Welcome From the President
James Rodriguez, MSW, Ph.D., Candidate
I have been very fortunate to have a concept provided to me to carry out as a vision that has positively impacted individuals globally. I am also looking to my sunset 15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada to convene February 11-14, 2014. I will transition the day-to-day chief executive responsibilities and this will be my last in service as both chief executive officer and president. I hope to see each of you at this event and keep the momentum of this agency growing to help others improve their abilities to support the diverse needs of children, fathers, mothers, and families around the world.
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. 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. The ability to create a foundation for professional development, promotion of strengthening families, wellness initiatives for children, mothers, fathers and communities with over 20 Board of Director Members, 50 National Affiliates and Four (4) International Affiliates as well as over 100 Member Organizations with programs support or are actively serving over 16 million individuals.
RENEW-REBUILD-RESTORE-REFLECT: I believe our vision for our future and all of the organizations connected to FFCA in 2011 will experience growth as never experienced before as a group. I believe we will expand and support others projects in hopes they Renew fathers; Rebuild communities; Restore families; and Reflect how to build collaborations and best practice programs or initiatives that allowed us in this past year extend capacity of peers by developing capacity building assistance, professional development, edification of elected representation in the United States and international has supported mix of nonprofit, faith-based, government, institutions of higher education as well as private sectors in over 80 nations increase program design, network development a research in the following areas: to strengthen families, wellness, family violence, early childhood development and education, and prioritized health & human services with over 1200 trained professionals, 6,000 hours of continued educations and far reach through virtual platforms to strategically augment the efforts of others internationally.
Our Vision: FFCA strives to provide the premiere national services for those working with fathers and families. We do this by providing professional development training. We differentiate ourselves through our distinctive capacity to connect to diverse organizations and populations nationwide and internationally. This is accomplished through unique networking forums, our national conference, professional development venues, advocacy, and collaboration development.
I am so grateful to be the visionary catalyst over the past seventeen years and, yet, I understand it is now opportunity to increase the leadership through creating a new Leadership Council, Directors and those with expertise from new and existing affiliates that allowed us to conduct the first ever venue on fathers in a Latino nation in Puerto Rico. We now have a partnership with Kaleo Apps that for all of our affiliates they benefit from development of their app for iPhone and Android at no development costs. Moreover, we are working with Gloo to use this mobile app platform to introduce special programs for Military Fathers & Families, Healthy Marriage and Strengthening Families through the use of social media, on-line forums and affiliates will allow us to conduct outreach initiatives through state and regional institutes. Now, is a tremendous time to join FFCA and as I shift from Chief Executive Officer and President to President this will allow for new directors throughout our sphere of influence. The influence of FFCA will include a 2014 forum in Australia, Dominic Republic, Puerto Rico and building off those efforts into Panama and Mexico as well as throughout the United States to advocate for children and their parents.
Personally, I am honored to have a very supportive national board of directors building on our purpose to serve Fatherhood & Family Service Professionals internationally. We look forward to having this interactive website a tool for you to share resources. If you have any questions contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org