Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by empowering fathers to be active, informed and emotionally engaged with their children and families.
Message from the Executive Director
Dear  ,

Welcome to 2016's first quarterly newsletter! It's been a busy few months at The Fatherhood Project: 
  • We have begun disseminating the results of our Father Engagement Survey at health and fatherhood conferences around the country, and are working on developing interventions based on our results. Later this year, we plan to administer the survey at Massachusetts General Hospital's Community Health Centers. We are grateful to have one of the founders of fatherhood research, Milt Kotelchuck, as the Principal Investigator on this study. Read more about Milt's ground-breaking career in fatherhood research in the feature article below. 
  • In keeping with our mission to improve the lives of children and families by empowering fathers to positively engage with them, we launched our Divorcing Dads Program last month. We know that it is possible for all members of a family to emerge from divorce with healthy co-parenting and fathering relationships. Our interactive program at The Fatherhood Project is designed to help men and fathers with the emotional and practical aspects of parenting through divorce. 
  • Our Director of Programs, John Badalament, and I recently attended and presented at the National Health Start Association's Fatherhood Summit and the New England Fathering Conference. We appreciate the opportunity to learn from other professionals in the field, and to share our work as well. 
Read on for interesting research about mens' biological parenting capabilities, and an opportunity for schools and parent associations to do their own research on fathers.  

Ray Levy, Executive Director
The Critical Importance of Fathers
The Story of Fatherhood Research Through the History of one of its Pioneers

Dr. Milt Kotelchuck takes us through the arc of his work in the fatherhood field, starting with his groundbreaking research on children's attachment to their fathers in the 1970s, to his current innovative research on Fathers in Prenatal Care with The Fatherhood Project.

Research has shown that the brains of female mammals are designed to nurture and care for their offspring. The study below highlights the fact that the same is likely true for males.
Latest Blog Posts
At the 17th Annual New England Fathering Conference, TFP presented our work in advancing father engagement in healthcare settings.

As Adam LaRoche retires from the MLB to spend more time with his son, David Whelan contemplates the importance of fathers bringing their children to work.

Helping fathers understand "serve and return" during interactions with their children, and its importance for healthy brain development.

Thoughts, needs, and wants from fathers in prenatal care. TFP's father survey found men are excited about becoming fathers, but also find it stressful. 

TFP has told you about our fatherhood research, now you can do your own! These surveys can be administered by Parents Associations as a starting point for exploring father involvement.

TFP Calendar
15 Presenting Key Note address at Richmond Public Health Department's   Fathering During the Perinatal Period Consortium
27  Presenting our workshop Advancing Father Engagement In Healthcare Settings at the 4th Annual Massachusetts  Fatherhood Leadership Summit
27 Attending Family and Fatherhood Conference hosted by Fathers Incorporated

7 John Badalament presenting Fathering in the Modern Age to Massachusetts General Hospital Staff
17 Hosting Fatherhood Storytelling event for the MGH Community

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