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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

Spotlight > InsideOut Dad® Helps Inmates Become Better Dads in Jackson, Tennessee

Thankfully, we see these types of news stories about our fatherhood programs often. We get excited to see our programs help people. Also, being a native Tennessean, I'm a sucker for a good Tennessee story. Here's one such spotlight...

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:

New Spanish Resource > The Importance of an Involved Father (Brochure)

I'm often asked, "Do you have any resources available in Spanish?" My answer is, "Yes!" We do have many fatherhood resources available in Spanish.

In fact, our newest (and VERY popular) brochure is now available in Spanish! What's interesting about this particular brochure, is that it's almost more popular than our "10 Ways to be a Better Dad" brochure. Crazy, right?

In this post, I'll spotlight our newest Spanish brochure, as well as where you can find additional resources for the Spanish-speaking dads you serve.

Why Evidence-Based Fatherhood Programs are Important for Dads

Depending on where you look, the term “evidence-based” can have slightly different meanings. Generally speaking, however, it refers to a program that has been found by independent research to affect a change in program participants compared to similar individuals who did not participate in the program.

Researchers refer to program participants as the “intervention group” while referring to non-participants as the “control group.” A program becomes evidence-based when this rigorous approach to evaluating it has shown the change is not likely due to chance but to the impact of the program.

Spotlight > Newport News City Jail Teaches 107 Men How To Be Better Dads

We try to spotlight fatherhood programs we find in the news. This group is doing great work at the Newport News City Jail in a partnership between the Newport News Department of Human Services and the Newport News Sheriff's Office.

Hopefully, reading it will not only show you an example of what can happen when fathers learn how to be better dads, but it will remind you that your work matters. For this who don't currently serve fathers, perhaps you will be inspired to volunteer and help fathers in your city.

Spotlight > The Teen Dad Experience (Odessa, Texas)

One of the most common questions we get about fatherhood programming is, "Do you have anything to help teen dads?"

Our answer is yes! Yes, we do. It's called 24/7 Dad® and in this post, you will see how one coordinator is using the curriculum to help teen dads in his area. 

Six Steps to Implementing an Evidence-Based Program

This post originally appeared at Child Trends blog.

Governments, schools, foundations, and nonprofit organizations fund programs to improve outcomes for children and youth, so it is important that these programs actually achieve their desired outcomes. Just as in medicine, it is imperative to invest in evidence-based programs and practices. Whether it is an after-school program for youth, a teen pregnancy prevention program, or a mentoring program, success can depend on how well the program is implemented.

Learn this Powerful Approach to Effective Facilitation

I facilitated a 24/7 Dad® training for the Family Resource Center South Atlantic (FRCSA) last January in Raleigh, NC. When I returned a month later to deliver a second training on our InsideOut Dad® program, I was amazed at how proficient they had become facilitating 24/7 Dad® in only a few weeks! 

5 Myths Dads Have About Fatherhood Programs

Facilitators across the country have shared with me consistent challenges they’ve faced with dads’ attitudes about fatherhood programs. I’ve categorized these challenges into 5 myths that can help you more effectively recruit and retain dads in your programs.

We Have a Winning Pledge! Announcing 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® Pledge

A few weeks ago, we asked 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad® program participants and facilitators to submit an optional pledge that fathers participating in these programs could recite before or after each session.

We received a variety of unique and inspiring pledges. So many in fact, that while we selected a winner, the final pledge we present to you combines the very best of the "heart and soul" of many of the submissions we received.

Read on to learn the final pledge and the fatherhood facilitator who submitted it.

Readers' Feedback on Effective Facilitation

In several blog posts during the past several weeks, I focused on three questions we ask during training institutes on our fatherhood programs:

  • What are the three (3) most vital characteristics of an effective fatherhood program facilitator?
  • What are the three (3) greatest challenges in helping dads to become the best dads they can be?
  • What are the three (3) most critical steps in preparing to effectively facilitate a fatherhood program? 

I asked for your answers to these questions as effective facilitation is central to running effective fatherhood programs.

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