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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.

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.

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!

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.

How to Find a Fatherhood Program Near You

I often receive calls and emails from dads and community leaders who are looking for help. It may be a dad needing advice or a leader planning an event and looking for a local expert to speak. In many cases, connecting with local programs and resources is the answer.

But connecting with the people who have common passion can be difficult. In this post, I will introduce you to our Fatherhood Program Locator and show you how to utilize it.

Free Tool > The FatherSource™ Advisor

Are you unsure which NFI fatherhood programs and resources are right for you? We can help!

Just answer a few questions about your organization, staff, and budget and we'll provide guidance tailored to you.

Here's how it works...

What You Need to Know > New Rule to Increase Regular Child Support Payments

Many of the noncustodial dads served by organizations and programs like yours struggle to pay child support.

The ability of fathers to pay child support has been an issue in sore need of addressing at the federal and state levels for many years. After all, if a father can’t afford to pay the child support he owes, it has bad consequences for him, his child, and the mother or guardian of his child.

6 Tips for a Powerful Fatherhood Event

Community fatherhood events are a great way to support and encourage fathers while raising awareness that fathers play a unique and irreplaceable role in their children’s lives.

Here are some tips to consider as you plan your next one...

The Untapped Pot of Funds for Fatherhood Programs

If your fatherhood program relies solely or primarily on funds from foundations or government, it's crucial that you expand the focus to include donations from individuals.

One of the pitfalls I often see is the reliance of a fatherhood program on a single source of funds, typically a foundation or government grant. Even when a program has more than one source of funds, I rarely see one with more than two or three sources, and those sources almost never include donations from individuals.

Why is it important to expand the focus?

A Website Model for Your Fatherhood Work

Next to word-of-mouth and your program and organization partners, your website can be your best communication and recruitment channel for your fatherhood program. Your website can also be an important way to show funders your work with dads. (Funders often review websites to find organizations to fund and when reviewing proposals.) 

Unfortunately, many direct-service providers do a poor job designing their websites (or portions of their websites) to communicate in a clear and compelling way the importance of dads and how they serve dads. 

(Another) Powerful Video for Your Fatherhood Program

Last week in this blog I shared a powerful video for you to consider integrating into your fatherhood program. 

I have another such video to share this week. But, first, some background.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that I spend a good deal of my time communicating with direct-service providers that use our fatherhood programs and resources. I learn a lot from these discussions that I share with readers of this blog and when conducting trainings and providing technical assistance.

Powerful Video for Your Fatherhood Program

As I talk with facilitators of National Fatherhood Initiative's (NFI's) fatherhood programs, I'm constantly amazed by facilitators' creativity. 

One of the creative things many facilitators do is to find resources that enhance the content of our programs or address an issue or topic not addressed in our programs but that are important for the dads they serve, or that help dads tap into their emotions or induce a positive mood into a group setting. 

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