In This Issue:

  • Register Now for Upcoming Fatherhood Trainings
  • Highlights from the 2008 Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative/Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign
  • Program Spotlight
  • Check Out the Latest My Dad Taught Me Videos on the Colorado Dads Web site
  • Mark Your Calendar for the 2009 Father/Daughter Summit
  • December Featured Father
  • 2008 Fathers Reading Every Day Participants
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

Register Now for Upcoming Fatherhood Trainings

The Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will continue to host several fatherhood trainings for practitioners across the State over the next few months. Online registration is now available for the following trainings:

Quenching the Father Thirst
January 8-9, 2009
Summitview Community Church
801 37th Street
Evans, CO  80620

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, 70 percent of all urban families have absent fathers, compared to 25 percent of households nationwide. This curriculum was developed by the National Center for Fathering to support and assist men in other father-thirsty urban communities around the nation. It is focused on three strategies: reconnecting fathers to their children, reconnecting father-figures in churches and communities and rescuing fathers from the criminal and civil justice system. This training is limited to 12 participants. 


Caring Dads Program
February 17 – 18, 2009
Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

“Caring Dads: Helping Fathers Value Their Children” is an intervention program designed for men who have abused or neglected their children or exposed them to abuse of their mothers. Developed and piloted over five years, this 17-session group program draws from best practices in the fields of batterer intervention, parenting, behavior change, child maltreatment and working with resistant clients.

Presenters: Tim Kelly and David Adams

Tim Kelly is a co-developer of the Caring Dads program and is the Executive Director of Changing Ways Inc., – the lead pilot agency for the Caring Dads program. David Adams, Ed.D., is the co-founder and co-director of Emerge. He has 29 years of experience working with men who batter and is a nationally recognized trainer and researcher. David has also published numerous articles about domestic violence.


Nurturing Fathers Program Facilitator Training
March 11 – 12, 2009
The Gill Foundation
315 East Costilla Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The Nurturing Fathers Program is one of the most successful fatherhood programs developed in the country. The 13-week program is designed to teach parenting and nurturing skills to men who are then able to grow from a distant or uninvolved father to an involved, emotionally and physically present father.

Presenters include: Rich Batten and Ken Sanders

Rich has worked with parents for the last 20 years. He works as a fatherhood and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services where he currently serves as the grant administrator for the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant.

Ken is the Program Director of the Center on Fathering. The Center, created by the El Paso County Department of Human Services in June of 1995, provides comprehensive services to fathers and their families in the Pikes Peak region.


24/7 Dad and Inside Out Dad Curriculum Trainings
April 7 – 9, 2009
Hope For Children, Inc.
Family Strengthening Center
801 W. 4th Street, Suite 104
Pueblo, CO 81003

The 24/7 Dad and Inside Out Dad curricula were both developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative. Inside Out Dad is a fathers re-entry program that provides practical and innovative ways to help overcome the physical and psychological challenges that incarcerated fathers face Inside (while incarcerated) and Out (after release). 24/7 Dad is the National Fatherhood Initiative's foundational program.

Presenters include: John Holmberg PsyD, Jerome Perkins and others.

John Holmberg, Psy.D., is a father of two and a clinical psychologist with expertise in community-based family interventions. For the past seven years, he has been a researcher at the Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health at the University of Colorado. Dr. Holmberg is a trainer of the National Fatherhood Initiative's Dr. Dad and Inside-Out Dad curricula.

Jerome Perkins is an ordained pastor who has been involved in prison ministry and education for the past 15 years. He has developed and implemented several transition homes in partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections and Beacon Behind Bars.


The registration fee for all trainings is waived for all currently funded Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Programs (PRF). The cost to attend a training for all other programs is $150 per person, per training (continental breakfasts and lunches are included in registration) unless otherwise noted. Transportation, dinner and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of all registrants (including PRF funded programs).

