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  • The RIDGE Project Memorandum of Understanding clarifies activities and responsibilities within the partnership between The RIDGE Project and the Ohio Department of Corrections. The simple format outlines expectations of both parties and defines the commitment without excessive legal jargon.
  • Example of a job description from the RIDGE Project
  • South Coast Business Employment Corporation: NRFC Tips for Professionals, Staff Selection: What’s Important for Fatherhood Programs? from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse.
  • Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum from the National Family Preservation Network features activities designed to encourage buy-in of all program staff.
  • Kids Count Data Center, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides valuable state and cross-state information on child well-being and family stability. The data can be useful for crafting strong proposals for government or foundation funding.
  • Tools to assess and build organizational father-friendliness:
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  • Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum from the National Family Preservation Network was originally designed to help child welfare agency staff work more directly with fathers. This curriculum includes two general staff training activities that could be used by fatherhood programs. One activity encourages staff to examine their own beliefs about fatherhood; the second builds on that by encouraging staff to reflect on their relationship with their own father, determine how it affects case practice, and consider relevant strategies for working with fathers.
  • Principles of Strength-Based Practice [PDF] by Wayne Hammond of Resiliency Initiatives (2010) explains the benefits of a strength-based approach designed to help people take control of their own lives by identifying opportunities and solutions rather than a deficit-based approach focused more on problems and hopelessness. This short paper provides tips and core principles to guide practitioners towards the implementation of strength-based practice.