Note: It is oft times difficult to determine whether or not to list particular resources. To the degree that listings seem virtually entirely “commercial” they are omitted.
Also see: Videos on Men’s Issues – Fathering
We view fatherlessness as one of the greatest social evils of our generation. Today’s mass separation of African fathers from their children is historically unprecedented.
Why Parents Hate Parenting (New York Magazine, July 4, 2010)
All Pro Dad’s Day is a one-hour monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids in the school cafeteria or a local restaurant. They discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and are equipped with resources to strengthen their relationship.
This podcast series goes to the heart of loving and committed fathers to discover their purpose in the lives of their children from birth to the point they launch them into the world.
(Linda Richter and Robert Morrell, editors: downloadable [free] book) Authors from a range of backgrounds and disciplines break new ground as they explore the centrality of fatherhood in the lives of men and in the experiences of children in South Africa. They show how fathers’ involvement contributes to the well-being of children. The authors argue that men can make a major contribution to the health of South African society by caring for children and producing a new generation of South Africans for whom men will be significant by their positive presence rather than by their absence or their abuse.
BuildingBoys is a haven, resource and one-stop-shop for parents, educators, healthcare providers, community activists and anyone who cares about boys. And unlike other websites dedicated to boys, BuildingBoys includes the voices of the real experts – boys themselves.
We are dedicated to ensuring that children and family policies provide equal and fair treatment to all affected parties: men, women and children alike, regardless of their ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation. CAFC is an education and advocacy group with experts in the field of family law: attorneys and members of law enforcement; mental and medical health practitioners; financial and economic specialists; media and policy consultants and advocates.
This program involves a multi-target-multimethod approach to improve the developmental progress of children and to improve academic achievement.
Circle of Parents is a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. Where they can find and share support.
COLAGE is a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s. We build community and work toward social justice through youth empowerment, leadership development, education, and advocacy.
After our marriage ended, we became the poster-children for divorce amongst our circle of friends and colleagues. We wished we could have been the poster children for successful marriage, but it didn’t work out that way…
Committed to strong, healthy children by affirming and valuing the bond between fathers and their children, Dad Central Ontario (formerly the Father Involvement Initiative – Ontario Network) works to provide relevant and well-crafted information for fathers and for individuals, agencies, and programs working with fathers.
This is the spot for thoughts and reflections about the unique and powerful relationships between daughters and their fathers and stepfathers.
In most countries men and caregiving remains conspicuously absent from the gender equality agenda. Today, women represent 40% of the paid workforce and more than half the world’s food producers. But men are clearly not carrying out half the world’s care work.
This site launched in 1999 with the mission to decrease isolation for people who have parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), and bring voice to their experiences. (Note: has a number of writings on gay fathers)
Family Equality Council connects, supports, and represents the one million lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents in this country and the two million children they are raising.
The Fatherhood Educational Institute is here to promote positive fatherhood involvement in poverty stricken communities.
Fatherhood.gov is a site for you. It’s a site for: Dads looking for tips, hints and even deals for dads and kids –(the DadTalk Blog and the “For Dads” corner), Fatherhood Programs looking to get started or expand – (the “For Programs” section), Researchers and Policy Makers looking for the latest on responsible fatherhood – (our Library) and Federally-Funded Fatherhood Programs -( special section for Federally-funded programs)
(Australia) By: Michael Flood, 67 pages – There is, at present, a significant opportunity for fathers to develop stronger, more intimate bonds with their children and to enhance their roles within their families. The unhelpful agendas of some participants in fatherhood debates, and continuing economic and cultural obstacles to paternal involvement in child-rearing, threaten to limit men’s positive involvement in parenting.
Complete Report (90 pages)
(by: Fiona McAllister and Adrienne Burgess of the Fatherhood Institute) This reviews policies and programmes that promote or facilitate the involvement of fathers and father-figures from the pre-natal period through the first eight years of their children’s lives.
The on-line magazine for men with families.
YCteen publishes true stories by teens, giving readers insight into the issues that matter most in young people’s lives. (60 stories)
(Class Syllabus): Fathers and Daughters is designed for male and female juniors, seniors or graduate students who want to explore the psychological dynamics of father-daughter relationships in our society today.
New York Times Magazine article of September 16, 2011 concerning fathering and testosterone
Fathers at Work Sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Fathers at Work was a three-year national initiative designed to help young, noncustodial fathers achieve increased employment and earnings, greater involvement in their children’s lives, and more consistent financial support of their children.
Fathers at Work These powerful workshops teach dads strategies for reducing the conflict they feel between work and family life and increase their effectiveness and satisfaction at both.
The Center provides practical, research-based training and resources that equip men in virtually every fathering situation to be the involved fathers their children need.
Includes: Watch D.O.G.S.
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security.
(by: Stephanie Pappas, HuffPost Social Reading, January 21, 2013) Dads who have egalitarian ideas about gender — and who walk the talk by doing household chores themselves — have daughters with higher workplace ambitions than less egalitarian fathers do, new research finds. The research is correlational, so it doesn’t prove that fathers’ attitudes are the cause their young daughters’ work aspirations.
Fathers That Work Fathers that Work is a program created to assist non-custodial parents delinquent in child support payment with finding and maintaining employment.
Mission: Restoring relationships between fathers and children by contacting fathers and encouraging them to be more involved with their children.
FIRA was formed in 2003 as a pan-Canadian alliance of individuals, organizations and institutions dedicated to the development and sharing of knowledge focusing on father involvement, and the building of a community-university research alliance supporting this work.
