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Center on Fathering

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The Center on Fathering is located at 325 N. El Paso Street (COF Location Map). It opened in June 1995 and offers a continuum of services designed to meet the needs of fathers in our community: Education/Training, Support Groups, Outreach, and Resource/Referral.

The Center has an extensive library of books, magazines, audio and video tapes, and computer software to help individuals explore issues related to fathering.  The Center is staffed with individuals who can assist persons in need of referrals to community resources.  The Center is available for workshops and seminars on the responsibilities and challenges of being a father.  The Center provides a 15-session program called “Fathering Class” which teaches dads to be more actively and positively involved in their child’s development.  We also offer a 10-session program called Conflict-Resolution for Dads which gives dads a unique, father-oriented way to deal with conflict in their lives. 

 

The Center has been providing services through the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Funding since October, 2007. Using evidence-based curriculum, this funding has expanded the Center’s services to 2 grossly underserved father populations – dads with histories of domestic violence and fathers who are disconnected from their children due to incarceration.

Center On Fathering

The services that started in 2007 go into the community Corrections Facilities and our County Jail on an ongoing basis. We offer the 12-week class “Inside Out Dads”, which assists incarcerated fathers in preparing to resume or begin a positive path of fatherhood once they are released from jail or prison.  We also offer a 13-week class titled “Nurturing Fathers” for dads who have past or current issues with domestic violence.  Our latest grant is through the Quality Improvement Center for Non-Resident Fathers, of the American Humane Association. We are one of four national sites chosen to implement an evidence-based program for fathers with children in foster care. 

www.coloradodads.com/caseworkers Through a partnership with the Colorado Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Initiative and the Division of Child Welfare, the Child Welfare Incentive Program site provides caseworkers, supervisors and county agencies with referral links to local fatherhood programs, tips on improving father engagement in agency settings, father friendly agency check up surveys, links to Be There for Your Kids electronic newsletters and a forum to share agency news.  By setting up an account on the site, users become eligible to receive a variety of donated incentives – Be There for Your Kids hats and magnets as well as donated gift cards – through their use of posted articles and resources. The incentives can be used by caseworkers directly or given to local foster families. Incentives will be distributed to identified caseworkers once they reach 350 points”.

For More Information on the Center on Fathering Please call:

1-800-693-2334 or 719-634-7797

Note: Self-Referral Form may be submitted at Center on Fathering, 325 North El Paso Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, Fax 719-634-7852 or Email: kensanders@elpasoco.com.

 Note: The Center on Fathering has recently completed a grant funded by the Administration for Children and Families and the American Humane Association designed to look at ways to enhance non-resident father involvement with the Child Welfare System.  Details on that grant can be found at:

Children's Bureau Grantee News

Fathers as Providers

A job readiness class with fathering perspective

8 weeks in duration

Classroom based job skill development and facilitated/supported job search

Strength-based model

Individual caseworker support from Classroom facilitator

Follow-up services from the Center on Fathering

Meets TANF WP requirements

 

Fathers as Providers referrals are received through the Center on Fathering Referral Form or the Colorado Works Class Referral Form

 

For more information contact Ken Sanders 634-7797 or email  KenSanders@elpasoco.com 

Ken Sanders, Manager of the Center on Fathering and a participant dad, recently appeared on the Grateful Dad Radio Show.  You can access the program by clicking on 1.9.12.

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