 

Highlights from the 2008 Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative/Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign

2008 has been a tremendous year for our public awareness campaign. Did you know that:

  • In 2008, we hosted four different fatherhood curriculum trainings for 92 fatherhood practitioners?
  • We launched our first viral video campaign in 2008? The My Dad Taught Me campaign stopped at the Colorado Rapids game on June 21, the Colorado Cobras semi-pro football game on July 28 and the Denver Nuggets game on November 16. Stay tuned for information on our next shoot on the Colorado Dads Web site.
  • We hosted more than 100 fatherhood practitioners from across the State at our second-annual training academy in Vail? At this event, the campaign also handed out the 2008 Be There for Your Kids Father of the Year, Program of the Year, Individual of the Year, Colorado Fatherhood Council Member of the Year, Advocate of the Year and Community Impact Awards to exceptional individuals and programs.
  • The campaign hosted our first Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) event with the Denver Nuggets? On Saturday, November 8 Nuggets player Anthony Carter read Where the Wild Things Are to children at the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library in Denver.
  • Volunteers from Colorado fatherhood programs participated in four different fatherhood and parenting television call-ins this year?
  • We distributed more than 100 free and half-price movie, ice skating, museum and restaurant tickets as well as free admission to numerous sporting events to Colorado dads and their children?

We look forward to continued success in 2009 as we bring fathers and their children together.

 
Program Spotlight

Hope for Children – DADS MATTER Fatherhood Program – Pueblo

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

Our DADS MATTER program utilizes the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum. This curriculum is intended to help men think differently about their roles as fathers. The experiential learning model recognizes the knowledge and experience that fathers bring to the group. Rather than telling men how to live their lives, it sets up experiences that enable them to draw conclusions to examine their attitudes, get excited about a new idea, see a skill in action, learn from their own fathers, practice new ways of relating to their children and strengthen their relationship with their child(ren's) mother. For fathers who have completed the curriculum, an on-going men's discussion/support group is also offered.

In addition to this curriculum, we offer assistance with completing legal forms for paternity and child visitation cases. This service is available to fathers who are currently enrolled in, or have graduated from, the program. Working in collaboration with the Pueblo Bar Association, we host free legal forums which provide fathers the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an attorney to get answers to their legal questions. Coach/Advocate support is provided to help fathers navigate systems, connect with appropriate resources and provide encouragement and on-going support. We also offer family strengthening activities throughout the year. Free on-site childcare and transportation are available to all participants.

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

Our ultimate goal is to improve the well being of children. We do this by providing services that encourage and support fathers in various capacities. In addition, we want to educate our community about the importance of father involvement and the positive impact they can make in the lives of our children.

3. Describe a typical day at Hope For Children – DADS MATTER Program.

Our regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is when most of the fathers visit the center for their initial intake and assessment. This is a time for dads and program staff to get acquainted and for dads to learn about the program and other available services.

The Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum sessions are held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. We will begin to offer a weekly discussion group in January 2009. During the week our fatherhood program coordinator works with fathers to ensure that they are connected with important community resources. He also assists them with legal forms and other required paper work and provides on-going encouragement and support. When he's not working one-on-one with fathers, our coordinator is busy promoting the program in the community and doing case management.

Hope for Children also provides special events for fathers, children and families. Our last activity was a family holiday trip to the Pueblo Zoo to see Electricritters.

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

By far, it is watching them change their lives to become better fathers. It's very rewarding to watch them progress and to feel their sense of joy as they connect with their children.

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

Mike is just one Pueblo dad who has participated in our program. He is a single father with four children. At one point, all of his children lived with their mothers. When his 12-year-old daughter was removed from her mother's home and placed in DHS custody, Mike immediately stepped forward to work with social services to gain sole custody of her. After working incredibly hard, he was awarded custody in October 2008.

Mike is a full-time student at Pueblo Community College studying mass communications. To help provide for his children, he owns a local delivery company that services the county. Mike is firmly committed to improving his ability to provide for his children and becoming the best dad he can be. He is an inspiration to our staff and to other fathers in our program.

