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

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October 2, 2007

Ritter to dads: get involved

Gov. Bill Ritter, whose father left him and his siblings when Ritter was 13 years old, announced the kickoff of a statewide initiative Monday to prepare dads to be more involved in the lives of their children.

The “Be There for Your Kids” program has distributed $1.1 million in grants to community and faith-based organizations around the state that offer programs for fathers of at-risk children. The money is part of a $10 million, fiveyear federal grant that also has been used to set up a hot line and Web site.

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October 1, 2007

$10 million grant created to help local dads

Men who need help with fatherhood now have access to dozens of free programs throughout the state.

Governor Bill Ritter (D-Colorado) and representatives with the Colorado Department of Human Services kicked off the "Be There for Your Kids" campaign on the steps of the State Capitol Monday afternoon.

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October 1, 2007

$10 million helping hand for single dads

Gov. Bill Ritter knows the time and commitment it takes to be a good dad to his four children.

The governor today unveiled a new public awareness campaign dubbed "Be There for Your Kids," which aims to assist at-risk and young fathers with community resources and services.

"There is no doubt about the importance of fathers in the lives of children," Ritter said. "At the end of the day, our future is only as strong as our children."

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September 20, 2007

Human Services gets fatherhood award

Jefferson County Human Services was one of three organiations in Colorado to receive Fatherhood Resource Center awards from the National Fatherhood Initiative, each valued at $3,000.

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September 16, 2007

Human services office receives national grant

The Larimer County Department of Human Services was one of three Colorado fatherhood programs in the state recently to receive a Fatherhood Resource Center award from the National Fatherhood Initiative.

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September 13, 2007

Engaging dads in their kid's education

The fall clothes, school supplies and snacks have all been bought with the hope of giving your child every opportunity to succeed this school year. It is important to remember, though, that fathers can be their child's biggest asset throughout the school year.

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September 12, 2007

Seminar Topic Hits Close to Home

Violence in the home is happening in all communities across the country, at all economic levels, with often-devestating effects on families.

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September 11, 2007

Program gives dads a hand

The legal system has made great strides toward meeting the needs of women with children — but fathers aren't always clear about their rights and responsbilities.

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September 10, 2007

New program aims to give fathers support

Two hundred men and children launched Dads Assisting Dads, a fathers’ support program in Chaffee County, by playing miniature golf and riding Go-Carts Friday.

Organized by Family and Youth Initiatives, the program was held at Royal  Express Go-Carts and Miniature Golf in Poncha Springs as the kickoff to  a series of classes in Salida and Buena Vista.

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August 17, 2007

Fathers — impacting children through play

Dads - if you haven't kicked a ball around, hopped on bike trail or taken a trip to a park with your child lately, it may be time to make that happen.

Research shows that playing with children is central to their development, and teaches patience, turn taking and countless fundamental skills, according to the Colorado Department of Human Services. It is also the primary way fathers impact their children and generally spend the greatest percentage of their time with them.

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