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August 13, 2013

There is somebody in your home that removed your video game controller from a drawer on your entertainment system, and is slobbering over it as you read this article. It was so much easier two months ago. When he couldn’t crawl and depended on you for his every move. When she couldn’t stand on her own two feet and wouldn’t start tearing the pages out of your signed Larry Bird memoir on your coffee table. That’s right.Your bundle of joy has... Continue Reading

August 08, 2013

Ed. Note: This ACF Success Story originally appeared on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website. Read the original post here. 

At 18, A.J. owed a whopping $30,000 in child support. Referred to FatherWorks, a program for teen dads at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. A.J. wasn’t looking to be a better father—or really to be a parent at all. He was looking for a job. He needed to pay off his bills and stay out... Continue Reading

July 22, 2013

Change is inevitable. But, with the right support system, positive change can occur.  

Justin Calabrese made a commitment to turn his life around for the better. With the support of the Center for Self Sufficiency (CFSS), he is making good on his promise. 

While incarcerated in a correctional facility just south of Milwaukee, Justin met his mentor, Tarvus Hawthorne through the CFSS Project 180 program.  This is a federally... Continue Reading

July 08, 2013

What would it take for a 34-year-old homeless, dual-diagnosed, twice incarcerated father of two who has battled alcoholism since his youth, to find hope and courage to reconnect with his kids, his family, and society? Well, one father we will refer to as J.F. has chosen to take full advantage of Anthem Strong Families (ASF) support and is on the journey to answer this question.

J.F. was introduced to the ASF program while incarcerated... Continue Reading

June 25, 2013

Each father’s story is different, but with the help of programs like Healthy Fathers within organizations like Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in Sarastoa, FL, a father’s life can be positively impacted forever. One such father is Chris, who chose to enroll in JFCS’s Monday night Fatherhood Class held on a Salvation Army campus.

During one of his first meetings, Chris shared with the group that bad decisions in his life... Continue Reading

June 19, 2013

Each Father's Day , I find myself reflecting on the lessons and wisdom embedded within me through my father.

Fathers love and respect their partner - He was born on a farm in Ipswich, South Dakota, the oldest of eight children. He was a farmer at age 14 and a young soldier early in World War II. After seven years in the Navy, our dad fell in love and married the enduring love of his life, our mother. They were married for 62 years. My... Continue Reading

June 13, 2013

This June, Essence Magazine’s “10 things we’re talking about” focused on Father’s Day. At number 8, we were honored to see the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and our tips and resources mentioned.  This article along with many others that will be published this June highlight the fact that it’s time to celebrate fathers who play a critical role in the lives of their children and families.  

For some, deciding how... Continue Reading

June 10, 2013

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

June 05, 2013

“Gerardo” is an Education Service Center Head Start parent and a Responsible Fatherhood program participant. Gerardo believes the program has helped him become a better father and husband.

“I’ve learned so much about being a father, a husband, and a provider,” says Gerardo. “I’m spending more time with my children; I’m there for them and cherish every moment.”

One of the most valuable lessons Gerardo has learned is patience. “A... Continue Reading

June 05, 2012

Inspired by President Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, seven-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade hosted a Responsible Fatherhood Roundtable discussion and recognition ceremony with a group of individuals who exemplify the goals of the President’s initiative. While I was encouraged by Dwayne’s remarks, I was also impacted by the local individuals who joined us at this meeting that exemplify and promote responsible fatherhood.

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