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

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May 27, 2010

Meet Rich Batten

Rich Batten is all about fatherhood. Not only is he the father of four, but he has built a career around helping men become better fathers. As the Family & Fatherhood Specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, he oversees the Colorado Fatherhood Council ( and the Be There for Your Kids public awareness campaign. He seemed like just the right person to ask about the challenges of fatherhood. | Read story
April 18, 2010

For Dads, the "Be There for Your Kids" Awards

In an effort to recognize and reward outstanding individuals and program service in healthy father involvement with children, families and communities throughout Colorado, the Colorado Fatherhood Council has opened nominations for the 2010 Be There for Your Kids Awards. Nominations must fall into one of the following eight categories: | Read story
April 17, 2010

Documentary on domestic violence set for tonight

A documentary about domestic violence will be shown tonight as part of an awareness effort.

“Tough Guise,” produced by Jackson Katz, an acclaimed anti-violence educator, will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at the Waypoints Community Church, 719 21st St. in Greeley.

The Weld County Department of Human Services, Be a Man Fatherhood program, Colorado Men Against Domestic Violence Campaign and the Weld County Sexual Assault Resource Center will present the free screening of the film for National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. | Read story
March 31, 2010

Local program graduates fathers

Three years ago, Fremont County Department of Human Services received a federal grant to begin a fatherhood initiative.

The 12-week program is based on the 24/7 Dad curriculum, with fathers learning, among other things, how to respect their child’s mother, spending time with their children, disciplining with a gentle spirit, showing affection and maintaining awareness that the job of fathering is never done. | Read story
March 30, 2010

Critical Connections

The first time Jerome Perkins met his father was the last, but it was the beginning of healing old wounds that still bled, and some that had been festering, invisibly, for most of his life.

And it opened his heart for the work he does as director of Christlife Ministries in Pueblo, an organization that helps newly released inmates find a place in the world beyond prison — and a place within themselves that knows peace, and confidence.

Those aren't things Perkins learned as a teenager or young man.

| Read story
March 25, 2010

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood: Child Support

As you are probably aware of due to the lack of compliance with child support orders, the government has played a greater than ever role in the child support process. While the focal point was initially on recovering monies states and counties compensated to welfare recipients, the program now also includes families who are to be paid support but who are not receiving public assistance. | View PDF
February 26, 2010

Maintaining Father/Daughter Relationships

On Friday, February 26th, Rich Batten was featured on Fox31's Everyday Show during a segment that highlighted the importance of father/daughter relationships. Fathers set the tone for the relationships his daughter will have with men throughout their lives. They play an incredible role in the development of their daughters. | Read story
February 23, 2010

The Pinon Project

On February 23rd, Steve Brace and John Greenemeir of The Pinon Project were featured in an interview on KRTZ-FM in Cortez regarding the importance of paternal relationships and resources for the local community. | Read story
February 13, 2010

Colorado Dads

Rich Batten, fatherhood and family specialist with the Colorado Department of Human Services, raises awareness of the critical role fathers play in the development of their daughters in this clip from the 9News Weekend Morning Show. | Read story
February 13, 2010

Helping Single Parents Succeed

Be sure to check out another interview with Rich from Bill McLeod's show on KNUS-AM on Saturday, February 13th. Rich highlights the Be There for Your Kids campaign, the Colorado Dads Web site and resources for Colorado dads. | Read story

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