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National Fatherhood Initiative Partnership

Posted on November 30, 2023 at 7:19 PM by Jason Calder

FatherEfforts to promote father involvement are underway in the City of Baytown as part of the National Fatherhood Initiative.

See the press release below:

GERMANTOWN, Md. – Nov. 27, 2023 – National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)®, the nation’s leading fatherhood organization, and Baytown, Texas, have partnered to launch an innovative community mobilization initiative to engage all city sectors around fatherhood, with an emphasis on reducing drug and opioid misuse. Baytown Mayor Brandon Capetillo announced the initiative during his 2023 State of the City address.

Today, nearly 1 in 4 (17.8 million) American children do not live with a biological, step, or adoptive father at home. Positive father involvement is associated with better outcomes on nearly every measure of child well-being, including being less likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.

Community mobilization is an assets-based model that identifies, responds to, and drives the mobilization of assets to create change in communities. Designed to equip community leaders with the tools needed to address father absence and promote father involvement, NFI’s multi-phase Community Mobilization Approach™ (CMA) creates an obtainable vision for rallying a community around responsible and committed fatherhood.

Baytown’s city-wide father engagement initiative will kick off in January 2024 with a workshop during which NFI staff will train community leaders to implement the CMA. NFI will also support leaders in completing a responsible fatherhood needs and assets assessment. Data on the current state of programs and services for fathers in the city will be gathered to produce a clear picture of the city’s fatherhood assets and the gaps that must be addressed to mobilize and build capacity to increase father involvement.

During the second phase of the CMA, Baytown will hold a Leadership Summit on Fatherhood facilitated by NFI and Baytown community leaders to generate input in developing a city action plan to promote responsible fatherhood. Through the summit and action plan development, Baytown will create a multi-sector Fatherhood Advisory Council (FAC) and a plan to guide the FAC in mobilizing the city that leverages NFI’s father-inclusive programs and resources.

“Many fathers in our city face challenges that prevent them from being actively engaged in their children’s lives, including drug or alcohol use,” said Thomas Reeves, Director of Public Affairs, with the City of Baytown. “Through our collaboration with National Fatherhood Initiative®, we seek to achieve positive change at home by creating safe and healthy environments for children, fathers, and families. This community mobilization effort will result in a much-needed roadmap for our city to deploy proven strategies that promote and support father involvement.”

NFI comes alongside human service organizations and practitioners with a strengths-based approach to father engagement training, evidence-based and evidence-informed fatherhood programs, and other educational materials to help them be more father inclusive. Developed in 1999, NFI has used its CMA to implement multiple community-based fatherhood initiatives as part of statewide efforts in Texas, Indiana, and Ohio and to launch regional and city-wide initiatives in six communities across the U.S.

“An injection of father-focused efforts into both the public and private sectors can have a profound impact on communities,” said Christopher Brown, president of National Fatherhood Initiative®. “NFI’s Community Mobilization Approach™ will create outcomes that are critical to sustaining buy-in from individuals and organizations to be intentionally father inclusive and providing those who serve Baytown fathers with the resources they need to succeed. We look forward in the coming year to collaborating with Mayor Capetillo and city leaders to launch this mobilization initiative.” 

For more information on NFI, visit www.fatherhood.org. Learn more about the City of Baytown at baytown.org.