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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. 

Authority and Responsibility

My dad taught me many things, insights that I use every single day.

One of the most important, and most difficult was also really simple: Authority and responsibility aren’t always paired together.

Free Webinar > NFI Programs: All You Want (or Need) to Know...and More!

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) offers over 100 fatherhood skill-building resources and programs, which everyone thinks is great! But sometimes, all of those choices can be overwhelming, and it can be hard to find time to learn about how each resource can help your organization better engage fathers.

With this in mind, we're offering this free webinar to help you learn what the best fit is for you and your organization.

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.

New Free Resource > 46 of the Best Fatherhood and Family Films (Downloadable Guide)

Looking for a great fatherhood film? How about 46! We often get asked to recommend fatherhood and family films—either from dads who want to watch something meaningful with their children—or from facilitators interested in films to use with their fatherhood program.  

Our newest (and free) resource is full of films you can use to motivate, inspire, and connect with your child. And, if you lead a fatherhood program, you can use the guide as a helpful tool for the fathers and families you serve.

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.”

Free Webinar > Fatherhood Engagement in Community Action

Father's Day is over, now what are you doing to engage fathers in your community efforts? You know the research. You know that when dad is involved he helps reduce poverty, crime, and improves the well-being of children and families.

With this in mind, we have a great opportunity for you to examine what you currently offer fathers and families and get ideas of what's working in other communities...for free!

Spotlight > Newport News City Jail Teaches 107 Men How To Be Better Dads

We try to spotlight fatherhood programs we find in the news. This group is doing great work at the Newport News City Jail in a partnership between the Newport News Department of Human Services and the Newport News Sheriff's Office.

Hopefully, reading it will not only show you an example of what can happen when fathers learn how to be better dads, but it will remind you that your work matters. For this who don't currently serve fathers, perhaps you will be inspired to volunteer and help fathers in your city.

How To Celebrate Fathers > Fairfax County, VA Proclaims June as Fatherhood Awareness Month (Video)

I recently attended a special event to celebrate fathers in Fairfax County, Virginia. Between being a dad myself, working at National Fatherhood Initiative, being a volunteer, and then seeing my local government care about fathers, I found the event inspiring on many levels. 

With Father's Day fast-approaching, I wanted to highlight this inspiring event and the county leaders who care about connecting fathers to their families enough to celebrate it. As you read this post, consider: How are your elected officials celebrating fathers? What if all counties celebrated fathers like this?

Spotlight > The Teen Dad Experience (Odessa, Texas)

One of the most common questions we get about fatherhood programming is, "Do you have anything to help teen dads?"

Our answer is yes! Yes, we do. It's called 24/7 Dad® and in this post, you will see how one coordinator is using the curriculum to help teen dads in his area. 

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? 

Confessions of a Volunteer Co-Facilitator > The Importance of Fathers

What's it like to serve fathers? Glad you asked. I recently applied with my county government to be a "volunteer co-facilitator". After four years of working at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), I decided to volunteer in my county. After applying (and passing my background check—yay!), I'll spend the next 12+ weeks with 15+ dads sitting in on a program called 24/7 Dad®.

I will share my thoughts along the way. For fatherhood program facilitators, I'll offer tips on running a successful program. For volunteers, I hope to inspire you to get involved with a program or start one in your city. Let's do this...

Creative Uses of NFI Guides Never Stop!

"It's like a focus group [guide] for dummies!" 

That's the conclusion William (Bill) Macchione came to after he used National Fatherhood Initiative's 14 Critical Issues to Discuss with Moms guide to help him create questions for a focus group he conducted with single moms.

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