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Christopher A. Brown

Chris is President of National Fatherhood Initiative. He is married to Kayla, has two teenage daughters and lives in Texas.
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The Most Vital Cost for a Fatherhood Program

What's the most vital cost for a fatherhood program? Maintenance. When an organization seeks to start a fatherhood program, staff often consider the cost to implement it and ignore or assign lower importance to the cost to maintain it. 

12 Tips to Help Your Board Members Raise Funds

One of the most challenging aspects of starting and maintaining a fatherhood program is raising funds to support it.

Are You The Best Kind Of Parent?

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

If you’re a parent and self-reflect at all, you’ve undoubtedly wondered whether you’re a good parent. Perhaps you’ve wondered whether you’re the best kind of parent.

As someone who has spent his career helping parents, especially dads, to be the best parents they can possibly be, I can tell you there’s no shortage of opinions on what makes the best kind of parent.

Creative Use of NFI's Resources for Moms Creates Powerful Program

Last week I wrote about how NFI's resources for moms help organizations address what dads say is the biggest barrier to being involved with their child: a poor relationship with their child's mom.

I highlighted NFI's Understanding Dad™ program and Mom as Gateway™ FatherTopics™ Booster Session and noted how they're often used in combination.

As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to learn how and why one organization combines these two resources to create a powerful program.

Free Resource > NFI Improves the Father Friendly Check-Up™

I’m pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of the free Father Friendly Check-Up™ (FFCU), the most comprehensive tool available that helps staff assess their organization’s readiness to effectively serve dads.

How to Address the Biggest Barrier to Dads' Involvement

Dads say the biggest barrier to being involved with their child is a poor relationship with their child's mom. 

That's according to a 2015 report that is part of an ongoing study of federally-funded responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs called the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. This portion of the PACT study interviewed low-income dads from four programs in different parts of the country.

The Key to Dads Establishing Paternity

If you read my post last week on paternity establishment, you learned 5 reasons why some moms establish paternity and 5 reasons why some moms don't

But what about dads? What's the key to dads deciding to establish paternity? 

9 Ways Dads Can Nudge Their Child’s Doctor

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a significant report on the importance of dads to the health and well-being of their child, and to the health and well-being of the mother of their child. The report arrives 12 years after the AAP’s first report on the importance of dads.

5 Reasons Why Moms Establish Paternity, and 5 Reasons They Don't

My two most recent posts focused on dad's involvement, and lack thereof, at the birth of his child. One of the factors that can influence whether an unmarried dad is involved in the earliest stage of his child's life is mom's willingness to name him as the father of her child. 

The 5 Factors that Predict a Lack of Dad's Involvement

Last week I wrote about research that shows how important dad's presence is at the birth of his child

Specifically, his presence increases the likelihood his child will be a healthy newborn. It also means mom is likely to be healthier.

On the other hand, when dad is absent, baby and mom are less likely to be healthy. 

But what happens after the birth? How involved is dad at the earliest stage of his child's life? Those are two vital questions because, as we know, a child with an involved dad is more likely to grow up healthy physically, emotionally, and socially.

Dad's Presence at Birth Leads to a Healthier Baby and Mom

Dad's presence at the birth of his child increases the likelihood his child will be a healthy newborn. It also means mom is likely to be healthier.

Why You Should Care about NFI’s Core Values

National Fatherhood Initiative’s (NFI) core values matter to us, and they should matter just as much to you.

NFI Revises Its Mission & Launches Improved Website

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) has revised its mission:

National Fatherhood Initiative® transforms organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children’s lives.

We’ve also launched a much improved website, one that reflects our clearer, more focused mission. 

Why did we revise our mission and improve our website? In a word, “simplicity.”

How Many Children Won’t Buy a Gift for Dad?

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

As Father’s Day 2016 approaches, it’s time to take stock of how many children won’t experience the joy of giving their dad a gift and the smile, hug and kiss that follows.

Did You Know NFI Can Do This for Your Network?

Did you know that National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) conducts free customized webinars on NFI's programs and resources and how to effectively use them? 

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