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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.

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.

6 Tips to Protect Your Child from Bullying

I try to stay up on the latest blog posts about fatherhood. Often, I share helpful articles on NFI's social media channels. But, when Roland Warren, the former President and current board member of NFI, wrote about fatherhood recenty, I had to share it here on the blog. Why? Well, Mr. Warren knows a thing or two about fatherhood.

In his newest post, Warren shares a personal story of how he experienced bullying and what he did about it. Review his story as a resource to help you help the dads you serve.

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.  

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