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December 18, 2007

Colorado Department of Human Services Awards $1.1 Million to Organizations Providing Direct Services to Colorado Dads

DENVER – December 18, 2007 – The Colorado Department of Human

Services recently announced that it will distribute $1.1 million in funding to 23 community-based organizations throughout the state that provide direct services to fathers and their children. This amount has been distributed as part of the second year of funding under the Department’s Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program.

In October 2006, Colorado was one of only two locations in the country, including Washington, D.C., to receive a $10 million federal grant to be distributed over five years with the intent of improving paternal relationships and parenting. Of the $2 million received annually, nearly $1.2 million is awarded to appropriate organizations statewide that meet the application requirements. Funded organizations receive awards of up to $50,000 each year.

Funded organizations must meet one or more of the following criteria: be a social services-based mission in the state of Colorado, have an operating budget of $300,000.00 or less or have six or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Additionally, programs are expected to provide paternal parenting training and healthy marriage and relationship training as core services. Programs must also establish collaborations with a local domestic violence provider, the local workforce program, a local mental health provider and the local county department of social or human services to set protocol and meet the individual needs of participants.

“During our first funding cycle, we distributed awards to 19 organizations throughout the state and now, with this round of funding, a total of 42 organizations that provide needed services to fathers can make a difference in their local communities,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services. “Research continues to show that a father’s presence in a child’s life has a tremendous impact. Children with involved fathers are significantly less likely to distribute at-risk behavior such as drug-use or other criminal behavior.”

Programs that will receive funding for year two of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program include: the Adams 14 Education Foundation, Arapahoe / Douglas Works!, Central Visitation Program, Child Advocacy Resource and Education, Inc., Christlife Ministries, Colorado Head Start Association, Dedicated Hearts/La Gente, El Paso County Department of Human Services, Epworth Foundation, Families First Colorado, The Family Resource Center, Fremont County Department of Human Services, Friends in Transition, Garfield County Department of Human Services, Golden Independent Schools, Hope for Children, La Plata Family Centers Coalition,

Muslim Family Services of Colorado, New Horizons Christian Church, Young Fathers Program of Parent Pathways, Inc., St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, The Road Called STRATE and Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring.

The funding announcement for the October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2009 Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program funding cycle will be posted in early spring 2008.

For more information, please visit www.coloradodads.com.