Mission: The Minnesota Fathers & Families Network enhances healthy father-child relationships by promoting initiatives that inform public policy and further develop the field of fatherhood practitioners statewide.
Through this broad program, MFFN is changing the way that non-profit organizations and government agencies interact with families and children. MFFN is leading staff development trainings, presenting educational workshops, and convening working groups to expand father-friendly programming. In 2009, MFFN sponsored 8 day-long seminars for family services professionals and led a field trip to four innovative fatherhood programs. MFFN sponsored a 2-day professional conference, the Minnesota Fatherhood Summit, including the Excellence in Fatherhood Awards, a public policy dinner speaker, and 15 other training sessions. MFFN staff presented workshops or set-up exhibit tables at over 20 conferences/training events across Minnesota, hosted by other organizations. MFFN staff facilitated programmatic strategic planning processes in two communities. Staff also participated on over one dozen statewide and community-based planning teams dedicated to changing the way that non-profit and government agencies interact with families and children. Through this work, family service professionals and educators are creating more father-friendly and father-inclusive community programs.