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Minnesota Links for Fatherhood Practitioners

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.

Adolescent Health Resources for Parents; Minnesota Department of Health
This site lists pamphlets, books, videos and websites that practitioners can use to help parents learn how to talk about health issues with their adolescent children. Online here.

Bridge to Benefits: Web tool to determine Eligibility for Services
The Bridge to Benefits web tool (formerly the Covering All Families web tool) was designed to help community volunteers and service providers assist low-income families in Minnesota determine their eligibility for a broad range of services. It also strives to make the application processes for these services as clear and simple as possible for families. Online here.

Child Support Enforcement Division, Minn. Department of Human Services
The Child Support Enforcement Division supervises the child support program. County child support offices administer it by working with parents to establish and enforce support orders. Online here.

Children, Youth and Family Consortium; University of Minnesota
Family Relationships and Parenting Information: This section includes research, programs, publications, general information and links on parenting (including fathering, single parenting step-parenting, and more), marriage and couple relationships, work/life integration, divorce, family stress and other related topics. Online

Dads Make a Difference
Dads Make a Difference is a paternity education project for middle school-age youth, older teens, young adults, and the teachers and other professionals who work with them. Online here.

Early Childhood Family Education; Minnesota Dept. of Education
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) is a program for all Minnesota families with children between the ages of birth to kindergarten enrollment. ECFE is based on the idea that the family provides a child’s first and most important learning environment, and parents are a child’s first and most significant teachers. ECFE works to strengthen families and enhance the ability of all parents to provide the best possible environment for the healthy growth and development of their children. Online

Literacy Initiatives; Minnesota Humanities Center
Through working with teachers, parent educators, early childhood educators, librarians, social service providers, and other family literacy professionals, the Minnesota Humanities Center provides leadership, programs and resources that advance reading and literacy efforts in homes, schools, and libraries. Specifically, check out Father’s Reading Every Day (FRED), Reading with Dad Booklist, and Dads & Kids Book Clubs. Online

Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education
The professional organization for administrators, providers and supporters of high quality family and early childhood education for all families with young children throughout the State of Minnesota. Online here.

Minnesota Council on Family Relations
The Minnesota Council on Family Relations is dedicated to strengthening families through the education and support of family professionals and decision-makers. MCFR is the Minnesota state affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations. Online here.

Teenwise Minnesota
Teenwise Minnesota is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen policies and programs related to adolescent pregnancy prevention, adolescent pregnancy care and adolescent parenting in Minnesota. Teenwise Minnesota provides resources for parents, teens, educators, health care providers, youth workers, media professionals and policy makers. Online here.

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. Online here.

Parenting Education Resources; University of Minnesota Extension
The University of Minnesota Extension 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. Online here.

National Links for Fatherhood Practitioners

African American Healthy Marriage Initiative
The U.S. Administration for Children and Families has partnered with national, civic and community organizations to develop a strategy directed toward increasing child well-being and strengthening families by promoting healthy marriages. Online here.

Annie E. Casey Foundation: Healthy Fatherhood and Marriage Resources
This page offers resources that are either published or funded by the Casey Foundation. The resources address policies and programs that support the healthy development of children in two-parent families whenever possible. Online here.

Center on Law and Social Policy (CLASP): Publications Page
CLASP is a research organization that concentrates on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, workforce development, child care, child support enforcement, child welfare, couples and marriage policy, and reproductive health and teen parents. Online

Family and Corrections Network
FCN is an organization for and about families of prisoners. FCN offers information, training and technical assistance on parenting programs for prisoners, incarcerated fathers and mothers, the impact of the justice system on families, prison marriage and much more. Online here.

National Fatherhood Initiative
The mission of NFI is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers. NFI conducts numerous training events for fatherhood organizations on a regular basis across the United States. Online here.

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
NRFC supports the U.S. Administration for Children and Families in its efforts to support responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage. Online here.

Native American Fatherhood and Families Association
NAFFA is strengthening Native American families by enhancing the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children and by fostering communication, professional, education and collaborations among service providers. Online here. is a web site dedicated to help professionals work with fathers and young children living in rural America through staff training, father child development activities, father child group activities, male involvement meetings, a question and answer bulletin board and multi media links. Online here.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Fatherhood Website
The federal Promoting Responsible Fatherhood webpage includes resources on marriage, parenting, economic stability, access & support, incarceration, and other resources. Online here.

Women in Fatherhood, Inc.
WIFI is comprised of women with direct or indirect professional involvement in the responsible fatherhood field. The mission of Women In Fatherhood is to contribute to and advocate for family and community well-being through the support of positive father involvement and healthy family relationships. Online here.

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 content, please send a message to call 763-473-7432. Thank you.

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