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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:

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.

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.

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.

New Grant Funding Opportunity Available from the FRPN

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) has issued the third request for proposals (RFP). This RFP is intended to support exploratory and descriptive research that will provide insights into previously unstudied or understudied areas. It's expected to make three to six awards of approximately $20,000 to $50,000. 

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.

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.

Free Resource > NFI Improves the Father Friendly Check-Up™

I’m pleased to announce the release of the newest edition of the free Father Friendly Check-Up™ (FFCU), the most comprehensive tool available that helps staff assess their organization’s readiness to effectively serve dads.

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.

Introducing NFI's GiveBack Program™ > Save Money on Supplies You Need to Serve Clients

For over two decades, National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) has created skill-building programs and resources to help organizations engage fathers in their children's lives.

To say "THANK YOU!" for partnering with us to give fathers the skills they need, we're offering a new program that helps your organization save money on recurring expenses. NFI has been receiving the money-saving benefits of this program, and we now want to extend this benefit to you!

In this post, I'll explain who is eligible for the program, and examples of the money you can save with many vendors through NFI's GiveBack Program™.

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.

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