In This Issue:
- What’s New on coloradodads.com
- Available Fatherhood Practitioner Positions
- Applications received for Year Three of Community Access Grant Funding
- Program Spotlight
- “My Dad Taught Me” Viral Campaign Launches
- Nominations Wanted for the 2008 Be There for Your Kids Awards
- May Featured Father
- Upcoming Events
What’s New on coloradodads.com
Visit this section for a PDF version of “A Father’s Guide to Child Support” as well as resources for fathers to use to determine paternity. These resources are also available on the Spanish version of the Colorado Dads site.
Each month, the Child Information Gateway adds new research abstracts to their library. We glean abstracts from this site that focus specifically on fatherhood related research projects, building strong parent/child relationships and reaching at-risk families. Abstracts from February – April 2008 were recently added to the Colorado Data and Research section of the Colorado Dads site.
Several interesting articles have been added to this section recently including an editorial on missing African American fathers in the United States, the reality of a fatherless America, the launch of a syndicated television station solely focused on fathers ages 25-54 and the work being accomplished by fatherhood programs across the country.
We are currently developing two new additions for the Healthy Relationships section of the Colorado Dads Web site – Tips for New Dads and Resources for Homosexual Fathers. Stay tuned!
Available Fatherhood Practitioner Positions
If you are looking to become more involved in a fatherhood program in your local community, several community access funded programs are now hiring. The Colorado Head Start Association is currently seeking a fatherhood consultant while Homebase Treatment and Contracting Services is looking for a clinical director, trainer and therapist.
Applications Received for Year Three of Community Access Grant Funding
Fifty-six programs have applied for community access grant funding for the October 1, 2008 – September 30, 2009 funding cycle. This is a significant increase from the number of programs who applied for the second year of grant funding. Our Selection Committee will review all applications in the coming weeks and award announcements will be delivered near the end of June. Up to $50,000 per fiscal year will be awarded to the top rated program proposals.
Program Spotlight – DADs Assisting Dads – Chaffee County
- What services do you provide to fathers with your community access grant funding?
DADs Assisting Dads has primarily focused on developing parenting skills in its first year of operation. The fathers of Chaffee County are offered a 12-week Nurturing Fathers class, a six week Love & Logic Class, an 18-week Nurturing Parenting class and a six week fatherhood support group. We also provide ongoing father/child activities to enhance and support familial relationships.
- What do you ultimately want to achieve with your program?
We strive to promote healthy relationships between fathers, their children and their families through education, activities and support. We also want to educate our local community on the importance of supporting and nurturing fathers.
- Describe at typical day at DADs Assisting Dads
A typical day for a Chaffee County father could include attendance at one of our fathering classes or participation in one of our supported father/child activities, such as monthly family dinners, go-carting, swimming, family movie nights or family circus activities.
- What is the best part about working with fathers?
The best part is watching individual fathers gain more confidence and skills in their relationships with their children and partners. It is also seeing the joy of fathers just being present with their children and knowing that our program is meeting a need in the community. For example, we recently had 200 dads and children at DADs on Track, a go-carting event, and 150 dads and children at our DADs Diving In swimming party.
- Share a program/father success story with us.
One example is the relationship that has developed between two of the DADs Assisting Dads Advisory Board members. Dean and Michael co-parent their daughter, Emily, and as many know, it can be very stressful for a father and a step-father to agree and get along as parents. At DADs on Track it was great to watch them taking turns riding co-carts with six-year-old Emily. They are both extremely proud of the way they model healthy, non-competitive and forgiving relationships for her. What a lucky little girl she is to have TWO extraordinary dads who also truly enjoy and appreciate each other!
“My Dad Taught Me” Viral Campaign Launches
Coloradans should be on the lookout for a new tent in Section 126 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park during the Colorado Rapids game on Saturday, June 21. There, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative will kick off the “My Dad Taught Me” viral campaign. All fans – fathers, mothers, children and others - will be invited to record a :30 memory of something their father has taught them. Ten of the vignettes recorded on June 21 will then be selected to air on the Colorado Dads Web site. We are looking for funny, poignant and unique stories that truly capture father/child relationships.
