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Fathers and GRANDfathers Wanted!15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference February 11, 2014

If you’ve not ever heard of the Fathers & Families Coalition of America, it’s time you did!  They are having a fabulous event in February in Las Vegas.  Mark your calendar to be there!  For more information click here: https://fathersandfamiliescoalition.org/15th-annual-conference-schedule-at-a-glance-2014

 “When We Make Things Better For Fathers – Then We Make Things Better For Families.”

FATHERS & FAMILIES COALITION OF AMERICA, INC. is a national professional development and membership nonprofit group. (FFCA) focuses on the promotion of responsible fatherhood and healthy relationships. Working with state and local affiliated chapters, memberships, and other stakeholders, the organization provides leadership to promote and implement professional development and program development efforts at both the national and local levels.

FFCA assist its member base in determining Best and Promising Practices that are culturally appropriate for promoting responsible fatherhood and building healthy relationships. All FFCA Affiliates are entitled to one staff member being trained and credentialed in the FFCA National Fatherhood Practitioner & Healthy Relationship Educator Certificate sanctioned by National Association of Social Workers.


  • Access to Technical Assistance
  •  Program Evaluation
  • Access to some of the nation’s top researchers beyond social work but the pathology of why & what needs of targeted populations
  • Coalition building between networks of professionals around the country that is unique by bringing in expertise from a multiplicity of professions
  • Families.National Program Assessment Tool to guide organizational capacity and improve program outcomes. 
  • Advanced Professional Development: National Certification, National Conference, and Regional Institutes.
  • Public Policy: Briefings, Leadership on Town Halls, Leadership on Capitol Hill, Policy Briefings, and the ability to access and receive federal initiatives and special briefings by FFCA Affiliates.
  • Creating a National Hub of Resources & Information.
  • Access to a Mobile & Virtual Platform

With the help of affiliated chapters, consultants, colleagues and concerned individuals like the organization is reconnecting fathers to children, strengthening families and building stronger communities nationwide. The organization’s multiple local programs, foster awareness that both mothers and fathers provide critical contributions to the development of children.

FFCA has an expanded affiliate base to garner a broader network of members capable of servicing the needs of families in various communities across the nation. The goal is to galvanize the group through a multi-level membership status, and to provide ongoing executive training, development, and support in conjunction with the level of membership participation.

To learn more about Fathers & Families Coalition of America, click here: http://fathersandfamiliescoalition.org/about-us

james rodriquezMr. James Rodriguez, M.S.W, Ph. D. Candidate, CEO/President of  Fathers & Families Coalition of America, Inc., a premiere professional development and membership non-profit providing services throughout Arizona since 1994 and nationally since 1999. James spearheads day-to-day operations in the support of national capacity building services for health & human services providers for fragile families. He has organized and coordinated multiple simultaneous programs and projects to maximize efficiency and support the community expanding operations to include 13 affiliates and a membership base of over 290 colleagues nationally.

 Under his direction FFCA has collaborated to serve at-risk young fathers, welfare to work participants, at-risk youth, incarcerated parents, re-entry programs, best practice programdevelopment and other special programs statewide and nationally. Programs developed by Mr. Rodriguez, has accounted for more than 23 million dollars of new grant funds to implement direct services for at-risk youth, low-income individuals, community development and capacity building grants and research projects.
As faculty at Mesa Community College Mr. Rodriguez developed twenty human development courses and served as the Arizona Director for Cornell University’s Family Worker Development Credential.  As a senior research specialist for Arizona State University’s Hispanic Family Research Project, Mr. Rodriguez worked with several hundred teen gang members to promote positive lifestyle changes through group therapy services and scope of services for this longitudinal study.
 Additionally, Mr. Rodriguez served as a member for: National Alliance for Hispanic Families founding Member, Washington, DC; Executive Board Member of 100 Black Men of Phoenix; Executive Council Member of the National Parent Educator Network; Executive Member of the Family & Corrections Network Board of Directors, Virginia; Member of the Rehoboth Community Development Corporation Board of Directors, Arizona; Member of the First Institutional Baptist Church FIBCO, Inc. Board of Directors, Arizona; Board of Director Member Maricopa County Human Services Department Head Start Division, Arizona ;Contributing Editor BSI International, In Search of Fatherhood a Forum for and About Fathers, Philadelphia; and Executive Board member of First New Life, Phoenix.
Mr. Rodriguez was a Federal Evaluator for U.S. D.H.H.S as a Head Start and Early Head Start Federal Reviewer and Mentor for new Mental Health and Family evaluators. Mr. Rodriguez served as a Federal Evaluator for USDHHS/Office of Refugee Resettlement for Somalia and Sudanese refugee communities..
Rodriguez retired with honors from the United States Air Force in 2003 after serving over twenty years in the armed forces (US Army, US Air Force and US Air Force Reserves) combined. James received his Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and is currently on sabbatical as a doctoral student. He is blessed with four children and a daughter in-law. As a single father he raised his son James Antonio 22 and Amber Inez 20 and later blessed with his daughers Alexa and Jazmín. On December 12, 2009 his son married Cassandra Marie and now the family has expanded.

Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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