Welcome From the President
On behalf of my family, members of the FFCA Board of Directors, FFCA Affiliates, and my professional family in Fathers & Families Coalition of America (FFCA) I am excited to serve and guide FFCA as a resource for practitioners and leader internationally. We have invested heavily over the past 15 years to support the capacity of professionals, researchers, and parents by exposing them to technical assistance and professional development support. If you are reading my position for the advancement of services to remove hindrance working with fathers, it is my vision that together, we will even do more…
I believe we are in a position that we must leave a lasting imprint that improves the lives of children in this world who desire the best from both their mother and father. FFCA’s purpose really is for children and create a stage where stakeholders come together and develop their powerful potential to make a change in this generation and an elimination of procrastination and now be about action. Personally, I can not wait anymore for procrastination, starting with myself. The theme for our agency, our national conference and throughout 2015 is “The Wait Is Over.” We will introduce more international local chapters, expand our national conference to a staggering 80 plus workshops focus on fathers and their impacts on children, mothers, families and communities. We will take our brand into other nations and support their capacity to serve families. We will expand on our research team and support agencies needing high impact evaluations. We will do more and I will expect more from myself to continuously improve my leadership, self-awareness as a person, father, friend and servant leader.
How can we deny children and that we must make a major impact on this generation. We have so many knowledgeable professionals and researchers that must apply this knowledge to build programs. Action, the action of now to help build sustained and on-going programs that right now are touching the lives of fathers, mothers, children, communities and nations. Therefore, I am asking starting with myself and to you if you read this welcome letter that this is an appointed time for us to build. In the past two decades, I have never seen the outreach from individuals around the world seeking support with the agenda to improve fathers’ involvement in the lives of their children.
We need your help to build and sustain our platforms that provide powerful opportunities to improve the lives of children. What has happened with support by joining us as FFCA Affiliates; I see as I come to end of my professional journey at FFCA that nobody can take credit for the past two decades for all of the global impact. If you join us right now as a FFCA Affiliate you would be coming at the most important time on the agenda to expand support now for practitioners around the world. We need your support now! We started from humble beginnings from Coolidge, Arizona to Sydney, Australia. This is not a trick to get you engaged but to share the fact of a special seed that has grown into something special. I want to share that when I started FFCA, I just simply got started. There are always more reasons that you can not then reason that you can. But I want to share it is now that you must either develop or expand programs out of the government, higher education, faith-based, and community based organizations to build for the future in the now and not your past.
I could not build a legacy on what I intended to do or what I wanted to do and FFCA’s legacy is just in the infancy stage. However, in the past few years, we have expanded through affiliated organizations, professional development, public and social policy recommendations, and now we continue with a National Fatherhood Practitioner & Healthy Relationship Educator Certificate and an interactive International Hub for Fatherhood & Family Service Professionals.
I want to share how we have grown from planted as a seed in rural Arizona, Fathers & Families Coalition of America’s vision is to improve the lives of children through father involvement and building stronger families by growing domestic and international affiliates and membership for networking development, capacity building assistance and increasing common core standards for professionals working with fathers. We have been fortunate to have the Affiliate base grow as a request and I look forward to your continued involvement in 2015 and beyond by joining us now as a FFCA Affiliate. In 1773, Benjamin Franklin said, “Well done is better then well said” we are getting ready to move in 2016 to say “well done” but we cannot do any of what we will do without you!
Planted as a seed in rural Arizona, Fathers & Families Coalition of America’s vision is to improve the lives of children through father involvement and building stronger families. We will strive to produce the best out Fathers & Families Coalition with our Year of Rise Up Families!
- Increase coalition members as local chapters (affiliates) throughout the United States and in other nations that will create a platform of support and networking.
- Maximize our potential by using our virtual and social media platforms to reach more nations and help international organizations develop or enhance strengthening family and father services.
- Launching a new inspirational and educational platform: Cornerstone:Dads eJournal promoting healthier fathers and families global publication.
- National Policy Council will allow our organization to develop advocacy addressing domestic and international policies promoting improved outcomes for children.
- Expand our capacity building assistance for professionals working with fathers and families at our national conference and summer conference in Puerto Rico.
- Capitol Hill Days, National Policy Summit and National Policy Town Hall events to address the needs of “in-risk” children and families through advocacy platforms suggested through our National Policy Council Members.
I want you contact me at any time with to share how you can now be a part of Fathers & Families Coalition by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call • 424-225-1323.