160 Years!
And Our Story Is Still Unfolding...

What We Do

The Father Center of New Jersey is an innovative community organization that believes that children grow best when father figures are involved in their lives. Some fathers face challenges that prevent them from being fully engaged with their children, and we are here to support them – including adolescents, juvenile offenders, and ex-offenders who are re-entering the community. We provide opportunities for growth and success in a safe and comfortable space.

The Father Center offers fathers the emotional, social, and economic resources to improve their lives and those of their children. From stress management training and anger management programs to adult computer classes, we support fathers in gaining the life skills to be there for their families. We believe that when fathers are empowered to be good parents, the entire community benefits.

Several Trenton families seeking to protect vulnerable children and support families founded The Father Center, formerly Union Industrial Home for Children, in 1859. Serving first as an orphanage, the organization has grown to focus on improving quality of life for children by supporting the father figures in their lives. The Father Center serves over 1,500 fathers each year, guiding them to create strong, nurturing relationships with their children. Our free programs include career counseling, computer literacy training, parenting education, and health and trauma support.


To support men in gaining the skills and meeting the responsibilities of fatherhood.


Our vision is to empower every father to positively impact his children and family – socially, emotionally, and economically.

Our History