Reports, Program Spotlight and Reading

The State of the World’s Fathers is the first report to provide a global view of the state of men’s contributions to parenting and caregiving.

Report from MenCare, a global fatherhood campaign active in more than 30 countries on five continents. Their mission is to promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children. Down Load Report.

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Federal Funding Webinars

OFA HMRF Pre-Application Webinar Series

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) will host a series of pre-application webinars to provide an overview of the published Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Funding Opportunity Announcements.  Please see the schedule below and register for the webinar(s) you wish to attend.

The webinars are currently scheduled for 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. (ET) on each of the following dates:

  • May 18, 2015 – New Pathways for Fathers and Families (HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FK-0993)
  • May 19, 2015 – Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants (HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FM-0985)
  • May 20, 2015 – Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility (ReFORM) (HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FO-0992)
  • May 21, 2015 – National Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FH-0990)

To register for the webinar series and for updates, please go to the HMRF Events Site.  For logistical questions, please contact Lois Boekestein at lboekestein@circlesolutions.com and or 703-738-4912.

Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) & Cross-Site Project Performance Measures Webinars

Please attend the following webinars for information on a range of programming, performance measure, and evaluation issues for the current Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grant competition. If you miss or can’t attend a webinar, all webinars and slides will be archived.

Webinar #1: Developing a Strong Program Model: Planning for Successful Services This webinar will discuss a range of issues applicants should consider as they design their programs, such as: understanding the needs of the community; specifying program goals; ensuring high-quality services; and recruiting, engaging and retaining participants.

Time/Date: 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Friday, May 22
Register here

Webinar #2: Performance Measures: Tracking Program Progress This webinar will discuss expectations related to performance measures for the next round of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grantees. The webinar will provide an overview of the measures, how data will be collected, and how grantees will be expected to report on program progress.

Time/Date: 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Tuesday, May 26 Register here

Webinar #3: Information, Family Outcomes, Reporting, and Management (nFORM): A Tool for Data Management and Reporting This webinar will discuss an exciting new Management Information System designed specifically for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grantees. Attendees will be able to see a prototype of nFORM in action and will also learn how data from the system will be automatically uploaded into required reporting forms (such as the semi-annual Performance Progress Reports, or PPRs), greatly reducing the reporting burden on grantees.

Time/Date: 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Wednesday, May 27 Register here

Webinar #4: Local Evaluation: Answering Key Questions This webinar will discuss the expectation for local evaluations or grantee evaluation of a specific research question of interest. This exciting new feature of the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grants allows grantees the opportunity to explore a research question in-depth, to inform both grantee operations and the knowledge base for the entire field.

Time/Date: 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Thursday, May 28 Register here

Webinar #5: Federal Evaluations for Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage Grantees This webinar will discuss two new federally-led evaluations of a small number of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grantees. The evaluation of the small set of Responsible Fatherhood/ReFORM grantees is called “Building Bridges and Bonds (B3).” The evaluation of the small set of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education grantees is called “Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS).” The federally-led evaluation studies will be:

  • Rigorous, multisite studies testing innovative services offered by Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage programs
  • Unique opportunities for the program and research communities to together produce new evidence about specific service approaches
  • Sources of financial and technical program assistance to support enhanced services and/or to grow service capacities
  • Opportunities for increased visibility within the field

Time/Date: 2:00PM Eastern (11:00AM Pacific) on Friday, May 29 Register here

This list of webinars represents those sponsored by7 OFA. Numerous curriculum developers and associations are also providing webinars on writing for these grants that are not represented in this list.

