January 1 - 8 Updates

What's the best part of being a dad?
The best part is feeling that I’m loved, seeing my children smile, hearing their laughter and holding them in my arms. Also knowing that when the world’s problems close in, my children will come to me for comfort and advice. - Thompson Williams, Father of four

News

Colorado Child Support - Rocky Mountain PBS | Colorado State of Mind Documentary now on YouTube

Center for Urban Families' 2015 PLI Summit:  Pathways to Stability and Economic Success for Fathers and Families

Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants estimated post date is 3/6/2015, estimated application due date is 5/5/15 Read more

The Federal Office of Management and Budget completed an overhaul of Federal policies related to grants and cooperative agreements.  The higher level goals of this overhaul were to streamline guidance, strengthen federal oversight, set standard requirements, codify all OMB Circular into Title 2 of the CFR and to increase efficiencies and effectiveness.  All Federal grants and cooperative agreements executed after December 26, 2014 must follow the Omni-Circular (also called the Super Circular). Read more

Resources

FRPN Research Video Series
These videos highlight promising measures created by the FRPN for use in programs that work with fathers.

Explore family engagement across disciplines using new inventory A new tool from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides professionals a guide to the definitions of family engagement in various disciplines, as well as how family engagement is implemented in each area.

The Family Engagement Inventory is meant to help practitioners working in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and education settings. It shows commonalities across fields, and allows you to contrast family engagement across disciplines.
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Facebook Posts (Link)

  • Institute for Research on Poverty webinar, It's Not Like I'm Poor: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World 1/21/15
  • A Call to Coaches - Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness
  • The Mask You Live In - Premiering at Sundance 2015
  • How Good Dads Can Change the World | Gary Barker, PhD & Michael Kaufman | The Daily Beast
  • Explore family engagement across disciplines using new inventory from the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Men Can Stop Rape - One nonprofit’s goal to change the way young men view women
  • Connect with CNCS and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
  • Connect your program to an existing service and volunteer opportunity, or develop and register your own through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) United We Serve website.
  • TANF, Child Welfare Partnerships Help Strengthen Families | Youth Today
  • Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll: How to be an Ask-able Adult About Anything! Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 11:00am - 12:30pm Mountain
  • Support early literacy and language development by being a Colorado Business Reads Collection site. Help them reach their goal of collecting and distributing 100,000 books
  • Save our Sons | Richard Wright Charter School PSA
  • How children react to violence against women.What happens when you put a boy in front of a girl and ask him to slap her?
  • Colorado launches new child abuse and neglect hotline
  • National Save our Sons Night | February 6
  • Championship Fathering Profile: The National Center for Fathering offers a self-assessment tool to aid fathers in evaluating their fathering methods.
  • Colorado Child Support - Rocky Mountain PBS | Colorado State of Mind Documentary now on YouTube
  • Ron Haskins NYTimes op-Ed on Social Programs That Work
  • Documentary features the Colorado Parent Employment Project

Events (Link)

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015
Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

December 18, 2014-January 23, 2015
CRC Nonprofit Leadership & Management Program - Application Deadline January 23, 2015

January 12, 2015
PolicyLink Webinar: The New Proposed Child Support Rule and What it Means for Low-Income Fathers

January 13, 2015-January 14, 2015
 Mental First Aid Course

January 13, 2015
Webinar:  Effectively Working with Child Support Agencies

January 14, 2015
Models of Success: Case Studies of Effective Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees

January 14, 2015
Webinar: Young Men's Health and the Transition to Fatherhood: Implications for Prevention and Pre-Conception Health

January 21, 2015
Webinar: How Working Families Make Ends Meet in a Post-Welfare World

January 28, 2015
Sex, Drugs and Rock N Roll: How to be an askable adult about anything

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December 6-15 Updates

News

The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network funds four projects designed to rigorously evaluate fatherhood programs

Resources

Hidden Costs of Youth Incarceration Nationwide Estimated to Run between $8 Billion and $21 Billion Each Year This report from the Justice Policy Institute provides estimates of long-term costs of confinement on taxpayers and youth

Facebook Posts

Like Be There For Your Kids on Facebook so you don't miss these and other posts on fatherhood and fatherwork!

  • The Divorced Parent's Guide to a Drama-Free Christmas
  • child support needs to catch up to reflect new roles for fathers, say experts | Ruth Graham Boston Globe
  • My Brother’s Keeper, or My Brother’s Creditor? (2014) by Nino Rodriguez | The Center for Family Policy & Practice
  • State of Evaluation & Learning in Colorado Survey
  • Responsible Fatherhood: What's Mom Got to Do with It? NFI webinar recording
  • Webinar: Linking Low-Income Men to Health Care
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014 10:30:00 AM MST - 11:45:00 AM MST
  • Sign-up your organization in advance of tomorrow's National Save Our Sons Night Call http://www.saveoursonsnight.com/
  • On being a father
  • Resources for family engagement
  • Mental Health America of Colorado is sponsoring this Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course over two days in January.
  • The Fatherhood Research & Practice Network funds four projects designed to rigorously evaluate fatherhood programs
  • Colorado Gov. seeks $8.2 million for 130 new child protection workers
  • Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration | Justice Policy Institute

Events (link)

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11/22 - 12/1 Updates

Save the date

NOTE UPDATED TIME: December 9, 2014: Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families Meeting 1:30 - 3 (MTN)with work groups following for an hour from 3 - 4 at Families First, 2163 South Yosemite, Denver, CO or call in to participate at 1.712.432.1500 Participant code: 188330# 

Resources

2014 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) plenary & selected breakout sessions now online. Presentations include: 

  • Exploring Fatherhood and the Transition to Adulthood for Low-Income Men and Youth

Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy (Brookings webcast archive of a panel discussion of the book, "Show me the Evidence" released December 1.

