This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.

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June 12, 2008

Responsible Fatherhood

It's time to concentrate on Dad this weekend.

Whether you're a dad who has a child with a disability, or you're about to be a first-time father... there are 42 different programs you might benefit from and be able to use.

Experts came to FOX 31 to offer assistance and information to promote responsible fatherhood during Good Day Colorado Thursday.

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June 5, 2008

Better Communication for Dads and Daughters

The impact and influence fathers have on their daughters during childhood and adolescence is incredibly long lasting. Research continues to show that girls who have fathers who are positively involved in their lives do better in school, are more likely to become confident adults and less likely to become sexually active at an early age.

But as teenage girls grow older, many fathers find themselves feeling distanced from their daughters. Oftentimes communication can be difficult, strained or even awkward for fathers and daughters, especially as girls reach adolescence. Gary Burns, father of three, created the COM-MU’NI-CA’-TION game as a way to reconnect with his own daughter. The game is a convenient and practical way for all fathers to spend meaningful time with their daughters.

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May 24, 2008

Fathers Reading Every Day starts soon

All fathers and grandfathers who want to encourage their children to read can join FRED — Fathers Reading Every Day. This four-week summer program will be happening in conjunction with Sterling Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

Dads and granddads who are interested can register at the library during the library’s Summer Reading Program kickoff, which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27.

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May 16, 2008

Nonprofits around town: the Center on Fathering

The Center on Fathering at the El Paso County Department of Human Services received an Acts of Caring Award and a Legacy Award for Excellence and Innovation from the National Association of Counties in April, recognizing it as one of the top county volunteer programs in the country.

The center helps raise awareness of the engagement of fathers in their children's lives. Its mentoring program, "Father to Father," matches trained mentors with fathers seeking one-on-one guidance.

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May 12, 2008

One single dad's story

Wade Antener rarely misses the Sky Sox when they play at home. Neither does his 13-year-old daughter Tiffany. He's a big fan, and while she might not be their afternoons together aren't really about the game.

“This is something that's special between her and me,” said Wade. “This is us."

Wade is a single dad. Since he and Tiffany's mom split up, he sees his daughter every day during the week. Like many single parents, he didn't want to end up in this situation but he takes his role as dad seriously.

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April 23, 2008

Colo. First Lady talks about mental health

Colorado First Lady Jeannie Ritter was in Sterling Tuesday at Centennial Mental Health Center, holding a conversation about mental and behavioral health issues.

When Gov. Bill Ritter took office, Jeannie announced that she would be working to address Colorado’s mental health issues.

“I tell communities that spouses (of governors) have the opportunity to choose an issue,” Ritter said to the nearly 50 people attending. “I was struck by the need for this conversation we are having.”

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April 17, 2008

Common-sense lessons for dads

There was a time when Richard Whitley would have been furious at his daughter for using her cell phone in school.

But a few weeks ago, when the 30-year-old Centennial man heard his daughter got caught using her phone at school, Whitley took a different tack.

Before punishing her, he spoke to his daughter's teacher first and then found out that really wasn't such a big deal.

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March 26, 2008

Garfield County program helps fathers, kids reconnect

Eric Blomquist’s children don’t live with him. He has had his troubles with the law. He admits to mistakes like drug and alcohol abuse.

But Blomquist is seeking to overcome those challenges and is working to achieve the biggest goal of his life right now: to make himself a better father so at least one of his six children can live with him.

“I want to get back into my children’s lives,” said Blomquist, 29.

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March 25, 2008

Programs help dads to be better fathers

In a perfect world, dads would get their "training" as they're growing up from their own fathers. But this world is far from perfect.

In too many families, boys grow up without a father or only occasionally see their real father on weekends or during school breaks. In many instances, boys grow up without a strong male influence from within their families and must rely on male teachers and other men for their role models.

Depending on the sociological expert, the breakdown of the American family dates to the 1970s or, according to some, to the 1960s and the emergence of the Great Society. Whether 30 or 40 years ago, the message was "Dads don't matter; dads aren't necessary."

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March 20, 2008

Local fathers attend family conference in Phoenix

Paul Bassingthwaite never thought he'd be a father, let alone speak at a national conference on fatherhood.

"I was a ski bum, living in my RV," said the 35-year old Buena Vista single father of three who spoke at the ninth annual National Fatherhood and Families Conference held earlier this month in Phoenix, Ariz.

"I didn't choose to be a father, but I did make the choice to be a good dad and that's the best decision I've made in my entire life."

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