The Fathers program at the Family Action Centre produces a wide range of resources for practitioners and service providers. If you'd like to buy any of the books listed below, simply contact the FAC resources section by phone on 02 4921 6403 (fax 02 4921 8686) or email FAC Events.
Men and fathers: books and resources to buy
Set of 4 x A2 posters
'The Magic of Fathers'; captures the essence of soon-to-be and new dads..
Cards sold in boxes of 500 (small quantities available on request)
Bringing Fathers In handbook: How to engage with men for the benefit of everyone in the family
The Nuts & Bolts of Kids & Schools: A parenting course for fathers of school-aged children
Ken Bright, Sue Pascoe, Craig d'Arcy, Simone Silberberg & Richard Fletcher
So Now You're A Dad
Craig Hammond and Richared Fletcher
A DVD in which Indigenous men candidly discuss their feelings, from fear for their partner's health to their sense of joy at becoming a father.
Focus on Fathers
John Andriunas, Dave Turnidge and Victoria Clay
This CD brings together all the resources, knowledge and experience accumulated by the Fathers in Communities workers during their work in schools around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, NSW.
Fatherhood Research in Australia: report
Richard Fletcher, Hedy Fairburn & Sue Pascoe
7 Days That Matter: Building your father-son relationship
113 Ways to be involved as a father (poster)
A4 size: $8.00 (+P&P)
A3 size: $11.00 (+P&P)
A2 size: $22.00 (+P&P)
Free resources to download
1. Australian Fatherhood Research Network
Sign up for FREE regular AFRN bulletins on the latest research on fathers.
2. Involving Fathers in Early Childhood Services
A new web site (created the Family Action Centre and Good Beginnings) full of useful information, resources and links for fathers, both biological and social.
3. Antenatal services
The research report Fathers Access to Family-related Services included a survey of new fathers' attitudes to parenting education and their knowledge of support services.
4. Fathers and schools
4.1. The FAST (Fathers and Schools Together) literacy program focuses on helping schools to bring fathers more into their children's literacy learning. The FAST Manual provides teacher support to engage dads in the nitty-gritty of classroom learning as well as supporting the children at home. A copy of the FAST information sheet is available to download from this site.
4.2. The Fathers program works with schools to introduce dads to the school environment and encourage their participation. Among the free reports available are a Nuts & Bolts evaluation report, the fathers' involvement with children's literacy, and a FAST Activities overview.
5. General resources
5.1. How does your school measure up when it comes to involving fathers? Try our father-friendly Checklist for Including Fathers (23 KB Word doc) and Father-figures in schools and find out.
5.2. How can schools document how many fathers are involved, and what type of activity are they involved in?
If you are not exactly sure then you may want to try our Father Involvement Inventory (11 KB pdf) and get some hard data.
5.3. Wondering how to get more fathers involved? Here are five rules to follow: Five rules for attracting fathers and father figures (18 KB pdf).
5.4. If you want to know what makes men volunteer in school, then we have a great booklet to show your staff and your dads. Having a Go: Why Men Volunteer in School (1.7 MB pdf).
6. 100 Ways to Praise Dad
A simple, free A4 sheet (65 KB pdf) with 100 simple positive statements for dads. Produced by Community Programs Incorporated Grafton Clarence Valley.