April 4 - 30 Updates

Describe your funniest moment as a dad.
I enjoy so many funny moments with my daughter. She lives up to her name and is a “Star.” After dinner each night, we get a one-girl talent show where she sings, dances or does a comedy show. There is so much laughter in our lives. - Dale Yazzie, Powwow Dancer, Father of One, featured father at Coloradodads.com

HHS Grants Forecast: subscribe to grants forecast for release notification. Any day now ... (Link) 

New Resources

Two Approaches to Service Delivery | Practitioner's Brief (PDF) This brief provides a general overview of four Responsible Fatherhood (RF) grantees involved in the Parents and Children Together Evaluation (PACT) Evaluation. The brief: 1) provides a general overview of two approaches to service delivery in fatherhood programs; 2) documents how service delivery is linked to fathers’ characteristics; and 3) describes how service delivery approach may be linked to program participation and retention rates.  Data gathered via staff interviews, program observations conducted during site visits, ongoing interactions with leadership at each program, and data on service receipt from each programs’ management information system was used to create this brief. (Link)

Self-reported personal challenges of fathers in responsible fatherhood programs | FRPN Research Brief (Link)

New Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Responsible Fatherhood Programming: Two Approaches to Service Delivery | Practitioner's Brief | @OPRE_ACF @MathPolResearch
  • The effect of the economic factors and complex subcultures that black men navigate.
  • A Call to Rethink How We Support Grantees > Nancy Baughman Csuti,The Colorado Trust
  • Fathers are Critical to Families' Climb Up the Economic Ladder @reggiebicha @AspenAscend
  • Check out the new family friendly website, Smart Choices Safe Kids. www.smartchoicessafekids.org
  • Collecting Child Support Without Making Matters Worse | NYTimes Room for Debate
  • The ?#?AscendNetwork? is leveraging ?#?2GenOpps? to meet the needs of 21st Cent. families:
  • Almost 100 free resources from the National Fatherhood Initiative now on one easy to navigate page
  • Hyundai helps a daughter send a message to her dad that is out of this world.
  • Irwin Garfinkel and others weigh in on child support. Should the US follow Europe's example?
  • 5 Tips to Balance Being a Dad | National Center for Fathering
  • Robert Werthwein named the new Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF) for the Colorado Department of Human Services
  • Embedding Job and Career Advancement Services in Healthy Marriage Programs: Lessons from Two Programs in PACT
  • Walter Scott & Child Support: Did the threat of jail contribute to his death?
  • When Taxes Aren’t a Drag - Kathy Edin NYT OpEd
  • Self-reported personal challenges of fathers in responsible fatherhood programs | FRPN Research Brief

Events (Link)

  • May 6, 2015-May 8, 2015 | The 7th Annual Prisoner’s Family Conference
  • May 7, 2015 |  Webinar: Working with Perpetrators as Parents
  • May 11, 2015 | The dadly virtues: Adventures from the worst job you'll ever love | Book Forum
  • May 12, 2015-May 14, 2015 | 2015 Federal Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference - Denver
  • May 16, 2015 | Clayton Early Learning's 2nd Annual TOUCH-A-TRUCK Neighborhood Fair
  • May 19, 2015 | Raising the Canopy: Collectively Impacting our Future - Ensuring Authentic Engagement
  • June 9, 2015-June 12, 2015 | 17th Annual International Fatherhood Conference: "Responsible Fatherhood: Building Our Future Through Innovation, Evaluation and Accountability"
  • June 15, 2015-June 17, 2015 | 2015 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference
  • June 19, 2015 | Jefferson County Responsible Fatherhood Program's 100 Father's Day!

Don't forget to check our listing of ongoing classes!

Email your event/class/program information to Bert Singleton.
 

Updated March 19 - April 3

What does fatherhood mean to you?
"Fatherhood is everything. It's incredibly important to me." - Larry Johnson, father of one (Link)

Next meeting of the Colorado Practitioners Network for Fathers & Families is April 14.  (Link)

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month (Link)

Federal Grant Updates

HHS Grants Forecast: New Pathways for Fathers and Families

  • Estimated Funding: $47,846,875
  • Expected Number of Awards: 49
  • Estimated Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
  • Estimated Award Floor: $350,000
  • Estimated Post Date: 04/27/2015 (updated - 4/2/2015)
  • Estimated Application Due Date: 06/27/2015 (updated - 4/2/15)

Read more.

