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  • Dads! Renovate Your Relationship! (14 Tools to Help Fathers Stay Connected to Their Partners) (pdf 766kb)
    by John Hoffman
    This 20-page booklet, presented in the style of a manual, provides men with a blueprint for maintaining and strengthening their spousal relationship in the light of new parenthood. Written primarily for men living with a female partner, the manual helps men navigate common relationship challenges of the transition to parenthood. Dads! Renovate Your Relationship was written by John Hoffman and adapted from from Renovate Your Relationship, A Manual for Men, a booklet developed by Relationships Australia (Victoria) and MensLine Australia. Also available in French. Hard copies of the booklet are available or $2.00 CDN each from Dad Central Ontario, Unit #2, 30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4J9 Ph: 613-257-2779 x 108 Online orders:

  • Papas, rénové votre relation! (14 outiles pour aider les pères de famille à cultiver une bonne relation avec leur conjointe) (pdf 756kb)
    by John Hoffman
    Présenté sous forme de manuel, ce livret d’une vingtaine de pages offre aux hommes un plan détaillé pour poser un regard nouveau sur leur relation de couple à la lumière de leur nouvelle parentalité. Écrit principalement pour les hommes vivant avec une partenaire de sexe féminin, le manuel aide les hommes à naviguer parmi les défis communs que rencontrent les couples de nouveaux parents. Papas. Rénovez votre relation a été écrit par John Hoffman et adapté à partir de Renovate Your Relationship: A Manual for Men, un livret élaboré par Relationships Australia (Victoria) et MensLine Australia. Aussi disponible en anglais. Des copies papier peuvent être commandées au coût de 2 dollars canadiens chacune en communiquant avec la Papa Centrale de l’Ontario, Unité no 2, 30, rue Bennett, Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 4J9 ; au 613-257-2779, poste 108 ou à

  • The African Fathers Initiative (external website)
    The African Fathers Initiative (AFI) is a pan-African fatherhood organization which proceeds from a commitment to gender equity and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The AFI aims to be a continent-wide institutional base for the generation, collection, and dissemination of knowledge and skills about responsible and involved fatherhood across all races and faiths in Africa. The organization, based in Harare, Zimbabwe, is centred around a web-based resource for networking, information sharing, and raising awareness around fatherhood issues in Africa. The site also contains practical information for fathers at various stages of fatherhood, as well as information related to policy, research, and social frameworks related to the importance of fathers.

  • Father Involvement in Canada. Diversity, Renewal and Transformation (external website)
    by Jessica Ball & Kerry Daly, Editors
    Published by UBC Press, and edited by FIRA's Jessica Ball and Kerry Daly, Father Involvement in Canada, Diversity, Renewaland Transformation, brings together two dozen leading Canadian fatherhood scholars, including some members of the FIRA team. National in scope, Father Involvement in Canada is the first book of its kind to summarize and challenge current scholarship on Canadian fatherhood and offer new concepts, theoretical frameworks, and research directions. This volume examines the roles and experiences of Canadian fathers from different ethnicities, ages, marital statuses, gender partnering, and economic brackets. Chapters explore issues such as the impact of poverty, access to paternity leave, and the availability of support from social institutions. By co-considering these dimensions and viewpoints, the contributors bring to light interlocking individual, familial, and socio-economic systems in which fathers are embedded.

  • Do Men Mother? Fathering, care and domestic responsibility (external website)
    by Andrea Doucet
    Using evidence gathered in a four-year in-depth qualitative study, including interviews with over 100 fathers—from truck drivers to insurance salesmen, physicians to artists—Andrea Doucet illustrates how men are breaking the mold of traditional parenting models. Doucet’s research examines key questions such as: What leads fathers to trade earning for caring? How do fathers navigate through the ‘maternal worlds’ of mothers and infants? Are men mothering or are they redefining fatherhood? This bookwas awarded the 2007 John Porter Tradition of Excellence Book Award from the Canadian Sociological Association.

  • La paternité au XXIe siècle (Fatherhood in the 21st Century) (external website)
    by Diane Dubea, Annie Devault, Gilles Forget Editors
    La paternité au XXIe siècle (Fatherhood in the 21st Century) is a French-language book based on the work of ProsPère, a Quebec-based group of researchers and professionals which conducted a 15-year father research and program project from 1993 to 2008. Edited by Diane Dubeau, Annie Devault and Gilles Forget, La paternité au XXIe siècle is partly a summary of knowledge from ProsPère's work and also serves as an account of the researchers' evolution in their collective understanding of father involvement: what it means, how it contributes to child development and how father involvement can be promoted. (Annie Devault and Gilles Forget were also members of FIRA.)

