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Creating the "Hook" for Your Fatherhood Program

There are many fatherhood programs with dedicated staff, curriculum, a facility, and community support – but lack participants. This is the biggest complaint we hear. 

It's a fact that getting dads involved in your programs and services takes planning and skill.

So let me ask you: what's your hook? 

Why Kids are Incarceration’s “Collateral” Victims

Approximately 1 in every 28 American children has a parent behind bars. Roughly 52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates have minor children and, with more than 2.3 million adults incarcerated today in the United States, that represents a large population of youngsters whose lives have been disrupted through no fault of their own.

Research has already shown that the incarceration of a parent, and the effects of fatherless homes, results in a host of developmental challenges that are among the often overlooked “collateral consequences” of incarceration, such as academic difficulties, behavioral problems, illicit drug use, and socio-emotional skills deficits.

One more should be added: Having a parent in prison also take a toll on children’s sleep and eating patterns.

Is Your Own Organization Getting in the Way?

I hear time and again from community-based organizations or pregnancy centers that they want to serve dads, and in some cases, hove gone as as far as creating a fatherhood program with volunteers and staff to run it... but they "don't get any dads". And they just don't understand why.

Well, my response to this statement is usually quite surprising. I respond with questions around how fully fathers are integrated into the organization's mission, leadership, physical center, intake forms, programs, resources, etc. In return, I often get a blank stare (and then, usually, a light bulb moment!)

As I continue my series of blogs on 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program, let's discuss a tool that helps you determine how friendly your organization is to fathers, so that you can get from A (nothing for dads) to B (success in serving fathers).

What Dads Should Know about Liability

What should dads know about responsible fatherhood and liability in regard to being a parent? A lot, as it turns out.

As the father of 22 and 19-year-old girls, I can't tell you the number of times through the years that I've learned about a parent who hosted or otherwise "allowed" a party to take place at their home where their children and friends drank alcohol. In some cases, a child drank too much and had to be rushed to the hospital. In a couple of other cases, a child died.

Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program

Planning for, and starting a fatherhood program can seem daunting. Perhaps overwhelming. But we're here to help.

Over the next 7 weeks, I will cover the 7 Steps to Starting a Successful Fatherhood Program. Whether you're looking to do something small or large, these tips will no doubt set you on the right path to better engage fathers.

So let's get started with Step 1: Making the Case for a Fatherhood Program.

Powerful Jedi Mind Trick to Help Dads Deal with Tough Situations

Whether you work with dads one-on-one or in a group setting, you know that many of them face tough situations in trying to be more involved, responsible, and committed to their children. 

"Daddy Don't Go" [Movie Trailer]

Many of the nation’s top sociologists and policy makers consider fatherlessness to be the most pressing issue facing American families today. Further, disadvantaged fathers in particular face numerous obstacles in raising their children, and some fail to shoulder the responsibility. Those who stay are more important than ever and must be supported.

That's why movies like "Daddy Don't Go" are so important to our culture and to the people who work tirelessly to help families and children enjoy economic and family stability. 

Read on to learn more, and for details on acquiring the film at 50% off.

[Videos] Two Powerful Videos for your Work with Dads

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that we love to share videos you can use in your work with dads, and to show staff, decision makers, and stakeholders (e.g. board members) about the importance of serving and intentionally and proactively engaging dads.

Today, we've got two new videos to share with you!

Say What? An App That Helps Dads Be Better Dads

Often times, dads make connecting with their children overly complicated. They think they have to plan some major vacation or spend a fortune to be involved with them.

What if instead, dads simply changed their daily fathering habits to increase their involvement with their children?

They can, and our mobile app can help. Even better, it's now available for both Android and iPhone!

Awesome Fundraising Idea for Fatherhood Programs

Fundraising is one of the major pain points for fatherhood programs.

The Problem of Incarceration for America's Children [Infographic]

There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail. Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers.

The sort-of good news is that ninety-five (95%) of all inmates will eventually be released. The not-so-good news is that most—2 out of 3 inmates—will re-offend and be back in prison.

It's clear we have a problem. But we also have a solution.

Family Trees and the Troubling Problem of Absent Fathers

This blog reposted from with permission from Roland Warren.

Some time ago, a friend told me about a troubling experience he had while working as a teacher’s aid in an inner city elementary school that served primarily African American children. The teacher of the class gave her students what should have been an easy homework assignment. They were to develop a family tree.

However, when the students returned to class with the completed assignments, my friend noticed a disturbing pattern. 

[New eBook] How to Use the 24/7 Dad® Program with Teens

Over the years, we've been asked for a curriculum developed specifically for teen dads.

But every time we considered creating one, it became clear that our flagship fatherhood program, 24/7 Dad® A.M. really IS written for dads of any age, race, or religion. In fact, with a little digging, we uncovered many practitioners who already faciltate 24/7 Dad® with teen dads with much success. 

So, armed with expert tips and feedback from those very practiitoners, we created a new companion guide that helps you understand how to effectively use 24/7 Dad® with teens. Read on to learn more and download your copy!

Critical New Portrait of Latino Dads [Report & Resources]

Before you read the rest of this post, grab a pen and paper and answer the following questions:

  • Do most Latino fathers speak English or Spanish?
  • Are most Latino fathers immigrants or U.S. born.?
  • Are most Latino fathers married or single?
  • What's the proportion of Latino fathers who live with their children compared to those who live apart from their children?
  • What's the proportion of Latino fathers who have children by one mother compared to children by multiple mothers?
  • What's the proportion of Latino fathers who are employed full or part time?
  • What's the average educational attainment of Latino fathers?
  • What's the proportion of Latino fathers who have low income? 

NFI Launches Free Online Learning Community!

I'm pleased to announce that National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) has launched the Father Engagement Learning Community™! This free online resource ( provides a platform for organizations and individuals that serve dads to learn from one another.

Why did we launch it?

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