Responding to public comments, a new set of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood performance measures have been proposed (an additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have also been proposed). Please see a short overview at: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/03/23/2015-06534/submission-for-omb-review-comment-request. This Notice has information on how to request a document containing all proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the proposal.

New Resources

Refining the task of father-inclusive practice
(Child Family Community Australia information exchange Webinar Resources) This webinar presented the evidence on "what works" to engage fathers, and described recent initiatives using digital technology with dads. (Link)

Schuyler Totman, Master Coach for Boot Camp for New Dads, is the guest on the Jon of All Trades 4/1/2015 Podcast (Link)

OFA Brown Bag Series Resources:  "Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers," featuring Dr. Ronald B. Mincy, a Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice at the Columbia School of Social Work--Columbia University. (Link)

Beyond Silence and Violence: Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence Webinar Resources (Link)

New Facebook Posts (Link)

  • National Fatherhood Clearinghouse Webinar: Working with Child Support-Continuing the conversation
  • Release of the Aspen Institute: Two Generations. One Future: An Anthology - DC event and Livestream
  • Mesa County (Colorado) Nurse Family Partnership program has openings for new moms
  • "Why is Dad So Mad?" Veteran writes children's book to help explain PTSD
  • Moving Parents and Children out of Poverty: a Two-Generation Approach via @ChildTrends
  • Responding to public comments, a new set of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood performance measures have been proposed (an additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have also been proposed).
  • Making time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity.
  • April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Two-Generational Strategies Can Help Fathers, Too @clasp_dc
  • "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."
  • OFA Brown Bag Series: Failing our Fathers, September 2014 featuring Dr. Ronald Mincy
  • Depression in dads as well as moms causes anxiety & bad behavior in toddlers | Northwestern University
  • Colorado Children's Campaign 2015 Kids Count data report now available
  • Parenting programs sideline fathers with long-term costs for families and children
  • Dad, the family storyteller

Events (Link)

Events in bold updated or added this week

February 2, 2015-April 9, 2015
Free tax preparation by AARP certified volunteers

April 4, 2015
"Pieces Never Missing" Fatherhood Engagement workshop

April 14, 2015
COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES MEETING

April 15, 2015
Free Webinar: Working with Child Support - Continuing the Conversation (National Fatherhood Clearinghouse)


April 16, 2015
NFI Webinar- The Federal Grant Proposal: Key Insider Perspectives


April 23, 2015
NFI Webinar - Corrections and Reentry: Engaging Fathers Inside and Outside


April 30, 2015
Peaceful Households 2015 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference

May 12, 2015-May 14, 2015
2015 Federal Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference - Denver

June 9, 2015-June 12, 2015
17th Annual International Fatherhood Conference: "Responsible Fatherhood: Building Our Future Through Innovation, Evaluation and Accountability"

June 15, 2015-June 17, 2015
2015 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference

Don't forget to check our listing of ongoing classes!

Updates: March 4 - 18

"At the end of the day, fatherhood is the most meaningful thing I’ve done, but you have to give it time and attention. I hope my children will say I've done that." - Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Father of Four

Concerning The Creation Of Crimes Involving Deception About Material Information In Connection With The Preparation Of Birth Certificates HB15-1282 (PDF)

New Resource

Addressing Child Support in Fatherhood Programs: Perspectives of Fathers and Service Providers by Jennifer M. Threlfall and Patricia L. KohlArticle first published online: 4 MAR 2015 © 2015 National Council on Family Relations

New Events (link)

March 23, 2015 | 'One Night in Miami' Cast & Men of Color Conversation

March 23, 2015 | Beyond Silence and Violence Brief and Webinar

March 24, 2015 | Strengthening Families Network Meeting, 9:30 am – 11:30 am

March 28th and April 4 | “Pieces Never Missing" Fatherhood Engagement workshop at Denver Blair Caldwell Library at  2401 Welton St. Denver, CO 80205

