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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

March 31, 2014

Fatherhood Buzz February 2014 Healthy Relationships took place at barbershops and community partners across the country on Saturday, February 20, 2014. Squirt & Louis’ Perfect Cut in Dothan, AL was featured in this WTVY News 4 feature highlighting the event.  Learn about the initiative and see the Buzz in action. Featured topics of discussion includes some of the tips from the Fatherhood Buzz February 2014 Healthy Relationships Tip Card,... Continue Reading

March 07, 2014

Ed. Note:  Story is modified from an article that first appeared in the St. Louis American. Read the original story here.

Mario Turner sat among 22 members of the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis' 100th graduating class hosted by Bank of America on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.His two-year-old daughter, Mia, sat on her father's knee, bashfully holding her father's folder containing his graduation certificate.Turner said he joined... Continue Reading

March 05, 2014

Ed. Note: This story previously appeared on the AdoptUsKids and ACF websites. View the posting on the ACF Family Room Blog.

Barry Farmer's family is unusual, but not just because he is black and his son is white.

Although, he admits, that is pretty unusual.

“I would have never thought in a million years that I would adopt a white child,” he said with a laugh. He tells his son, Darrell, 10, that their family is unique. “... Continue Reading

January 23, 2014

A few weeks ago, America was introduced to Doyin Richards, a corporate professional managing many different responsibilities, who decided to take some time for his most important job, being a dad.  A photo of himself, an African American father, and his two young daughters—one resting comfortably against his chest and another having her hair brushed as she prepped for school—went viral. In many ways, he hoped that the picture would dispel... Continue Reading

January 21, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeard on the AdoptUSKids website and also appeard in the ACF Family Room Blog.

The thought of adopting entered my mind one night when I was heading home from my office in DC. I was riding the bus and saw an ad with a father and three children across the aisle from where I was sitting. As soon as I saw that ad, something hit my heart and I said to myself, "I want that." Soon-after, I began the adoption... Continue Reading