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The Hidden Expense of Fatherless Families

Article originally posted by The Washington Times here. Re-posted with permission from Roland Warren.

Several years ago, my youngest son and I began a regular practice of packing several backpacks with packaged food, toiletries and small Bibles, and heading to downtown Washington, D.C. to pass them out to the homeless. Most of the people we met were men, and soon I discovered something that truly surprised me.

Most of these men were fathers.

I remember a conversation with one homeless father who was in his early 50s, like me. He told me that he had been living on the streets for several years. When I queried him about his family, I was stunned to learn that he had seven adult children who lived in the D.C. area. However, he said he would not contact them because their relationship had frayed badly over the years. 

The Two Factors that Affect How Much Dads Invest in Their Children

Dads “invest” in their children. An interesting choice of words, don’t you think?

Actually, it’s not that interesting. The involvement of dads has been most often linked, historically speaking, to how well they provide financially for, or invest in, their children and family.

Fortunately, a social norm has started to form that values a more holistic notion of what it means for dads to invest in their children.

How Family Practitioners Can Help Dads with Child Support Issues

If you have fathers in your program who have a legal obligation to make child support payments, you are not alone. In fact, most fatherhood programs who do work with dads are in this situation.

In this post, we'll cover a number practical things and community partnerships you can establish to help these dads with the issues they face.

Improved Resource on Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) recently updated their Learning Center on implementing evidence-based programs.

I recommend you check it out for the following reasons.

Camp Grace Reunites Incarcerated Fathers with Their Children

We're all about connecting fathers with their children, heart to heart—and we know that it's doubly important for fathers who are incarcerated. Research shows that incarcerated fathers who reconnect with their children and family prior to release are less likely to go back. That's good for families...and for our nation.

Recently, Salinas Valley State Prison had an event where fathers, daughters and sons came together for a week-long camp, making murals, family crests and coming up with skits to present to each other on July 28. 

Salinas Valley State Prison, through The GEO Group, runs National Fatherhood Initiative's InsideOut Dad® Program.

Read on to learn about this touching event.

Spotlight > Hoop for HOPES Fatherhood Program Event

Scheduling an event is a fun way to draw attention to your programs and services for dads and families. We've seen all sorts of creative events, but one kind seems to be tried and true: kids and dads love basketball!

Recently, the United Way of North Texas Area who uses NFI's 24/7 Dad® program, held a basketball tournament to bring awareness to their programs and to develop relationships with dads and families they serve.

How 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad™ Works, Man2Man

The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad™ workshop is ideal for organizations that seek a short-length fatherhood program. And that’s exactly why it’s been such a great fit for the Man2Man Fatherhood Building Program in Akron, Ohio.

Everything You Need to Know About 3 Popular Fatherhood Programs

Have you thought about asking your boss or funder to start a fatherhood program but didn't know how to start the conversation?

Have you considered some of NFI programs but felt overwhelmed with finding the information you needed to get it approved?

Are you not even sure what these "programs" are that I'm talking about?

Well, do we have some new tools for you!

The “Golden Moment” to Engage Dads

How much do you know about the characteristics of first-time dads? What’s their average age? How does their age vary by race and ethnicity? How much does it vary by education? 

Before you read further, take this short quiz to see how much you know about first-time dads. Write down your answers. You can find the correct answers at the end of this post.

Dr. David Asbery on Navigating After Divorce and Co-Parenting

One of the biggest challenges you likely face when working with parents is helping them to effectively co-parent and get along for the sake of their children. Whether dad and mom aren't together because of divorce, or were simply never married, it can be challenging for dads to navigate their ongoing relationship with mom.

In his recent article titled My Ex-Wife now Smiles When I say Hello, Dr. David Asbery shares his personal experience, and how he navigated divorce and co-parenting. His positive outcome is what we hope can be achieved by parents who are committed to working together to co-parent after a relationship or divorce.

Read his story and you'll no doubt gain some tips for the dads you serve along the way.

Free Online Training: Co-Parenting After Divorce

We’re diligent at National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) about raising awareness about new, free resources—whether our own or others’—that will help you better serve dads, moms, kids, and your community.

Recently, we learned about Successful Co-Parenting After Divorce, a new, free, online training developed by faculty at Florida State University.

Two Resources 'To the Rescue' > Have Meaningful Discussions with Dads and Moms

A Fatherhood Mentor working in a Pregnancy Center called us one day in a bit of a panic. "I have a few dads coming into the center tonight and I don't have anything ready for them. What do you have that I can use?" he said.

I quickly directed him to one of our two, easy-to-use PDF discussion guides that NFI created for this very kind of thing. In fact, you, your staff, or fatherhood mentor can use these guides with ZERO preparation.

Do These 2 Things to Help a Dad Succeed

Before you read any further, take a minute to write down up to five things a dad needs to succeed in fatherhood. Then read the rest of this post.

[Video] How NFI is Helping Kansas State Agency to Engage Dads

State agencies that seek to improve the well-being of children and families can struggle to effectively engage dads in the programs and services that they and their partners provide.

That's why we're thrilled to share the latest work NFI has done alongside The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF).

Preparation Key to Success for Fatherhood Programs

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this week, it pays to reflect on the practices that helped some of our nation’s greatest leaders to succeed.

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