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October 1, 2009

Colorado Department of Human Services Awards More Than $1.1 Million to Colorado Fatherhood Programs

The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has announced that it will distribute more than $1.1 million in funding to 27 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 fourth 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 distributed over five years with the intent of improving paternal relationships and parenting. Of the $2 million received annually, more than $1.1 million is awarded to appropriate organizations statewide that meet the application requirements. Funded organizations receive awards of up to $50,000 per fiscal year. In 2009, CDHS received grant applications from 50 programs across the State, representing more than $2.3 million in funding requests.

Funding priority is given to faith and community-based organizations that 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.

“According to a report from the National Fatherhood Initiative, father absence is costing our country $100 billion each year through the distribution of various governmental services to families,” said Rich Batten, fatherhood and family specialist with CDHS. “Approximately 25 million American children are living apart from their fathers today. Our funded programs are reducing the cost of father absence on Colorado tax-payers by providing services that increase paternal engagement and improve educational training and employment readiness for fathers to better provide for their families.”

Programs that will receive funding for year four of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant include: Angel Spring Missions, Assistant Coach, Aurora Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center, Central Visitation Program, Christlife Ministries, Denver Area Youth Services, El Paso County Department of Human Services, The Family Resource Center, Fremont County Department of Human Services, Garfield County Department of Human Services, Hope for Children, Jefferson County Department of Human Services Fatherhood Program, Metropolitan State College of Denver Foundation, Northeast Denver Islamic Center, Parent Pathways, Parent-Child Interaction Center, The Pinon Project, Redeemer Lutheran Church, The Road Called STRATE, Rural Solutions, Southern Ute Community Action Programs, Summitview Community Church, Touched by an Angel, TwoCor Projects, Urban Colors Arts & Mentoring, Weld County DHS Family Education Network and the Women’s Resource Center.

A funding announcement for the October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011 Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant funding cycle will be posted in early spring 2010.

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