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Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program

Planning for, and starting a fatherhood program can seem daunting. Perhaps overwhelming. But we're here to help.

Over the next 7 weeks, I will cover the 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program. Whether you're looking to do something small or large, these tips will no doubt set you on the right path to better engage fathers.

So let's get started with Step 1: Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program.

[Videos] Two Powerful Videos for your Work with Dads

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we love to share videos you can use in your work with dads, and to show staff, decision makers, and stakeholders (e.g. board members) about the importance of serving and intentionally and proactively engaging dads.

Today, we've got two new videos to share with you!

Say What? An App That Helps Dads Be Better Dads

Often times, dads make connecting with their children overly complicated. They think they have to plan some major vacation or spend a fortune to be involved with them.

What if instead, dads simply changed their daily fathering habits to increase their involvement with their children?

They can, and our mobile app can help. Even better, it's now available for both Android and iPhone!

The Problem of Incarceration for America's Children [Infographic]

There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail. Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers.

The sort-of good news is that ninety-five (95%) of all inmates will eventually be released. The not-so-good news is that most—2 out of 3 inmates—will re-offend and be back in prison.

It's clear we have a problem. But we also have a solution.

[New eBook] How to Use the 24/7 Dad® Program with Teens

Over the years, we've been asked for a curriculum developed specifically for teen dads.

But every time we considered creating one, it became clear that our flagship fatherhood program, 24/7 Dad® A.M. really IS written for dads of any age, race, or religion. In fact, with a little digging, we uncovered many practitioners who already faciltate 24/7 Dad® with teen dads with much success. 

So, armed with expert tips and feedback from those very practiitoners, we created a new companion guide that helps you understand how to effectively use 24/7 Dad® with teens. Read on to learn more and download your copy!

Free Webinar > Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs

Do you find it hard to keep funding for your fatherhood program? Do you rely on only one funding stream for your program?

From a strategy perspective, is your organization on a never ending "fundraising roller coaster"? Do you want to get off that roller coaster? 

We will address all of this (and more!) in our next free webinar: Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs. Register today!

Save Money When You Run NFI Programs

I regularly hear from organizations that they don't have enough funding. The sad truth is that often times, the fatherhood program is the first to go.

Funding roller coaster aside, I'm here to tell you that if you have purchased any of NFI's fatherhood programs in the past, you can save thousands of dollars on your everyday recurring business expenses. 

Read on to learn more. 

FRPN Free Webinar > Inside the Black Box: Measuring Service Delivery, Client Engagement and Fidelity

NFI President Christopher A. Brown sits on the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) advisory committee. FRPN has announced their next (and seventh!) free webinar for researchers and practitioners.

Spotlight > New Hampton Jail Uses InsideOut Dad® Program, Prepares Fathers for Release

We try to spotlight fatherhood programs in the news when we can. We do this for many reasons, but one is to encourage you. We want you to know that you are not alone.

You'll see in this post, there are men like Darnell W. Parker Sr. out there serving alongside you. We are with you. Be inspired to keep doing the good work of serving fathers and families.

This group at the New Hampton Jail, along with the Hampton Sheriff's Office, is doing great work.

How to Find a Fatherhood Program Near You

I often receive calls and emails from dads and community leaders who are looking for help. It may be a dad needing advice or a leader planning an event and looking for a local expert to speak. In many cases, connecting with local programs and resources is the answer.

But connecting with the people who have common passion can be difficult. In this post, I will introduce you to our Fatherhood Program Locator and show you how to utilize it.

Free Tool > The FatherSource™ Advisor

Are you unsure which NFI fatherhood programs and resources are right for you? We can help!

Just answer a few questions about your organization, staff, and budget and we'll provide guidance tailored to you.

Here's how it works...

What You Need to Know > New Rule to Increase Regular Child Support Payments

Many of the noncustodial dads served by organizations and programs like yours struggle to pay child support.

The ability of fathers to pay child support has been an issue in sore need of addressing at the federal and state levels for many years. After all, if a father can’t afford to pay the child support he owes, it has bad consequences for him, his child, and the mother or guardian of his child.

6 Tips for a Powerful Fatherhood Event

Community fatherhood events are a great way to support and encourage fathers while raising awareness that fathers play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives.

Here are some tips to consider as you plan your next one...

The Untapped Pot of Funds for Fatherhood Programs

If your fatherhood program relies solely or primarily on funds from foundations or government, it's crucial that you expand the focus to include donations from individuals.

One of the pitfalls I often see is the reliance of a fatherhood program on a single source of funds, typically a foundation or government grant. Even when a program has more than one source of funds, I rarely see one with more than two or three sources, and those sources almost never include donations from individuals.

Why is it important to expand the focus?

2 Free eBooks > Guide to Mentoring Fathers and Guide to Mentoring Fatherless Children

How can we combat the father absence crisis? One major way is through mentoring. Whether it's mentoring a fatherless child or mentoring a father, we all need encouragement that can come from a mentor.

We're excited to share with you two new resources designed to get you started mentoring dads and/or fatherless children. Check out these two new (and free) eBooks and start using them today.

The Father Factor Blog > Everything You Need to Serve Fathers.

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