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July 17, 2014

Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here.

Alfred and Lucinda Loveland expected parenting to have ups and downs. But they were not prepared for their different parenting styles or their different ideas about their son’s needs. Frustrated and growing desperate, they attended Raising Kids Twogether, a... Continue Reading

July 01, 2014

“Just take my son to the park, have a little picnic with him. You know he can’t eat that much, but feed him Gerber. As long as I see my son, that’s the best Father’s Day I could ever have.”Joel Ramirez, 17, father in L.A. Fathers Program

Most new fathers will tell you that they didn’t realize what they were getting themselves into. When parenthood is unexpected, young fathers can find themselves feeling very alone. The L.A. Fathers... Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

For families across the country, including mine, Father’s Day is a time to recognize dads and other male role models, spend quality time across generations, and think about the values we share with one another.

It’s not just common sense that fathers matter. Research shows that a dependable fatherly presence can promote children’s... Continue Reading

June 16, 2014

This month, The White House released an infographic highlighting the changing picture of what it’s like to be a working dad. Balancing work and family is a challenge and all parents – moms and dads alike – face issues with access to paid leave and flexible work places.

How have things been changing?

In 2014 63% of families with children have both parents working – 7% of families with children are father-only families.

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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 12, 2014

Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) needs your help as it implements a Father’s Day Thunderclap. Father’s Day is the one day out of the year that fathers have permission to unplug from the internet, put the lawn mower in the shed, put away the paint brush and turn off the alarm.  Each Father’s Day, dads are granted the freedom enjoy doing nothing without feeling guilty.  They’ve earned it! OFA hopes... 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

June 06, 2014

Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

As director of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA), a program of the Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, I am pleased to share with you the launch of a new campaign that invites men to play a part in the movement to end domestic violence.

Te Invito, a toolkit... Continue Reading

May 27, 2014

Fathers affect every community, no matter what the zip code is. Find out why fathers matter by checking out this great video from our friends at HUD who are celebrating fathers this Father’s Day.

If you’d like to host an event to celebrate dads in your community, you can sign up to be a part of this year’s Fatherhood Buzz effort. It’s open to community centers, barbershops, and other organizations that support fatherhood. We look... Continue Reading

May 19, 2014

To some, making data-driven decisions may sound like a disconnected way to make decisions about programs that impact someone’s life. However, as Avis Files with the Keeping It Together Program at Toledo Area Ministries noted, they’re using their data to better understand who they are serving to better strengthen their program, while also building meaningful partnerships in the community.

This Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Highlight... Continue Reading