Be there For Your Kids

In This Issue:

  • 2010 Be There for Your Kids Awards
  • Online Registration Available for Upcoming Fatherhood Curriculum Training
  • Year Five Grant Applications Due May 3
  • Program Spotlight
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Community Programs Participate in Anti-Violence Documentary Screening
  • April Featured Father
  • Fatherhood in the News
  • Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives
  • Upcoming Events

2010 Be There for Your Kids Awards

Joel WebsterHonoring extraordinary Colorado fathers and fatherhood programs

Since 2008, the Colorado Fatherhood Council has recognized outstanding fathers, fatherhood programs, practitioners, community agencies and individuals with the annual Be There for Your Kids Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2010 Awards.

Individuals and programs from across the state that demonstrate excellence, consistency, creativity and leadership in serving fathers or in being a father are eligible to receive an award. Nominations must fall into one of the following categories:

  1. Father of the Year
  2. Outstanding Fatherhood Practitioner Award
  3. Policymaker or Advocate of the Year
  4. Colorado Fatherhood Council Member of the Year
  5. Program, Coalition or Agency of the Year
  6. Child Welfare Caseworker of the Year
  7. County Child Welfare Department of the Year
  8. Other (Workplace of the Year, Media of the Year, Visionary of the Year, Collaborator, etc.)

Child welfare caseworkers and county departments will be recognized for their work in improving father engagement in the child welfare system for the first time this year. All award winners will be notified in writing of their achievement by June 1, 2010 and will then receive a special invitation to attend an awards presentation the week of June 14, 2010.


Online Registration Available for Upcoming Fatherhood Curriculum Training

The Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood (PRF) Initiative is pleased to provide a variety of fatherhood curricula trainings for practitioners each year. We will host one training in May:

24/7 Dad
May 13 - 14
Families First Colorado
2163 S. Yosemite Street
Denver, CO 80231

Online registration is available for this training. The registration fee is waived for all currently funded Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood (PRF) Community Access Programs. The cost to attend the training for all other programs is $150 per person (continental breakfasts and lunches are included in registration). Transportation, dinner and hotel accommodations are the responsibility of all registrants (including PRF funded programs).


Father and SonYear Five Grant Applications
Due May 3

Just a reminder that applications for the October 1, 2010 - September 29, 2011 PRF grant funding cycle are due by Monday, May 3rd at 5:00 p.m. A grant timeline, full application and technical assistance forum questions and answers can be found on the Funding page of the Colorado Dads website.



Program Spotlight ? The Parent-Child Interaction Center ? Fort Collins

PPIC Folks
1. What services do you provide to fathers and families with your community access grant funding?

The Parent-Child Interaction Center (P-CIC) provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based parenting therapy program, to fathers in Larimer County. The program also holds a couple’s communication class designed to improve communication, co-parenting and relationships. The Community Access grant has made this program available to fathers who would not normally be able to access the therapeutic services due to lack of funds or insurance coverage.

2. What do you ultimately want to achieve with your program?

Our goal is to assist fathers in building relationships with their children, especially in situations where there has been a separation between father and child, such as a divorce, incarceration or child protection case. Often the fathers we work with have had no recent contact with their children. We teach them positive parenting skills, which give dads the confidence to interact with their children and set them up for success.

3. Describe at typical day at P-CIC.

A typical day at P-CIC starts around 8 a.m. and continues often until 8 p.m. There are four therapists who each see an average of 20 families per week. At any given time, the three playrooms could be filled with children and families at any stage of treatment - from play therapy which marks the start of PCIT to the discipline phase which may consist of fathers working through major child behavioral problems under the coaching and supervision of a therapist. The phones are probably ringing off the hook and other professionals in the area often stop by to see what the buzz is about. You can find our offices by following the trail of Goldfish Crackers down the stairs and out the front door.

4. What is the best part about working with fathers and families?

The most rewarding part about working with fathers is knowing that we are giving them a place to spend time with children they often have had little to no contact with. Beyond that, we believe that we are giving dads the gift of therapeutic parenting skills that will serve them well as they begin to become more involved in their children’s lives.