  • Resources forGay/Bi/Trans/Queer Fathers (internal website)
    by John Hoffman
    Information about programs and brochures developed by Toronto's LGBTQ Parenting Network and Queer Parenting Programmes at the 519 Church St. Community Centre

  • Resources for Understanding and Supporting Aboriginal Fathers (pdf 1.54Mb)
    by Jessica Ball
    Jessica Ball has compiled this short list of print and video resources which will be of interest to practitioners working with Aboriginal fathers.

  • Step by Step. Engaging Fathers in Programs Families (pdf 2.19Mb)
    by Brian Russell
    Published by Ontario's Best Start Resource Centre, Step-by-Step is an online resource which gives service providers a systematic guide for planning and implementing strategies for engaging fathers. The resources covers a wide variety of topics including: • Influences on father involvement • The impact of father involvement on children and families • Unique ways that fathers relate to their children • The diversity of fathers • Assessing organizational father-friendliness • Marketing to men Each section of the manual provides ideas from fathers and practitioners and includes examples of existing effective fathers' programs. A PDF file can be downloaded free-of-charge from the how-to resources section.

  • My Daddy Matters Because...Tookit (pdf 2.58Mb)
    by Tim Paquette, Gilles Forget, Marie-Josee Lafontaine, Annie Devault, Sarah Allen, Ed Bader, and Deb Jarvis.
    This toolkit for practitioners is a product of the My Daddy Matters Because... project, which ran from 200 to 2005. This 184-page resource is designed to help staff in programs for families with young children promote Father Involvement and work effectively with fathers. The Father Toolkit includes: information on Father Involvement, tips for father-inclusive practice, the Canadian Fatherhood Library of Resources, tips for forging community partnerships, and other ideas and resources to help organizations work more effectively with fathers.

  • Aboriginal Father Involvement Programs National Scan (pdf 1.09Mb)
    by Jessica Ball and Sarah Moselle
    The purose of this environmental scan, which was requested by the Healthy Child Development Section of the Public Health Agency of Canada was to learn about programmatic efforts across Canada to support positive Aboriginal fathers' involvement with young children. The results of 2 months of intensive search revealed large gaps and uneven program distribution, with British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Ontario having quite a bit of activity while other provinces and territories have fewer initiatives that could be found. The scan methodology involved contacting 130 individuals or organizations identified as having knowledge of or running programs for First Nations, Inuit or Métis fathers. Contact was established with over half of these individuals, yielding descriptions of approximately 35 successful programs, the results of which have been compiled into a program inventory associated with this report.

  • Young and Potential Fathers Initiative (Toronto Facility Focusing on Young African Canadian Men) (external website)
    by John Hoffman
    The Young & Potential Fathers Initiative addresses the cycles of disengagement, lack of resources and lack of visible role models for young racialized fathers in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods, with a specific focus on African Canadians. The initiative, which operates out of Ujima House, a community space located at the intersection of Weston Roadand Lawrence Avenue in the northwest part of Toronto, will strengthen the capacity of individuals, families and the community at large to provide direct support to young fathers and their children.

  • Father Factors (What social science research tells us about fathers and how to work with them.) (pdf 948kb)
    by John Hoffman
    This report, prepared by FIRA communications coordinator, John Hoffman, with the help of a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada, summaries and constructs meaning of selected research and other relevant publications with respect to the following themes: • External and contextual influences on the fatherhood role; • The influence of mothers/partners on the fatherhood role; • Father-child attachment/relationships; • Fathers' influences on mothering in early parenting; • Vulnerable and marginalized fathers; and • Father-oriented programming. Father Factors cites some 130 research articles and other relevant documents, most of were published in the last ten years and about half of which are Canadian. Hard copies of Father Factors are available from: Dad Central Ontario Tthe BC Council For Families

  • Orienting Services to Separated and Divorced Fathers (Poster) (A conceptual framework) (pdf 44kb)
    by Denise Whitehead, Lynda M. Ashbourne, Linda Hawkins
    This poster, presented at FIRA's 2008 conference, Father Involvement 2008, Diversity Visibility Community, is a visual representation of a conceptual framework for orienting services for separated and divorced fathers.

  • A Conceptual Framework for Orienting Services to Separating or Divorced Fathers (Text version) (pdf 119kb)
    by Denise Whitehead, Lynda M. Ashbourne, Linda Hawkins
    The authors present a framework for thinking about the kinds of services and programs that would be appropriate for meeting the needs of separating fatherss. These fall into three key domains: facilitating fathers' parenting and their adaptation to structural changes affecting the entire family, the process of emotional and legal separation from a partner/significant other or spouse, and their individual emotional and psycho-social needs. This framework was presented as a research poster in October 2008 at the Father Involvement 2008 Diversity, Visibility, Community conference in Toronto.

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