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

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March 16, 2008

Furthering Fatherhood

Today nearly 25 million children do not live with their fathers and one third of those will not see their fathers at all during the course of a year.

Hilltop has a program to try and curb these numbers, its called “Young Dad’s,” but don’t let the name deceive you, the program is for anyone in a fatherhood role.

The program offers a 12 week class that teaches fathers skills like budgeting money and cooking, it also offers assistance for finding housing or work, and child support enforcement.

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March 5, 2008

The effect of incarceration on prisoners' families

While your article focused on the rapidly rising costs of increased prisoners on state governments, what’s missing is the lasting emotional costs of prison on the children and family members of inmates. In Colorado, approximately 16,000 children have a parent in prison. Per the state attorney general, seven out of 10 inmates have never lived with their natural father.

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March 4, 2008

Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Works Division, has received a federal grant for Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. Colorado was one of only two locations in the country, including Washington D.C., to receive this type of federal funding.

According to the National Fatherhood Initiative, children with involved, loving fathers are more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem and avoid high-risk behaviors such as drug use and criminal activity compared to uninvolved fathers.

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February 23, 2008

Raising better dads steps to forefront

In a confusing world of changing expectations, today's dads need nothing so much as a father figure.

Societal changes mean many men are expected to be more hands-on and emotionally involved in their children's lives -- yet their blueprint for fatherhood was forged back in the days when macho workaholics were held high.

Melding the images of fatherhood past and present into a model useful for raising children can be a tall order -- especially if poverty, divorce and other family stresses are thrown into the mix.

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February 21, 2008

Fathers can find support, education at Dads 4 Kids

Become the best dad you can be.

Seven men in Logan County have taken this goal to heart. They are volunteering their time to shape a program for men, called Dads 4 Kids. It will provide consultation, education and support for the job of fathering.

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February 20, 2008

Morning Gadgets - The Com-mu'-ni-ca'-tion Game

For this edition of Gadgets, we looked at a new game designed to draw dads and daughters closer together...

Com-Mu-Ni-Ca-Tion Game: Dads & Daughters Edition

Gary Burns felt frustrated with the distance between himself and his daughter just a few years ago. To make a change in their relationship, he created the Com-mu-ni-cation Game as something they could do every month or once a week at a local restaurant.

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February 9, 2008

As Seen on 7News - The Com-mu'-ni-ca'-tion Game

Throughout the month of February, the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative is encouraging dads to connect with their daughters by playing The Com-mu'-ni-ca'-tion Game. Rich Batten, fatherhood and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, was recently interviewed about the game on the 7News Weekend Morning Show.

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February 8, 2008

DHS Offers Free Fatherhood Classes

Every child needs his father in his life — and the more successful the dad is at parenting, the better off the child will be.

That premise is the cornerstone of the new Fatherhood Program offered free of charge right here in Fremont County.

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January 26, 2008

Program gives aid to teenage parents

One dramatic effect of the counseling Parent Pathways provides to teen parents and their families has been the increasing involvement of young men in the well-being of their children.

Parent Pathways provides alternative schooling, direct housing assistance and family education to teenage parents, most of them Hispanic. About one-fourth of fathers get and stay involved. Nationally, statistics show that only one in 10 teen fathers takes any responsibility.

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January 22, 2008

Program connects dads with children

Elizar Pagan knows what it's like to grow up without a father or the influence of a male role model in his life. Born sixth out of a family of 12, his mother had only a third grade education. The male role models in his life were an abusive father and five older brothers who became involved in drugs and gang life at an early age.

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