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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

Has Father Absence Gotten Better or Worse?

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 17, 2017
Neither. That’s right. For the past two decades, the proportion of children who grow up without a biological, step, or... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Research & Studies

The One Resource Grayson County Detention Center Uses to Open Dads' Hearts and Minds to Group-Based Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 10, 2017
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I regularly interview staff and volunteers in organizations that use... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories

What Dads Without a College Degree Need to Land Good-Paying Jobs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Oct 5, 2017
If you listen only to the political rhetoric about the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs in the U.S., you’d think our... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Why Creativity is Key to Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Sep 27, 2017
The ability to raise funds is one of the five core competencies to effectively engage and serve dads. One reason it’s a core... Read More

Topics: Fundraising

[Video] What Young Dads Have to Say about Serving Them

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Sep 19, 2017
In June of this year, I had the honor to present during a webinar sponsored by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Fantastic Data Sources on Child Well-Being

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 31, 2017
When I say “kids count,” what pops into your head? Write it down before you continue to read this post. If you wrote something... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Research & Studies

[Free Resources] The Role of Mentoring in Reentry

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 29, 2017
A fatherhood program should never stand alone. Think about that statement for a moment. What does it mean? It means you should... Read More

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

The Two Factors that Affect How Much Dads Invest in Their Children

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 15, 2017
Dads “invest” in their children. An interesting choice of words, don’t you think? Actually, it’s not that interesting. The... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Improved Resource on Implementing Evidence-Based Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 8, 2017
The National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) recently updated their Learning Center on implementing... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

How 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad™ Works, Man2Man

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Aug 1, 2017
The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad™ workshop is ideal for organizations that seek a short-length fatherhood program. And that’s... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories

The “Golden Moment” to Engage Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 25, 2017
How much do you know about the characteristics of first-time dads? What’s their average age? How does their age vary by race... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, General Fatherhood Research & Studies

Free Online Training: Co-Parenting After Divorce

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 18, 2017
We’re diligent at National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) about raising awareness about new, free resources—whether our own or... Read More

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

Do These 2 Things to Help a Dad Succeed

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 11, 2017
Before you read any further, take a minute to write down up to five things a dad needs to succeed in fatherhood. Then read the... Read More

Topics: NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Tips & Tricks

[Video] How NFI is Helping Kansas State Agency to Engage Dads

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 6, 2017
State agencies that seek to improve the well-being of children and families can struggle to effectively engage dads in the... Read More

Topics: General Fatherhood Program Resources, NFI-Specific Programs & Resources, Success Stories

Preparation Key to Success for Fatherhood Programs

Posted by Christopher A. Brown   |   Jul 4, 2017
  As we celebrate our nation’s birthday this week, it pays to reflect on the practices that helped some of our nation’s... Read More

Topics: Tips & Tricks

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