Be there For Your Kids

In This Issue:

  • Online Registration Available for Upcoming Fatherhood Curricula Trainings
  • Year Five Grant Funding Application Reminders
  • Reaching and Engaging Fathers – Child Welfare Caseworker Trainings
  • Program Spotlight
  • Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign Updates
  • March Featured Father
  • Fatherhood Programs in their Communities
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

Online Registration Available for Upcoming Fatherhood Curricula Trainings

The Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood (PRF) Initiative is pleased to host a variety of fatherhood curricula trainings for practitioners each year. We will host two additional trainings this spring:

24/7 Dad
May 13 - 14
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.

Online registration is available for both of these trainings. The registration fee is waived for all currently funded 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).

 

Year Five Grant Application Reminders

Dan Borgman and family
The PRF Initiative is currently receiving applications for our October 1, 2010 - September 29, 2011 funding cycle. Applications are due by May 3, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant letters of intent are due to the Colorado Department of Human Services by close of business on Thursday, April 1, 2010. A grant timeline, full application and technical assistance forum questions and answers can be found on the Funding page of the Colorado Dads Web site.

 

 

Reaching and Engaging Fathers – Child Welfare Caseworker Trainings

Last month, the PRF Initiative partnered with the State Division of Child Welfare to host three Reaching and Engaging Colorado Fathers – Child Welfare Trainings. More than 120 caseworkers and supervisors participated in these trainings, which were funded by a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Paternal involvement is a key component of a child’s development and these trainings highlighted both the value of and potential barriers to engaging fathers in child welfare cases.

We are pleased to announce the availability of two additional trainings for child welfare caseworkers this April:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fort Morgan DHS
800 E. Beaver Avenue
Fort Morgan, CO 80701

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Durango Community Recreation Center
2700 Main Avenue
Durango, CO 81301

These 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. While the trainings are geared toward child welfare caseworkers specifically, local fatherhood practitioners are also encouraged to attend to build collaborative relationships. Both trainings are provided free of charge.

 

Program Spotlight – Southern Ute Montessori Head Start Fatherhood Initiative – Ignacio

A Southern Ute Montessori dad reads with his children
1. What services do you provide to fathers and families with your community access grant funding?

The Fatherhood Initiative offers The Nurturing Father’s Program every Wednesday evening. Participating fathers can also take advantage of program activities done in conjunction with the Head Start program such as father/child reading initiatives and Me & My Guys Breakfasts. This fall, the Initiative will collaborate with several Native American programs to host a fatherhood conference for the Ignacio/Durango community.

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

The goal is to offer ongoing parenting education and support to fathers in the community. In order to do this, the program will continue to collaborate with local community and Native American organizations.

3. Describe a typical day at the Southern Ute Montessori Head Start Fatherhood Initiative.

Sam Harrison, family advocate and fatherhood coordinator, and myself, Joe Poynter, early head start and fatherhood co-coordinator, typically connect with a number of fathers who have children participating in our Head Start program. We sometimes offer assistance as children transition into the morning program at Head Start. This is an event that may be full of emotions for dads as they depart from their little ones for the day.

We might spend the rest of the day answering phone calls from fathers who are interested in learning about their children’s progress at school or who need to speak with us about personal struggles they may be facing.

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

It’s seeing them work through their challenges as they learn to enjoy spending time with their children and other family members. It’s also wonderful to know that they appreciate our support.

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

One of our fathers is raising five children by himself. We’ve seen him overcome obstacles to find a place for his family to live and get much needed child care through the Head Start program. It is such a joy to see his children enjoy their classrooms and have fun playing with their classmates.

 

Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign Updates

Did you know that April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Fathers play a crucial role in the development of non-violent communities. This is especially true of a father’s relationship with his son, because boys typically look to their fathers as they determine their masculine identities.

Throughout the month of April, the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence (CMADV) campaign is partnering with fatherhood programs and community organizations across the state to host film showings and presentations that address domestic violence, sexual assault and masculinity issues. Upcoming events include:

SAAM – Men, Women, Rape and Responsibility
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Durango Public Library

Award-winning author of the novel "The Basket Maker", Kate Niles, will discuss her new book and the role of men in combating sexual violence. Representatives from the Mankind Project, Women's Resource Center – a PRF Initiative Community Access Funded Program – and Fathers' Voices will join Kate for a panel discussion following her presentation.

Tough Guise – Violence, Media and the Crisis in Masculinity
Saturday, April 17, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Waypoints Faith Community – Near the UNC Campus

Sponsored By: Waypoints, Weld County Department of Human Services, Be A Man! Fatherhood Program and the Sexual Assault Resource Center – Weld County.

