National Fatherhood Initiative Launches Line of Products and Services to Help Moms Support Father Involvement

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Anchored by a new curriculum, the programming will focus on strengthening relationships between moms and dads for the well-being of their children. The products are built on the premise that “children benefit from involved dads; moms can help.”

Understanding Dad

Understanding Dad

NFI’s new programming aims to help moms develop the knowledge and skills they need for effective communication and come away with a positive impression of the role of fathers in children’s lives.

National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), the nation’s largest provider of educational resources for fathers, has launched a new line of products and services designed to help mothers support the involvement of fathers in their children’s lives.

NFI devised its new programming for moms based on feedback from hundreds of organizations around the country using NFI’s signature fatherhood programs. These organizations identified a great need to involve mothers in their efforts to connect fathers to their children, but saw no programming available to help them do so. Accordingly, NFI’s new programs – the first of their kind – will help moms become gateways, rather than gatekeepers, between their children and their children’s dads.

Understanding Dad™: An Awareness and Communication Program for Moms anchors the new initiative. This complete program kit will help mothers successfully navigate their relationships with the fathers of their children. It will give moms the knowledge and skills they need to effectively communicate with the fathers of their children and to understand the critical role fathers play in children’s lives.

“Research shows that two of the most powerful predictors of father involvement for a child are the quality of the mother-father relationship and the way the child’s mother perceives the child’s dad,” said Christopher A. Brown, executive vice president of NFI. “NFI’s new programming aims to help moms develop the knowledge and skills they need for effective communication and come away with a positive impression of the role of fathers in children’s lives.”

Other products in the new line include Pocketbook for Moms™: A Pocketbook Full of Ways to Communicate with Dad and Pocketbook for New Moms™: A Pocketbook Full of Reasons for New Moms to Involve Dads. Pocketbook for Moms™ contains practical tips and strategies to help mothers build trust and positive communication patterns with dads. Pocketbook for New Moms™ helps moms understand the benefits of father involvement during pregnancy and during their children’s infant and toddler years and beyond.

Understanding Dad™ increases mothers’ self-awareness about the impact of their personal histories on their relationships with men and fathers, how their histories have shaped their communication with the fathers of their children, and provides them with research-based skills to overcome negative communication styles and replace them with positive ones.

All of the new resources are now available through FatherSOURCE™, NFI’s national resource center, along with customized NFI trainings and technical assistance that organizations around the country can choose to help them effectively implement the new programs. Individuals and organization can acquire the programming directly through the website or through NFI’s team of program support consultants, who can help an organization create a custom program to meet their needs.

The new line of products and services for mothers complements NFI’s longstanding, industry-leading work to equip community-based organizations around the country with the tools and training they need to effectively serve fathers for the well-being of their children. Today, over 24 million children in America live in in homes where their biological father is absent. NFI’s work has been pivotal in helping social service organizations, prisons, military bases, and other organizations address this father absence crisis.

As the premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country, National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), founded in 1994, works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI is the #1 provider of fatherhood resources in the nation. Since 2004, through FatherSOURCE™, its national resource center, NFI has distributed over 6.3 million resources, and has trained over 12,700 practitioners from over 5,900 organizations on how to deliver programming to dads. NFI is also the most quoted authority on fatherhood in America. Since 2009, NFI has been mentioned in over 3,200 news stories, and makes regular appearances in national media to discuss the importance of involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood. Learn more at

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