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Pregnancy Resource Centers on the Frontlines of Fatherhood


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Learn how Pregnancy Resource Centers can restore fatherhood in their communities and partner with National Fatherhood Initiative to make it happen.

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Pregnancy Resource Centers on the Frontlines of Fatherhood

  1. 1. PRC’s On the Front Lines of Restoring Fatherhood _____________________________ Ave Mulhern National Fatherhood Initiative2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 1
  2. 2. I want you to re-think … your LIFE work… And think more about… Life ABUNDANT! 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 2
  3. 3. POLLOur Center is intentional about reachingout to fathers (or fathers to be):  All the time  Sometimes  We need help!  Not really  Never 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 3
  4. 4. POLLOur Center has partners with otheragencies for resources and services forfathers or fathers to be:  Yes  No  Not really  We’d like to 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 4
  5. 5. [Slide Title Here]> [opening statement or main point of slide here] Bulleted list setup Bullet b Bullet c Bullet d 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 5
  6. 6. Be a Dad 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 6
  7. 7. A Tale of Two Dads It is the best of times and the worst of times for fatherhood in America. 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  8. 8. Defining the Issue> There are record levels of father absence in America 24 million children live in homes absent their biological father* 1 of 3 children nationally - triple the rate of 1960 - live in father-absent homes* 2 of 3 in the African American community live in father-absent homes* 2 of 5 children in father-absent homes have contact with their fathers less than once per month** 9 in 10 moms and dads believe there is a father absence crisis in America today*** * From the U.S. Census Bureau, “America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2010” ** From Aquilino, W.S. (2006). The noncustodial father-child relationship from adolescence into young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 929-946 ***From National Fatherhood Initiative’s “Mama Says” and “Pop’s Culture” surveys (2009 and 2006) > However, today’s involved fathers are more involved than ever  Since 1965, fathers have more than doubled their time doing child care and house work*  Societal agreement on the notion that dads should not only provide for their children, but nurture and guide them, too *Anthes, E. (2010, May/June). Family guy. Scientific American Mind 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 8
  9. 9. Why Fathers Matter> The Consequences of Father Absence Children in father-absent homes are two to five times more likely to:  live in poverty  fail in school  develop emotional or behavioral problems  abuse drugs  be abused and neglected  become involved in crime  commit suicide > The Benefits of Father Involvement Children with involved fathers are more likely to have:  better cognitive outcomes, even as infants  higher self-esteem and less depression as teenagers  higher grades, test scores, and overall academic achievement  lower levels of drug and alcohol use  higher levels of empathy and other pro-social behavior 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 9
  10. 10. Who is National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)?> NFI is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that was founded in 1994 to begin asociety-wide movement to renew fatherhood in America. NFI’s Mission is carried out using a “Three E” Strategy National Fatherhood Initiative Mission: To improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives. Educate Educate and inspire all Engage Americans, especially Equip Engage every sector of fathers, through public society through strategic Equip fathers & develop awareness campaigns, alliances and partnerships. leaders of national, state, research, and other and community resources. fatherhood initiatives through curricula, training, and technical assistance. 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 10
  11. 11. NFI’s National Surveys 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  12. 12. There is a father absence crisis... 100 93 91 90 80 70 60 Moms 50 Dads 40 30 20 Percent who agree there is a father absence crisis 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  13. 13. … But Dads are Seen as “Replaceable” 100 90 80 70 66What moms think… 60 55 By mothers 50 By other males 40 30 20 Percent of moms who agree that fathers are replaceable 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  14. 14. Do Dads Have the Skills? What Dads think… • Over half of dads feel they are replaceable. • Only half of dads reported that they felt ready to be fathers when they first became fathers. • Only a third of dads strongly agree with the statement that they have all the necessary skills and knowledge to be good fathers. 2006 Pop’s Culture: A National Survey of Dads’ Attitudes on Fathering 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  15. 15. Do Dads Have the Skills? (cont.) What Moms think…• Moms not living with dads reported “lack of knowledge about how to be a good dad” as the biggest obstacle to good fathering and “lack of parenting resources designed specifically for fathers” as 3rd highest. These obstacles ranked 3rd and 4th for moms overall!• Moms not living with dads were very dissatisfied with dad’s performance… 2009 Mama Says: A National Survey of Mothers’ Attitudes on Fathering 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  16. 16. Moms and Dads Disagree on Obstacles What Dads Overall Think The What Moms Overall Think The Obstacles Are Obstacles Are 1. Work responsibilities 1. Work responsibilities 2. Media/popular culture 2. Dad’s relationship with own dad 3. Financial problems 3. Lack of knowledge 4. Lack of knowledge 4. Lack of parenting resources for dads 5. Child’s mother* 5. Lack of support from relatives/friends 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  17. 17. How do organizations restore fatherhood?Strategy: “Field of Dreams” vs. “Pepsi” Vs. 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  18. 18. NFI is the #1 provider of fatherhood resources & the #1 trainer of organizations… …and distributed over 5.8 million skill building resources! 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  19. 19. You Are Not Alone In Your Efforts Head Starts  State Departments of Corrections Child Support Enforcement Offices  the Y (YMCA) Salvation Army FedEx  Other faith-based charities FranklinCovey®  Community Action Agencies National Basketball Association (NBA)  And many more… Military 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  20. 