New Fatherhood Research & Practice Network

Temple University, in collaboration with the Center for Policy Research (CPR) in Denver, Colo., has launched the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN). The FRPN – www.frpn.org - is being established through a five-year, $4.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. 

The FRPN seeks to provide researchers and practitioners collaborative opportunities to evaluate fatherhood programs and communicate information that leads to effective fatherhood practice and evaluation research. The project will focus on three specific areas:

  1. fathers’ engagement with their children,
  2. economic security (fathers’ ability to provide for themselves and their families) and
  3. co-parenting/healthy relationships.

In addition to funding evaluation projects, FRPN will offer a variety of online and in-person technical assistance resources. It will also connect fatherhood practitioners and researchers based on geographic location and research interest.

The FRPN will allocate a total of $1.2 million to fund projects evaluating fatherhood programs, with $300,000 available for three to five selected projects now.

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THE GRATEFUL DAD RADIO HOUR

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

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Longing for a more just society for our children

Carey Casey (Chief Executive Officer for the National Center for Fathering) wrote in the Center’s January 18th 2008  electronic newsletter:

As I look forward to celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. next Monday, my thoughts go back to his moving speech back in August 1963, when he said, “I have a dream ... I have a dream ... I have a dream ... that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” At the heart of those remarks that helped to stimulate a movement, we hear a man speaking passionately as a father. Dr. King was speaking to millions of people across generations, but he was speaking about his children and his deepest longings for the world in which they were growing up.

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Tyler Osterhaus; Anti-Violence Educator, Fatherhood Specialist, Electric Shaman

One of the quiet, unsung heroes of fatherhood services in Colorado has moved to the west coast. Tyler Osterhaus; Anti-Violence Educator, Fatherhood Specialist, Electric Shaman . . . has moved to San Diego with Meri and their daughter Luna. It would be an understatement to say that the last six years of fatherwork in Colorado would be vastly different had it not been for Tyler’s passion, commitment, creativity and courage. Actually that too is an understatement, because I’m convinced that I would be different had I not met and worked alongside Tyler in various endeavors during that time.

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Fatherhood & Healthy Families Recommendations

The President’s Advisory council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships met March 9th to present the recommendations of six taskforces representing:

  • Economic Recovery and Domestic Poverty;
  • Environment and Climate Change;
  • Fatherhood and Healthy Families;
  • Global Poverty and Development;
  • Inter-religious Cooperation; and
  • Reform of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Follow this link for a PDF of the full report.

In regards to Fatherhood and Healthy Families the Council was charged to “develop recommendations for partnership and program opportunities that will strengthen the Administration’s commitment to promote fatherhood and the role of fathers in supporting healthy families.” The single overarching conviction that shaped the Taskforce’s deliberations was that: Responsible, engaged fathers are critical to the financial, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being of children, and therefore to the strength and health of American families and communities.

The Taskforce presented the following 9 recommendations (begins on page 26 of the full report):

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Dads influence on their daughters’ career paths

A February 23 post by the New York Times highlights a University of Maryland study that finds that today’s fathers seem to play a bigger role in their daughters’ career choices compared to men of previous generations

According to the Times, the researchers “used various data sets to study the career paths of 63,000 women born between 1909 and 1977. About 6 percent of women born in the first decade of the study worked in the same field as their fathers. But about 18 percent of women born in the last decade of the study followed their fathers’ footsteps.”

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Mad at Dad

The most popular online article at Parenting.com over the last couple weeks was and still is “Mad at Dad: We love our husbands – so why are we so angry at them, so often?” by Martha Brockenbrough. Based on a survey of 1,000 moms from MomConnection, an online opinion panel, Brockenbrough has tapped into the hidden, or not so hidden anger of young moms.

“We love our husbands,” she writes, “but we’re mad that we spend more mental energy on the details of parenting. We’re mad that having children has turned our lives upside down much more than theirs. We’re mad that these guys, who can manage businesses or keep track of thousands of pieces of sports trivia, can be clueless when it comes to what our kids are eating and what supplies they need for school. And more than anything else, we’re mad that they get more time to themselves than we do.”

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“A Father’s Promise” airs this Sunday

12 years ago NBC News produced "Labor Day," an award-winning documentary about the alarming rise of inner city children growing up without fathers. It began with the deliveries of three babies born over a 72-hour period at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, one of the places where the rate of absentee fathers was especially high. These fathers all made promises to be there with for their child as he or she grew up.

Now, MSNBC has gone back to find out whether these three fathers kept that promise. "A Father's Promise" premieres on Sunday, February 8 at 8 PM ET on MSNBC. Also in the documentary, a cross-section of African-Americans, including NBC's Al Roker and Tiki Barber, come together for a round-table discussion of the situations and issues presented in the program. You can check out some extra clips of the roundtable discussion that you won't get to see in the documentary through this link.

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A better way to downsize?

There has got to be a better way to downsize. In a recent blog post Cali Williams Yost, CEO and Founder of Work+Life Fit, Inc. recommends a three-tiered, more flexible approach to downsizing that goes beyond job cuts. These options include reduced schedules, job sharing, sabbaticals, and contract workers. Follow this link for Yost's post and this link for her Fast Company interview on the topic with Dr. Peter Cappelli, the director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School of Business.

Yesterday my 15 year old – who gets breaking news updates on his cell from CNN! – asked if  I was in danger of losing my job. I’m curious have you or how do you talk with your kids about the current economic crisis and job security?