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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

A Must-Read on Supporting Expectant and New Dads’ Mental Health

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   May 28, 2024
Image created using Adobe Firefly 3. As human service organizations have become more aware of the need to address dads’... Read More

Topics: fatherhood research, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Tips & Tricks, mental health

Turning Pandemic Lessons into Opportunities in the Delivery of Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Apr 16, 2024
Image created with Adobe Firefly 2. On the afternoon of March 11, 2020, I was enjoying a sunny day in the ATX, celebrating... Read More

Topics: Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Tips & Tricks

How the Honda Accord Helps Demystify Evidence-Based Parenting Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Mar 27, 2024
Is your program evidence-based? Is your program evidence-informed? Is your program well-supported? Is your program promising? Is... Read More

Topics: evidence-based programs, evidence-informed programs, evidence-based InsideOut Dad, evidence-based fatherhood program, evidence-based 24/7 Dad, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, NFI News & Updates, Understanding Dad™, InsideOut Dad®, 24:7 Dad®

Why Child Welfare Agencies Struggle to Include Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Feb 6, 2024
Image created with Adobe Firefly 2. Do you serve dads who are involved with your state’s child welfare agency? If so, you... Read More

Topics: fatherhood parenting, involved father, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Why You Should Never Doubt the Long-Term Impacts of Serving Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Dec 19, 2023
Grab a pen or pencil. (Take your time. I’ll wait.) If you serve dads, write down your work’s impact in helping them become more... Read More

Topics: fatherhood program planning, program planning, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, Tips & Tricks

Proportion of Children Living with Resident Dads at 34-Year High

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Dec 5, 2023
If I asked you to guess what the best piece of news National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) could receive, what would you say? If... Read More

Topics: father absence data, child data, fatherhood data, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, NFI News & Updates, resident fathers

What’s “Paternal Self-Efficacy” and Its Importance?

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Nov 21, 2023
Paternal self-efficacy. If you work with dads and haven’t heard that term, or have but it’s only vaguely familiar, get to know... Read More

Topics: fatherhood parenting, involved father, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, mental health

How Fatherhood Improves Men’s Well-Being

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 24, 2023
When my wife confirmed she was pregnant with our first child, I experienced the joy of learning that wonderful news. Eventually,... Read More

Topics: men's health, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, father inclusive, mental health, Research & Infographics, father inclusion

What If You Could Reduce the Uncertainty Around Father Inclusion?

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 10, 2023
What if you could reduce the uncertainty of not knowing how to address father inclusion within your organization? So that you... Read More

Topics: video, father friendly organization, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks, father inclusive, father inclusion

[Must-Read New Reports] The State of the World’s and America’s Fathers

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Sep 12, 2023
Two new reports describe the role of fathers across the globe and in the United States as caregivers. They’re must-reads for... Read More

Topics: fathers role, child well-being, stay-at-home dad, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, parenting styles

An Amazing Fatherhood Program’s Impact on Birth Outcomes

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 31, 2023
The United States is arguably the world’s most financially wealthy country. Unfortunately, we haven’t parlayed that wealth into... Read More

Topics: Infant Health, fathers role, child well-being, maternal-child health, dads and prenatal, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, maternal mortality

[New Resource] Three Steps to Help Dads Care for Their Mental Health

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 15, 2023
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately, you know there’s an increasing emphasis on helping dads in a vital area of... Read More

Topics: men's health, resources for dads, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, NFI News & Updates, mental health

How Much Do Fathers Influence Sons’ Masculinity?

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 1, 2023
Growing up I barely knew my dad. He wasn’t around very much. When he was, he rarely spoke to me, except for the occasional raging... Read More

Topics: father-son relationships, fathers role, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, masculinity

Diving Deeper Into This Unseen and Unsupported Group of Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 18, 2023
In June of 2022, I introduced you to the 1 million dads in college, a group of dads in need that are unseen and unsupported by... Read More

Topics: father involvement in education, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies, dads in college, dads in trade school

Even More Ways to Help Dads Read to Their Children

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   May 23, 2023
Last week, my colleague and friend Erik Vecere wrote in this blog about the benefits of dads reading to their children. He shared Read More

Topics: father involvement in education, child development, involved father, parenting itps, Children's Education, Featured, General Fatherhood Program Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

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