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



New This Week!


  • Leap of Reason | Leap of Reason provides free practical guides to developing the discipline and culture of performance management and therefore social impact.

  • How to Start a Direct Service Fatherhood Program | The National Fatherhood Initiative's Free ebook How to Start a Direct Service Fatherhood Program provides insights on starting, funding, and maintaining a successful fatherhood program

On Facebook Be There for Your Kids (Help us reach the 500 like mark!)

  • NPEN is a national umbrella organization that encourages information sharing, professional development and networking opportunities for the over 250,000 professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteers who serve as parent educators.
  • Oklahoma City dads make time for important lessond
  • Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative
  • September is National Preparedness Month | During National Preparedness Month, invites you to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th.
  • Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity | Family Well-Being Research including Two Generation Strategies
  • Pew Research Center report shows that your political views are likely to influence the values you teach your children. However, some values transcend ideological differences
  • 11th Annual National Native American "Fatherhood is Leadership" Conference
  • Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms | The Future of Children Volume 24 Number 1 Spring 2014
  • Looking for a free practical guide to developing the discipline and culture of performance management? Look no further - Working Hard and Working Well
  • Thinking about starting a fatherhood program but not sure where to start? This free ebook from NFI will help you chart your course.
  • Tomorrow’s Skilled Workforce Requires Investing in Young Children Today: The Importance of Early Childhood Development | Brookings
  • Men and Friendship: Letting the Guard Down First by Courtney E. Martin @courtwrites

Upcoming Events

  • Free and Cheap Happenings around Metro Denver

  • Dad 2.0 Summit call for speakers due Sept 30

  • Forum & Webinar: Using Implementation Science to Advance the Adoption of Evidence-Based Programs | Sept 30

  • The 2014 Strengthening Families National Leadership Summit | Oct 7 & 8

  • Rocky Mountain PBS Airing of "Are We Crazy About Our Kids?" | Oct 12

  • Colorado Practitioner Network for Fathers & Families Meeting | Oct 14

  • Webinar: Scaling an Effective Intervention: How to Build Implementation Capacity, Replicate with Fidelity, and Produce Consistent Outcome | Oct 14

What is healthy father involvement?

Some years ago the Colorado Fatherhood Council, soon to become a Fathers and Families Practitioner’s Network, created this definition of “healthy father involvement" which was adapted in part from the Fathering Indicators Framework developed by the National Center on Fathers and Families.

We define healthy father involvement as a man who actively models, provides for and enhances the safe and healthy development of the children, family and communities he cares for. Healthy father involvement includes but is not limited to:  


Colorado Fatherhood Council

The Colorado Fatherhood Council is currently in the process of seeking to align itself with a Colorado-based 501c3 and evolve into a practitioner’s network for Colorado fathers and families. These are exciting times for the council and we have great dreams for the coming year.


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


Do you serve dads in Colorado? Take this survey.

The Colorado Fatherhood Council (CFC) is conducting a brief 10 question survey of fatherhood service providers in Colorado.  Our goal is to 1: learn more about who fatherhood programs are serving throughout the state and 2: understand the needs of fatherhood service providers. This information will be used to further the CFC’s knowledge base and to inform key decision makers throughout the state of the opportunities to better support Colorado dads. Please take this short survey no later than Jan. 23rd

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.


Resources for Parents following Traumatic Events

The U.S. Department of Education, in response to recent events, released an article “Resources for Parents following Traumatic events.” The article contains useful tools and documents to help parents and educators alike talk with children about grief and trauma.

Additional helpful resource links are available on the National Council on Family Relations website.


Do you work with Colorado Dads? Take our survey.

The Colorado Fatherhood Council (CFC) is conducting a brief survey of fatherhood service providers in Colorado. The mission of the CFC is to collaboratively work to initiate, promote and support effective programs that decrease barriers to and increase healthy father involvement with
children, families and communities. In order to effectively pursue our mission we are collecting information to inform our outreach efforts to key decision makers in the state. We value your input and would appreciate you taking the time to tell us about the services you provide and the thoughts you have about services for fathers in your community/Colorado. Our goal is to represent the needs and voices of the men and women doing valuable work for fathers.

This survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time and efforts. Survey Link.

Please forward this survey link to other fatherhood service providers you know. The survey will close on November 2nd.

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