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June 14, 2016

This Sunday, millions of fathers across America will celebrate one of the greatest days of the year:   Father’s Day.  If you’re a dad like me, you know how amazingly special and memorable this day can be.  And what’s so special about it you ask?  Other than all the hand written cards, neck ties, and coffee mugs that are given to dads by their adoring kids, it’s the opportunity that Father’s Day gives us all to make a moment with our children... Continue Reading

June 08, 2016

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

May 02, 2016

The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently released Focus,with six articles that examine the issues of paternal incarceration and its affects on fathers and their children during and after imprisonment.  The issue of parental incarceration is of great concern for several reasons.  First and foremost is the sheer numbers: On any given day in America, it is estimated that more than 1.7 million children... Continue Reading

April 27, 2016

In addition to the obstacles that almost all former offenders are faced with, men who have children encounter an especially difficult set of hurdles, when reentering society. As someone who has worked on the issue of re-entry in numerous capacities, and as the older sister of three brothers who have been incarcerated, I have developed a deeper understanding of the supports needed by these fathers to help them succeed as parents, both during... Continue Reading

April 08, 2016

Ed note: This post originally appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.

An important goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is to promote and support work readiness and employment in low-income families. There are a lot of possible employment and training options for individuals trying to support their families. But which jobs are better for lifting a family out of poverty? Which... Continue Reading

January 25, 2016

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 30, 2015. View the original post.

According to a 2014 DOJ report1, 60 percent of children are exposed to violence, sometimes on a daily basis. Exposure to violence lowers soft skills and increases risky behaviors.2  

It raises the potential for being a potential perpetrator.3 Children exposed to violence are more likely to have problems in school, or developing... Continue Reading

November 30, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on November 18, 2015. View the original post.

Early in their relationship, Robin and Kelly Smith knew that they wanted to adopt kids. “We wanted to give back,” Kelly explains. After the couple married, they considered an international adoption, but soon realized that many kids in the US needed permanent, loving homes.

Robin and Kelly were originally interested in adopting... Continue Reading

October 19, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.

When I am introducing our work at the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) to new audiences, I often say “I lead the Office of Family Assistance – not the office of adult assistance or the office of child assistance.”  My goal in making that statement is to signal our interest in whole family or two‐generation approaches, which provide opportunities for and... Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee Futures without Violence in San Francisco. For more than 30 years, “FUTURES" has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns for the community. Its work targets individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the... Continue Reading

April 06, 2015

Recently we spent some time with a group of dads to hear their feedback about what motivates them to be the best father that they can be. What motivates them to “take time to be a dad today?” One dad, currently in the middle of a divorce, shared his heartfelt comment on how the lives as fathers are often different from how people imagine them:   “I got married,” he shared, “with every intention of being an everyday dad…”

Since the NRFC... Continue Reading