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Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day is kind of a big deal when you're National Fatherhood Initiative. 

New Release: Father-Readiness Training Kit™

DIY Kit helps organizations and communities prepare to serve dads: National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), the nation’s leading provider of fatherhood skill-building materials and training, has released the Father-Readiness Training Kit™, a new do-it-yourself kit to help organizations and communities prepare to serve fathers.

A Tribute to Gregg Nicklas

In my ten years at NFI, I have never known a more humble, action-oriented, and courageous champion of fatherhood. Aside from Gregg being a man of faith, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and care-giver, many things could be said to honor his memory. I want to highlight only one here—his diligent stewardship of opportunities.   

What Dads Can Learn From the Santa Barbara Killing Spree

I’ve blogged many times over the years about the disturbing “father factor” I’ve seen in virtually every shooting spree or mass murder that has made the news. In nearly every case, the shooter grew up in a fatherless home. 

Lowe's, LG & Dove Men+Care: One of These Messages is Not Like the Other

Christopher Brown explains in The Huffington Post what's wrong with Lowe's and LG's new commercials and what they get wrong about fathers.

The Surprising Facts about Payments of Child Support

As an observer of trends in attempts at the federal, state, and local levels to engage non-custodial fathers in the lives of their children, one of the trends I'm most pleased to have witnessed is the trend in the realization that most low-income non-custodial dads are "dead broke" instead of "deadbeat."

More on Money and TA for Evaluating Fatherhood Programs

I blogged last week about funds that will soon be available from the federal government via the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) to conduct rigorous evaluations of fatherhood program and about free technical assistance (TA) on evaluating fatherhood programs that will be available from the FRPN.

Massaged Your Baby Today? Study Says Massage Good for Baby & Dad

Historically, mothers have been the primary caregivers of newborn babies. During the last century, fathers went from being banned from the delivery room to being encouraged to attending the births of their babies.

Money and Technical Assistance for Evaluating Fatherhood Programs on Its Way

Funding and technical assistance (TA) will soon be available from the federal government to help your organization rigorously evaluate your fatherhood program.

How to Address the Insane Rate of Incarceration in the U.S.

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world. How sad that we lock up a greater percentage of our citizens than any other country.

The Long View on Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect

I shudder every time I hear the phrase "child abuse and neglect." The notion that some parents abuse and neglect their children pains me. 

What To Do (and What Not To Do) With Your Kids on #MomsNightOut

There are three types of dads in the new parenting movie Moms' Night Out. Inspired by the idea of "giving the at-home mom a break," I have advice for what dad can do with his child no matter the age or stage so that dad can connect and mom can relax.

21 Questions with NFI's Newest Board Member: Chris Efessiou [Interview]

Get to know our newest board member, Chris Efessiou, in 21 questions. 

Single White Moms Should Say Yes to Father Involvement

Christopher Brown recently wrote an article for The Huffington Post in response to an article on Slate.com about white, working-class mothers and father involvement. In his rebuttal, he points out not what one person's story is, but what decades of research has to say about the importance of father involvement for the sake of the child.

The Dismal Place of the U.S. on Father Absence

How much do you know about the global epidemic of father absence? Do you know it's global? Do you think it's a problem exclusive to the U.S., developed countries, or Western cultures? If you're not sure how to answer these questions, you're not alone.

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