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December 04, 2013

Ed. note:  This post originally appeared as an ACF Region 8 Success Story. Read the original story here.

My name is Kyle Adolf and I am writing this story to explain the positive affect the Head Start program has had on my family.  The Head Start program has had a profound influence on my family as all three of my young children have attended and graduated from the program.

My oldest son, Sean, attended Head Start during a time... Continue Reading

October 29, 2013

I have treasured memories of my son as a little tot, but I also remember those teen years when it often felt like he was tuning me out.   Even though these years can be challenging,  Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points to the desire that sometimes goes unspoken from many teens not only to be heard but also to be given advice:

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October 22, 2013

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

September 10, 2013

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

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