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May 05, 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.

Oftentimes, the first step towards economic self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty is employment. This OFA Highlight from the Field video showcases Juan Evans King, a Connections to Success program participant, and his successful employment.... Continue Reading

April 29, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Treasury Notes Blog. Read the original here.

As part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to grow the middle class and create opportunity for all Americans, Treasury has been actively working to increase financial access and improve the financial capability of American families by equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed... Continue Reading

April 23, 2014

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

My 13-month-old son is already the embodiment of what I hope for most as a parent; William is happiness and light personified. I am constantly amazed at how quickly he changes in appearance and ability. I know his father and I will support him as he endeavors to reach milestones throughout his young life and into adulthood. And I know we will... 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

April 07, 2014

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

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities.  Since 1983, the Children's Bureau has been a beacon in the efforts to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National, state and local... 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 26, 2014

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on AdoptUSKids, and the ACF Family Room Blog.

Being a single father of five with a family that’s still growing, Dwayne Herbert relies on his agency’s post-adoption services to balance responsibilities between being a father and his fulltime job.

He has two biological daughters, three sons adopted from foster care, and a fourth adoption underway.

Finding the right time to adopt

... Continue Reading

March 24, 2014

What’s in the fridge today can make or break your family’s health (and your credibility as a dad) tomorrow.

Here are a few tips to take the hassle out of grocery shopping while helping you make your entire family healthier with every trip.

1. “Shake” it up.According to USDA’s “10 tips for Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle (PDF 474 KB),”

“Variety is great! [You should] get the nutrients your... Continue Reading

March 20, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health insurance opportunities to millions of Americans. Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees can play a vital role in helping participants and their family members learn how to enroll and get insured to improve their health and well-being. This is a great opportunity for fathers and young men of color who are disproportionately uninsured.

Many HMRF participants and... 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