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Core Competencies

Corrections-Focused Fatherhood Programs

As the nation’s leading and most experienced provider of evidence-based and evidence-informed resources and programming designed specifically for incarcerated fathers, National Fatherhood Initiative® partners with corrections systems, facilities, and organizations to integrate fatherhood programming into rehabilitation and reentry efforts. Our affordable, cost-effective resources and programs address criminogenic needs and support cognitive-behavioral interventions.


National Fatherhood Initiative helps build the capacity of organizations seeking to begin or enhance fatherhood programs to benefit fathers, families, and especially children in their community. Our services build capacity through father-friendly assessments, skills training, technical assistance, strategic planning and community mobilization around fatherhood.

Project Spotlights:

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Community Mobilization: A one-year project to mobilize 12 Ohio counties using NFI’s 3-phase Community Mobilization Approach.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity-Building Initiative: A multi-year cooperative agreement in which NFI made sub-grants to organizations seeking to build their capacity to serve fathers. NFI worked intensively with over 100 sub-grantees over the 5 year project period to help them become more effective father-serving organizations. An evaluation of the project showed that NFI increased capacity in 93% of organizations in the short and long term, with nearly 1 in 3 increasing their capacity by more than 20%.

Project Execution: Contracting and Subcontracting

National Fatherhood Initiative has extensive experience in executing state, local, and government contracts, subcontracts, and projects related to building and implementing sustainable fatherhood programs and services in a high-quality manner.

Project Spotlights:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Contract: Multi-year contract to create and run, a national media campaign, and provide technical assistance to HHS’ responsible fatherhood grantees.

U.S. Department of Justice, The Connections Project: An 18-month project with the primary purpose of identifying, compiling, and sharing best practices on reentry via publications and trainings. NFI also trained practitioners around the country to deliver fatherhood programming to incarcerated fathers and fathers reentering society from prison. NFI built, a website with resources, online learning, and technical assistance.