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As a practitioner you are operating programs that help strengthen fathers and families. From dealing with the challenges faced by families to the challenges of implementing a successful and sustainable program, this section of Fatherhood.gov is especially for you.
Successful programs build from the history, research, and promising practices of the initiatives that have come before them. They also pay attention to the specific needs of their communities, addressing the specific concerns of their neighborhoods and the fathers and families coming through their doors. Strong and stable programs support strong and stable families.
Practitioners can also contact the NRFC directly to ask questions, suggest resources, and share innovations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you have been supporting fathers for years, or are just beginning a program, the resources provided here can strengthen your efforts to improve the lives of families in your communities. This is a dynamic toolkit that will be expanded and enhanced over time.
NRFC Webinars are free trainings to support the responsible fatherhood field presented by nationally recognized experts in research and program implementation. Webinars focus on a range of programmatic topics, including working with specific populations, evaluation support, and program implementation tools. Past presentations are available here.
Neighborhood barbershops are a trusted space to discuss personal and public issues, ranging from family to politics, health, money, and other life issues. Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to increase awareness around responsible fatherhood and parenting issues, and increase families access to support through local barbershops and community organizations throughout the country.
One of the key policy goals and priorities set out by President Obama is the promotion of Responsible Fatherhood and Strong Communities. As part of this goal, the White House has partnered with a number of other Federal Departments to promote these partnerships and activities that promote fatherhood in local communities.
- Department of Agriculture
- Department of Commerce
- Corporation for National and Community Service
- Department of Education
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Department of Justice
- Department of Labor
- Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Department of Veterans Affairs
Each father has their own challenges. As a practitioner you may not know everything that is going on in the life of a family and your organization may not be equipped to fully deal with all these challenges, and that’s okay.
Getting starting with Responsible Fatherhood programs can come in many forms. You may start a curriculum-based program, integrate male involvement and responsible parenting into your service organization, or engage with the community through the Fatherhood Buzz initiative.