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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.

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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?

A Website Model for Your Fatherhood Work

Next to word-of-mouth and your program and organization partners, your website can be your best communication and recruitment channel for your fatherhood program. Your website can also be an important way to show funders your work with dads. (Funders often review websites to find organizations to fund and when reviewing proposals.) 

Unfortunately, many direct-service providers do a poor job designing their websites (or portions of their websites) to communicate in a clear and compelling way the importance of dads and how they serve dads. 

(Another) Powerful Video for Your Fatherhood Program

Last week in this blog I shared a powerful video for you to consider integrating into your fatherhood program. 

I have another such video to share this week. But, first, some background.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I spend a good deal of my time communicating with direct-service providers that use our fatherhood programs and resources. I learn a lot from these discussions that I share with readers of this blog and when conducting trainings and providing technical assistance.

Powerful Video for Your Fatherhood Program

As I talk with facilitators of National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI's) fatherhood programs, I'm constantly amazed by facilitators' creativity. 

One of the creative things many facilitators do is to find resources that enhance the content of our programs or address an issue or topic not addressed in our programs but that are important for the dads they serve, or that help dads tap into their emotions or induce a positive mood into a group setting. 

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Social & Emotional Competence of Children

During the past four weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Online, On-Demand Practitioner Certificates A Hit!

Since releasing the first of our online, on-demand practitioner certificates in May of 2015, 284 practitioners from 130 organizations have acquired them!

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Concrete Support

During the past three weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. 

The Silver-Lined Lesson for Your Kids from the Presidential Election

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. 

With the race for President now squarely in our rearview mirror, it’s time to take stock of the lessons from this historic election. And there are many. Oh, so many.

24/7 Dad® Commitment Pledge Makes a Difference for Family Services, Inc.

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) is committed to helping organizations that use our fatherhood programs meet the challenges they face in serving dads. 

One of the most significant challenges is retaining dads in a fatherhood program. To that end, NFI has used the latest behavioral science research on what makes people more likely to stick with a beneficial behavior (e.g. attending a fatherhood program) to develop tools that increase dads' commitment to attend a program on a consistent basis.

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development

During the past two weeks, I have blogged about a collaboration between National Fatherhood Initiative® and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to create a brief that raises awareness among states and others that use the Strengthening Families™ approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.

Spotlight > New Video Podcast Reveals the Impact of InsideOut Dad® Program

There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail in the United States. The number of children with a father in prison has grown by 79% since 1991. 

Despite these staggering facts, InsideOut Dad®, NFI's 12-week program for incarcerated fathers, continues to have a positive impact on fathers and families across the country. 

In this post, Matt Duhamel, Host of Solitary Nation and Filmmaker at Metamora Films, interviews me to discuss what correctional facilities in America are doing to help men in prison to be better dads.

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