5. Share a program/father success story with us.

Many referrals come to us because families have not been successful at the local supervised visitation facility. This case was no different in that the father had not seen his baby since she was born (she was now 8 months old). When appearing for his supervised visits, his baby would cry and the visit would be cancelled. The father and mother were not on speaking terms and therefore the mother could not provide assistance making transitions to help the baby. 

The P-CIC therapist made a connection with the mother and the baby and began coaching/supporting the father so that his daughter was better able to make the transition between mother and father with less crying and distress. By educating the parents on normal separation anxiety and techniques for soothing and distracting the baby, the father’s confidence grew and soon the baby was reaching out to be held by him. After finishing our program the family was able to return to the local supervised visitation facility and continue with less intervention.


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

According to the Colorado Department of Human Services, there were approximately 11,000 confirmed cases of child abuse in the state in 2008. Thirty-two children died as a result of child abuse or neglect that year. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a crucial time to give a voice to those children who have been abused and build awareness of prevention tools and resources available to local communities. Numerous events have taken place this month to rally Coloradans around the issue of child abuse prevention.

Child safety is a key issue for all Community Access funded programs. With every fatherhood program, the family situation is taken into consideration so that the safety of the child remains at the forefront.


Community Programs Participate in Anti-Violence Documentary Screening

On Saturday, April 17th, a diverse group of community partners in Greeley held a community film screening of the documentary, “Tough Guise”, by Jackson Katz. The film explores themes of masculinity and violence in the media and its effects on gender socialization. The goal of the event was to raise awareness about the role men can play in preventing gender violence. Following the film, a panel discussion was held with participation from more than 75 community members. During the discussion participants expressed the need to find common ground in establishing core values of positive masculinity that can be shared across race, religion, politics and other background differences. The heart of a positive male role model should be a man who walks a path of non-violence. Fathers are key in passing on values of non-violence to their children and the community at large by their example.

The “Tough Guise” documentary screening took place as part of the Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence (CMADV) campaign’s effort to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and masculinity issues during National Sexual Assault Awareness month. The CMADV campaign is building a community of men that no longer tolerate domestic violence. We invite you to join the hundreds of men who have already pledged their commitment today.


April Featured Father ? Jason Strickland

Dan Borgman and family
Colorado Springs resident Jason Strickland is the most recent father featured on the Colorado Dads website. A father of two and a U.S. Army Officer, Jason enjoys serving the community with his children and leading tickle time! He strives to be a wise and loving dad.

What is your proudest moment as a dad?

My proudest moment as a dad occurs frequently – each time my children make their mom smile. For Mother’s Day last year the kids and I made “flowers” out of our handprints on some colored paper. We put our hands down on the paper, drew the outline, then cut out the hands and wrapped them around a green “stem” (that was also just colored paper wrapped up tightly). It was really pretty simple, but the joy it brought to my wife was terrific.

What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?

I hope that my children would say that I love them unconditionally, that my actions are consistent with my words and that I am a “doer of the Word” (James 1:22).


Fatherhood in the News

A variety of news stories on fatherhood, fatherhood programs and building family connections are posted to the Colorado Dads website on a regular basis. Here is a brief synopsis of stories on Community Access funded programs and national fatherhood issues you may have missed:

We need dads more than ever

Father’s Day is more than two months away, which means you normally wouldn’t expect to read a column about fatherhood in a newspaper right now.

In the news business, we often look for “news pegs” a catchy phrase that means finding ways to tie a topic to a current event. Fatherhood, as a concept, is not a current event. In fact, it’s running neck-and-neck with motherhood for the title of oldest news ever.

Massive rise in stay-at-home fathers

The number of dads who quit work to look after their kids has soard 10-fold in the past decade, a poll found.

Around 6% of fathers – or 600,000 people are the stay-at-home parent, up from 60,000 just 10 years ago.

And 75 percent of men are happy with the arrangement, saying they feel lick to spend time with the children.

Critical Connections
The first time Jerome Perkins met his father was the last, but it was the beginning of healing old wounds that still bled, and some that had been festering, invisibly, for most of his life.

And it opened his heart for the work he does as director of Christlife Ministries in Pueblo, an organization that helps newly released inmates find a place in the world beyond prison – and a place within themselves that knows peace, and confidence.

