Colorado Fatherhood Initiative

The Family Resource Center Association (FRCA) is proud to serve as an intermediary organization that provides strategic planning, technical assistance, networking and support to the Colorado Fatherhood Network (CFN).

The Colorado Fatherhood Initiative developed out of Governor Roy Romer’s office in the mid-1990s to bring state, county, and local decision-makers together to increase father’s engagement in their child’s lives. The Governor convened a statewide Summit on Responsible Fatherhood in 1996 to kick off a state level Task Force. The Summit included almost 500 child and family advocates, concerned citizens, philanthropists, and national fatherhood experts. The Task Force, supported by the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), identified steps for action that focused promoting a father’s role in the family, building accountability measures for fathers, and providing opportunities to build mentorship and role models for responsible fathering.

After the report was published, the Task Force became a Steering Committee within the Child Welfare Office at the CDHS. During the next fifteen years, the network expanded membership to include local program providers. The network transitioned out of CDHS and hosted under the umbrella of private nonprofit organizations. The network supported statewide fatherhood programs through networking, education, peer sharing, trainings, and flow-through funding.
In 2019, the current umbrella agency narrowed its mission and determined that facilitating the CFN was no longer a good fit for their organization. At this time, FRCA was approached to help move the Colorado Fatherhood Initiative forward.

 Learn more about the FRCA Fatherhood Report here and regional data here.

FRCA and CFN are currently in the implementation phase to expand network membership, facilitate peer-to-peer support and learning opportunities, explore funding sources and implement recommendations from FRCA’s Fatherhood Report. Please see below for support on fatherhood programming, information on network opportunities and how to join as well as a Fatherhood Resource Hub for providers and network members.

Fatherhood Statistics

  • Children with father involvement are at significantly less risk of poverty, infant mortality, adverse health outcomes, mental health symptoms and education disruption.
  • Children with father involvement are twice as likely to enter college or find stable employment after high school.
  • Children with father involvement are 75%  less likely to have a child as a teenager.
  • Children with father involvement are 80% less likely to spend time in jail in their lifetime.
  • Children with father involvement are half as likely to experience depression symptoms.
  • Children with father involvement are 43% more likely to earn A’s in school and 33% less likely to repeat a grade than those without involved fathers.

More information can be found here: 

https://www.thefatherhoodproject.org/media/10-Facts-About-Father-Engagement.pdf  

https://www.fatherhood.org/father-absence-statistic

Fatherhood Resource Hub

Check out the Fatherhood Resource Hub here!

If you’d like to add any resources to this list, please submit them here.

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Membership and Involvement

Network members include state agencies, non-profits, family resource centers, program practitioners, family programs, individual interest, advocates, community activists, program facilitators, and dad leaders. The network is looking to expand membership opportunities across the state, please contact [email protected] with any questions or interest in the network.

Fatherhood Programs

There is a growing base and support for fatherhood specific programs and evidence-based practices. Please find national resources listed below for additional support in establishing and supporting your fatherhood and family programs.

CFN NEWSLETTERS

The Colorado Fatherhood Network

Family Resource Center Association is proud to serve as an intermediary organization for the Colorado Fatherhood Network. The Network functions as a resource for fatherhood programs throughout the state with the goal of enhancing peer-to-peer support, implementing father friendly practices, and supporting professional development.

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Benefits of the Network

The network is looking to expand membership and services by offering

  • Webinar series with local and national experts
  • Peer-to-peer networking and support
  • Technical assistance
  • Support with program evaluation and database tools
  • Strategies for capacity building efforts
  • Quarterly meetings to connect with other programs and individuals in the state
  • Tip sheets with up-to-date information on best practices and national trends for fatherhood services

Membership and Involvement

Network members include state agencies, non-profits, family resource centers, program practitioners, family programs, individual interest, advocates, community activists, program facilitators, and dad leaders. The network is looking to expand membership opportunities across the state, please contact [email protected] with any questions or interest in the network.

Fatherhood Programs

There is a growing base and support for fatherhood specific programs and evidence-based practices. Please find national resources listed below for additional support in establishing and supporting your fatherhood and family programs.

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