Be There for your Kids Facebook Posts 

NRFC Webinar: How can fathers address bullying issues with their children? 12/9

Webinar on Evidence-Based Programs for Hispanic Males, 12/3

LIVE WEBCAST -- Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy | Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:00 – 11:00 am EDT Brookings

"Employer Engagement Toolkit" webinar. Informed by employer survey data, this toolkit provides workforce development users with resources on transitional jobs, implementing effective job development strategies, and much more. Monday December 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. EST

2014 Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC) plenary & selected breakout sessions now online.

Could parenting coaching for expectant couples deliver healthier babies?  

Upcoming Events

June 25, 2014-December 31, 2014  | 2014 FREE & CHEAP HAPPENINGS IN METRO DENVER 

October 22, 2014-December 3, 2014 | Call for Proposals: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference

November 6, 2014-December 15, 2014 | Applications now accepted for for 2015 Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) 

December 1, 2014-February 25, 2015 | Bridges Out of Poverty Classes

December 1, 2014 | Webcast: Show Me the Evidence: Obama’s Fight for Rigor and Results in Social Policy

December 3, 2014 | WEBINAR on Evidence-Based Programs for Hispanic Males

December 9, 2014 | Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families Meeting

December 9, 2014 | NFI Webinar: Responsible Fatherhood: What’s Mom Got To Do With It?

December 9, 2014 | NRFC Webinar: How can fathers address bullying issues with their children? 

December 10, 2014 | Thriving the Holidays

February 17, 2015-February 20, 2015 | 16th Annual National Families & Fathers Conference

February 19, 2015-February 21, 2015 | Dad 2.0 Summit

Don't forget to check our listing of ongoing classes!

 

Take a peek at what's been happening at Coloradodads!

 

Employment Opportunities

Fatherhood Coach/Instruction - Archuleta County Department of Human Services | Closing date October 24, 2014

Resources

Results of an evaluation of outcomes and impact for FRED (UK) September 2014 An independent evaluation of the impact of Fathers Reading Every Day (FRED) on more than 300 children at nine south London schools, found improvements at above expected levels in reading, writing and numeracy. Among participating children, 42% made progress to a greater than expected extent in their reading, compared to 11% for those who did not take part.

Confessions of Monsters: Exploring gender violence in the horror genre to enhance media literacy in primary prevention programming.

Facebook Posts

  • Pilot study on the effects of mothers’ participation in NFI's Understanding Dad™: an 8-week intervention program on mothers’ relationship awareness, knowledge of healthy relationships, and relationship self-efficacy.
  • States are taking away your driver’s license in the name of ‘social engineering’ - Tina Griego | The Washington Post
  • Confessions of Monsters: Exploring gender violence in the horror genre to enhance media literacy in primary prevention programming.
  • Spit'n Anger - A great film that addresses the issue of anger residing in young black males as a result of not having a nurturing relationship with their fathers
  • Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health is conducting a Behavioral Health Needs Analysis Project to help plan for the future behavioral health (mental health and substance use) needs in the State.
  • Evaluation of father-inclusiveness training for health visitors & community practitioners found significant improvements in knowledge attitudes & practice @fatherhoodinst
  • Essay Series on Character and Opportunity | Brookings Institution
  • Child Trends Webcast: Developing Brain: Implications for Youth Nov. 5th
  • The Modern Family Court Judge: Knowledge, Qualities and Skills for Success
  • Routt County, Colorado Fatherhood Forum | Wednesday, Nov 5

Upcoming Events 

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New this week at Coloradodads.com

Events

  • Dad 2.0 Summit call for speakers 

  • The 19th Annual At-Home Dad Convention | Denver

  • Free Webinar: Stronger Families Through Healthy Relationships, Positive Parenting, and Economic Stability 

  • Free Webinar: America's Hispanic Children: Gaining Ground, Looking Forward

  • Forum & Webinar: Using Implementation Science to Advance the Adoption of Evidence-Based Programs

  • The 2014 Strengthening Families National Leadership Summit

  • Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families

  • Webinar: Scaling an Effective Intervention: How to Build Implementation Capacity, Replicate with Fidelity, and Produce Consistent Outcome 

Resources

And on our Facebook page: Be There for Your Kids

  • Prepare/Enrich Parenting Version now available

  • Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign Creative Survey

  • Steve Jobs awas a low-tech parent | Nick Bilton, The New York Times |

  • Parenting programs ignore dads & waste money say the UK's Fatherhood Institute and researchers at Yale University

  • Taking the First Step: Using Behavioral Economics to Help Incarcerated Parents Apply for Child Support Order Modifications

 

Looking for Technical Assistance?

In June 2014, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) launched to promote rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs. The FRPN will announce its first grant awards to researcher and program/practitioner teams this fall. 

In addition to funding new research, the FRPN plans to offer free technical assistance (TA) to fatherhood programs to strengthen their ability to do evaluation research.

What types of TA for evaluation do fatherhood programs need?

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Funding Opportunity to Evaluate Fatherhood Programs

Last month, the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN) – www.frpn.org - launched to promote rigorous evaluation of fatherhood programs serving low-income fathers. 

Over the next three years, the FRPN will award grants to projects evaluating fatherhood programs. The purpose of these grants is to increase the number and quality of evaluations of fatherhood programs and learn more about how to better serve low-income fathers, racial/ethnic minorities and other under studied populations.

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