This section provides PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood which feature Colorado programs and grant recipients.
Meet Rich BattenRich 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 (www.coloradodads.org) 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
For Dads, the "Be There for Your Kids" AwardsIn 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
Documentary on domestic violence set for tonightA 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
Local program graduates fathersThree 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
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