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Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Social Connections (Free Resource)

Last week I introduced you to 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. (Click here to view and download the brief from the Free Resources section of NFI’s website.)

New Resource Shows Dads How to Better Manage Money

Do you work with fathers who struggle with money? Sadly, some dads see their role strictly as check-writer-in-chief while other dads struggle to make ends meet.

It doesn't have to be this way. Whether it's child support, legal fees, or having to work two and three jobs to pay for life, many dads struggle with money. Most dads need to learn how vital money management is to their role of being good dads.

We created this new tool to teach dads why they should manage their money and give them an easy action plan to help handle money.

Strengthening Families and The 5 Protective Factors Series: Parental Resilience (Free Resource)

Strengthening Families™ is a research-informed approach to increase family strengths, enhance child development, and reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. It is based on engaging families, programs, and communities in building five protective factors:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence of children

Using the Strengthening Families™ framework, more than 30 states are shifting policy and practice to help programs working with children and families focus on protective factors. States apply the Strengthening Families approach in early childhood, child welfare, child abuse prevention, and other child and family serving systems.

A Secret Weapon for Facilitators of Fatherhood Programs

Picture this scene. You're facilitating a fatherhood program--perhaps National Fatherhood Initiative's 24/7 Dad® program (wink, wink). Several of the dads rarely if ever speak up. You desperately want to know their thoughts and get them engaged with the program. What do you do?

Spotlight > Men in Pueblo, Colorado Learn to Become Better Dads

You have to see how one fatherhood program in Pueblo, Colorado is helping men learn how to be better fathers. 

Read this post to learn about the good work Graham Bates, the local pastor and police chaplain is doing, and to learn about Bates' vision for the program.

Final Reminder > Opportunity to Start or Expand ​24/7 Dad®! (Application Deadline 10/31)

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve. So hurry, because this is the final reminder. Applications are due to NFI by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 31, 2016.

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.  

Opportunity to Start or Expand ​24/7 Dad®!

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve.

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?

Free Resources > 4 New eBooks to Help You Serve Fathers

I want to introduce you to four new (and free) eBooks the NFI Team has created to help you get started serving fathers in any setting.

In this post, I'll walk you through each new eBook and show you how they can help you help fathers—whether you work in a community-based organization, corrections and reentry setting, military installation, or state and government agency. 

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.

What "Dads Matter Too" Did for Their Program Graduation That You Should Too

When dads graduate from your fatherhood program, it's a big deal. It should be treated as such. After reading how "Dads Matter Too" in New Haven, Connecticut, created a successful graduation event, I had to tell you about it.

This program involved several local partners to make their graduation a success. Read this post and consider how you can make your next fatherhood program graduation special.

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.

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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Free eBook > 5 Questions Every 24/7 Dad Asks

This eBook helps you answer the five important questions around being a great dad.

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