potential of exceptional fatherhood, but these skills must be demonstrated to be learned. At ForeverDads, our goal is to strengthen the greater Zanesville community to become a place that provides our sons with the resources and role models necessary to become loving, nurturing, responsible fathers.

We believe the work that we do is vitally important. The health of our community requires good fathers. The strength of our nation requires good fathers. But most importantly, the future of our children requires good fathers.

Our goals are grand but our work is practical. ForeverDads designs and manages programming to encourage, educate and equip men to develop positive relationships with their children, family and community.

Watch our video Download our brochure (pdf)

The Year of Everyday Dads

Register for Programs

Nurturing Fathers for Life
A 12-week evening class for Fathers

Boot Camp for New Dads
A three-hour course on what to expect on Delivery Day and the months ahead.

Survival Skills for Healthy Families
A 6-week program for the whole family designed to strengthen family relationships.

Thursday, March 12 2015, 6pm • North Terrace Church of Christ

Come join families, friends, and community leaders in an evening to celebrate the Legacy of Fatherhood as we honor local fathers who are devoted to their families and committed to our communities.

Honoring the class of 2015:
Judge William Joseph
Mr. Bill Moore
Coach Fred Mathews
Mr. Richard McClelland
Dr. James (Jim) Burson

Watch the 2014 Tribute to Fatherhood video.
General seating, $25: Register here
Sponsored Table Seating: Download registration form (PDF)
Sponsor this event : Sponsorship form and information (PDF)

Thank you to our sponsors:

Programs | NFL | All-Pro Dad | Boot Camp | Survival Skills for Healthy Families | All-Star Dads Day | For Families

Become the great dad you've always wanted to be.

Do you feel like you're missing out on your child's youth? Are you afraid of making the wrong decisions or falling short for your family? In this 12-week evening class, learn what it means to be a responsible father. Discuss work/life balance, recognizing your weaknesses, and how to teach effective values to your children.

Download the NFL brochure here (pdf).

See the Fall schedule and register here.

Create lasting memories with your kids over breakfast

Each month, ForeverDads serves breakfast at or near several local elementary schools. Kids are always excited by the break from the routine and the opportunity to spend some extra time with Dad. Spend quality time with your kids, meet other local dads, and learn something new from the occasional guest speaker.

Interested in speaking at an event or two? We'd love to have you! Take a look at the schedule and volunteer for a date or two.

See the schedule for the current school year here.

Are you ready?

This three hour crash-course focuses on preparing first-time dads for the way a newborn will change your life. The program covers some of the details of the delivery room, and how to be helpful to new moms once you get home. Receive advice and stories from a new dad who was in your shoes just a few months before.

Watch the video or download the brochure (PDF).

boots and Bootcamp logo

Do you have what it takes to be a Survivor?

Family Wellness: Survival Skills for Healthy Families is a program designed to help families (including children ages 8 and up) strengthen their connection with each other and reinforce healthy ways of interacting. The program aims to improve family members' communication, conflict resolution, problem-solving, disciplinary, and cooperation skills.

See the upcoming schedules and register for one of the events below.

Winter 2015 Survival Skills Schedule

Spring 2015 Survival Skills Schedule

A day of fun. A lifetime of memories

Come spend a day at the Muskingum Valley YMCA playing games, swimming, and having fun with your kids. Enjoy a bounce house, maze, and archery station. A picnic lunch will be served at noon.

None scheduled at this time. See the full calendar here.

Support fatherhood and save on groceries.

ForeverDads Grocery Clearance Center provides very low cost groceries while promoting programs available through ForeverDads. ForeverDads provides oversight and hands-on job training experience in the Marketplace Employment Program.

The Grocery Clearance Center is open to the public during the week. See our current specials here, or watch our interview on WHIZ to see inside the store.

Programs for Families

Survival Skills for Healthy Families is a fun and interactive program where parents and children learn new constructive ways of living and working together.

Programs for Youth

Smart Relationships Plus is an innovative, research-based Dibble Institute curriculum that helps teens understand the challenges that arise in early relationships, develop healthy dating practices and self-regulate intense emotions.

Re-entry Citizens

Inside Out DAD is a restricted program offered at Noble Correctional Institution through the support of case workers at NCI.

This program focuses on preparing inmates for reconnection with their families upon release. See our brochure to learn more.

Muskingum County Restored Citizens Network
Watch the Welcome Home video here, download the referral application (pdf), or fill out the required form to visit prison (facilitators must complete Volunteer Training Program).

A class designed to support you as a man and father. The focus of the program is to equip you with skills for healthy relationships; all of your relationships, but particularly your relationship with your children.

This curriculum is NOT about focusing on the deficits of men, but rather understanding their barriers and providing possible solutions.

See the Spring Sessions schedule and register here.

Domestic Relations Law Clinic

Once a month at the Domestic Relations Court you can meet with lawyers to ask questions about divorce, dissolution, custody, paternity, domestic violence, visitation; how to fill out "do it yourself' forms; the legal system and how to gain access to it; and other family law matters. The clinic is free for people living in Muskingum County with limited income.

Download the 2015 Family Law Clinic Schedule document with dates.

How can I support ForeverDads?

Champions of Fatherhood Golf Classic

The ForeverDads Board of Directors hosts an annual golf outing fundraiser to support the programs of the agency, strengthen relationships with our community partners and raises awareness of the mission of ForeverDads. Learn more or register, and watch the WHIZ feature here

Legacy of Fatherhood Endowment Fund

The ForeverDads Legacy Fund at the Muskingum County Community Foundation was established to provide support to ForeverDads.

Donate online here.

Volunteer your time to serve our community

ForeverDads is always looking for new volunteers!  Watch our video Turning Hearts to learn more about the importance of the work you'll be a part of. See a full list of the volunteer oportunities available at ForeverDads on weServeSEO.org.


Visit ForeverDads on weServe to see our Volunteer Opportunities

Community Service Volunteer Request form

Paid Work Performance Request Form

The ForeverDads Tribute to Fatherhood event is an annual fundraiser to raise awareness of the importance of fathers in the lives of their families, to promote positive role models of the community and to create sustainability dollars for the organization.

Watch the 2014 Tribute to Fatherhood video.

We'd like to thank the following businesses for supporting our vision

Contact Us

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The Center for Fathers & Families
109 Madison Street
Zanesville, OH 43701 (map)
(740) 453-1DAD [1323]
fax: (877) 653-8184

Burl Lemon, Executive Director E-mail
Randi Tyo, Client Services Navigator E-mail
Bill Barker, Marketplace Supervisor E-mail
Pauletta Reed, Administrative Assistant E-mail