Be there For Your Kids

In This Issue:

  • 2010 Fatherhood Curricula Trainings
  • Reaching and Engaging Colorado Fathers – Child Welfare Trainings
  • Highlights of the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence NOMAS Roundtable
  • Program Spotlight
  • January Featured Father
  • Fatherhood in the News
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

2010 Fatherhood Curricula Trainings

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

The Fatherhood Development Curriculum (Young Dads)
February 22 – 23
Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205

The Fatherhood Development Curriculum addresses real experiences and challenges of young fathers through 25 streetwise group sessions that provide support, information and motivation in the areas of parenthood, relationships, sexuality and responsible manhood. The curriculum was developed by Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) and field-tested in P/PV’s Young Unwed Fathers Pilot Project.

Inside Out Dad (Incarcerated Dads)
February 25 – 26
Pueblo, CO
Exact location TBD

Inside Out Dad is a fathers re-entry program developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative 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).

Nurturing Fathers Program
March 22 – 23
Colorado Springs, CO
Exact location TBD

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.

24/7 Dad
May 22 – 23
Families First Colorado
2163 S. Yosemite Street
Denver, CO 80231

Focused on the characteristics that men need to be an involved father 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 24/7 Dad is the National Fatherhood Initiative's foundational program.

The Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum
Exact date and location TBD

The Responsible Fatherhood Curriculum is intended to assist fathers in more effectively fulfilling their roles as parents, partners and workers. Organized into 20 sessions, the curriculum deals with issues such as male-female relationships, fathers as providers, managing conflict and anger (on and off the job) and race and racism.

The registration fee for these trainings is waived for all currently funded Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood (PRF) Community Access Programs. 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).

 

Looking for more resources to help build your fatherhood program? Links to additional information on nationally recognized fatherhood curricula can be found in the Practitioner Resources section of the Colorado Dads Web site.

 

Reaching and Engaging Colorado Fathers –
Child Welfare Trainings

flyerPaternal involvement is a crucial component of a child’s development. Children with involved, loving fathers are more likely to do well in school, have healthy self esteem and avoid high risk behaviors than children with uninvolved fathers.

This February, the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative and the Colorado Department of Child Welfare will host three trainings for child welfare caseworkers and their service providers. These interactive trainings will highlight the goals and value of engaging fathers in child welfare cases (PIP and CFSR), services available from fatherhood programs for caseworkers and dads, father engagement strategies and child welfare from the eyes of a Colorado dad.

February Training Dates

Thursday, February 4, 2010
Community Services Building
510 29 1/2 Road
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Pueblo County DSS
212 West 12th St.
Pueblo, CO 81003

Thursday, February 25, 2010
Volunteers of America
2660 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205

Each training is free and includes lunch. All trainings will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Jean Abrams at jean.abrams@state.co.us or 303.866.4128.

 

Highlights of the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence NOMAS Roundtable

The NOMAS Leadership Council at the January 16th RoundtableOn Saturday, January 16th representatives from fatherhood programs, domestic violence victim services providers, domestic violence offender treatment programs and others gathered to hear and discuss issues related to encouraging men to take a stand against domestic violence and build positive relationships. Featured at the roundtable were members of the National Organization of Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) Leadership Council. Topics included: Domestic violence batterer programs, the New York Model, the crisis in the custody court system and the role of good men in supporting protective mothers, sex trafficking-prostitution and pornography. Participants were also treated to excerpts from Ben Atherton-Zeman’s soon to be released one-man play, Men’s Monologues Against Violence.

The agencies sponsoring this event included the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence (CMADV) campaign, Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, AMEND, SafeHouse Denver and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

To learn more about NOMAS, visit www.nomas.org.

Launched in 2008, the CMADV campaign is building a community of men that no longer tolerate domestic violence. To date, 705 people have signed the CMADV pledge of commitment to take a firm stand against this issue. Visit www.coloradomenagainstdv.com to make your commitment today.


 

Program Spotlight – Touched By An Angel, Inc. – Denver

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

Touched By An Angel (TBA), Inc., runs “The East Denver Fatherhood Project” through a collaboration with East Denver Collaborative F2F Denver. The program offers four, 10-week fatherhood classes throughout the year and three, 3-week classes for young men and young fathers. The classes take place every Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Snacks and child care are provided.

The second series of classes will begin on January 26, 2010 and last ten weeks. The young men and young fathers series will begin in Spring 2010.

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

TBA’s objective is to reach hurting families in all communities. We emphasize a man's responsibility to his family and try to impart strong values onto men of all ages that will help them move forward in a positive fashion.

3. Describe at typical day at Touched By An Angel.

A typical day at TBA is quiet but steady. We take phone calls from families and fathers needing resources. On class evenings our afternoons are a little bit busier as we prepare snacks and class materials for our fathers and their children.

