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Melissa Steward

Melissa Steward is Vice President of National Fatherhood Initiative. She is married and lives in Maryland.

Recent Posts

What's Mom Got to Do With It?

I was at an acquaintance's house the other night, and the inevitable question, "What do you do for a living" led to an unending story of a father who was denied access to his child(ren) by the mother - for all sorts of reasons.

NFI Releases Discussion Guide to Use with Dads in Any Setting

How should I start working with dads? What in the world should I help them with? What is a basic resource I can use that provides a way to talk with dads about the issues that matter most to helping them become more involved in the lives of their children?

How to Help Fathers with Child Support Issues

If you have fathers in your program who have a legal obligation to make child support payments, you are not alone.

8 Ways to be a Leader and Engage Your Community

As you pursue your organization's mission or goals, it's easy to forget that someone in your community needs to be the leader.

6 Ways to Start a Fatherhood Program

Developing a program requires a process for planning, implementing and measuring the success of all the organizations efforts—which is where the "24/7 Dad™ Logic Model" comes in handy.

6 Ways to Enhance Staff & Volunteer Capabilities

Your staff is your best asset. And you couldn't do it without your volunteers.

Pilot Program of NFI’s Curriculum for Moms a Success

NFI has conducted a successful pilot program of its recently released curriculum, Understanding Dad™: An Awareness and Communication Program for Moms.

Get Your FREE Father Friendly™ Check-Up

Last week, I attended the Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center conference where I met hundreds of wonderful people working with women and men in the midst of crisis pregnancies.

Fatherhood Programs: Facilitating for Change

This is a guest blog post from Scott Lesnick, author, speaker, trainer, and 24/7 Dad® facilitator at The Parenting Network located in Milwaukee, WI.

Military Dads Serve as Doctor Dad, Too!

Being a military dad presents unique challenges - especially when it comes to deployment and fathering.

How to Get Fathers in the Door

There's a popular phrase which states “build it and they will come.”

Engaging Fathers in Home Visits

NFI has worked with numerous service providers and state agencies to enhance their home visitation models by integrating resources for fathers, resulting in increased father engagement in home visitation programs and ultimately, in the lives of their children and families. 

24/7 Dad® & "Wrap Around" Services - So Happy Together

Recently, Catholic Charities’ Asylum Hill Family Center was featured in the Catholic Transcript Online - the Newspaper of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut. And guess what? They've used NFI's 24/7 Dad® group-based program to reach over 600 dads that have come through their doors over the last 2 years.

But they don't just offer the 24/7 Dad® fathering program - they offer other "wrap around" services to residents such as parenting skills, advocacy/empowerment, job training and support, homeownership training, money management/budgeting classes, and more. 

Embracing Fatherhood Within Addiction Recovery

This is a guest blog post by Jeff Spencer, M.Ed., ALC of IMPACT Family Counseling. Jeff works as the Fatherhood Coordinator and outpatient therapist. Before working at IMPACT he worked as addiction treatment counselor and case manager in an inpatient treatment facility. 

Implementing Evidence-Based Programs: The Devil in the Details

This is a guest blog post from Christopher Brown, Executive Vice President, National Fatherhood Initiative. 

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