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Need funding attend state bidders conference

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Thursday, March 26, 2015

DFFC continues to support the community by providing information and education that will help fathers, families and their children.

If you are seeking funding

On April 7th at 1:00 a bidders conference will be held in the Auditorium at the Deldot Bldg. located on Beech St off Maryland Ave.
Please go to for more information.

2015 Delaware Alcohol Prevention Week Kick-Off

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DFFC Fathers and Parents this is a great event to enjoy together with your children and help promote the prevention of substance abuse.

Join us for the 2015 Delaware Alcohol Prevention Week Kick-Off as we celebrate those who understand, if you are under-age, DON’T DRINK!! The event is sponsored by the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health through funding made available by the Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG). The program features the prevention efforts of youth from communities throughout Delaware and a morning of family fun! We hope to see you there

Glasgow junior's message: We need our fathers

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Something broke inside Kasai Guthrie when his father returned to the Philadelphia area. He was closer, sure – much closer to Kasai's Newark home than when he lived in Florida, where he had moved when Kasai was 4 years old.

For years, Kasai had been told his father couldn't see him often because of that distance. Five states were between Delaware and Florida.

But now there would be just one borderline, only about 35 miles door to door, and Kasai was psyched. He knew how things would go. His father would come to his basketball games at Layton Preparatory School. They would hang around together and spend hours talking about girls, basketball and other stuff fathers and sons discuss.

But it didn't happen. Kasai was not seeing his father any more than when he lived five states away. He was crushed.

The strong, confident Kasai, who aced almost all of his classes, stood as a leader among his peers, and excelled in basketball, started to disappear. A powerful depression descended upon him. He didn't want to get up in the morning. And anger broke out in ways that left his mother stunned.

"He plummeted into someone we didn't know," she said. "Cursing out teachers? What? Bringing home F's? What? What just happened?"

It's what happened next that changed Kasai's world and launched a mission that he hopes could change the world for other kids who grew up without their fathers.

He calls it "We Need Our Fathers" and it has been the focus of presentations, like the one Jan. 17 at P.S. DuPont Middle School in Wilmington. The purpose is to promote strong role models for young males of color.

Kasai Guthrie, now a 17-year-old junior at Glasgow High School, is coming back.

Distant parents

Kasai's father, William Guthrie, knew nothing of this trouble. The former International Boxing Federation light heavyweight world champion (1997) stayed in touch with his son – one of 12 children (four boys, eight girls) he fathered over the years. They spent time together in the summers and had periodic visits. But he had no clue that his son wanted more.

Truth be told, William Guthrie had never known the kind of father Kasai was looking for either. He loved the two men who held the title in his life – his biological father, who was a junkie, and his stepfather, who was a hard worker and reliable, but also a junkie until he beat heroin and became an alcoholic. Both now are dead.

Read full article by Beth Miller, The News Journal

Building a better life for black Delawareans

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Monday, February 16, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Sheldon Nix: The power of a father and a mother in the black family

The story of the black family, and of black men in particular, that is often told in our society is that black men are living marginal lives at best and have abandoned their many children and don't want to be involved.

A young African American man I'll call Alex told me sobbing in a group session I was leading one day that "If my father had loved us like he loved his new children (by his second wife), I would never have become addicted." He bought the almost always false idea that his father had not wanted to love him and his siblings. That version of the story misses the real reasons some black fathers aren't involved with their children.

Alex began to see his father differently when another man in the group told him in tears (yes, black men cry) that in his first marriage, he was often high, often out with other women, and not connected to his first group of children. The stresses of life and marital struggles were major factors in his lack of involvement with his kids. But now, he told us, he was remarried, had become a serious Christian, was drug free, and had a good career. And he was trying to be a good husband and father to his "new" family with the support of his church. That's not a "turnaround" story we often hear.

And then there are the stories of black men like my father Theophilus, Delaware's second black attorney, who stayed with my mother for 56 years until he died and was a great dad. That's another kind of story that doesn't often get told. We have to understand the multiple "father stories" in our communities, the different patterns of involvement and parental effectiveness and the factors that influence involvement and effectiveness, if we are going to strengthen the black family.

And it's shocking how much it matters that fathers be involved in the lives of their children. In Delaware, 40.1 percent of white children are born to single mothers, but 72.1 percent of black children are born to single mothers (Source: Kids Count 2014). And the impact of that one fact is shattering. Just take poverty. A child in Delaware living with two parents is living in a household earning $82,058 a year on average. A child living with just one parent is living in a household earning just $25,201 – over three times less income (Source: Kids Count 2014).