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

The best part about working with fathers is watching them set and achieve goals by applying concepts they learned in our class to their lives. To see them thriving and making a difference in the lives of their children and families is wonderful.

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

Robert Niles lost custody of his son after being involved in a domestic violence case. While his son was in protective custody he acquired numerous injuries and is now labeled a special needs child.

Both situations caused Robert a lot of hurt and pain. But even with his struggles, Robert graduated from the TBA fatherhood class, moved into his own apartment and completed the process to have his driver’s license reinstated. A few weeks prior to his TBA graduation, Robert had his first home study. He passed and now he and his son are able to see each other in unsupervised situations.

Robert attributes his success in moving forward from the past and learning how to be a responsible father to his participation in the TBA fatherhood class.

 

January Featured Father – Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson and son
Aurora resident Larry Johnson is the most recent father featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A father of one, Larry enjoys playing ball with his son and seeing his beautiful smile.

What would you hope that your son would say about you if asked what kind of dad he has?

I hope that he would say that I was the best dad in the world.

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

It’s being able to watch Deion learn and grow every day. I am amazed at how smart he is!

 

Fatherhood in the News

Father and daughterInformation on responsible fatherhood, father absence and fatherhood programs can be found in news stories appearing across the country every day. Here is a brief synopsis of articles and broadcast stories you may have missed.

Dads: A penny saved is a penny learned

Today’s economy provides an opportunity for youth to learn from the financial mistakes of the adults around them. According to Jump$tart Coalition, at least 75 percent of American high school seniors lack the necessary skills to make sound financial decisions. By educating their children on the value of saving, the dangers of easy credit and the importance of a budget, fathers can help them avoid unnecessary financial mistakes later in life.

Dad will be home for Christmas joy

I started by asking when he knew he hit bottom. Most guys would cough, hack and fiddle, trying to soft-pedal it. Not Mike Irby.

"It happened after the first year and a half in prison," he said. "I was into a lot of self-pity then, you know, how I'm a screw-up, my kids will never know me, how my life is over.

"I got fat. I was getting even lazier. One day I was sitting on my bunk in my underwear, and I just said, I can't do this anymore."

That afternoon, he signed up for classes. He talked to the teachers about what he needed to do to be successful.

Children, family of prisoners pay hefty price

When Patti Brewer drives by Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility near her home, her 6-year-old son Bryan often says, “That’s Daddy’s house, isn’t it?”

The last several years, the father of her two sons has been in and out of prison.

Single parenting has been rough on Brewer. She works during the day in a bakery and has to get her boys to the family daycare provider before dawn. Her car is barely running, and the electricity in her home was shut off last month.

Holder Discusses Fatherhood At Morehouse Forum

Attorney General Eric Holder brought President Barack Obama's message of responsible fatherhood to an audience committed to that cause. Holder praised their efforts and listened to their challenges and stories of success.

The White House and Department of Justice hosted the Forum on Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities at Morehouse College, the country's only higher education institution devoted to black males. Obama is the father of two daughters and grew up without his own father in the home. He launched the initiative on Father's Day.

 

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 "Is your home high in saturated media?", "Sex talks" and "Are you a ghost dad?". 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. Become a fan today!

 

Upcoming Events

International Conference on Parent Education and Training
February 18-19, 2010
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

The International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting is a joint meeting with the Center for Parent Education and the International Sociological Association's Committee on Family Research. This International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting is a two-day interdisciplinary conference that will bring together regional, national and international scholars, policy makers, parent/family educators, early childhood interventionists, family support professionals, school/parent liaisons, students and child and family advocates. The keynote speakers are nationally or internationally recognized in areas of specialized knowledge relating to parenting and family support.

Denver Department of Human Services Legal Clinic
Third Thursday of Every Month
Denver, Colorado

At this clinic, an attorney will present information about:

  • Visitation / Parenting time
  • Family law contempt citation
  • Child support issues
  • Custody
  • Any other family law or court issues you may have

This is not legal representation, only an information resource. The presentation will be provided in a group setting, not one on one. No prior sign up is necessary; the clinic is open to everyone in the metro area!

 

Regional Fatherhood Forums

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 meeting on the first Monday of every month in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and 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:
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Free passes and skate rental at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Broomfield.

Free tickets to the University of Denver vs. Mercyhurst hockey game on Friday, February 5th at 7:37 p.m.

Free tickets to the Colorado Avalanche vs. Blue Jackets game on Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

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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 Contacts:

Rich Batten
Fatherhood Specialist
Colorado Department of Human Services
303.866.3808
Email

Mary Roberto
Manager, Program Development and System Innovation 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