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August 6, 2008

Colorado Department of Human Services Awards $1.4 Million to Organizations Providing Direct Services to Colorado Fathers

The Colorado Department of Human Services has announced that it will distribute $1.4 million in funding to 30 community and faith-based organizations throughout the State that provide direct services to fathers and their children. These monies are being distributed as part of the third year of funding under the Department’s Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant.

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, more than $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.

Funding priority is given to faith and community-based organizations who provide fatherhood parenting skills training and healthy marriage/couples relationships training as core services. Of the total community access funds available for service providers, 70 percent is allocated for grass roots and faith based organizations that have social services as a part of their mission, are headquartered in the local community, have a total operating budget of $300,000 or less or have six or fewer full-time equivalent employees. All programs must 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.

“Each of our 30 funded programs takes a unique approach to improving father/child relationships in their local communities,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services. “The importance of a father’s involvement in the life of his child cannot be overlooked. Through one-on-one mentoring, parenting classes and life skills training, our programs help fathers of at-risk families become more involved in their children’s lives, therefore improving the long term development of Colorado’s children.”

Programs that will receive funding for year three of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant include: Adams 14 Education Foundation, Abusive Men Exploring New Directions (AMEND), Angel Spring Mission, Assistant Coach, Inc., Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, Central Visitation Program, Christlife Ministries, Dedicated Hearts/La Gente, El Paso County Department of Human Services, The Family Resource Center, Fremont County Department of Human Services, Friends in Transition, Hilltop Community Resources (Young Dads Program), Hope for Children, Ira E. Slack Women's Missionary Society, Jefferson County Human Services/Child Support, Lowry Family Center, Mountain Resource Center, New Horizons Christian Church, Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Parent Pathways, The Pinon Project, The Road Called STRATE, Rocky Mountain SER, Rural Solutions, Saint Stephens Missions Church, Summitview Community Church, TwoCor Projects, Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring and The Women's Resource Center.

The funding announcement for the October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2010 Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Program funding cycle will be posted in early spring 2009.

For more information on the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative Community Access Grant, please visit www.coloradodads.com.