The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) would like to introduce you to some organizations and programs that are doing excellent work in the area of father involvement.
The Birth Parent National Network was initially funded by Casey Family Programs. It is part of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. The Network champions parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform. Programs help fathers navigate the child welfare system, work cooperatively with mothers for the well-being of children, and provide input for child welfare case staffings.
For more information on the Birth Parent National Network visit: http://bpnn.ctfalliance.org/
The mission of the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association (NAFFA) is to strengthen families by responsibly involving fathers in the lives of their children, families and communities, and partnering with mothers to provide happy and safe families. The programs emphasize linking generations through relationships, addressing family violence/abuse, and teaching that fatherhood and motherhood are sacred. NAFFA is one of the most effective organizations that you’ve likely never heard of: the organization has served 185 tribes without ever receiving a federal grant.
For more information on the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association visit: http://nativeamericanfathers.org/
Over 9,000 fathers have participated in Project Fatherhood, this year celebrating 20 years of operation in Los Angeles. Program components include support groups for men, job club, children’s groups, and significant others groups. The programs address stress, separation and loss, child abuse and neglect, poor self-esteem, and generational issues to help fathers become better parents so that their children can grow up to become healthy adults.
For more information on Project Fatherhood visit: http://www.projectfatherhood.org/
Fathers for Change is an intervention program for fathers involved in substance abuse and domestic violence. About half of domestic violence incidents also include substance abuse and child abuse. Domestic violence in the home is the strongest risk factor for next generation violence. However, two-thirds of mothers say that their child is attached to the perpetrator father and regularly see their father at six months following an incident. There are few effective treatment programs for domestic violence.
The goals of Fathers for Change are:
1) Cessation of violence and aggression
2) Abstinence from substances
3) Improved co-parenting
4) Decreased negative parenting behaviors
5) Increased positive parenting behaviors
Fathers for Change is currently offered in Florida and Connecticut and initial studies have showed positive results in reduction of fathers’ anger and aggression. With additional studies, Fathers for Change is positioned to become an Evidence-Based Practice that includes a manual and training curricula.
For more information on Fathers for Change visit: http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/newsEvents/mhlpnewsitem.cfm?item=316
To read NFPN’s report on Integrating and Sustaining Father Involvement visit: http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/sustaining-father-inv
For training curricula and resources on father involvement visit: http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48:basic-fatherhood-training-curriculum&catid=24&Itemid=124
Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director