Additional “My Dad Taught Me” event locations will be posted to the Colorado Dads Web site over the next few months.
May Featured Father
Loveland resident Joe Jansen is the most recent dad featured on the Colorado Dads Web site. A single father of three, Joe loves to go boating with his sons in the summer and laugh over a meal together. Here is a brief snippet of his thoughts on fatherhood:
- What does fatherhood mean to you?
Joy. To borrow a line from a movie, being a father has made me want to be a better man. I cherish the memory of the night my first son was born. In spite of my best planning I had no idea what was ahead. It was both a proud and humbling turning point in my life. As my children grew older, I grew up.
My sons think I hung the moon, but I’ve always known better. These young men have become my life's greatest joy.
- What is the hardest part about being a dad?
I am divorced from the mother of my sons. Doing the right things for them and protecting them from the people who thought that meddling in our affairs was their business was tough. It was a real battle for more than eight years. I found several good mentors and counselors to support me through it, stood my ground and took quite a beating, but my boys came through with flying colors.
Nominations Wanted for the 2008 Be There for Your Kids Awards
Honoring Extraordinary Colorado Fathers and Fatherhood Programs
In an effort to recognize and reward outstanding individuals and program service focused on healthy father involvement with children, families and communities throughout Colorado, the Colorado Department of Human Services, together with the Colorado Fatherhood Steering Committee, has established the annual Be There for Your Kids Awards. These awards will be distributed at the 2008 Colorado Fatherhood Training Academy scheduled for October 1-3, 2008 in Vail.
Among those to be honored by these awards are outstanding fathers, fatherhood programs, fatherhood program employees/volunteers, policy makers and/or advocates who demonstrate excellence, consistency, creativity and leadership.
Nominations must fall into one of the following six categories:
- Father of the Year
- Outstanding Individual Award
- Policy or Advocate of the Year
- Member of the Year
- Program, Coalition or Agency of the Year
- Other (workplace of the year, media of the year, visionary of the year, collaborator, etc.)
Nominations should be submitted via the Colorado Dads Web site. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, July 15, 2008.
Promoting Responsible Fatherhood/Comcast Newsmakers – Throughout the month of June, Rich Batten, fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, and Colorado Senate President Peter Groff will discuss responsible fatherhood in Colorado on CNN Headline News. These interviews will air at the top of the hour throughout the day as part of the Comcast Newsmakers series.
Del Taco Car Wash – On Saturday, June 14, volunteers from the African Community Center, a current community access funded program, will be washing cars at Del Taco to benefit their program. For only $5, individuals can get their car washed and receive a free drink from the restaurant.
- Father’s Day Car Wash – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Del Taco – 50 W. Belleview Avenue
Englewood, CO 80110
Faithful Fathers Weekend Tent Camping – June 13 – 15, 2008
Over Father’s Day weekend, Men of Valor will host a special camping event for fathers and their children at Rocky Mountain National Park. Participants will be able to experience all the fun of camping for only $40 per family.
Regional Fatherhood Forums
Front Range Fatherhood Forum
Held on the third Friday of every month from 9:00-10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Amy Davis from Lifelong Adult Education Services at 303.573.0839 x107.
Boulder/Larimer/Weld County 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 monthly meeting in Pueblo or Cañon City for lunch, encouragement and for 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 coloradodads.com to register for free or low-cost opportunities for dads to connect with their kids. Current offers include:
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Complimentary meals at Gunther Toody's.
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Chipotle burrito bucks.
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Free admission to the Denver Children's Museum.
Each month, coloradodads.com 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:
This line is staffed by trained volunteers at Families First.
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 Contact Information:
Colorado Department of Human Services
Manager, Family Strengthening 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).
Vice President of Communications
The Bawmann Group
The Bawmann Group