Champions for Children Expands Fatherhood Initiative

Thanks to additional grant funding, Champions is excited to expand its FRANC program services for fathers!  

In 2023, the Florida Legislature assigned more than $68.9 million to support services geared toward responsible fatherhood. These programs include evidence-based parenting education and campaigns that support the public awareness of responsible fatherhood initiatives.  

Father First  

Champions for Children is proud to have been selected as one of the nonprofits to receive grant funding from the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families 

Sinziana Bularca is the director for Champions’ FRANC program. She says, “We are honored to be named as an awardee. The grant will enable us to make an even greater impact on fathers, children, and the families we serve.”  

Father First is a statewide and community-driven initiative empowering fathers to embrace their unique roles in their children’s lives. Born from the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative that was signed into law as HB 7065 in 2022 by Governor Ron DeSantis, this initiative highlights the critical role of fathers and provides resources to them and at-risk male students throughout Florida. Through this historic legislation, the Florida Legislature appropriated over $68.9 million to support services for fathers provided through a variety of organizations and a responsible fatherhood public awareness campaign. Father First is a place for dads and future dads to find resources, encouragement, and connection needed to be better every day. For more information visit 

Champions is FRANC about fatherhood.   

At Champions, we believe that being a nurturing father is critical for a child’s happy, healthy development. FRANC offers special father-specific services to promote positive fatherhood and address the unique opportunities and challenges faced by fathers and father-figures. Through these services, FRANC provides education, resources, and support to empower fathers and father-figures to build safe, healthy, nurturing relationships with their children and celebrate the joys of positive fatherhood.   

In 2024, we will be expanding our father-focused services. Visit to learn more about FRANC and stay up to date on upcoming services. Or, for additional questions, contact our Parent Warm Line at 813-673-4646 ext. 7.