Stacy Hladek, Family Resource Coordinator | Families First
If you knew there was one thing our nation could do to improve every area of a child's development, would you be in support of that one thing? Research shows children that have involvement from both a father and mother perform better in all developmental areas. Children need their fathers to be involved. For far too long, our country has seen fathers at best as an add-on to what mothers provide for children and in some cases fatherhood has been discounted altogether.
Families First, Colorado Dads and the state of Colorado value the vital role fathers play in the lives of children. The Colorado Fatherhood Council, in conjunction with Families First, is holding five Fatherhood Forums across the state this month to share information regarding the Council becoming a Practitioner's Network as well as to obtain additional input regarding the needs and assets that can be mobilized to promote fatherhood services in Colorado.
In addition, these meetings will try to find additional people to help plan and participate in a Leadership Summit on Fatherhood and/or to be involved in the practitioner's network. If you would like to participate in one of these forums please register by going to this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CoFatherhoodForums2014
In the meantime, take a look at some of the research that clearly shows the importance of fathers in all areas of a child's life and development. Here are just a few of the stats that can be found online: