I wish I had an answer to your question

But all I can tell is what we’re doing in our community, which is starting/organizing a Fatherhood Initiative. It will be based upon similar principles of the National Fatherhood Initiative. We are in the planning stages now and will be applying for non-profit status in the next few months.

The basic principles of our fatherhood initiative will be to:

  1. Promote interaction between father (any type of father, married, divorced, single, custodial, non-custodial, etc.) in the way of organized events throughout the year for fathers, their children, and families.
  2. Provide information resources for fathers (same as above, all types of fathers). Especially for divorced/non-custodial fathers.
  3. Advocacy for the rights of fathers (mainly non-custodial fathers) who are unfairly denied access to the children, and therefore, are not allowed to maximize their “fatherhood potential”.
  4. Provide resources for legal services for fathers who are involved in litigation (i.e. have been issued an OFP, restraining order, served with divorce/custody papers, etc). We hope to obtain grants to get these services through legal aid.
  5. Media Awareness Campaign – To promote the importance of fatherhood in our community and state through media outlets (radio, TV, newspaper).
  6. To offer resources and services for disabled fathers and fathers of children with disabilities.
  7. To offer services for fathers who are victims of crime (abused and battered fathers) and provide information regarding legal action and shelter resources). This includes victim compensation for victims of abuse.
  8. To work with local courts, law enforcement agencies and corrections regarding parenting time for at-risk fathers (incarcerated, jailed, on probation, under an OFP, convicted of crimes, anger management programs, etc.) in which the fathers relationship with child is jeopardized/affected.
  9. Offer parent education for new/young fathers.

I hope this helps. It is my belief that we should take a holistic approach to fatherhood and this includes father’s “right to parent”.

P.S. The above list is not in order of importance…it was off the top of my head….I’m in a hurry right now but wanted to get this out. Thanks!