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Answers to Common Questions We Get at NFI

What does National Fatherhood Initiative® do?

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) transforms organizations and communities by equipping them to intentionally and proactively engage fathers in their children's lives. Together, we work to create a world in which every child has a 24/7 DadSM.
Learn more about our mission and values here.

Does National Fatherhood Initiative® offer fatherhood classes for dads?

No. Surprised? It's because NFI is what's known as a "capacity-building organization". We specialize in equipping organizations that serve families (i.e. direct service providers) with training and resources to offer programs to fathers. Our work with fatherhood practitioners (who work with hundreds of thousands of fathers per year) multiplies our impact ten-fold! 

You can find organizations that have recently offered NFI programs and resources on our Fatherhood Program Locator.

Is National Fatherhood Initiative® a government entity?

No. NFI is an independent, private, 501c3 non-profit organization that pre-dates most government-run and government-funded fatherhood programs. In fact, we helped many state governments launch their inaugural fatherhood programs in the 1990s, most of which continue to serve fathers in their communities today.

Is National Fatherhood Initiative® a religious-based organization?

No. National Fatherhood Initiative® is a non-sectarian, non-partisan, non-profit organization.

How is National Fatherhood Initiative® funded?

National Fatherhood Initiative® is a 501c3 non-profit funded by a variety of sources. In the past, NFI has received government grants and contracts, but no longer receives that kind of funding. 

Where does National Fatherhood Initiative® work?

National Fatherhood Initiative® programs and resources are used in all fifty states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and other countries. Our resources are in over 6,700 community, state, and regional organizations. US military bases all over the world use NFI programs. We have distributed over 8.5 million fatherhood resources around the world.

Does National Fatherhood Initiative® provide assistance with child custody issues?

National Fatherhood Initiative® does not provide legal counsel for child custody cases. If you are having custody issues, please contact Parent Help, a service of Child Find of America at 1-800-716-3468 or visit their website for more information.

Does National Fatherhood Initiative® advocate for father's rights issues?

National Fatherhood Initiative® does not advocate for father's rights, and does not provide advice on legal matters related to the family court system. We recommend that you contact Parent Help at 1-800-716-3468 for free, confidential telephone assistance for dads and moms on finding solutions to visitation disputes, mediating co-parenting plans, and understanding custody, child support, and the court system.

How does National Fatherhood Initiative® measure success?

First, we measure outcomes through the built-in evaluation tools contained in many of our fatherhood skill-building materials. Independent evaluations show that our resources significantly change fathers' attitudes and increase their confidence and knowledge.

Second, we measure success based on the total number of people reached with our skill-building materials and public education efforts, and the total number of organizations and facilitators we have trained on delivering our programs into their communities.

Third, we measure our success by assessing the increased capacity of organizations to serve fathers as a result of NFI's capacity building tools and programs. To learn more, please see the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative report here.

Finally, we receive letters, e-mails, and pictures, from fathers and families across the country who have experienced an NFI program. For success stories, visit our page on How We Measure Impact.

Is there a National Fatherhood Initiative®chapter near me?  Can you refer me to a local organization running a fatherhood program?

We are not a membership-based organization and do not have local chapters. However, you can find organizations that have recently offered NFI programs and resources on our Fatherhood Program Locator.


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