Fathers Rock, Inc. was formed to spotlight the importance of present and supportive fathers from all backgrounds. The ultimate goal of Fathers Rock is to help restore “fatherhood” by again make it not only a meaningful word but a way of living also.
blog entry – also see LIFETOHERYEARS below – same author
Our mission is to provide information and resources to empower individuals to help their teens and heal their families. Through education, self-awareness, support, and personal responsibility, families can rebuild their relationships and reconnect in positive and loving ways.
The name Founding Fathers was chosen because we are group of men who are working in partnership with women, to create a new kind of society – one where violence is no longer part of the human condition. We believe strongly that in working together we can build a society that explicitly denounces violence against women and children and promote a culture where decency and respect for women requires no special day on the calendar
This is my story about my gay family. I am a wife and mother, together with my husband we are parents of gay children. We have two sons, one is gay, the other bisexual and this is my story.
(by: Sherri Kuhn, She Knows Parenting, April 4, 2013) It’s not just moms of girls who need to worry about date rape. Boys need to be prepared to be smart, safe and know what the consequences of sexual assault may be. We spoke with Mike Domitrz, founder of The Date Safe Project, who shares his tips for talking to your son about this difficult yet highly important issue.
Rachel Muir is happily married..to a man who works nights. So once her 9-5 job ends, she starts her second shift caring for their young twins as a single parent.
The Fatherhood Educational Institute’s “Incarcerated Fathers Project” is a pilot program designed to empower incarcerated fathers to assume emotional, moral, spiritual, psychological and financial responsibility for their children, both during and after release from incarceration. (Also see The Fatherhood Educational Institute listed separately above.)
(by: Katrin Bennhold, NY Times, June 9, 2010) 85 percent of Swedish fathers take parental leave. Those who don’t face questions from family, friends and colleagues.
Dad’s tips for adding life to a daughter’s years
This blog is about men, boys, male culture, mentoring, rites of passage, and men helping boys on their journey to manhood.
Many women who marry and become parents find their husbands aren’t as present in their children’s lives as they would like. Their husbands are focused on being the best, supporting the family, running a company, governing a nation, or fighting for our country. They do not have the time, focus, skill set, or inclination to share equally in the parenting of their children. So these mothers find themselves raising their children mostly alone, even within the constructs of a legal marriage or committed relationship.
MenCare is a global campaign coordinated by Promundo and Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with the MenEngage Alliance to promote men’s involvement as equitable, responsive and non-violent fathers and caregivers.
(76 pages) The Men and Gender Equality Policy Project (MGEPP), led by Instituto Promundo and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), is a multi-year, multi-country effort to build the evidence base on how to engage men in health, social development and gender equality.
MFFN enhances healthy father-child relationships by promoting initiatives that inform public policy and further develop the field of fatherhood practitioners statewide.
Savvy solutions for today’s connected dads, from Armin Brott.
NCN is a national effort whose focus is the reinforcement of the positive involvement of Latino males in their families, communities, and society.
Our mission is to build upon the cultural strengths and traditions of Latino men and boys and offer a path for men of all ages to become Un Hombre Noble, or a Noble Man.
A trained National Parent Helpline® Advocate is ready to: listen to you, offer emotional support, help you problem-solve, support you in creating your own solutions, encourage you to take care of yourself, work with you to get connected to local services, explore new resources for your family and help you build on your own strengths and continue to be a great parent!
Mission Statement: To strengthen families by responsibly in the lives of their children, families and communities and partnering with mothers to provide happy and safe families.
Issue Brief – 4 pages long – of National Center for Education Statistics study
PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) (on) Blog (on) Facebook (on) Google+ (on) Twitter
PFLAG promotes the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, their families and friends through: support, to cope with an adverse society; education, to enlighten an ill-informed public; and advocacy, to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.
A father’s reply to Ann Crittenden’s ‘Mother’s Manifesto’ – by Glenn Sacks
This module presents a series of reflections based on a review of the literature, direct program experiences and group discussions on the issue of men’s participation in fatherhood and care-giving.
This website contains links to fatherhood and related websites created and maintained by other public and private entities.
Spending quality time with your children is the greatest gift you can give them. Communicating in a genuine way—really listening to them—will not only solidify your relationship, but it will also help them—and you!—get through this tough time.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Recognized for our commitment to accountability, innovation and collaboration, our work takes us into the heart of communities, where we help children and families help themselves.
The mission of Saving Our Boys is to encourage, challenge and equip men to make a difference by becoming a godly influence in the lives of their sons and the many fatherless boys in our churches and neighborhoods, helping them to become men of character and integrity.
A place to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools
Teen Now California is dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of expectant and parenting teenagers and their young children, and to the prevention of adolescent childbearing. It includes educators, social workers, health care providers, parents, policy makers, and others committed to supporting: the delay of early sexual activity or repeat pregnancy among adolescents, teenagers who experience early pregnancy and childbearing and the children of young parents.
(by: Charlie Lewis and Michael E. Lamb, 42 pages) In this report, we summarise current thinking about the nature of contemporary fatherhood. This is no easy task because more than 700 papers on men’s family roles, which come from a wide variety of disciplinary backgrounds with less cross-referencing than is desirable, are published in academic journals each year.
For Father’s Day, U.S. Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., is offering dads advice to make their jobs more successful — a dozen tips for keeping children healthy and safe.
Our mission is to build state-wide capacity (NOTE: State of Virginia) to improve outcomes of individuals with ASD by improving the knowledge, skills, and understanding of families, educators, and professionals who support someone with a spectrum disorder. My Child was Just Identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder: Now What Do I Do? (online course – Virginia residents only)
In most countries men and caregiving remains conspicuously absent from the gender equality agenda. Today,
women represent 40% of the paid workforce and more than half the world’s food producers. But
men are clearly not carrying out half the world’s
New York Times Magazine article of June 15, 2008