This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
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.| Read story
$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.| Read story
$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."| Read story
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.| View PDF
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.| View PDF
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.| View PDF
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.| View PDF
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.| View PDF
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.| View PDF
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.| Read story