Local program graduates fathers

Three years ago, Fremont County Department of Human Services received a federal grant to begin a fatherhood initiative.

The 12-week program is based on the 24/7 Dad curriculum, with fathers learning, among other things, how to respect their child’s mother, spending time with their children, disciplining with a gentle spirit, showing affection and maintaining awareness that the job of fathering is never done.


Subscribe to the Latest Be There for Your Kids Public Awareness Campaign Initiatives

Our public awareness campaign strives to get the message of responsible fatherhood out to local communities in a variety of ways.

The Fastbreak for Fathers blog, written by Rich Batten, fatherhood and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, is updated on a regular basis. Recent topics include “Doing windows”, “The men they will become*” and “On the decline of strong men”. Become a subscriber of the blog and you will receive automatic e-mail announcements when it is updated.


Upcoming Events

The Evolution of Dad Film Screening
Father and SonWednesday, June 16, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Pathways Church, Denver

In recognition of the 101st annual Father’s Day, the PRF Initiative will host a free screening of “The Evolution of Dad”. This is a thought-provoking documentary about what it means to be a contemporary American father.  Following the personal journey of filmmaker Dana Glazer, this film explores how fatherhood has evolved over time, what its impact has been on family and society and how paternal relationships will continue to evolve. “The Evolution of Dad” will be released worldwide the week of Father’s Day 2010.

12th Annual International Fatherhood Conference
June 15 – June 18, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana

This year’s International Fatherhood Conference will focus on a critical issue – the education of children. The conference objectives are to share research knowledge and promising practices in three areas: improving the educational levels of low income fathers, increasing paternal involvement to help children succeed academically and creating partnerships between responsible fatherhood programs and schools.

2010 Baseball Experience Contest
April 2010 – September 2010

Baseball is considered America’s pastime and the sport has always been a great way for fathers and kids to spend time together.

Throughout spring and summer 2010, the Be There for Your Kids campaign is partnering with FSN Rocky Mountain to raise awareness of the importance of father involvement. As this campaign grows, we are also pleased to offer fathers and their children a unique opportunity – a chance to ask a baseball question on-camera during a FSN broadcast of a Sunday Colorado Rockies home game!


Regional Fatherhood Forums

Northern Colorado Dads Fatherhood Forum
Held on various days throughout the month. For more information, contact Tyler Osterhaus, Family Focus Program Manager, Weld County Department of Social Services, Family Focused Prevention Unit at 970.352.1551 X622.

Arkansas River Area Fatherhood Team
A meeting on the first Wednesday of every month in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and sharing ideas related to working with fathers.
For more information, contact George Hoherd from the Community Partnership for Child Development at 719.635.1536 x262.

Southwest Fatherhood Coordination Council
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Diana Buza from The Pinon Project at 970.564.1195 x41.

Northwest Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Steve Aurand from Garfield County Department of Human Services at 970.625.5282 x624.

Northeast Fatherhood Forum
Time and dates to be determined. For more information, contact Jackie Reynolds from Rural Solutions at 970.526.3216.

Check out to register for free or low-cost opportunities for dads to connect with their kids. Current offers include:
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Two roundtrip tickets to the summit of Pikes Peak from the Manitou & Pike's Peak Railway Company.

Free tickets to the 2010 NJCAA Baseball World Series in Grand Junction May 29th ? June 5th.

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Each month, is excited to profile a Colorado dad and his view of fatherhood. If you know of a Dad who works hard to be there for his kids and should be profiled on the Colorado dads Web site, please contact Maggie Spain.

To speak with someone directly about fatherhood support services, please call:

1.877.695.7996 (English)
or 1.866.527.3264 (Spanish).

Trained volunteers from Families First staff this line.

To speak with someone directly regarding the Be There For Your Kids public awareness campaign or the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative, please contact an individual listed below.

Colorado Department of Human Services Contacts:

Rich Batten
Fatherhood Specialist
Colorado Department of Human Services

Mary Roberto
Manager, Program Development and System Innovation Section
Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division

The Bawmann Group Contacts:

(regarding the public awareness campaign materials – Web site, advertising and media relations).

Jennifer Nuhfer
Vice President of Communications
The Bawmann Group

Maggie Spain
Account Manager
The Bawmann Group