NATIVE AMERICAN FATHERHOOD AND FAMILIES ASSOCIATION
From November 27th through the 29th I (Garrett Campbell) had the opportunity to attend the Fatherhood is Sacred™, Motherhood is Sacred™ training in Mesa, AZ. The training is facilitated by Albert Pooley, NAFFA’s founder, and president. The training was very uplifting, and it raised my spirits. As a son, father, and tribal citizen it is a great responsibility to be a leader and strong role model for our children. This training sparked a fire within me and showed me that I can work towards being a better husband and father by practicing gratitude, showing understanding and more respect, and by pitching in to do my part. I have a 3-year-old daughter. One day she will be a mother, and my hope is to instill all of my morals, values, and knowledge within her so she can be a strong mother for her children.
The Community & Family Services will begin a local Fatherhood is Sacred™, Motherhood is Sacred™ program in January 2019, in Smith River. We will be mailing information with details to TDN citizens in the weeks to come. The program is free of charge and we will provide meals as well as childcare. This program is open to TDN TANF participants first and then to TDN citizens residing in Del Norte and Curry counties as space allows.
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NAFFA’s Mission is to strengthen families by responsibly involving fathers and mothers in the lives of their children, families, and communities to provide happy and safe families. The program has worked with some of the most challenging groups of Native American men. Soon after the program started, the fathers wanted the mothers to experience the program as well, so the curriculum expanded to include mothers. The intense 12-week program touches on various topics such as cultural values, historical trauma, leadership, self-identity, and numerous others.
Through their success, NAFFA had found that their purpose and methods extend to people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. The importance of responsible fatherhood and motherhood is universal, which is why they welcome and invite everyone to experience their programs.