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Reminder > Request for Applications to Start or Expand 24/7 Dad®

There's still time to apply! Applications are due to NFI by Midnight Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve in select Midwestern states.

FRPN Free Webinar > Two Generation Strategies to Engage and Serve Low-Income Fathers

NFI President Christopher A. Brown sits on the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) advisory committee. FRPN has announced their next (and ninth!) free webinar for researchers and practitioners.

Request for Applications > Start or Expand ​Your 24/7 Dad® Program

National Fatherhood Initiative® (NFI) seeks applications from organizations that want to partner with NFI to expand the evidence-based 24/7 Dad® program within the community or communities they serve in select Midwestern states.

FRPN Free Webinar > Achieving High Response Rates and Dealing with Missing Data in Fatherhood Evaluations

NFI President Christopher A. Brown sits on the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) advisory committee. FRPN has announced their next (and eighth!) free webinar for researchers and practitioners.

How to Choose the Best Tools for Your Fatherhood Program

People sometimes ask how NFI came to be the nations's leading provider of programs and resources for dads. Well, it all stems from our long history of providing the latest research on the affects on children and society as a result father absence, and the benefits of father involvement.

It wasn't good enough for us to simply state the research and facts. We needed to take action on those facts at a national level to work to reverse the nation's trend of father absence. So in 2001, we began building an extensive portfolio of high quality fatherhood skill-building resources, curricula, and training (think: tools) to equip organizations around the country to help men be the best dads they could be. We now have over 100. Whoa.

So how do I select the best NFI tools and resources for my organization, you say? I'm glad you asked.

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).

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.

[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!

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.

[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!

Free Webinar > Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs

Do you find it hard to keep funding for your fatherhood program? Do you rely on only one funding stream for your program?

From a strategy perspective, is your organization on a never ending "fundraising roller coaster"? Do you want to get off that roller coaster? 

We will address all of this (and more!) in our next free webinar: Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs. Register today!

Save Money When You Run NFI Programs

I regularly hear from organizations that they don't have enough funding. The sad truth is that often times, the fatherhood program is the first to go.

Funding roller coaster aside, I'm here to tell you that if you have purchased any of NFI's fatherhood programs in the past, you can save thousands of dollars on your everyday recurring business expenses. 

Read on to learn more. 

FRPN Free Webinar > Inside the Black Box: Measuring Service Delivery, Client Engagement and Fidelity

NFI President Christopher A. Brown sits on the Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) advisory committee. FRPN has announced their next (and seventh!) free webinar for researchers and practitioners.

Spotlight > New Hampton Jail Uses InsideOut Dad® Program, Prepares Fathers for Release

We try to spotlight fatherhood programs in the news when we can. We do this for many reasons, but one is to encourage you. We want you to know that you are not alone.

You'll see in this post, there are men like Darnell W. Parker Sr. out there serving alongside you. We are with you. Be inspired to keep doing the good work of serving fathers and families.

This group at the New Hampton Jail, along with the Hampton Sheriff's Office, is doing great work.

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