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Spotlight > Teen Dads in Texas are Getting the Help They Need

I get this question often by phone and email, "Do you have any programs to help teen dads?"

My answer is "Yes!" Which is why I'm excited to see the work Martin Castaneda is doing in Midland, Texas. In this post, you will see how he is using the 24/7 Dad® program to help teen dads. 

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.  

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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.

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. 

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.

Creative Use of NFI's Resources for Moms Creates Powerful Program

Last week I wrote about how NFI's resources for moms help organizations address what dads say is the biggest barrier to being involved with their child: a poor relationship with their child's mom.

I highlighted NFI's Understanding Dad™ program and Mom as Gateway™ FatherTopics™ Booster Session and noted how they're often used in combination.

As luck would have it, I had the opportunity to learn how and why one organization combines these two resources to create a powerful program.

How to Address the Biggest Barrier to Dads' Involvement

Dads say the biggest barrier to being involved with their child is a poor relationship with their child's mom. 

That's according to a 2015 report that is part of an ongoing study of federally-funded responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage programs called the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. This portion of the PACT study interviewed low-income dads from four programs in different parts of the country.

The Key to Dads Establishing Paternity

If you read my post last week on paternity establishment, you learned 5 reasons why some moms establish paternity and 5 reasons why some moms don't

But what about dads? What's the key to dads deciding to establish paternity? 

9 Ways Dads Can Nudge Their Child’s Doctor

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just released a significant report on the importance of dads to the health and well-being of their child, and to the health and well-being of the mother of their child. The report arrives 12 years after the AAP’s first report on the importance of dads.

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.

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.

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