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Wise Words From a Program Like Yours: Nurturing Father Engagement

There's a new, compelling video in town that provides tremendous insight into today’s human service environments, and the specific ways we need to be including dads in family services. 

It's titled "Dad's Rock!" and is brought to us by The Children's Bureau featuring The Children’s Trust of Massachusetts and People, Incorporated located in Fall River, MA.

Research indicates children have increased positive outcomes when dads are involved, and yet all too often, agencies struggle to attract fathers to their services, and fathers face unconscious bias that keeps them at arms' length. The professionals in the video share that men do in fact want to be good dads, but they need groups and encouragement to help them through difficult times rather than being excluded. 

Watch this video and hear what these practitioners have to say in "Dad's Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement."

Has Father Absence Gotten Better or Worse?


That’s right. For the past two decades, the proportion of children who grow up without a biological, step, or adoptive dad has remained stable at 27.5 percent.

Fatherhood Resources As Simple as the "Easy Button"

Sometimes we just need things to be simple. Staples really hit the nail on the head when they launched their campaign featuring the "easy button". 

We all know that you can't truly hit an "easy button" and have things magically appear, but the idea that Staples could get your office supplies to you quickly and easily gave us a good feeling about working with them.

Along the same lines, NFI created resource bundles that contain a collection of resources for working with dads and moms that basically let you "hit the easy button". 

And the best news is that we have a brand new resource bundle that really makes things easy for working with Spanish-speaking dads.

Let me explain.

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

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I regularly interview staff and volunteers in organizations that use National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) programs and other resources. These interviews often provide insight into creative uses of our programs and resources that I share in this blog to help organizations become even more effective in serving dads.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Morris Basham. Morris facilitates InsideOut Dad®—NFI’s evidence-based program for incarcerated fathers—at the Grayson County Detention Center, a facility in Leitchfield, Kentucky that houses federal and state inmates.

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

If you listen only to the political rhetoric about the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs in the U.S., you’d think our nation faces a crisis of historic proportion, especially for workers without a Bachelor’s Degree.

4 Essential Things to Remember when Developing Fatherhood Programs for Latino Fathers

Before you read the rest of this article, ask yourself 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? 

The Biological Effects of Father Loss: An Interview with Daniel Notterman

Why Creativity is Key to Fundraising for Fatherhood Programs

The ability to raise funds is one of the five core competencies to effectively engage and serve dads.

One reason it’s a core competency is that it isn’t easy to master. Generally speaking, fundraising is hard. Fundraising for fatherhood programs is even harder. It’s not as if there are a boatload of sources that provide specific funds to serve dads.

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.

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

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). The webinar focused on how child welfare organizations and professionals can more effectively engage and serve young dads (under age 26). I shared how:

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.

Can a Woman Facilitate a Fatherhood Program as Effectively as a Man?

I get asked this question often during my trainings. My answer is always an emphatic, “Yes!”

I see many examples of successful fatherhood groups facilitated by women. In fact, you can find some of these facilitators on our Stories of Impact page. Check out the videos called Maine DOC, Fatherhood Initiative, and Fresno EOC.

A New Way to Engage Dads Using Online Learning

Maybe online learning isn't something familiar to you, or maybe you're unsure how it could fit into your organization's programs for fathers.

We can help answer those questions and more with our upcoming webinar: An Introduction to Fathering in 15™ on Wednesday September 27 at 2pm EDT.

Learn more and register today!

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.

The Future of Father Engagement is Here > Fathering in 15™

Likely, you’ve heard about our newest online resource for dads, Fathering in 15™. We’ve already had a number of organizations who are committed to the future of father engagement subscribe to this one-of-a-kind resource for dads!

In today's post, I want to share more details with you about exactly how this learning experience for dads works.

To begin, there are 15 topics covered, each using a similar format to make learning easy. Dad can complete each topic in about 15 minutes. There is also no facilitator required, meaning dads can go through it at their own pace. They can work on Fathering in 15™ on a computer or mobile device your center or organization, or you can assign dads to go through of Fathering in 15™ from afar (at home, on their home computer or mobile device). It can even be used in a correctional facility where web-based learning is accessible.

Let's dig in together to take a closer look at the future of father engagement.

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