Mike recently spoke at a training for other family service professionals about being a single father and how the Dads Matter program has helped him. He was a big hit. He is a great guy and a great dad!

 

Check Out the Latest My Dad Taught Me Videos on the Colorado Dads Web site

On November 16, we recruited Denver Nuggets fans young and old to videotape their favorite My Dad Taught Me moments. After taping 30 fans, 10 vignettes from the shoot are now airing in the media campaigns section of the Colorado Dads Web site.

The goal of the My Dad Taught Me campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of paternal involvement and how fun it can be for dads and their kids to spend time together. Keep visiting the Colorado Dads Web site to find out where this campaign will be headed next!

 

Mark Your Calendars for the 2009 Father/Daughter Summit

National research continues to indicate the importance of father/daughter relationships. According to the Journal of Marriage and Family, women without fathers are more likely to have a child before the age of 18, be promiscuous and less likely to commit to long-term relationships. It is often during adolescence when fathers begin to lose touch with their daughters.

In order to build stronger relationships between Colorado dads and their middle school daughters, the Be There for Your Kids campaign is excited to announce the first annual Father/Daughter Summit scheduled for February 21, 2009. This seven-session, one-day seminar, led by representatives from the National Center for Fathering, provides dialogue and education for fathers and daughters to build heart-to-heart relationships characterized by openness, acceptance and affirmation.

While an exact location has yet to be determined, the summit will take place in Northern Colorado (Fort Collins, Greeley area). We are encouraging Colorado dads and their sixth, seventh and eighth grade daughters to attend. Stay tuned for more information about this event on the Colorado Dads Web site.

 

December Featured Father – Damon Meyers

Colorado Springs resident Damon Meyers is the most recent dad featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A father of one, Damon enjoys exploring the outdoors with his son.

What is the best part of being a dad?

The best part is watching Dakota work as he tries to figure something out. Then once he gets it I can celebrate his achievement with him.

What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of dad they have?

I hope that Dakota will be able to say without any hesitation that I loved him unconditionally and was there for him when he needed me. Also that I taught him what he needed to succeed at life.

 

2008 Fathers Reading Every Day Participants

If you or a father you work with participated in the Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) program last month, be sure to complete your reading logs and post-program surveys. Completed reading logs can be e-mailed to info@coloradodads.com, faxed to 303.866.5488 or mailed to the following address:

Colorado Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman Street, 3rd Floor
Denver, CO 80203

FRED materials will remain on the Colorado Dads Web site throughout the year for individuals and programs who would like to participate in the program during other months.

 

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 and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, is updated on a regular basis. Recent topics include the opportunity for individuals to have a voice in strengthening families and communities in the upcoming presidential administration and the latest online and social networking Web sites available for dads. 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 created our own fatherhood Facebook and MySpace pages as well as a YouTube channel. We are looking for new fans of these pages to comment on recent fatherhood notes and videos and discuss relevant topics in the discussion boards.

 
Upcoming Events

Strengthening Fathers – Strengthening Families

10th Annual Conference
Sheraton Crescent Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona

This 2009 conference will consist of five outstanding keynotes and 40 planned workshop sessions to enhance the abilities of organizations and individuals working with fathers to strengthen families. The first 100 parents whose sponsoring organization registers them for the full conference will receive complimentary entrance for the dinner, entertainment and awards presentation.

Boot Camp for New Dads at Summit Medical Center
Beginning January 24, 2009

Summit Medical Center – Summit Classroom
Frisco, Colorado

Mountain Dads has partnered with Summit Medical Center to offer the Boot Camp for New Dads program. The curriculum encourages first time, expecting fathers (“rookies”) to share their questions with dads of newborns (“veterans”). The goal is to have hands-on, practical experience with live babies as well as informative discussions.

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.

Northern Colorado Dads 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 Botanic Gardens

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Free admission and skate rental to the Ice Rink at Belmar in Lakewood.

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Free movie passes to any Kerasotes Theatre in Colorado.


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