April 30, 2015 | Peaceful Households 2015 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference

New Facebook Posts (link)

  • The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home by Scott Behson, PhD
  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on 'My Brother's Keeper': One Year Later
  • Fatherhood Engagement workshop at Denver Blair Caldwell Library-2401 Welton St. Denver | March 28th and April 4 at 2:30pm
  • Peaceful Households 2015 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conf April 30th in Colorado Springs
  • Free 4/15 Family Relations article-Addressing Child Support in Fatherhood Programs: Perspectives of Fathers & Service Providers
  • Colorado Crisis Services-Help get the word out about this new service for Colorado families.
  • Strong Fiscal Management is Key to Nonprofit Sustainability via @ChildTrends
  • The latest from the Australian Fatherhood Research Network
  • Problem child to problem-solver - Rosemarie Allen recently developed an online course as part of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative
  • 11 Encouraging phrases for your kids - National Center for Fathering
  • My Brother's Keeper Task Force One-Year Progress Report
  • 2 brands-2 narratives about masculinity-1 parent company. Insightful video & blog post about media literacy
  • WEBINAR 3/23: Beyond Silence and Violence: Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence
  • Male, Inc. Project is seeking Workshops Focused on Young Men for Youth 360° - Healthy Teen Network's 36th Annual National Conference
  • The Nightly Show Feb 4, 2015 Episode: Black Fatherhood Panelists Common, Charles Blow, Joe Jones and Mike Yard join Larry for an in-depth discussion of African-American fatherhood.

Events (link) Events in bold updated or added this week

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Feb 20 - March 3 Updates

What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I want to be a good role model for my daughter. I hope that she will be able to speak openly with me and that I am able to encourage her to reach for the stars while keeping bad influences away.

- Kendall Davis, Father of one

New Resource

Beyond Silence and Violence: Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence

New Events (Link)

  • STOP THE VIOLENCE MARCH
  • Free Seminar: How Money Works
  • Beyond Silence and Violence Brief and Webinar - March 23rd
  • Free Webinar: Family Financial Empowerment

New Facebook Posts (Link)

  • My Brother's Keeper: A Year Later
  • The Mask You Live In is the Opening Night Film, Tuesday March 17th, 7:00pm. of the Women+Film Festival Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom in person for Q&A following screening.
  • Beyond Silence and Violence: Engaging Men in Advocacy Against and Prevention of Domestic Violence | Stacey Bouchet, Ph.D. & Kenneth Braswell
  • National Save Our Daughters Night Launches TODAY at Noon - SiGN UP! http://goo.gl/0zTrdz @Fathersincorp
  • Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads Via @nprnews
  • Do working dads just complain more? by @samleecole via @FastCompany
  • Colorado Dept of Human Services names Charles Parkins as new Director of the Division of Youth Corrections
  • Poor, Unemployed, and Not on Welfare: A Statistical Look at “Disconnected Families” http://shar.es/1WwzN9 via @ChildTrends
  • Webinar: Family Financial Empowerment | March 25
  • Webinar on navigating Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Research to Application: Framing and the No Choice Option | National Fatherhood Initiative
  • Research to Application: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose
  • Webinar: Starting Relationship Conversations with Adolescents | National Resource Center for Domestic Violence (NRCDV) in partnership with the IPV Prevention Council

Events (Link)

Events in bold updated or added this week

February 2, 2015-April 9, 2015
Free tax preparation by AARP certified volunteers

March 2, 2015-March 6, 2015
Five-Day Training in the Project Fatherhood Men in Relationships Group (MIRG) Model

March 4, 2015
Intro to Government Grants - Denver 1-Day Workshop

March 7, 2015
Free Seminar: How Money Works


March 7, 2015
Stop the Violence March


March 19, 2015
SAMHSA Fund Development Training for Community and Faith Based Organizations

