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Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

Tue, Jul 19, 2011

Founder David Hirsch

Illinois Fatherhood Initiative subscribes to the philosophy that a physically, psychologically and emotionally healthy father striving to assist his child is one of the most desirable and enduring qualities of the human race.

Mission
The mission of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is “connecting children and fathers” by promoting responsible fathering and helping equip men to become better fathers or father-figures. IFI envisions the existence of a physically, socially, spiritually, and mentally strong community. IFI is committed to pro-active teaching and promotion of responsible fathering. IFI is also committed to achieving its stated mission by working in in 4 core areas:

1) Education
2) Health
3) Workplace
4) Illinois Fathers Resource Network

History
Founded in 1997, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) is recognized as the first statewide not-for-profit fatherhood organization in the United States. Father absence is the core issue around which IFI has developed and is continuing to grow. It has been estimated that over one million children in Illinois go to bed each night without a father in their homes, much less in their lives. Father absence, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, is among the most powerful determining factors for the success or failure of millions of children.

Founder’s Message
Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) was created to address the increasing problem of father absence in society. Research indicates that some 24,000,000 children – 1.1 million in Illinois alone – are growing up today in homes without their fathers.

Volunteer
If you are interested in working with this organization, please send an email to IFI@4fathers.org, including your name, address, phone number and email address.

Programs & Events

Boot camp For New Dads
Boot Camp for New Dads is a unique father-
to-father, hospital-based and community-based workshop that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads.

WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)
WATCH D.O.G.S.® is the safe school initiative of the National Center for Fathering that involves fathers and father figures to help create a more safe and secure learning environment in our nation’s schools.

IFI/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest
Over the last 10 years, the children of Illinois have written more than 400,000 essays as part of IFI’s annual Fatherhood Essay Contest. Themes for the essays have included “What My Father Means to Me” and “What My Dad Dreams for Me.” Volunteers from across the state read the emotionally-charged essays in four categories: fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father figures. Every essay writer receives a handsome certificate of participation and a coupon sheet that includes two tickets to a Chicago White Sox game and a host of other prizes.

Compiled from 4fathers.org. Visit their website for more information on other events and programs.

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