Put another way, the poverty rate for kids drops dramatically when the child is living with two parents (biological or step-parents). Nationally, children in father-absent homes are five times more likely to be poor, and significantly more likely to end up in prison, end up using drugs, become pregnant as teens, end up dropping out of school, and yes, end up dead.

"Helping fathers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds improve their own lives and helping them be good fathers and partners is the purpose of the Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition" says Mary Polk, founder of, the state's largest father-focused organization ( With over 150 organizations and leaders as members, the coalition is spearheading a movement to promote father involvement in the lives of their children, and to enable effective co-parenting between fathers and mothers regardless of whether the two biological parents are still together as a couple.

As the Complexities of Color Agenda makes clear, there are other "pillars" upon which we must rebuild our struggling community. But the enormous impact of father absence on the lives of our children makes a compelling case that, in addition to the vital task of supporting single mothers, we must also strengthen father involvement.

The Rev. Dr. Sheldon Nix is coordinator of the Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition.

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Stress is another factor that can negatively affect our heart health

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Sunday, February 08, 2015

Stress is another factor that can negatively affect our heart health. We all have some stress in our lives, but families experiencing high-conflict relationships may be exposed to unhealthy levels of stress. In addition to affecting heart health, unhealthy levels of stress can lead to chronic fatigue, depression or over-use of substances such as alcohol.

Recognizing the signs of unhealthy conflict in a relationship allows couples and families to address concerns and work together to improve relationship skills as a strategy for reducing stress. Wonder how well you manage conflict? Visit our Virtual Training Center and take the Conflict Management Course, part of our Core Marriage and Healthy Relationship Skills (4-part series) and find out. Healthy communication and conflict management are part of a healthy lifestyle just like eating right and regular physical activity. Take advantage of the tips and resources below to assist you and the families you serve in strengthening relationships and getting heart healthy.

Information from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

Some tips to keep your relationship healthy

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Sunday, February 08, 2015

Some tips to keep your relationship healthy

Research shows that improved emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health leads to better outcomes for couples and families. Couples can support each other in improving their health by doing activities together or encourage each other to do activities alone or with friends. Here are several tips to keep yourself and your relationship healthy

  • - Practice deep breathing and other stress management techniques, which are available in many communities at no or low cost through community centers and health centers.
  • - Focus on relationship maintenance strategies such as eliminating distractions (TV, phone) during meals.
  • - Spend time together in the community; volunteer to serve meals once a month at a homeless shelter, for example.
  • - Go for a walk together after dinner, and/or limit fast food intake to once a month.

Information from the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

For more tips to support healthy relationships, see the Resource Center tip sheet, "Why good health matters in relationships."

The 2015 Tailormade Marriage Summit

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition supports Dr. David and Bernadette Mills along with their Tailormade Team on their 2015 Tailormade Marriage Summit.

For more information contact 302.328.5557 or email:

Sussex County CLC Faith-Based Ambassadorship Training

Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sussex County CLC Faith-Based Ambassadorship Training Georgetown, DE 19947

The training will be facilitated by Sussex County Leadership Committee President: Wade G. Jones. The trainings will review the Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition:
Mission: As a united change agent, we are committed to building a sustainable community coalition that champions father involvement and supports healthy adult relationships, specifically effective co-parenting which in turn provides positive outcomes for Delaware children and communities,
Vision: The envisions healthy and resilient Delaware children whose fathers are involved and parents effectively work together Organizational Structure, Key Components of Father Involvements,
Facts, Statistics and Myths Roles and Responsibilities of an Ambassador and the four (4) Strategic Priorities:

Priority 1: Promote Father Involvement as a Positive Influence - Increase community awareness of the importance of and commitment to father involvement in the lives of their children.

Priority 2: Build a Self-Sustaining, Self-Determining Coalition - Stimulate a broad-based positive social movement to combat father absence and promote father involvement.

Priority 3: Provide DFFC Education & Technique Assistance Opportunities: Provided fatherhood and healthy adult relationship educational opportunities and technical assistance to increase the capacity of the community to support father involvement.

Priority 4: Promote Fatherhood & Co-Parenting Services: Promote fatherhood and healthy adult relationship services and activities by DFFC members.


About DFFC

The Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition is an extension of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative created specifically to give a voice to fathers and the importance of their involvement for the well-being of their children.

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