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Christopher A. Brown

Christopher A. Brown

Chris is President of National Fatherhood Initiative. He is married to Kayla, has two adult daughters, and lives in Texas.

Recent Posts

Here’s What We Know About the Work of Federal Fatherhood Grantees

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   May 17, 2022
Have you ever wondered what the organizations that received federal funding to implement responsible fatherhood (RF) programs did... Read More

Topics: Featured, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

The Secret Sauce of Successful Fatherhood Groups

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   May 3, 2022
If someone asked you what’s the “secret sauce” of fatherhood groups, what would you tell them? Before you continue to read this... Read More

Topics: fatherhood programs, fatherhood program planning, facilitators, Featured, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Program Recruitment & Retention, Recruit & Retain Dads

New Evaluation of 24/7 Dad® Shows It Improves Parental Self-Efficacy and That Dosage Matters

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Apr 29, 2022
A new, independent, third-party evaluation of the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program of National Fatherhood Initiative®(NFI) shows... Read More

Topics: non-custodial fathers, child well-being, single parenting, single dads, evidence-based 24/7 Dad, Featured, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Research on NFI Programs & Resources, NFI News & Updates, 24/7 Dad, child best interests

What’s Your State’s Grade on Child Support and Shared Parenting?

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Apr 5, 2022
Before you read the rest of this post, indulge me by rating your knowledge on a scale of 1-5 (1 = no knowledge and 5 = complete... Read More

Topics: healthy relationships, child support, child well-being, co-parenting, child welfare, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

This is What Children Need Most to Thrive

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Mar 22, 2022
A new report continues to show the importance of family structure and stability to child well-being and what investments policy... Read More

Topics: benefits of good marriage, healthy relationships, child welfare, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

[New Analysis] Five Decades of Research Shows Why Dad’s Involvement is Vital During the Prenatal Period

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Mar 8, 2022
A new analysis by a team at the University of Southern California of more than 50 years of research shows why dads’ involvement... Read More

Topics: child welfare, dads and prenatal, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

How Fatherhood Programs Integrate Education on Coparenting and Healthy Relationships

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Feb 22, 2022
A new study sheds light on fatherhood programs’ integration of education on coparenting and healthy relationships. The findings... Read More

Topics: non-custodial fathers, co-parenting, co-parenting training, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

How to Help Dads to Help Their Kids Avoid ACEs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jan 25, 2022
Have you heard the term “adverse childhood experience?”An adverse childhood experience (ACE) is an experience in childhood that ... Read More

Topics: Child Protection, child welfare, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

Why a Father-Friendly Culture is Vital to Effectively Serving Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jan 14, 2022
Creating a father-friendly culture is the most important factor in a successful fatherhood program. Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Program Recruitment & Retention

This Rising Trend Bodes Ill for Future Dads and Their Children

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Dec 14, 2021
A rising share of men in the U.S. live without a spouse or partner. This rise is especially troubling for those men who might one... Read More

Topics: non-custodial fathers, single parenting, single dads, child welfare, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, child best interests

How Your State Determines “What’s in the Best Interests of the Child”

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Dec 1, 2021
Do you know how the courts in your state determine what’s in the best interests of the child when making decisions about... Read More

Topics: non-custodial fathers, child welfare, Featured, child best interests, custody, court orders

Use this Exercise to Address Gendered Parenting

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 19, 2021
In your work with parents, do you address the ways in which dads and moms interact with their sons and daughters differently? ... Read More

Topics: Featured, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Tips & Tricks, Any Dad/Community Based

This One Tactic Could Boost Retention in Your Fatherhood Program

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 5, 2021
What’s the best thing you can to do get dads to return consistently to fatherhood program sessions? New research suggests that... Read More

Topics: Featured, Program Recruitment & Retention, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Any Dad/Community Based

How to Deliver a Fatherhood Program in a Housing Authority

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Sep 28, 2021
“About 6 years ago, some of our Housing Authority employees noticed that there were a lot of single moms at the properties we... Read More

Topics: Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories, Understanding Dad, 24/7 Dad, Tips for Success, Any Dad/Community Based, Recruit & Retain Dads, Train & Facilitate, Virtual Delivery

More Research Shows Dads Stepping Up During the Pandemic

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Sep 7, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues so too does research on its effects on parenting. A new working paper from researchers at... Read More

Topics: Featured, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Any Dad/Community Based

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