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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

Connect Dads and Daughters in Heart to Heart Relationship

The Father-Daughter Summit

A Place For Fathers and Daughters to Bond

As your daughter moves through her teen and young adult years, your commitment to her does not waiver. To shore up your relationship for the days ahead, Father-Daughter Summit has developed a one-day interactive event interspersed with experiential learning and guided one-on-one father-daughter dialogues that will be one of the best days you’ve spent together. Each session is planned to guide you and your daughter as you explore and strengthen your unique relationship.

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Access The 7 Secrets of Effective Fathers Webinar

Join 250,000 plus fathers and you’ll receive a 360 degree assessment of your fathering, with
supportive research based strategies and tips.

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.

Dr Ken

Recent Blogs

Encouraging Our Daughters

Encouraging Our Daughters

Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers recalls the spirited discussions around the family dinner table she had when she was growing up. Their family discussed politics, world events and other goings-on of the day. One day, the topic was President Roosevelt’s attempt to...

When Your Daughter “Becomes a Woman” 

When Your Daughter “Becomes a Woman” 

What are some needed strategies for us dads to how to navigate life with our daughter when she starts her monthly cycle? You have to admit it’s foreign territory for a dad.  In a nutshell, I recommended that you not make a big deal out of it, but continue to show your...

Teaching Daughters About Sex?

Teaching Daughters About Sex?

A dad named Allan wrote to me, not asking should I teach my daughter about sex, but how should I? You see, he’s a single dad. And, he’s wondering, should I find a woman to talk to her? I commend Allan for recognizing the importance of this area of his daughter’s life....

Take Your Daughter to Work 

Take Your Daughter to Work 

I’m reminded of one father who instilled the value of hard work into his daughter. Harry regularly took his daughter Demi to work with him, where she learned the value of hard work, honesty, and generosity. When she grew older, she went to work for him every day, and...

Sex: Daughters

Sex: Daughters

In a world that is sexually spinning out of control, what can we do to protect and support our daughters in this caustic environment?  Now, we know that girls are wired uniquely different than boys. Where boys may be lured in more by the visual temptation, it’s the...

Reflection Dad / Lunch with Daughter

teve had an important lunch appointment. He had traveled several hundred miles, and he was more than a little nervous. But this meeting wasn’t to cut some business deal. It was to start a new relationship. His luncheon partner was his daughter. Michelle had left home...

Daughters and “the Gender War”

Some time ago, I spent a week in the mountains with my daughter Sarah on a father-daughter retreat. For me, it was a cleansing, refreshing time; for Sarah, it was a time of empowerment and blessing to be all God meant her to be.  That week deepened our relationship,...

Daughters and “The Real Thing”

How would you train someone to spot a counterfeit bill? Well, you’d probably make them aware of the common methods of copying the original, and you’d point out telltale signs of fakery. But most of all, you’d want that person to be very, very familiar with the real...

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
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.

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…

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