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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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How to Help the 5 Million Children Who Have Had an Incarcerated Parent

More than 5 million of today’s children have had an incarcerated parent with the vast majority of those parents being fathers.

Let Your Teen Girl Do This, She’ll Be Glad You Did

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The best thing you can do for your teen girl is to let her figure out life on her own.

Do you find that advice hard to swallow? If you do, you’re not alone. It’s difficult for many parents to allow their teen daughters the freedom they need to develop into healthy adults who rely on their parents for very little.

How to Help Staff Counsel Dads (Downloadable eGuides)

One of the primary challenges in working with dads is building the capacity of staff to talk with and counsel dads one-on-one. Whether trying to help a dad during a 5-minute intake or a 1-hour coaching session, staff can struggle with what to tell him when it comes to the most critical challenges dads face.

Spotlight > How Seneca County's (NY) Creative Use of NFI Resources Helps Dads

Charles (Charlie) Schillaci has made it his personal mission to help dads in Seneca County (NY) to be the best dads they can be. That's impressive because Charlie wields a big stick as the commissioner of the Seneca County Division of Human Services, which is responsible for all of the county's human and social services.

How Are You Helping Mothers This Mother's Day and Beyond?

Given that Mother's Day is this Sunday, it's time to take stock of just how important moms are to child well-being. For organizations that serve families, Mother's Day is a great reminder of how important it is to provide moms with help in being the best mom possible.

Making Good on Fatherhood: A Review of the Fatherhood Research (Free Resource)

If you're interested in a good review of the history of fatherhood programs in the U.S., look no further than Making Good on Fatherhood: A Review of the Fatherhood Research, a recent review produced by the Child and Family Research Partnership at the University of Texas at Austin.

4 Vital Questions to Teach Your Kids

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

As I reflect on more than two decades of parenting my own children, I continue to believe that the greatest gift any parent can give is to help their child develop self-awareness.

Readers' Feedback on Effective Facilitation

In several blog posts during the past several weeks, I focused on three questions we ask during training institutes on our fatherhood programs:

  • What are the three (3) most vital characteristics of an effective fatherhood program facilitator?
  • What are the three (3) greatest challenges in helping dads to become the best dads they can be?
  • What are the three (3) most critical steps in preparing to effectively facilitate a fatherhood program? 

I asked for your answers to these questions as effective facilitation is central to running effective fatherhood programs.

A Hidden Opportunity to Serve Dads

There is an opportunity that hides in the shadow of a disturbing trend: the rapid increase in the number of children born to cohabiting parents. But before I share the opportunity, let's first look at the trend. 

The Best Fundraising Book You Might Never Heard Of

Fundraising is one of the biggest challenges in starting and maintaining a fatherhood program. (Not to mention a challenge in running National Fatherhood Initiative®!) That's why you must read the following book. 

How Should You Prepare to Facilitate a Fatherhood Program?

We often ask the following question in training institutes on our fatherhood programs: “How do you set the stage so you can effectively facilitate a fatherhood program?”

Participants often don’t have a lot of answers. That’s because it’s easy to bypass preparation and launch headlong into facilitation. But proper preparation can make the difference between a session going well or going poorly.

The Dads You Might Not Serve, But Should

If your organization isn't serving working, resident dads, it should be. And especially when they lack a college degree or cohabit.

What’s the Greatest Challenge in Helping Dads?

We often ask the following question in training institutes on our fatherhood programs: “What is the greatest challenge in helping dads to be better dads?” Participants typically, and unfortunately, come up with a very long list. It isn’t always easy to help dads rise above and become the dads their children (and the mothers of their children) need them to be.

Research to Application: The Switch Framework

Change is hard. It’s hard enough to change your own behavior, let alone the behavior of fathers who aren’t as involved in the lives of their children as they should be.

Colson Task Force Recommendations Show Value of NFI Resources

After a 12-month investigation, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections established by Congress has issued a report with six recommendations for the federal corrections system designed to improve public safety, increase accountability of those in the criminal justice system, and reduce recidivism.

Although the recommendations focus on the federal corrections system, corrections systems at any level—federal, state, or local—would benefit from implementing them. (Congress named the task force in honor of the former federal prisoner and founder of the world’s largest prison ministry, Prison Fellowship.) 

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