UK agency ‘Fathers Direct’ has re-launched itself as the ‘Fatherhood Institute’ to better reflect their work with agencies ,researchers and policy makers rather than directly with fathers.
The Fatherhood Institute is one of very few fathers agencies in the world getting significant funding from their government, and have become one of the most important resources about fatherhood and working with fathers in the world.
Fathers Direct was set up after the success of UK author Adrienne Burgess’s book ‘Fatherhood Reclaimed’ in 1997. Burgess was instrumental in starting the agency and obtaining government support.
In 2003 Fathers Direct hosted the International Fatherhood Summit, an intense working week of 50 hand-picked ‘experts’ in the field and funded by the Bernard-van-Leer Foundation, a Holland-based international funder of Early Childhood Development projects. Father & Child Trust was one of the invitees.