March 23, 2015
Beyond Silence and Violence Brief and Webinar


March 24, 2015-March 26, 2015
Center for Urban Families' 2015 PLI Summit: Pathways to Stability and Economic Success for Fathers and Families

March 25, 2015
Free Webinar: Family Financial Empowerment


April 14, 2015
COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES MEETING

May 12, 2015-May 14, 2015
2015 Federal Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference - Denver

June 9, 2015-June 12, 2015
17th Annual International Fatherhood Conference: "Responsible Fatherhood: Building Our Future Through Innovation, Evaluation and Accountability"

June 15, 2015-June 17, 2015
2015 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference

Don't forget to check our listing of ongoing classes!

Feb 7 - 19 Updates

What kind of dad do you strive to be?
I strive to be the kind of dad who is always there for his kids. I am very involved in their lives including coaching, Cub Scouts and every school event. I want to be someone they look up to and respect. I don't want to be just their dad, but a role model who teaches them how to be respectful and caring toward everyone around them. - Dave Lilja, Father of Three

News

Families First Colorado is hiring a part-time Fatherhood coordinator to help administer the Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families (CPNFF)

Training Opportunity Five-Day Training in the Project Fatherhood Men in Relationships Group (MIRG) Model will be held March 2- 6, 2014 at Children’s Institute, Inc., 2121 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, California 90026. The hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.We prefer to receive applications from individuals who are capable of implementing a program in their agency. However, individual consideration will be made among applicants who have experience in the field and would like to know the model to help them reach out to fathers and significant others of at risk children. Due to federal funding there is no cost to the participants of this training. Read more.

Resources

Early Implementation Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects | January 2015 (PDF) Grantees of Community-Centered Ex-Prisoner Reentry Project Work with Fathers to Strengthen Families Across six states, grantees working with ex-prisoners used activities like counseling, parental and relationship education, financial planning, job search assistance, and subsidized and transitional employment opportunities; with the goal to help stabilize fathers and their families, move them toward self-sufficiency, and reduce recidivism. Learn more about the grantees and their work when you read the full report.

Fatherhood and mental illness - This paper from Australia provides practitioners and policy-makers with a broad overview of some of the key issues identified in the growing literature on paternal mental illness. Read more.

Family Strengthening Research: FY 2014 This report provides detailed summaries of major research investments by OPRE’s Division of Family Strengthening (DFS) along with brief overviews of past projects. Read more.

Fatherhood Research & Practice Network (FRPN) Research Video Series These videos highlight promising measures created by the FRPN for use in programs that work with fathers. Link

Compendium of Family Self-Sufficiency Surveys and Databases
2013 | Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
The compendium provides overviews of a large number of national, state, and other large-scale surveys and administrative records databases used by researchers to study topics related to the self-sufficiency of low-income populations.  It includes several publicly accessible, easy-to-use databases that are beneficial to practitioners and policymakers. Link

Presentation materials from Three Child Support Strategies to Increase Family Self-Sufficiency (August 2014 Webinar)

Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Denver 1-Day Intro to Government Grants
  • The Project Fatherhood Model - Five Day Training | March 2-6 | The Children's Institute
  • The making of Dark Hearts, a 20 min silent short film that depicts the dynamics that take place between two low-income non-custodial parents with children. Information on the film can be found at www.darkheartsfilm.com
  • Fatherhood Research & Practice Network Research Video Series: How to measure challenges that may impact paternal engagement.
  • Breaking down barriers for boys and young men of color | @urbaninstitute
  • Give Dads a Chance | Kathryn Edin | Johns Hopkins Public Health
  • Why no paternity Leave?
  • Family Strengthening Research: FY 2014 | OPRE Report
  • Early Implementation Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Reentry Projects
  • Fatherhood and mental illness: Australian report provides overview of key issues identified in literature on paternal mental illness
  • "Three Child Support Strategies to Increase Family Self-Sufficiency" Webinar Resources
  • Compendium of Family Self-Sufficiency Surveys and Databases
  • When Dads Lean Back, the Benefits Pile Up @HuffPostBlog http://huff.to/17hBJ0x via @HuffPostParents
  • Are Swedish dads the best parents in the world? http://www.konbini.com/…/inspir…/swedish-dads-johan-bavman/… via @Konbini
  • Paternal care is life or death to stickleback
  • National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Webinar will focus on ways in which fatherhood programs can talk with fathers about mental health issues.
  • Colorado Department of Human Services names Julie Krow new Deputy Executive Director for Community Partnerships
  • Executive Function: What is it and why does it matter? - www.search-institute.org
  • Part-time Fatherhood Coordinator position open at Families First Colorado

Events (Link)

Events in bold updated or added this week

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January 31 - February 6 Updates

What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad? "I am inspired by how emotionally balanced all three boys are. They are individuals who speak their mind and care for others." - Lucas Boyd, Father of Three

News

National Save Our Sons Night | Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring | Denver, CO | Feb 6th @ 5:30pm Urban Colors in association with Emanuel Place of Refuge Church will a accompany fathers and sons to see the Movie Selma and hold a round table dinner at Applebee's Restaurant where they will have a discussion about the importance of fathers, families and community in children's development. For more information visit www.urbancolors.org or emaildmeeks@urbancolors.org

New NRFC Toolkit Section: Working with the Child Welfare System There are a number of opportunities for fatherhood programs to work or partner with the child welfare system. Understand more about how the child welfare system works, and learn from programs with successful partnerships in Working with the Child Welfare System, a new addition to the Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit: Resources from the Field.

New Dates for HHS Fatherhood Grants: New Pathways for Fathers and Families
Estimated Funding: $47,490,800
Expected Number of Awards: 48
Estimated Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
Estimated Award Floor: $350,000
Estimated Post Date: 04/02/2015 (updated)
Estimated Application Due Date: 06/04/2015 (updated)

February 10, 2015 - COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES MEETING

Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Prisoner’s Family Conference May 6th - 8th Dallas
  • National Save Our Sons Night | Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring | Denver, CO | Feb 6th @ 5:30pm
  • Men, Fathers, and Work-Family Balance via @amprog
  • Supporting Maternal and Child Health by Involving Fathers on Home Visits | Haji Shearer
  • UK 2015 Modern Families Index identifies fathers under pressure and families that need dependable childcare
  • Working with the Child Welfare System | National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
  • "HUSH is out to change how teenagers, teen boys specifically, handle sex and relationships. Having seen how sex education was handled when he was in high school, Colin Adamo realized that there was a need for him to help make that difference."
  • Brian Conly named new Deputy Director of the Colorado Dept of Human Services' Office of Early Childhood.
  • Help couples strengthen their relationships with tips from Twoofus.org
  • The Precarious State of Family Balance Sheets via @pewtrusts
  • Child support bill moves in Colorado legislature
  • Super Bowl Dad Ads
  • Joven Noble & Xinachtli Curriculum Facilitator Training | Denver | 2/18-20
  • Reading Partners | Colorado
  • Kanye West recently debuted his latest video for the track "Only One," a suprisingly emotional and simple film featuring Mr.West walking and cuddling quietly with his daughter North.

