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Fathers

The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network is an organization that supports practitioners and agencies who work with fathers. We do not provide service directly to fathers nor do we make referrals. Link here to a list of agencies and programs that work with fathers. We do not endorse or approve of agencies on this list — they simply self-report information to be included in the Minnesota network.

Websites:

Minnesota Judicial Branch
Self Help Center Staff Attorneys have developed Step-by-Step video instructions for pro se litigants to use for completing, serving and filing these motions.

Legal Resources for Fathers
Fact sheets, links to forms, etc.

The Men’s Line – Minnesota
Call this free 24-hour service for confidential help and information if you are worried, stressed, angry, depressed, or just need to talk to someone who will listen. (612) 379-MENS (612-379-6367) or toll-free in Greater Minnesota: 1-866-379-6367.

Parenting Education Resources
The University of Minnesota Extension Service develops programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth, with an emphasis on positive parenting for children birth to young adulthood, divorce issues, violence prevention, and other information to help understand the complex social issues facing families today.

Minnesota Parents Know
Trusted parenting information, resources, and activities to help parents understand ages and stages of development. Information is designed to help children grow, develop and learn from birth through high school.

Minnesota State Courts; Forms from the Clerks Office
The Minnesota State Courts Clerks Office provides many of its forms online. These forms include child support, custody, and others.

Great Dad
GreatDad provides tips & advice for dads, new dads, expectant dads, and single dads on pregnancy, baby care, parenting, adoption and more.

New Dads
If you are a first-time dad, this website is for you! It is filled with practical and sound advice on starting a new family. This website covers issues from Immediate Concerns such as Forming a New Family and The Challenges New Moms Present to Hands on Tips on how to care for yourself, mom and the baby.

Dads of Daughters
This website provides resources for dads to tap the power and potential of the dad-daughter relationship. The website also offers a variety of links to additional daughter-friendly resources, websites, books, and more.

MVParents
All parents want to be “Most Valuable Parents” who help their children and teens make smart choices and avoid pitfalls of growing up. Unlike advice sites, MVParents.com is a trusted, research-based resource with tips, ideas, and strategies for raising smart, strong, responsible kids. Sponsored by Search Institute.

Co-Parenting Courses
Family Core Services offers programs designed for people who are separated, divorcing or not married but sharing parenting responsibilities.

Bridge to Benefits
Information about qualifying for public programs, sponsored by Children’s Defense Fund.

Minnesota Coalition for Kids Health Coverage
Find out whether your family is eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare coverage.

Headway Emotional Health Services
Offering classes on co-parenting and divorce education.

Co-Parent Court Hennepin County
Co-Parent Court is a problem- solving court in Hennepin County that works with unmarried parents who are establishing paternity (legal fatherhood) for their child. Brochure: Co-parent court brochure

Employment Action Center

Minnesota Department of Health

MFFN Publications:

Programs for Fathers Across Minnesota
The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network maintains resources of fatherhood programs around the state of Minnesota. Find the program nearest you.

Minnesota Unmarried Fathers’ Guide
This booklet, Unmarried Fathers Guide to Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support in Minnesota, was prepared by Central Minnesota Legal Services for use by Minnesota’s fathers.

The Daddy Book
Designed to guide new dads through the stages of infant development, this workbook provides facts, inspiration and support – all in one place. Made available through a collaborative effort of St. Cloud ECFE Program, Initiative Foundation, Brainerd Lakes Early Childhood Coalition, and other Minnesota partners (2008). Available to download here.

Father’s Day – Everyday: A Guide for Dads
This 2-page document, compiled by the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network, lists a number of ideas for dads that want to be involved in the lives of their children, from infants to teens. Available here. (June 2004)

MFFN makes every attempt to ensure that we are linking to current, topical information that may be of interest to our members and supporters. If you find an inactive link or a page that no longer reflects father-friendly and family-friendly content, please send a message to info@mnfathers.org or call 763-473-7432. Thank you.