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September 12, 2007

NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE AWARDS GIVEN TO THREE COLORADO FATHERHOOD PROGRAMS

DENVER – September 12, 2007 - Jefferson County Human Services, Larimer County Department of Human Services and the Lowry Family Center were recently selected to receive Fatherhood Resource Center (FRC) awards from the National Fatherhood Initiative, each valued at $3,000. The three organizations are also recipients of the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant.

Following the announcement of the available awards, the National Fatherhood Initiative received an overwhelming response of 360 proposals with only 145 FRCs to award. A FRC is a combination of skill-building resources including CDs, brochures, lectures and group discussions designed specifically for dads.  A FRC can be offered as a “one-stop-shop” for dads.

The awards were divided into three distinct packages where top applicants were given a choice between the resource center package options. Option one includes a freestanding kiosk and is known as the 24/7 Dad Resource Center Package. Option two also includes a kiosk, however, it is designed specifically for new and expectant dads. Option three allows for a program to distribute the resources through its existing channels and does not include a kiosk.

After facing a competitive bidding process, the awards were given to deserving community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, healthcare organizations and other grassroots fatherhood and family-strengthening agencies nationwide. All three Colorado recipients received option one, the 24/7 Dad Resource Center Package with Kiosk.

“We are extremely honored to fund the Community Access Grant recipients and are proud of the work being done in Colorado,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services. “The selection of three of our grant recipients to receive National Fatherhood Initiative awards shows that great strides are taking place to ensure that fathers state-wide understand the significance of their role in a child’s life.”

Since 1994, the National Fatherhood Initiative has worked diligently to increase responsible, committed and consistent father involvement in the lives of children. The initiative has worked to improve the well being of children by educating fathers on the importance of their role, equipping dads with practical training and incorporating fatherhood programs into other partnerships forming stronger alliances.

In October 2006, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division was awarded a $10 million federal grant over five years to strengthen father/child relationships and improve parenting. Colorado is one of two locations nationwide, including Washington, D.C., to receive this federal grant. The Responsible Fatherhood Initiative distributes more than $1.1 million in community awards to state, community and faith based organizations to assist in providing direct services to fathers and families. Awards of up to $50,000 are distributed per program per fiscal year. For more information, please visit www.cdhs.state.co.us/coworks/prf.htm.