This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
Dads 4 Kids to Host Dads Day at the Pool
Dads 4 Kids, a Family Resource Center program, is offering another opportunity for Dads to spend time with their kids.
“Dads Day at the Pool” will take place at Sterling Recreation Center on Saturday, July 19. Every father or grandfather who swims with his child or children that day will receive a free swim pass for himself and his child or children. Passes will be available to fathers and grandfathers under the canopy in front of the Rec. Center from 1 and 3 p.m. There is no obligation, other than signing in with name, address and phone number.
Karen Torres speaks to Rotary about developing strong families
Their mission is to encourage the development of healthy children and strong family units by providing parent education, referral services and ongoing support for mothers and fathers.
Karen Torres, founder of the Family Resource Center, spoke to the Rotary Club Wednesday about the organization and the center’s Dads 4 Kids class.| Read story
Father's Day 2008
On this Father's Day, we celebrate dads who may be struggling to become the best fathers they can be! Our guest is Rich Batten, a family and fatherhood specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services. Rich will speak about the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative that is sponsored by the the state of Colorado thanks to a federal grant. He'll have information about some of the 42 statewide programs offered to fathers and families, all with the intention of helping create stronger bonds and healthier children.| Read story
Father's Day - The Best Time to Celebrate Dad
On June 6, 2008, the National Center on Fathering released a new study indicating that more fathers are spending time with their children and meeting with other dads for support than ever before. On this Father's Day, fatherhood specialist Rich Batten was interviewed on 9News regarding the results of this study and the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.
Where men learn to become better fathers
The sounds of play fill the air as a dozen fathers hang out with their children.
Older kids are gathered around board games such as Chutes and Ladders and Sorry. A few play on a miniature air hockey table. Two young boys race trucks around the room, making zooming and crashing noises as the trucks collide with other dads' feet.
A few refrains keep rising above the din: "Dad, watch" and "Dad, did you see that?"| Read story
Men learn about fatherhood
The Pi on Project's annex building, located on the corner of Chestnut and Arbecam, bustles with busy fathers participating in the Responsible Fatherhood program on Wednesday evenings.
The group of men gather from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy a meal and learn how to be better fathers in the categories of communication, male-female relationships, dealing with children’s behaviors, fathers as providers, managing conflict and anger (on and off the job), race and racism, surviving the job, nutrition, developing values in adults and children, managing time and money, coping as a single father, and drugs and alcohol.
The importance of fathers
On Father's Day, it's hard to admit a serious truth. Children who have fathers involved in their lives have brighter futures than those who don't.
Dan Welch, of the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Support, brought this point home in his presentation on the importance of fathers last month at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library in Broomfield. Among other things, he gave pointers on healthy involvement and fathering.
Father's Day provides the best time to celebrate your dad
In the United States, the third Sunday of every June is a day for celebrating and honoring fatherhood. June 15, 2008, will mark the 99th annual Father’s Day. As this special day approaches, now is the perfect time to celebrate responsible fatherhood and healthy father/child relationships in Colorado.
With 42 programs statewide, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative is working with dads on how they can put their children first and become the best father they can be. These programs target fathers of children who are at risk of negative outcomes due to limited father involvement and limited economic support.
'Being there' is key to quality fathering
As we celebrate the 99th annual Father’s Day, it is evident that children learn from their fathers. Maybe not in that exact moment, but every eye and every ear of every child actively records lessons for life. Whether they are present or absent, fathers teach their children, and often by extension, their children’s children.
We live in a society where more men than ever before are actively involved in the lives of their children. But we also live in a time where a tremendous number of dads are disconnected from their kids. More than 40 percent of children living in father absent homes will not see their dad at all this year.
Course touches on several roles fathers have
Men often are thrown into parenthood without a manual on how to be an amazing dad, but local help is available to start fathers down the path to greatness.
Local dads can learn how to put their children first through a unique Fatherhood Program at the Fremont County Department of Human Services, and Fathers Day is a great time to consider enrolling.