State & Local Agencies Fatherhood Programs

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State & Local Government Agency Fatherhood Initiatives

National Fatherhood Initiative® helps agencies assess their own and their partners’ (e.g. grantees’ and community-based organizations') readiness to engage fathers and build capacity to serve fathers with customized strategies, and to mobilize states, counties, and cities to promote father involvement.

We help agencies create affordable, standard, scalable statewide, countywide, and citywide initiatives that make father-engagement efforts easier to manage and evaluate and that can also be integrated into family-focused programs (e.g. child welfare, home visiting, and maternal-child health).

Supporting You. Supporting Fathers. Supporting Families

National Fatherhood Initiative® provides the highest quality and widest range of fatherhood skill-building printed material, workshop and curriculum kits, training, and technical assistance available. As the nation’s leading and most experienced provider of evidence-based and evidence-informed resources and programming designed specifically for fathers, our experienced staff can consult with you to develop a customized solution that will meet your staffing level and budget requirements for serving fathers and their families.

NFI programs can help engage fathers in productive ways. State and local personnel involved with NFI: Health and Human Services Director, Supervisor, Department of Children and Families, Community and Youth Development Coordinator, Parent Education Specialist, Male Involvement Coordinator, Fatherhood Advocate, and more.

State and Local agencies are constantly faced with the need to justify programming and show that it leads to meaningful outcomes. NFI’s high-quality programs have built-in evaluation tools to help you serve fathers and provide the evidence you need to prove your impact.

By supporting committed and active fatherhood through NFI programs, agencies can reach their goals faster and more efficiently.

Address Social Issues

Children from father-absent homes are two to four times more likely to be poor, use drugs, be obese, drop out of school, be abused or neglected, or suffer from emotional and behavioral problems than their peers living in two-parent homes.
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Improve Child Well-Being

No issue hurts children more than widespread father absence. Today, 1 in 3 children in America live apart from their biological fathers. In many urban communities, the father absence rates are closer to 80 percent. Unfortunately, most of these children have limited contact with their nonresident dads. This leads to a host of risks to their well-being, from teen pregnancy to drug abuse, to poverty, to poor performance at school.
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Effective Home Visitation

Home visiting programs offer a variety of family-focused services to expectant parents and families with new babies and young children. They address issues such as maternal and child health, positive parenting practices, safe home environments, and access to services.
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Rally the Community

The last 5 decades have seen a huge rise in father absence in our nation’s families. Unfortunately, all sectors of society - business, faith, civic, and government - have intentionally or unintentionally taken part in that rise. So, to reverse the trend, all of those sectors have to be involved, too.
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Standardize Fatherhood Programs

In order for you to implement a fatherhood program, you likely have the need to train a large number of your agency’s staff from various locations. In other words, your job demands that you provide standardized direct services across your jurisdiction in order to properly measure the impact of any program you implement.
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Train Agency Staff

Even if you want to implement a fatherhood program, you are part of an agency or network of organizations whose various employees would require training in order to maximize the effectiveness of the service delivery.
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Get Technical Assistance

Building a successful and sustainable fatherhood program in your community is essential for the families and fathers you serve. We know that once you get a fatherhood program started, you have to ensure that the quality of the service delivery is sustained at a high level throughout your state, county, or city.
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