Project Fatherhood is a program of Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. We have worked with more than 15,000 fathers and 23,000 children across Los Angeles County since 1996. Some of the fathers we work with are required to attend parenting classes to satisfy child welfare case requirements; some are referred from community partners; many come to us needing help with employment. They often face challenges related to criminal... Continue Reading
DadTalk Blog: Employment
Popular Tags: Employment
Ed note: This post originally appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.
As summer approaches, we want to highlight the importance of community summer jobs programs, and share a set of resources that may be helpful to community efforts.
A well-structured summer jobs program can provide important benefits to its participants and the community as a whole. First, it may provide the first opportunity for a... Continue Reading
Why do fathers come to fatherhood programs? After talking with many responsible fatherhood program practitioners and the diverse fathers they serve, the answer to that is usually ongoing challenges with child support obligations, a lack of opportunities to spend time with their children (often because of co-parenting relationship problems), or numerous issues with finding and maintaining stable employment. Many of the fathers have admitted... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here.
Oftentimes, the first step towards economic self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty is employment. This OFA Highlight from the Field video showcases Juan Evans King, a Connections to Success program participant, and his successful employment.... Continue Reading
Dads are often superheroes at home, but what their job can vary pretty drastically from day to day. A company that supports the balance between work and family helps dads be super no matter where they are.
Most jobs meet the basic function of giving dads the pay that allows them to support their family. But some companies are offering perks that strengthen dads’ ability to take care of the home and family.
Many companies offer... Continue Reading
When John first connected with ADVOCAP's Fathers and Family Stability Project (FFSP), he had just lost his job and was in danger of losing his housing. John had some contact with his daughter, but his visits were becoming limited due to his housing situation. As a part of his initial interview with the program, FFSP learned that John had grown up in the foster care system never having a stable residency or care takers. As a result, John’s... Continue Reading
In just a few short weeks, Antonio* went from being a client receiving fatherhood services to an advocate to the community about the importance of fathers and families.
Antonio attended the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) Fatherhood Program within Jefferson County Reentry Fatherhood Initiative. Antonio often spoke about his hair-cutting abilities. After completing the program, Antonio found the confidence to open his own... Continue Reading
Mario Renteria started with Project Padres at Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program in El Centro, CA, as a participant in 2012. Like many participants, he was unemployed, separated from his spouse, and at a crossroads. Mario wanted to have a better relationship with his three children and their mother, but didn’t know where to start. Mario signed up with Project Padres to learn how he could communicate better with his family and... Continue Reading
I recently had the opportunity to visit RecycleForce, a social enterprise in Indianapolis, IN that operates a recycling business while providing transitional jobs and comprehensive support services to formerly incarcerated individuals.
RecycleForce received a $5.5 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transition Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) to serve low-income, non-custodial fathers with criminal records. To implement... Continue Reading
Last week, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced seven new grant awards totaling $39.7 million, an investment focused on helping non-custodial parents become better fathers by connecting them to job opportunities and teaching them the skills they need to keep these jobs and support their families financially.
In my role within the Department of Labor and as a participant in the White House's Interagency Working Group on... Continue Reading