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June 15, 2016

Each year during June I have a level of anxiety around the celebration of Father’s Day. One would ask why? Well, I’ve been conditioned to wear a smile as I receive my gifts, even if I don’t like them. I’ve been told all year long that fatherhood doesn’t matter. Oh, and for some odd reason all of the restaurants my family wants to take me to have available reservations on Father’s Day. What’s that all about!? Long story, short, I’ve had to... Continue Reading

September 08, 2015

This past July parents, mentors, and caring adults met in the city of Baltimore for a community town hall to discuss ways to parent in a violent world. This was a much-needed conversation at such a critical moment in time. Panelists and community partners discussed the need for parents to filter a lot of the negative imagery and lifestyles that have been easily able to influence the impressionable mind of youth. This led to a deeper... Continue Reading

July 23, 2015

Ed. Note: This story previous appeared on the ACF FamilyRoom Blog and on the AdoptUsKids website.

Mark and Nicole Hayward had been married for 15 years when they became parents for the first time through adoption from foster care.

As part of their search for their “perfect child,” Mark and Nicole registered their family on adoptuskids.org. They began a search for a girl, preferably no older than 12, who shared many of their... Continue Reading

January 12, 2015

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original posting here.

This highlight from the field features Arturo, a participant of the Strong Fathers, Stronger Families program at Seedco (Structured Employment... Continue Reading

December 22, 2014

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original posting here.

This Highlight from the Field features Austin, a participant of the Phoenix House program, a Healthy Marriage grantee of the U.S. Department... Continue Reading

August 25, 2014

"This day is a gift," said Errol Greene, father of two. He, and 400 other guests, came to Gracie Mansion to celebrate the 4th Annual NYC DADS Matter Awards, which honors 10 men who have overcome obstacles and become outstanding fathers. Greene was an honoree in 2011, the first year of the award. Launched in 2010, The Mayor's Fatherhood Initiative has four goals: to remove barriers that fathers may face in interacting with City agencies; to... Continue Reading

June 18, 2014

A lot of us remember that feeling. Waiting. Patiently. The nervous energy. Excitement carefully held at bay. Something AMAZING is about to happen. But what could it be?

Dad.

Dad’s coming! Coming home from work or from an extended stay away. Coming to pick you up and bring you back home with him. Being lucky enough to have a supportive, loving father in their lives brings children better health, educational, and behavioral... Continue Reading

June 13, 2014

In the early 1900’s, Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman in Spokane, Washington, heard a Mother's Day sermon and thought that her father—a widower and Civil War veteran who raised her and her five siblings—should also have a day of honor.  Due to the determination of Dodd and key partners, the first Father’s Day in the United States was celebrated in Spokane in 1910. Father’s Day became a national holiday in 1972.

Photo: NRFC Director... Continue Reading

June 10, 2014

 

The smallest moments can come from the biggest dads.

This week the NRFC and the Ad Council joined WWE to announce a partnership to inspire dads across the country to get more involved in their children’s lives. The campaign will feature WWE Superstars Alberto Del Rio, Titus O’Neil and Roman Reigns experiencing poignant moments with their actual children in a humorous way.  The PSAs communicate some ways that fathers – even... Continue Reading

April 17, 2014

Ed.  Note: This story originally appeared on AdoptUSKids and on the ACF Family Room Blog.

Marc, 13, of New Jersey (top right) is an honor student in middle school. He’s a typical teenager who likes video games, loves his two family dogs Buddy and Molly and sometimes gets annoyed by his older 15-year-old brother Matthew (top left).

However, Marc’s life wasn’t always so typical. Before being adopted at age seven by his dad Paul (... Continue Reading