Our Story

Native American Fatherhood & Families Association (NAFFA) began in 2002 with just one father and the mission of bringing men back to strengthening their families. Since then, NAFFA has successfully impacted thousands of lives and families.

 

NAFFA is an Arizona based non-profit 501(C) (3) organization that provides programs to strengthen families through responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Our programs are one of a kind, creating a real passion in parents to take a leadership role in keeping families together and growing healthy children.

We have three signature curricula, 1.) Fatherhood Is Sacred®, Motherhood Is Sacred®, 2.) Linking Generations By Strengthening Relationships® and 3.) Addressing Family Violence & Abuse®. Our Fatherhood Is Sacred®, Motherhood Is Sacred® program is our foundational curriculum, the Linking Generations By Strengthening Relationships® and Addressing Family Violence & Abuse builds upon that foundation. To learn more about our curricula and how they are distinct from other social service programs.

Philosophy

Approach

Families are at the heart of all cultures. There is no work more important than fatherhood & motherhood. 

Today, many people and agencies view fathers as the cause of most family social problems. However, NAFFA takes the position that fathers are not the problem, but the solution & must take the lead in keeping families together. 

NAFFA understands that to help others make positive changes, you must love the people whom you serve & the work you bring to them. 

Our approach is based on a culturally rich model that inspires & self-motivates through natural techniques. 

We help parents devote their best efforts in teaching and raising their children to develop the potential and attributes needed for success in life. 

Our method is to uplift, encourage, assist, and teach. Filling life with hope, gratitude, and understanding has a powerful effect in changing attitudes and behavior. There is no better way. 

Founder/President

Albert M. Pooley

Albert M. Pooley was born to the Hopi and Navajo Native American cultures.
He grew up close to both cultures on the reservation where the love of a father taught him outstanding life lessons.

He holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Masters of  Public Administration (MPA).

Mr. Pooley has extensive experience as a marriage and family counselor.
He appreciates the role of being a father and he finds joy in teaching
principles that are relevant to his Native American culture.

Our Staff

Amy Fa'atoafe
Cheryl Curry
Chris Kill
Elvira James
Karra Papa
Mark Charging
Nancy Clay
Neil Tift
Valerie Hollobaugh
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Neil Tift

Neil is the Training Coordinator for NAFFA. He has worked with fathers for the past 26 years in Minnesota, Maryland and now Arizona. He is a parent educator, family mediator, university instructor, game maker, staff trainer and overweight jogger. Neil is the proud father of three, grandfather of twelve and foster father of many. Neilt@aznaffa.org