In This Issue:

  • What’s New on the Spanish Version of www.coloradodads.com
  • Additional My Dad Taught Me Videos Now Airing
  • Entries Needed for Colorado Dads Watercooler Blog Contest
  • Program Spotlight
  • Last Chance to Apply for Additional Fatherhood Funding
  • August Featured Father
  • Be There for Your Kids YouTube Channel Now Live
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

What’s New on the Spanish Version of www.coloradodads.com

The Spanish version of the
Colorado Dads Web site is
designed specifically for fathers.
Over the past several months,
we’ve made some significant
updates to this version of the
site so that it can continue to
serve as a comprehensive
resource.

  • A Spanish version of “A Father’s Guide to Child Support” can now be found in Relaciones Saludables (Healthy Relationships) section. Created by the Colorado Office of Child Support Enforcement, this document provides fathers with information on how they can establish paternity, a father’s rights and responsibilities and organizations statewide that can serve as resources.

  • Prevención del abuso infantil (child abuse prevention) is the newest addition to the Spanish version of coloradodads.com. It connects Spanish-speaking fathers to a national hotline, local resources on Shaken Baby Syndrome from The Children’s Hospital and comprehensive resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

  • Also be sure to check out the noticias sobre paternidad (news stories) and calendario de eventos (events) sections of the site for the latest fatherhood news and events focused on Spanish speaking fathers and their families.

Additional My Dad Taught Me Videos Now Airing

A new set of My Dad Taught Me videos are now airing in the media campaigns section of the Colorado Dads Web site. On July 28, the Be There for Your Kids campaign asked Colorado Cobras fans to tell us the best thing they’ve learned from their fathers. The 12 vignettes currently featured range from funny to poignant.

Keep visiting the Colorado Dads Web site to find out where this campaign will be headed next!

 

Entries Needed for Colorado Dads Watercooler Blog Contest

Since the launch of the Colorado Dads Web site, our Watercooler blog has served as a place where fathers and fatherhood practitioners could post their views of fatherhood and family. To make this section more interactive, we are launching a new contest for Colorado dads.

The Be There for Your Kids campaign wants to know – What does being a dad mean to you? Is it taking time out of your day to read a bedtime story to your children? Is it having the patience to guide your child through life’s ups and downs?

Submissions should be 500 words or less. All entries should be e-mailed to Maggie Spain at maggie@morethanpr.com.  Entries must be submitted by September 30, 2008. The top five entries will be selected to appear in the Watercooler blog throughout October and November 2008.

 

 

Program Spotlight –
Garfield County Department of Human Services – Rifle

1. What services do you provide to fathers with your community access grant funding? 

As of August 11, 2008, our Family Connections/Fatherhood Initiative Program has provided services to 50 fathers in our community. Our most unique service is the Inside/Out Fathering class we provide at the Garfield County Department of Community Corrections. It is a 12 week course that teaches basic fathering skills to inmates who will be released within a short period of time. We provide many other services including mediation, development of parenting plans, vocational assistance, life skills training and coaching and specific paternal education. Each father is unique and has different needs.

2. What do you ultimately want to achieve with your program?

Our goal is to see more fathers in healthy relationships with their children. This is a huge vision that has to be looked at one father at a time.

3. Describe a typical day at the Family Connections/Fatherhood Initiative Program. 

Of course there is no such thing as a typical day. This morning I, Rachel Windh, case manager, talked to a father and set up an appointment with him and his wife, answered lots of e-mails, ordered office supplies, made copies of discipline information to give to a father, registered for the Fatherhood Academy, discussed a couple of issues with my manager and organized what I would cover tonight when I was scheduled to meet with a father after he got off work. That was all before lunch.

4. What is the best part about working with fathers? 

For me the best part is the class I teach at community corrections. These fathers are felons and many have been in prison for a long time. They crave parenting and fatherhood information. They want to learn about themselves and how they can be good fathers. Over time they become more open and eventually begin sharing life stories. I love watching them learn, ask questions and become empowered fathers.

5. Share a program/father success story with us. 

We have had many success stories. Meeting fathers who want to be in their children's lives and knowing that we can help by working through the obstacles with them is exciting and rewarding. Giving fathers concrete services, information and education is important but so is giving them hope and someone to talk to about their situation. Sometimes having someone to talk to, to really listen and to encourage them is all they need to gather the courage to move forward.

 

Last Chance to Apply for Additional Fatherhood Funding

A final reminder that applications for the Circle of Parents Responsible Fatherhood Grant are due tomorrow, Wednesday, August 27, 2008 by 5:00 p.m. (CST). Circle of Parents will award two grants of $50,000 each to programs based in Colorado, Florida, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. These funds will be used to increase the capacity of local community or faith-based eligible home visiting programs to provide support and education that promotes responsible parenting among expectant and new fathers.