Events (Link)

Events in bold updated or added this week

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

January 29, 2015-April 23, 2015
Nurturing Fathers Class in Routt County

February 2, 2015-April 9, 2015
Free tax preparation by AARP certified volunteers

February 6, 2015
National Save Our Sons Night | Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring


February 10, 2015
COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES  MEETING


February 11, 2015
Webinar: Characteristics and Experiences of Low-Income Hispanic Families and Households

February 14, 2015
My Brothers Keeper Youth Kick off Summit

February 17, 2015-February 20, 2015
16th Annual National Families & Fathers Conference

February 18, 2015-February 20, 2015
Joven Noble con Palabra And Xinachtli Rites of Passage Program Facilitator Curriculum Training

February 19, 2015-February 21, 2015
Dad 2.0 Summit

February 26, 2015-February 27, 2015
3rd Annual National Teen and Youth Fatherhood Conference

February 28, 2015
Reaching Fathers in the Community presented by Father's United

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January 24 - 30 Updates

What kind of dad do you strive to be?
"I strive to be like my dad. He taught me how to be a good provider for my family and teach my child to respect her elders, be kind to others and learn about our culture and traditional ways. I want to fully hand that down to my daughter so it will continue onto the next generation." - Dale Yazzie

News

COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES Meeting Tuesday February 10th ~ 2:00 – 4:00  pm  (link)

Joven Noble con Palabra And Xinachtli Rites of Passage Program
Facilitator Curriculum Training
(link)

New Resource from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families | The OPRE-sponsored National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families just launched a new website  (hispanicresearchcenter.org); released a research report, The Complex and Varied Households of Low-Income Hispanic Children; and announced a webinar scheduled for Wednesday, February 11 at 1:30pm ET. The webinar will focus on family formation, household structure, and complexity among low-income Hispanic families.

Free tax preparation by AARP certified volunteers. (link)

The Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance today announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free. Free File is available at IRS.gov/FreeFile

SAMHSA Fund Development training for Community and Faith Based Organizations - Denver (link)

Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Webinar: Characteristics and Experiences of Low-Income Hispanic Families and Households | Wed, Feb 11, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM MST
  • Tax Credits for Working Families (TCWF) Releases Four-Part Interview with Professor Kathryn Edin
  • Hispanic Voices Shines Light on Issues Facing Hispanic Children and Families http://shar.es/1bPp1r via @ChildTrends
  • Center for the Study of Social Policy's Strengthening Families Evaluation Portal
  • Move Over, Mom, It's Dad's Turn In Ads - Fatherhood Featured Prominently, Positively in Host of Spots
  • To Be a Dad (Extended Cut)
  • To Be a Dad - Here's to those who choose to be dads. One bold choice leads to another. Good stuff from Toyota
  • To Achieve Big Results From Social Policy, Add This
  • Baltimore Responsible Fatherhood Project works with dads on their relationships with their children
  • EITC - A cash lifeline for Boston’s working poor via @BostonGlobe

Events (Link)

Events in bold updated or added this week

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

January 29, 2015-April 23, 2015
Nurturing Fathers Class in Routt County

February 2, 2015-April 9, 2015
Free tax preparation by AARP certified volunteers


February 6, 2015
First Annual National Save our Sons Night (NSOSN)

February 10, 2015
COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES  MEETING


February 11, 2015
Webinar: Characteristics and Experiences of Low-Income Hispanic Families and Households


February 14, 2015
My Brothers Keeper Youth Kick off Summit

February 17, 2015-February 20, 2015
16th Annual National Families & Fathers Conference

February 18, 2015-February 20, 2015
Joven Noble con Palabra And Xinachtli Rites of Passage Program Facilitator Curriculum Training


February 19, 2015-February 21, 2015
Dad 2.0 Summit

February 26, 2015-February 27, 2015
3rd Annual National Teen and Youth Fatherhood Conference

February 28, 2015
Reaching Fathers in the Community presented by Father's United

March 19, 2015
SAMHSA Fund Development Training for Community and Faith Based Organizations


March 24, 2015-March 26, 2015
Center for Urban Families' 2015 PLI Summit: Pathways to Stability and Economic Success for Fathers and Families

April 14, 2015
COLORADO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES MEETING

May 12, 2015-May 14, 2015
2015 Federal Regions 8 & 10 Community Action Conference - Denver

June 9, 2015-June 12, 2015
17th Annual International Fatherhood Conference: "Responsible Fatherhood: Building Our Future Through Innovation, Evaluation and Accountability"

June 15, 2015-June 17, 2015
2015 Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference

Don't forget to check our listing of ongoing classes!

