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What Does Child Support Enforcement Say about Responsible Fatherhood?

We receive a lot of emails and phone calls from dads and moms angry about what they perceive as unfair child support orders. Many non-custodial dads in particular think the child support enforcement (CSE) system is rigged (e.g. favors moms) and doesn't appreciate how important their involvement is in the lives of their children.  

Free Webinar > An Introduction to NFI's Home Visitation Resource Bundle

Do you struggle with engaging dads in home visits? 

Do you lack father-specific resources to incorporate into your existing program, model, or curriculum? 

Do you have difficulty knowing what to discuss with dads and moms around father involvement? 

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this webinar is for you!

Where to Find the Latest Research on Dads

Unless you're reading this blog for the first time, you undoubtedly know National Fatherhood Initiative® provides research and statistics on father absence and involvement. Look no further than Father Facts, our signature research publication. Now in its seventh edition, Father Facts is the most comprehensive source of dad-related research and statistics you'll find anywhere.

You might wonder, however, which sources NFI staff relies on to learn about the latest research and statistics on dads? Can I also get access to those sources?

A Way to Address Brutal Outcomes for Men and Boys

"It's time to amplify the conversation about social norms, when it comes to masculinity."

I couldn't agree more. This quote, which appears in a recent blog post by researchers at Child Trends, emphasizes what needs to happen in this country to improve the health and well-being of men and boys.

The Real and Raw Impact of Out of the Ashes

National Fatherhood Initiative's recently released Out of the Ashes: Where a Seed Finds Life DVD and Discussion Guide is having a big impact across the nation.

I recently interviewed several staff in organizations that use Out of the Ashes with diverse groups of dads who are currently or formerly incarcerated. Every person I spoke with said the film resonates with dads at a deep emotional level regardless of dads' race or ethnicity. They also said it's an excellent compliment to NFI and other fatherhood programs because it enhances their impact.

Here is how three organizations use this outstanding resource.

Free Webinar on NFI's GiveBack Program™ > How You Can Save Money on Supplies You Need

We recently announced our GiveBack Program™ here on The Father Factor as a way to say "Thank you" for partnering with us to serve fathers.

Now, we're excited to offer a free webinar to show you a brief overview of the program, tour the portal, and examples of vendor discounts and sign-up processes.

Here are the details about the upcoming webinar. Remember, NFI's GiveBack Program™ is an exclusive program for organizations that use NFI's fatherhood programs.

5 Things I Learned While Volunteering at a Fatherhood Program

I recently spent 12 weeks as a volunteer for my local 24/7 Dad® Program. After watching nine dads graduate the program, here's what I learned.  

Get Your Free Program Retention Tool Today!

Retaining fathers in a fatherhood program is one of the greatest challenges many organizations face. That’s why National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is committed to providing tools and guidance to help meet that challenge.

Free Webinar from FRPN: Using Cellphone Technology in Fatherhood Programs and Research

Advancements in technology are changing the way we communicate with each other and can have a profound impact in recruitment and engagement of individuals in human services programs.

The Most Vital Cost for a Fatherhood Program

What's the most vital cost for a fatherhood program? Maintenance. When an organization seeks to start a fatherhood program, staff often consider the cost to implement it and ignore or assign lower importance to the cost to maintain it. 

4 Keys to Creating an Actionable Father Engagement Plan

One of the biggest challenges I hear from service providers is how to create an actionable father engagement plan.

There are 4 keys to creating an effective and actionable plan:

12 Tips to Help Your Board Members Raise Funds

One of the most challenging aspects of starting and maintaining a fatherhood program is raising funds to support it.

The Four Roles of a Great Fatherhood Program Facilitator

As the facilitator goes, so goes the effectiveness of the program. We say this in our 24/7 Dad® curriculum and I experienced it firsthand while volunteering with my local county government. The facilitator I sat under was very effective. 

In reflecting over the last 12 weeks of sitting in sessions, I was reminded of what our curriculum calls the four roles of a great fatherhood program facilitator. 

In this post, I'll review the four roles and offer observations from my experience as a fly on the wall during a local 24/7 Dad® program.  

Are You The Best Kind Of Parent?

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

If you’re a parent and self-reflect at all, you’ve undoubtedly wondered whether you’re a good parent. Perhaps you’ve wondered whether you’re the best kind of parent.

As someone who has spent his career helping parents, especially dads, to be the best parents they can possibly be, I can tell you there’s no shortage of opinions on what makes the best kind of parent.

New Grant Funding Opportunity Available from the FRPN

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) has issued the third request for proposals (RFP). This RFP is intended to support exploratory and descriptive research that will provide insights into previously unstudied or understudied areas. It's expected to make three to six awards of approximately $20,000 to $50,000. 

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