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December 9, 2014: Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families Meeting  1:00 - 2:30 (MTN) at Families First, 2163 South Yosemite, Denver, CO or call in to participate at 1.712.432.1500 Participant code: 188330#


HHS seeks public and stakeholder input on report to Congress that reviews the effectiveness of the child support program, including an analysis of any unintended consequences or performance issues associated with program practices. Comments accepted through 12/22/2014

New book by Ronald Mincy et al to be released December 1, 2014 - Failing Our Fathers: Confronting the Crisis of Economically Vulnerable Nonresident Fathers by Ronald B. Mincy, Monique Jethwani, and Serena Klempin

  • Multi-method, interdisciplinary study of the most recent quantitative and qualitative studies about vulnerable nonresident fathers.
  • Breaks out of familiar boundaries based on race/ethnicity and marital status at birth.
  • Focuses on the commonalities among nonresident fathers who are unable to support their children, given the mass incarceration and unemployment of the past two decades.
  • Shows how to re-orient policies affecting vulnerable fathers, their children and families from the perspective of a leading contributor to research, policy, and practice in this field over the same period.


Connecting the Dots: Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program

Bringing Fathers In is a series of smart, punchy, evidence-based information sheets backed up with a series of online research summaries. The information sheets, developed by the Fatherhood Institute (UK) in collaboration with Men Care and supported by the Bernard van Leer Foundation, are free to download, and designed to print. They, and the supporting research summaries, are intended for an international audience of health, education and social care professionals, policy makers, programme managers and designers, researchers and evaluators.


Check out what's new

A new set of performance measures for Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees have been proposed. An additional set of instruments for a cross-site evaluation with a subset of grantees have been proposed as well. Please see a short overview here. This notice has information on how to request a document containing all proposed measures, as well as information on how to comment on the proposal.


Using Evidence-Based Programs By focusing efforts on "what works," communities and programs are better able to improve participants'health and well-being. To boost the potential of an evidence-based program, it often needs to be implemented with fidelity. Factors such as how well a program's design fits with a community's needs affect how well an evidence-based program can be implemented. HHS's Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released three issue briefs that cover community readiness and contextual fit of programs, and using evidence-based constructs for program assessment.

  • Willing, Able -> Ready: Basics and Policy Implications of Readiness As A Key Component for Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 17 pages)
  • The Importance of Contextual Fit When Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 16 pages)
  • Using Evidence-Based Constructs to Assess Extent Of Implementation Of Evidence-Based Interventions (PDF, 18 pages)

Tools for Social Innovators The Spark Policy Institute's Tools for Social Innovators is a community toolbox contributed to by experienced and cutting-edge social innovators. Each tool provides practical tools to help funders, nonprofits, business and community leaders enhance their ability to ignite social change.


November Happenings


October 22, 2014-December 2, 2014  Call for Proposals: Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference

November 3, 2014  Thriving the Holidays

November 4, 2014  Community Resource Center: New Fund Development Training  | GRANTS & FOUNDATION RELATIONSHIPS

November 5, 2014-November 7, 2014 11th Annual National Native American Conference | “Fatherhood Is Leadership” 

November 5, 2014  Routt County Fatherhood Forum

November 5, 2014  Livestream: The Developing Brain: Implications for You...

November 7, 2014  Webinar - Top 10 for 2-Gen: Principles for Action and Lessons from Bipartisan Polling

November 7, 2014  The Crisis Center Presents Nationally Recognized Guest Speaker Lundy Bancroft

November 12, 2014  Vicarious Trauma Research Forum Preventing and Mitigating the Impacts 

November 18, 2014  Community Resource Center: New Fund Development Training - CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS & PLANNED GIVING



Don't Miss the Moments

Whether you are making plans for a big Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family or just a few of you at a local restaurant, the holidays are frequently a time of impossible expectations. I think we often go through the work of preparing for the perfect holiday experience with everything and everyone in place only to discover that life doesn’t usually happen that way. Don’t get me wrong, I think holiday rituals are extremely important it is just that big events have a higher probability of disappointing and small everyday moments are commonly ignored.

My advice is that as you plan and experience your celebration, release some of your expectations and tune your heart to the little things waiting to be discovered in the faces, eyes and words of those around you.


Not Perfect, Yet Amazing

This essay was originally posted on our Watercooler Blog in September of 2010 by Betsy Sweetland. Betsy was the Executive Director of the Central Visitation Program and died on June 19th of this year. We repost this in memory of a great and enthusiastic advocate for children. 

A memorial service for Betsy will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 13 at Kirk of Bonnie Brae, 1201 South Steele Street Denver, CO 80210

Margaret J. Meeker, M.D., author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know, starts her first chapter as a call for good men. She asks men give “all their strength and wit” because they are the ones above all others that set the course for their daughters.

What do I know about being a father? In the 11 years I have been working directly with dads, I’ve heard the question from fathers, some mothers and other experts in the fatherhood field. Every time I have been asked, my response is I am a daughter. And as the daughter of a not perfect, yet still amazing father,


Take 'Em Outside!

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that studies indicate that children are spending half as much time outside as they did 20 years ago. Child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of our most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Louv, author of one of the classic books on fathering, Fatherlove: What We Need, What We Seek, What We Must Create (1993), has stimulated an international conversation about the future relationship between children and nature, and has helped spawn a movement that is now moving into the international sphere.  Check out the Children and Nature Network at


Spring Activities

Looking for some great ideas for things to do with your kids this spring?

Check out our Activities Page for these and other ideas:

  • Healthy Living:  Fathers can play an active role in providing their children with a healthy childhood. From the monkey bars, to a game of catch to a hike on the trail, exercise is a great way for dads and kids to spend time together.
  • Fathers Reading Every Day:  Reading with your children and having an impact on their education is not just a mom thing. In a 1997 study by the U.S. Department of Education, researchers surveyed more than 20,000 parents.The results of the study indicated that when fathers took an active role in their children’s education, the children were more likely to make A’s, participate in activities like sports and clubs, enjoy school and were less likely to repeat a grade.


In the news & Blogosphere

Check out these recent news and blog items. Do you have a favorite father related blog or news story?



The Grateful Dad Radio hour is a conversation about men…at home, at work, and at play, held every Monday afternoon streamed online via Castle Rock Radio.

Each week Doug Gertner, Ph.D. leads an engaging discussion on issues of interest to, and about men.

  • Creating and Building Community among men and women listeners
  • Supporting Personal Actualization of men and women listeners
  • Offering Opportunities for guests and listeners to share resources

Mondays, 1:00–2:00 p.m., Mountain Time, on Castle Rock Radio


Support Line for Dads & Moms

Who do you turn to when you need parenting advice? The best place to turn, of course, is to the people who know you and your situation best, family, friends, church members etc. But sometimes that just isn't possible. We live in a time when there are a seemingly unlimited number of books, magazines and websites about parenting but that can be a challenge to sort through because of the overwhelming number of choices and expert opinions. At we have found that the Families First Support Line has increasingly become a place that dads can go to connect with the help they need.


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