Based on the experiences of the Colorado Fatherhood Connection, this guide for community organizations explains how to develop programs to promote father involvement in family life. The chapters describe the important roles of fathers and outline practical strategies for assessing the needs of the community and planning programs. Considerations for board structure, the identification of available resources, the definition of mission and goals, staff requirements, marketing strategies, and budgeting are discussed. The resource guide also provides profiles of effective models that have been implemented in Colorado and in the rest of the country. Each program description highlights key activities and strategies, staffing arrangements, target population, outcomes, funding, and lessons learned. Program goals range from preparing expectant fathers to improving parenting skills and enhancing emotional relationships. Sample forms and materials used by the model programs are included.
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