This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.


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January 1, 2008

Caring Men Contribute to Confident Children

Counselors, therapists, advocates and pastors have found that children fare far better in their development when they have fathers or strong male mentors actively involved in their lives.  Results from the survey, “What Grown-ups Understand About Child Development,” revealed that children with fathers in their lives are more self-confident and better problem-solvers.

Through boisterous and interactive play with children, fathers do more than entertain, according to the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, a London-based social issues research and education center. By playing with children, fathers assist mothers and provide a safe and challenging environment for the child to solve problems and learn to interact with the world and others, the institute found. Consequently, fathers can make significant, unique contributions to their child’s emotional, social and intellectual development.

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December 20, 2007

This Just In

The Colorado Department of Human Services is distributing $1.1 million in funding to 23 community-based organizations throughout the state that provide direct services to fathers and their children.

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December 20, 2007

La Gente receives CDH grant

La Gente’s fatherhood program, Dedicated Dads, received federal grant money to enrich their program over the next three years.

Rich Batten of the Colorado Department of Human Services said the grant was offered to programs who could document need, show a collaborative effort, show readiness to address the need, and could put the money to good use. Organizations across the country are focusing on needs of fathers and their children such as helping incarcerated fathers return to their homes, teen father education and support, and assisting fathers of mentally disabled children.

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December 12, 2007

New fatherhood program challenges the stereotype of a dead-beat dad

With lengthy legal matters standing in the way of being an active in his 1-year-old daughter's life, Joshua Gray is patiently awaiting a real shot at fatherhood.

He details the paradoxical situation that brought him to his current state of frustration, circumstances that have put his parenting status in the hands of the court that oversees child custody. Sometimes, he says, the system creates dead-beat dads because it doesn't allow them to be in their children's lives.

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December 10, 2007

Giving dads in the valley a helping hand

The Hilltop is reaching out to young fathers in the Grand Valley with a new program. It's called the Young Dad's Program and it helps younger fathers face parenting challenges head on.

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November 15, 2007

FRED Encourages Fathers to Spend Time Reading with Their Children

Throughout the month of November, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will ask Colorado dads to devote time each day to reading with their children by participating in Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED). The benefits bf FRED, created by Cooperative Extension Staff at Texas A&M University, are multifaceted and long lasting, including improved father-child relationships and increased child literacy development.

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November 3, 2007

As Seen on 7News — Fathers Reading Every Day

Throughout the month of November, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative is encouraging fathers to participate in FRED – Fathers Reading Every Day. Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, was recently interviewed on the 7News morning show about FRED and statewide fatherhood programs.

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October 28, 2007

Responsible Fatherhood is a cause to celebrate

Let’s give the Rocky Mountain News another chance! Let’s ask it to re-announce Gov. Bill Ritter’s statewide program, “Be There for Your Kids,” with the same exuberance they’ve used for the Colorado Rockies’ playoff victories. They can do better than “Grant aimed at assisting at-risk dads,” a one-column, seven-inch article several pages in from Page 1 on Oct. 2.

What is more important in Colorado today than the governor’s efforts to help men become more aware of the importance of their influence in the lives of their children? This program is designed to promote responsible fatherhood across the state of Colorado.

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October 25, 2007

Colorado Department of Human Services launches public awareness campaign to promote responsible fatherhood

Governor Bill Ritter has announced the launch of the Colorado Department of Human Services Be There for Your Kids public awareness campaign, which targets Colorado fathers and is designed to promote responsible fatherhood across the State.

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October 18, 2007

Colorado Department of Human Services launches public awareness campaign to promote responsible fatherhood

Governor Bill Ritter has announced the launch of the Colorado Department of Human Services’ “Be There For Your Kids” public awareness campaign, which tragets Colorado’s fathers and is designed to promote responsible fatherhood across the State.

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