Tough Guise is the first educational video to systematically examine the relationship between pop-cultural imagery and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the dawn of the 21st century. In this innovative and wide-ranging analysis anti-violence educator, Jackson Katz, argues that widespread violence in American society needs to be understood as part of an ongoing crisis in masculinity.

Adults and teenage boys and girls are encouraged to attend. Parents may certainly attend with their children, however we recommend that parents refrain from bringing children under the age of 13, due to the exploration of violent subject matter.

Following the showing a panel discussion will be held featuring members of the community. The panel will address issues raised in the film and provide strategies for engaging men and boys in creating a non-violent community. Audience participation is welcome and encouraged.

Launched in 2008, the CMADV campaign is building a community of men that no longer tolerate domestic violence through the following objectives:

  1. Raise awareness of the campaign through community outreach, the availability of an online pledge form and educational programs.
  2. Educate young men on what it really means to be a man – kindness and respectful behavior toward women.
  3. Challenge men to become role models for boys with their every day behavior. Act as a resource and referral source for local programs seeking to encourage men to take a stand against domestic violence in their own communities.

Visit coloradomenagainstdv.com to learn more.

 

March Featured Father – Dan Borgman

Dan Borgman and family
Atwood resident Dan Borgman is the most recent father featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A father of two, Dan enjoys building his children’s Halloween costumes from scratch every year as well as guiding them through the different challenges they may face throughout their lives.

What is the hardest part about being a dad?

My son, Bauner, has had a lot of surgeries over the years and seeing your child in pain is never easy. You just want to take the pain away for them.

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

There really are many things that inspire me every day. Like my daughter's creativity or how my son lives with his special needs.

 

Fatherhood Programs in their Communities

The Center on Fathering Participates in the STOP Family Violence Coalition’s Open Doors Campaign

studentsEl Paso County has more cases of reported domestic violence and child abuse than any other county in Colorado. Established in 1997, the STOP Family Violence Coalition’s mission is to raise community awareness through a media campaign about family violence: how it can be prevented and abolished and the community services available for victims and abusers. The Center on Fathering at the El Paso County Department of Human Services, a PRF Initiative Community Access Funded Program, is a member of this Coalition.

This year, the Coalition asked local designers, students and organizations to design doors that could push the community to take a stand and open the doors needed to raise awareness of violence taking place in the county. The life-size doors were displayed as part of the “Open Doors” campaign at the HBA Home and Garden Show in Colorado Springs March 5 – 7.

studentsThe photos included in this section of the newsletter showcase doors designed by students at Columbine Elementary School in Woodland Park. With the guidance of art teacher, Karen Storm, and counselor, Sara Doud, students explored the emotional landscape of family dynamics, the peaks and valleys that families walk through, the desperation of a family in distress depicted on one side of the door and the joy of a healthy family on the other. Through these images and words, the powerful sadness of the small unheard voices is spoken. The light and hope of a future without domestic violence is expressed.

To learn more about the STOP Family Violence campaign, please visit openourdoors.org.

 

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 “On the decline of strong men”, “Fatherhood & Healthy Families Recommendations” and “Are we promoting a generation of ‘Entertainer 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. Become a fan today!

 

Upcoming Events

National Fatherhood Leaders Group Webinar
Thursday, April 1, 2010

The National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG) is a coalition of national and community-based fatherhood organizations and allied groups. The group’s mission is to raise awareness of the importance of two involved parents in the lives of children and to strengthen the capacity of the responsible fatherhood field. This webinar will feature senior White House staff members Joshua DuBois and Martha Coven who will present President Obama’s Fatherhood and Healthy Families agenda.

Colorado Fatherhood Council Webinars
The Colorado Fatherhood Council conducts monthly webinars aimed at agencies and programs conducting fatherwork across the state. Webinars take place on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. and focus on improving organizational and service practices. Upcoming webinars include:

April 13th – Fatherhood Program Recruitment and Retention, presented by Neil Tift of the Native American Fatherhood & Families Association.

All webinars will be accessed through a URL and audio bridge. Please email Jackie Rogers to register.

2010 Baseball Experience Contest
April 2010 – September 2010

Baseball is considered America’s pastime and the sport has always been a great way for fathers and kids to spend time together.

Throughout spring and summer 2010, the Be There for Your Kids campaign is partnering with FSN Rocky Mountain to raise awareness of the importance of father involvement. As this campaign develops, we are also pleased to offer fathers and their children a unique opportunity – a chance to ask a baseball question on-camera during an FSN broadcast of a Sunday Colorado Rockies home game!

 

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 Wednesday 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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Two roundtrip tickets to the summit of Pikes Peak from the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway Company.

Free admission and skate rental at the Glacier Ice Arena in Grand Junction.

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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