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February 18, 2008

Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative Launches Spanish Web site

DENVER – Today, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will launch a Spanish version of its Web site at www.coloradodads.com.

Both the English and Spanish versions of the Colorado Dads Web site serve as a comprehensive resource for fathers. The Spanish site includes parenting information for married and non-custodial fathers as well as tips for dads on participating in their child’s extracurricular activities and friendships. Information on all 42 of the currently funded Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Programs who provide direct services to Colorado fathers and their children is also included on the site.

“As the number of Spanish speaking families in Colorado rises, the importance of providing these dads with comprehensive resources on fatherhood cannot be overlooked,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services. “It is critical to let those fathers who do not speak English know that there are programs available to help them improve their relationship with their children.”

The Spanish version of coloradodads.com is continuously updated with the latest events for dads and kids occurring across the State and other high-profile activities. In order to continue to raise awareness of all dads in Colorado, the site also profiles a different notable or “every day” Colorado dad each month.

Since the English version launched on October 1, 2007, coloradodads.com has received more than 430,000 hits.

In October 2006, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division was awarded a $10 million federal grant over five years to strengthen paternal relationships and improve parenting. Colorado is one of two locations nationwide, including Washington, D.C., to receive this federal community access 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.coloradodads.com.