20. Examples of The Impact of Fatherhood Programming “I graduated InsideOut Dad™ [from a Texas prison] in 2008… I was released [in]January… and…have re-established contact with my children… They are truly amazedat how much I have changed… I just wanted you to know how important your program isand how much I appreciate the time and work you invested in helping me to realize thatit is never too late. …Thank you...” –Timothy“[I learned that] I parented my kids the way I was raised. I don’t have to be my dadand I can change (for the better) the way I parent.” -- Father, on using the 24/7Dad™ Interactive CD-ROM"My husband...said it best when he said, I thought common sense would beenough. Thank you, NFI, for offering the tools to help this new father add the mostimportant letters to his post-graduate/business titles, D.A.D.!!!” -- Mother, RegisteredNurse 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  21. 21. Which of these people is going to be a parent? A: her B: him C: both D: neither 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  22. 22. Awareness  Point of engagement  The message and the messenger  Center Values 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  23. 23. What do we know? Unmarried mothers are what percent less likely than married mothers to get adequate prenatal care? A – 25% less likely B – 50% less likely C – 70% less likely D – 17% less likely 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  24. 24. What do we know? Which of the following has the greatest impact on whether a pregnant women gets adequate and early prenatal care? A – education B – support of her mother C – support of her partner D - income 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  25. 25. What do we know? What percentage of teen males believe male responsibilities include: talking about contraception, using contraception, and taking responsibility for a child they fathered? A – 25% B – 50% C – 90% D – 10% 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  26. 26. What do we know? Infant mortality rates are how much higher for children without a father’s name on their birth certificate than those with dad’s name? A – no difference B – 1.6X C – 2X D – 2.3 X 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  27. 27. What do we know?  Children are significantly less likely to be obese when _____ use nutrition labels to determine ingredients, nutrient amounts, and serving sizes. A – mothers B – fathers C – grandmothers D – any of the above 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  28. 28. What do we know? What percentage of children living in TANF households, are residing with a single parent? A 20% B 50% C 30% D 70% 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  29. 29. Who Knew?Stauffer’s Let’s Fix Dinner CampaignLetsfixdinner.com 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 29
  30. 30. Non Resident Father Focus GroupResults: Focus groups underscored the importance of involving fathers from the beginning (i.e., at birth) The largest obstacles to father involvement are meaningful engagement of fathers and lack of systemic collaboration Mothers are “gatekeepers” – Maternal resistance due to conflict with father Fathers fear the child welfare system QIC Study of Non-Resident Fathers & the CWS at 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  31. 31. Okay, so back to Awareness…  Point of engagement  The message and the messenger  What are your attitudes/biases? 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  32. 32. What Can PRC’s Do to Engage Fathers? Mission Statement Reception Room- Décor Scripts Forms Staff- male? Services Partnerships 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 32
  33. 33. What Can PRC’s Do to Engage Fathers? Look at your Mission Statement ---is a Christ-centered ministry committed to upholding the Sanctity of Human Life by providing hope and help through Biblical counseling, education and assistance in the areas of crisis pregnancy, post-abortion trauma and sexual purity. Mission Statement: To help women and men explore their options and empower them to make informed choices. Vision: To educate, encourage, and equip people to understand the sacredness of human life, the soundness of sexual purity, and the value of the family. To help women and men explore their options and empower them to make informed choices. Bringing Hope, Help, and Healing to Women in Crisis Pregnancies. We exist to empower women and men to make life-affirming decisions regarding pregnancy, as well as the value of abstinence before marriage through counseling, education, compassionate care, material aid and through the gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Promoting Life and sharing Christ and His love by educating, equipping and providing services to meet the needs of pregnant, parenting and post-abortive individuals and families. The mission of Pregnancy Center & Clinic of ___is to enable women in __ & ___Counties to make responsible choices regarding reproductive health issues, accomplished by providing educational, emotional, financial and/or material support; options regarding adoption; and continuing support after the birth of the child. 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 33
  34. 34. What Can PRC’s Do to Engage Fathers?Reception Area: Is the reception area father friendly? Magazines for men? Do you have materials for men/dads? Do you have forms for dads to fill out? 20 Do you have a male staff for him to 12 Natio speak with? nal Fath erho od Initia tive www .fath erho 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative od.or g
  35. 35. What Can PRC’s Do to Engage Fathers? Scripts  Many scripts include an invite to bring “someone”  Make a specific invite to bring the father  Ask about the father situation- at least!  Teach staff to ask the questions- more questions  If no male staff or volunteer- make sure the female staff has a heart for the father 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  36. 36. What Can PRC’s Do to Engage Fathers? Generate interest  Events focused on father involvement  Conduct a focus group of fathers  Conduct a focus group of mothers  Determine/Acknowledge the barriers  Are fathers considered as perpetrators?  Or in need of direction, support and skills?  Tie everything back to the Values-  Are they promoting single motherhood or  Are they promoting Life …  or Abundant Life? 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  37. 37. Resources for pre-fathers and new fathers: 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  38. 38. Resources for pre-fathers and new fathers: 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  39. 39. ResourceOffers forPRC’sExpires Nov 30th 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  40. 40. Questions: & 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative
  41. 41. Thank You for What You Do! Ave Mulhern National Fatherhood Initiative Program Support Consultant 240-912-1265 2012 National Fatherhood Initiative 41