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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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Powerful Video for Your Fatherhood Program

As I talk with facilitators of National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI's) fatherhood programs, I'm constantly amazed by facilitators' creativity. 

One of the creative things many facilitators do is to find resources that enhance the content of our programs or address an issue or topic not addressed in our programs but that are important for the dads they serve, or that help dads tap into their emotions or induce a positive mood into a group setting. 

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Social & Emotional Competence of Children

During the past four weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Online, On-Demand Practitioner Certificates A Hit!

Since releasing the first of our online, on-demand practitioner certificates in May of 2015, 284 practitioners from 130 organizations have acquired them!

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Concrete Support

During the past three weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. 

The Silver-Lined Lesson for Your Kids from the Presidential Election

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. 

With the race for President now squarely in our rearview mirror, it’s time to take stock of the lessons from this historic election. And there are many. Oh, so many.

24/7 Dad® Commitment Pledge Makes a Difference for Family Services, Inc.

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) is committed to helping organizations that use our fatherhood programs meet the challenges they face in serving dads. 

One of the most significant challenges is retaining dads in a fatherhood program. To that end, NFI has used the latest behavioral science research on what makes people more likely to stick with a beneficial behavior (e.g. attending a fatherhood program) to develop tools that increase dads' commitment to attend a program on a consistent basis.

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

During the past two weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Social Connections (Free Resource)

Last week I introduced you to a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. (Click here to view and download the brief from the Free Resources section of NFI’s website.)

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Parental Resilience (Free Resource)

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Using the Strengthening Families™ framework, more than 30 states are shifting policy and practice to help programs working with children and families focus on protective factors. States apply the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood, child welfare, child abuse prevention, and other child and family serving systems.

A Secret Weapon for Facilitators of Fatherhood Programs

Picture this scene. You're facilitating a fatherhood program--perhaps National Fatherhood Initiative's 24/7 Dad® program (wink, wink). Several of the dads rarely if ever speak up. You desperately want to know their thoughts and get them engaged with the program. What do you do?

What Does Child Support Enforcement Say about Responsible Fatherhood?

We receive a lot of emails and phone calls from dads and moms angry about what they perceive as unfair child support orders. Many non-custodial dads in particular think the child support enforcement (CSE) system is rigged (e.g. favors moms) and doesn't appreciate how important their involvement is in the lives of their children.  

Where to Find the Latest Research on Dads

Unless you're reading this blog for the first time, you undoubtedly know National Fatherhood Initiative® provides research and statistics on father absence and involvement. Look no further than Father Facts, our signature research publication. Now in its seventh edition, Father Facts is the most comprehensive source of dad-related research and statistics you'll find anywhere.

You might wonder, however, which sources NFI staff relies on to learn about the latest research and statistics on dads? Can I also get access to those sources?

A Way to Address Brutal Outcomes for Men and Boys

"It's time to amplify the conversation about social norms, when it comes to masculinity."

I couldn't agree more. This quote, which appears in a recent blog post by researchers at Child Trends, emphasizes what needs to happen in this country to improve the health and well-being of men and boys.

The Real and Raw Impact of Out of the Ashes

National Fatherhood Initiative's recently released Out of the Ashes: Where a Seed Finds Life DVD and Discussion Guide is having a big impact across the nation.

I recently interviewed several staff in organizations that use Out of the Ashes with diverse groups of dads who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Every person I spoke with said the film resonates with dads at a deep emotional level regardless of dads' race or ethnicity. They also said it's an excellent compliment to NFI and other fatherhood programs because it enhances their impact.

Here is how three organizations use this outstanding resource.

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Retaining fathers in a fatherhood program is one of the greatest challenges many organizations face. That’s why National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is committed to providing tools and guidance to help meet that challenge.

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