Florida Hosts First of its Kind Training for Non-Profit Grantees of Father First, the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative

As part of the Father First initiative, 28 non-profit community organizations gathered in Orlando for the inaugural “Tomorrow’s Ties” training conference focused on non-profit sustainability and networking.  In 2023, the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) established a statewide network of community organizations through the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative to provide services to empower fathers […]

Empowering Boys to Become Successful Young Men: The Impact of No Longer Fatherless

In the heart of Volusia and Flagler counties, No Longer Fatherless shines bright for boys growing up without father figures. The nonprofit stands as a pillar of support, by recruiting, training and matching mentors with young men aged six to 19. Through one-on-one mentorship, No Longer Fatherless offers a safe space for participating boys to […]

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Statewide Network Established to Support Florida’s Fatherhood Initiative

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the launch of a statewide community network and the Father First website as part of Florida’s fatherhood initiative. The Father First initiative includes educational programs, mentorship programs and one-on-one support to encourage responsible and involved fatherhood in Florida. “As a father of three, I am proud of our state for supporting measures that […]

DCF Highlights Responsible Fatherhood Month with Roundtable 

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Shevaun Harris hosted a roundtable in Tampa regarding the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative as part of Responsible Fatherhood Month. Secretary Harris was joined by Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Secretary Eric Hall, Director of All Pro Dads Jason Hood, Pastor Lyn Masslieno with Northwest Florida […]

DCF Announces $21.2 Million in Available Funding to Support Responsible Fatherhood in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Children and Families announced the availability of $21.2 million through the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. In 2022, Governor Ron DeSantis joined by the Legislature, national, and community leaders signed HB 7065 which created the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative and highlights the important and critical role that fathers have in their […]