Year three recipients of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative Community Access Grant are not eligible for this grant.

 

August Featured Father – Marcus Dixon

Marcus Dixon is the most recent dad featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A stepfather to a son and a daughter, Marcus enjoys playing Rockband and football and going to the park with his children.

What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?

Last year was our son A.J.’s first year playing full contact football. He was very timid at first and didn’t know what to expect. During the first game of the season AJ was playing defense when he got his first quarterback sack. After tackling the quarterback, he jumped up and looked over at me and screamed, “YEAH!!!” That’s when I knew his fear was gone.

What kind of dad do you strive to be?

One that is understanding and supportive. I want them to know that they can come to me for anything.

 

Be There for Your Kids
YouTube Channel Now Live

We are excited to announce the launch of the Be There for Your Kids YouTube channel. It is our hope that this channel will expose more people across the country to our television commercials and the My Dad Taught Me campaign. Videos will be updated on a regular basis and users are encouraged to become our friends and learn more about the public awareness campaign.

People of all ages are also encouraged to videotape their own My Dad Taught Me moments and post them on our YouTube channel. Select videos may then be chosen to air on the Colorado Dads Web site.

Be sure to bookmark this page today!

 

Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives

Our public awareness campaign strives to get the message of responsible fatherhood out to local communities in a variety of ways.

The Fastbreak for Fathers blog, written by Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, is updated on a regular basis. With topics ranging from fatherhood in Oscar nominated films to the public cost of father absence, this blog is designed to highlight different viewpoints. Become a subscriber of the blog and you will receive automatic e-mail announcements when it is updated.

As online social networking Web sites continue to connect various groups throughout the country, the Be There for Your Kids campaign has also created our own fatherhood Facebook and MySpace pages. We are looking for new fans of these pages to comment on recent fatherhood notes and discuss relevant topics in the discussion boards.

 

Upcoming Events

Fatherhood in Child Welfare: An experiential learning activity and workshop
Monday, September 15
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn
Grand Junction

This unique workshop, which incorporates both simulation and training, explores the vital role that all fathers play in their children’s lives. The free workshop is designed for caseworkers, community service providers and foster, adoptive and kinship care providers. Discussion of various topics will include the state of fatherhood in general, risks of father absence, reasons fathers disconnect from children, the importance of connection, involving fathers in case planning by overcoming barriers and biases and paternity issues.

Boot Camp for New Dads Master Coach Training

Friday, September 26 – Saturday, September 27
10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on 9/26
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on 9/27
Exempla St. Joseph Hospital

This specially designed event is led by three Boot Camp national trainers with more than 25 years of combined experience leading Boot Camp workshops across the United Sates and England. Its purpose is simple and direct – to build the strongest coaching network possible to bring about positive changes in the lives of the fathers they serve.

 

Regional Fatherhood Forums

Front Range Fatherhood Forum
Held on the third Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Ben DeVoss from Lifelong Adult Education Services at 303.573.0839.

Boulder/Larimer/Weld County Fatherhood Forum
Held on various days throughout the month. For more information, contact Tyler Osterhaus, Family Focus Program Manager, Weld County Department of Social Services, Family Focused Prevention Unit at 970.352.1551 X622.

Arkansas River Area Fatherhood Team
A monthly meeting in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and for sharing ideas related to working with fathers. For more information, contact George Hoherd from the Community Partnership for Child Development at 719.635.1536 x262.

Southwest Fatherhood Coordination Council
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Diana Buza from The Pinon Project at 970.564.1195 x41.

Northwest Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Steve Aurand from Garfield County Department of Human Services at 970.625.5282 x624.

Northeast Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Jackie Reynolds from Rural Solutions at 970.526.3216.

Check out coloradodads.com to register for free or low-cost opportunities for dads to connect with their kids. Current offers include:
. . .

Free admission
to the Denver Children’s Museum 
. . .

 


Each month, coloradodads.com is excited to profile a Colorado dad and his view of fatherhood. If you know of a Dad who works hard to be there for his kids and should be profiled on the Colorado dads Web site, please contact Maggie Spain.


To speak with someone directly about fatherhood support services, please call:

1.877.695.7996 (English)
or 1.866.527.3264 (Spanish).

Trained volunteers from Families First staff this line.

To speak with someone directly regarding the Be There For Your Kids public awareness campaign or the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, please contact an individual listed below.

Colorado Department of Human Services Contact Information:
Rich Batten
Fatherhood Specialist
Colorado Department of Human Services
303.866.3808
Email

Mary Roberto
Manager, Family Strengthening Section
Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division
303.866.2641
Email

The Bawmann Group Contacts:
(regarding the public awareness campaign materials – Web site, advertising and media relations).

Jennifer Nuhfer
Vice President of Communications
The Bawmann Group
303.320.7790
Email

Maggie Spain
Account Manager
The Bawmann Group
303.320.7790
Email