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What are the 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers?

Learn what over 250,000 dads have discovered by taking part in this engaging research-based program
which has strengthened their relationship to their children.

When Fathers Are Engaged and Focused, Children Thrive

At the National Center for Fathering, we have a warehouse of over
three-plus decades of research, cutting-edge tools and practical insights that
have provided training for dads and leaders, impacting millions of children
and their households. The data is compelling: inattentive, disconnected fathering leads to poorer outcomes for children. In contrast, fathers who are committed to their kids, and engaged in their lives, and who are growing as dads in healthy ways, provide a foundation of strength and destiny for their children, and leave a positive legacy which impacts generations.


Become a Dad Leader: Encourage Other Dads

If you represent a group or are in a helping profession–or you simply want to use your gifts and opportunities to equip and inspire dads–you can become an NCF trainer. Let’s connect.
As a trainer, you will:
  • Receive training on the 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers and the Personal Fathering Profile
  • Be trained in three Fathering Curricula: Quenching the Fathering Thirst, The ICAN’s of Fathering, and Dads of Destiny
  • Have an opportunity to submit guest blogs to NCF’s website and be recognized as a NCF trainer
  • Receive codes to access the 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers Profile & Webinar to utilize with groups or individual dads
  • Receive early draft of all new research reports

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Join 250,000 plus fathers and you’ll receive a 360 degree assessment of your fathering, with
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Meet the Founder, Dr. Ken Canfield

Dr Ken
Dr. Ken Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar who has committed his life to strengthening men, fathers, families and grandparents. He founded the National Center for Fathering ( and the National Association for Grandparenting, (

He is a trusted voice and counsel to many non-profits, community organizations, state and regional efforts which are strengthening families. He has written both popular and scientific articles on fathering and is a frequent guest on programs which promote responsible fathering. In addition, Canfield has been heard on a daily weekday radio commentary, Today’s Father, which he began in 1993 and aired on over 600 stations. He has been interviewed on The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s World News Tonight, Focus, and numerous other radio and television programs, especially during Father’s Day.

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Recent Blogs

How to Actively Listen to Your Child

How to Actively Listen to Your Child

We live in a world of distractions. And dad, your child is not one of them. There have never been this many different things competing for our attention. As they add more apps and capabilities to our smart phones and more streaming services with more interesting...

Kids Need a Dad Who Loves (or Respects) Their Mom

Kids Need a Dad Who Loves (or Respects) Their Mom

As dads, we need each other. One of the best ways to grow as a father is to meet regularly with other like-minded guys. We see that other dads share some of the same experiences, and we’re more likely to open up about our own issues. As dads, we’re not alone, and we...

Kids Need Consistent, Reliable Dads

Kids Need Consistent, Reliable Dads

What makes a good umpire in baseball? Is it flawless eyesight? Confidence? Decisiveness? Experience? Maybe the ability to deal with angry managers? Yes. Yes. And yes. But if you ask the players, most likely the quality at the top of their list would be something...

The National Center for Fathering Has Worked Cooperatively with Communities, Cities, States and Countries Around the Globe to Strengthen Responsible Fathering

Our Trainers

Ken R. Canfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Canfield is a nationally known leader and scholar and founded the National Center for Fathering – – in 1990. He is the author of twelve books on fathering and family life and has keynoted and presented at dozens of state and community conferences and led hundreds of seminars.
George Williams

Dr. George Williams

Dr. Williams is a nationally recognized fathering and family expert. He has testified as an expert fathering witness before a Senate sub-committee, visited the White House to coordinate the First Lady’s visit to his R.E.A.D. to Kids program at a Kansas City elementary school and attended her Helping America’s Youth conference and White House reception.

George Williams

Michelle Watson Canfield, Ph.D, LPC

Michelle is founder of The Abba Project, a 9-month group forum that is designed to equip dads to more intentionally and consistently relate to their teen and young-adult daughters. She is author of the book, Dad, Here’s What I Really Need from You: A Guide for Connecting with Your Daughter’s Heart. More coming. . Read more…