Our Mission & Social Issue

Founded in 1994, National Fatherhood Initiative® is the nation's leading provider of research on father presence and father involvement, research and evidence-based fatherhood programs and resources, staff training, and father-engagement planning services for human service organizations and practitioners.

{ Our Mission }

National Fatherhood Initiative® works to increase father involvement by equipping communities and human service organizations with the father-engagement training, programs, and resources they need to be father-inclusive.

{ Our Vision }

Our vision is that all communities and human service organizations are proactively father-inclusive so that every child has an involved, responsible, and committed father in their lives.

{ Our Social Issue }

It’s a commonly held belief by moms and dads alike that fathers are extremely important to child well-being. And, there’s tons of research to prove it.

But the fact remains that millions of families interact with human service organizations every year that are primarily mother-focused. These programs often lack the leadership, funding, resources, and staff training to be intentionally and proactively father-inclusive.

We’re here to change that.

We believe that human service organizations should be inclusive of moms and dads alike. This means training staff to ask about and involve dads in their interactions with moms who visit their centers, creating a welcoming physical environment for dads, providing resources and programs that speak to dads in their unique role as a father, and more.

National Fatherhood Initiative® comes alongside human service organizations and communities with a strengths-based approach to father engagement training, fatherhood program curricula, and other educational materials to help them—and the families they serve—fully realize the tremendous, positive impact involved fathers have on children and families.

Every community can benefit from increased father involvement.

  • Lower crime rates.
  • Lower teen pregnancy.
  • Improved school behavior and grades.
  • Increased family self-sufficiency.

We see a brighter, more father-inclusive future for our nation’s human services, communities, children, and families.

Why don’t more human service organizations, programs, and services
intentionally and proactively engage and serve fathers?


Human service organizations and the entities that fund them have a huge role to play in addressing this issue. That's why NFI builds their capacity to more intentionally and proactively engage fathers in human service programs and services.

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