January 16-23 updates

What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?

“To be a good dad, you also need to be a good listener.” I give this advice to other dads now.

So often, dads get caught up in other things and it’s hard to listen. Being a good listener also goes back to giving your children your time. You can’t listen to your kids if you’re not present in their lives"  - Demetrious Jenkins, father of five

News

OJJDP FY 2015 Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers and Their Children: A Reentry Mentoring Project (OJJDP-2015-4053):  This initiative will support the successful and safe transition of young fathers from secure confinement back to their families and communities. Grants will support mentoring and transitional services to offenders who are young fathers reintegrating into their communities. Mentoring and transition services should start during secure confinement and continue through the transition back to the community and post-release. Closing date: 3/2/2015 10 Awards with a $420,000 ceiling per award.  Read more.

HHS updates Responsible Fatherhood Grants timelines

  • Estimated Funding: $47,490,800
  • Expected Number of Awards: 48
  • Estimated Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
  • Estimated Award Floor: $350,000
  • Estimated Post Date: 03/24/2015 (updated)
  • Estimated Application Due Date: 05/26/2015 (updated)

OFA has issued a Dear Colleague letter describing job-driven training resources. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) encourages its grantees and partners to make TANF and other employment and training programs more job-driven. OFA has issued a Dear Colleague letter describing job-driven training resources, with a focus on steps that programs can take to engage employers and use labor market information to help improve employment outcomes for TANF recipients and other low-wage workers.The letter contains links to The Job-Driven Training Checklist, the Ready to Work: Job-Driven Training and Opportunity Report and more.

The Internal Revenue Service and the Free File Alliance have announced the launch of Free File, which makes brand-name tax software products and electronic filing available to most taxpayers for free. Free File is available only at IRS.gov/FreeFile

Resources

Toxic Stress in Low-Income Families: Understanding Long-Term Effects (webcast) Office of Family Assistance, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative

Building Foundations of Resilience: An Overview of Promising Approaches to Buffer the Effects of Toxic Stress in Young Children

Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Doctoral student seeks fathers to participate in survey on Black fatherhood
  • Department of Justice released a solicitation for grant applications that support the successful, safe transition of young fathers back to their families and communities after confinement. This may be a great opportunity for your partners in the field. Deadline is March 2.
  • Dove Targets Dads in Super Bowl Ad
  • My Brothers Keeper Youth Kick off Summit - Denver Feb 14 | 10:00 AM - 2:00
  • The National Movement for America's Children has re-branded as Connect the Dots
  • Let child support go to kids, not government |Denver Post Editorial Board
  • Julie Krow, Colorado Department of Human Services Director of the Office of Children, Youth and Families, has accepted a new position as the Chief Operating Officer of the Community Crisis Connection
  • Results for America an initiative of America Achieves
  • Child Trends’ What Works/LINKS database (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) is a searchable register of over 650 programs that have had at least one randomized, intent-to-treat evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health.
  • The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) encourages its grantees and partners to make TANF and other employment and training programs more job-driven.
  • Toxic Stress in Low-Income Families: Understanding Long-Term Effects
  • Nisha Patel, new Office of Family Assistance Director
  • Fathers who spend time with their kids make happier employees
  • Hands-on dad isn't a new phenomenon
  • Can research from other disciplines inform #HeadStart about using data for continuous quality improvement? Read this new report from Urban Institute to learn more
  • The Civic Canopy webinar series: Continuous Quality Improvement

Events (Link) Events in bold updated or added this week

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

December 18, 2014-January 23, 2015
CRC Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program - Application Deadline January 23, 2015

January 24, 2015
Colorado Foster Care and Adoption Film Festival

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