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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!

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.

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...

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...

2 Free eBooks > Guide to Mentoring Fathers and Guide to Mentoring Fatherless Children

How can we combat the father absence crisis? One major way is through mentoring. Whether it's mentoring a fatherless child or mentoring a father, we all need encouragement that can come from a mentor.

We're excited to share with you two new resources designed to get you started mentoring dads and/or fatherless children. Check out these two new (and free) eBooks and start using them today.

Alan Thicke, Father on Screen and in Real Life, Passes Away at 69

It's a sad day when anyone passes away, but at National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), our thoughts are with Alan Thicke's family, the father of three we honored in years past, who recently passed away after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his 19-year-old son, Carter. 

New eBook > 8 Cutting Edge Ideas to Super-Charge Your Fatherhood Program (Product Spotlight)

As the nation’s #1 provider of fatherhood skill-building programs and resources, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) continually provides guidance for practitioners and organizations on how you can provide the most robust and successful fatherhood programs possible.

To that end, this eBook includes 8 ideas for how to super-charge your fatherhood program. These ideas draw on some of the latest cognitive and behavioral research, and how you can apply this research to your program.

Just for Moms > 2 New Resources on Communication and Co-Parenting (Product Spotlight)

We often get asked, "What resources do you have for moms?" Our answer will include our curriculum called Understanding Dad™ and our Pocketbooks for Moms™. But now, there's more!

Spotlight > New Video Podcast Reveals the Impact of InsideOut Dad® Program

There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail in the United States. The number of children with a father in prison has grown by 79% since 1991. 

Despite these staggering facts, InsideOut Dad®, NFI's 12-week program for incarcerated fathers, continues to have a positive impact on fathers and families across the country. 

In this post, Matt Duhamel, Host of Solitary Nation and Filmmaker at Metamora Films, interviews me to discuss what correctional facilities in America are doing to help men in prison to be better dads.

New Resource Shows Dads How to Better Manage Money

Do you work with fathers who struggle with money? Sadly, some dads see their role strictly as check-writer-in-chief while other dads struggle to make ends meet.

It doesn't have to be this way. Whether it's child support, legal fees, or having to work two and three jobs to pay for life, many dads struggle with money. Most dads need to learn how vital money management is to their role of being good dads.

We created this new tool to teach dads why they should manage their money and give them an easy action plan to help handle money.

6 Tips to Protect Your Child from Bullying

I try to stay up on the latest blog posts about fatherhood. Often, I share helpful articles on NFI's social media channels. But, when Roland Warren, the former President and current board member of NFI, wrote about fatherhood recenty, I had to share it here on the blog. Why? Well, Mr. Warren knows a thing or two about fatherhood.

In his newest post, Warren shares a personal story of how he experienced bullying and what he did about it. Review his story as a resource to help you help the dads you serve.

Spotlight > Men in Pueblo, Colorado Learn to Become Better Dads

You have to see how one fatherhood program in Pueblo, Colorado is helping men learn how to be better fathers. 

Read this post to learn about the good work Graham Bates, the local pastor and police chaplain is doing, and to learn about Bates' vision for the program.

Free Resources > 4 New eBooks to Help You Serve Fathers

I want to introduce you to four new (and free) eBooks the NFI Team has created to help you get started serving fathers in any setting.

In this post, I'll walk you through each new eBook and show you how they can help you help fathers—whether you work in a community-based organization, corrections and reentry setting, military installation, or state and government agency. 

What "Dads Matter Too" Did for Their Program Graduation That You Should Too

When dads graduate from your fatherhood program, it's a big deal. It should be treated as such. After reading how "Dads Matter Too" in New Haven, Connecticut, created a successful graduation event, I had to tell you about it.

This program involved several local partners to make their graduation a success. Read this post and consider how you can make your next fatherhood program graduation special.

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