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


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April 24, 2009

Opinion: Time to end violence against women

As a towel is thrown in her face by her significant other, Keira Knightley's character looks to the producer and says, "We didn't agree to that...that wasn't in the script."

Next we see her being hit, knocked down and kicked over and over again as the camera pulls back to reveal a set and "Isn't it time someone called cut?" fades onto the screen.

It's a powerful statement by the Women's Aid Federation of England that has generated discussion of the appropriateness of such graphic violence in a PSA. It's also a sad commentary when a PSA turns more stomachs than the violence that prompted the need for it. | Read story
April 19, 2009

Guest commentary: 'That wasn't in the script'

As a towel is thrown in her face by her significant other, Keira Knightley's character looks to the producer and says, "We didn't agree to that . . . that wasn't in the script." Next we see her being hit, knocked down and kicked over and over again as the camera pulls back to reveal a set and "Isn't it time someone called cut?" fades onto the screen. It's a powerful statement by the Women's Aid Federation of England that has generated discussion of the appropriateness of such graphic violence in a public service announcement. It's also a sad commentary when a PSA turns more stomachs than the violence that prompted the need for it. | Read story
April 2, 2009

"Daddy Hunger" looks at impact of absent fathers

Five times more likely to commit a crime, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison. These are the staggering statistics for children who grow up without a father. A new documentary, Daddy Hunger looks at the implications, particularly in African-American families.

Ray Upchurch, the documentary's executive producer was with us on 9NEWS 8 a.m. "So many children are suffering from what I consider to be epidemic," Upchurch said. | Read story
April 2, 2009

Daddy Hunger Documentary Screening

Join the Be There for Your Kids public awareness campaign for a free, interactive screening of the documentary Daddy Hunger from 7-9 p.m. on April 2. | View PDF
March 21, 2009

Stay-at-home dad pens new advice book

The book is called "Caution: Men at House Work" and its author, who lives in Fort Collins, offers it up as a support to all those recently laid-off men who now find themselves with the new title of "Stay-At-Home Dad."

Tim McCutcheon lost his job as a corporate attorney several years ago.

After failed attempts to jump back into the workforce, McCutcheon says he and his wife came to the realization that, "(My three) kids need me more than the corporate legal world needs me." | Read story
March 12, 2009

Men At House Work

Tim McCutcheon jumped up from the kitchen table, just as his 3-year-old son Drew reached for the handle of the front door — ready to make a run for it like Billy the Kid.

“You can escape to the backyard any time you want,” McCutcheon said has he scooped up the child and carried him back to the kitchen. | Read story
March 4, 2009

Teaching Your Children Money Matters

As the nation grips with the current economic crisis, there is an important generation to consider when analyzing the ramifications – our children. How they handle their money will have a tremendous impact on the decades to come. Parents have a responsibility to educate their children on how to manage their finances and Colorado dads are now helping their children make every penny count.

According to Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, Inc., fathers should engage in an open dialogue with their children about financial issues. The non-profit organization recommends considering these six easy steps when discussing money management with your children: | Read story
February 8, 2009

A father's second chance

During his six-month stint as a prison inmate in upstate Vermont, Mark Garrigan taped himself reading children’s books and mailed those cassettes to his preschool-aged son to stay in touch.

Yet he wrestled mightily with an overwhelmingly sad sense of losing precious time with his only child and tarnishing his legacy as a father. | Read story
January 16, 2009

Rural Solutions program a guide out of poverty

When a person is said to be living in poverty, that description often becomes a box. It is a definition of life. It defines not only how much or little the person earns, but how he lives day to day.

Studies show that people living in poverty have several obstacles to overcome if they are to move ahead. The shortfalls include occupational skills, transportation and sometimes simply relating to a different social class.

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January 14, 2009

With a little help, a family blossoms

My life was very different a year ago. With only a duffel bag and a bag of food to my name, I was traveling across downtown every day looking for a job and a place to live. I moved to Denver a few weeks earlier from Colorado Springs. My wife was eight months pregnant and living in a halfway house. If I didn't have a job or a place to live in Denver by the time she gave birth, our baby would be given to social services. I'd hit rock bottom, had no where to turn and was looking to God for a sign. He gave me that sign one December day in the form of Ray Washington. Ray was working for a Denver non-profit, The Road Called STRATE, at the time. | Read story

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