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November 12, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

The growing importance of keeping children in foster care connected with their siblings, extended families and communities. An increased understanding of the need for permanency for older youth in foster care. More awareness of the true cost of allowing our nation’s children to simply age out of foster care.

These are just a few of the... Continue Reading

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 17, 2013

Wally Flores, 28, is scheduled to be released from a correctional center early next year.  Upon his release he will live with family members, including his father and maternal aunt, who raised him after his mother passed.  Flores is engaged to be married to his fiancé who has stood by him for over a decade and through two incarcerations.  Together they have two children, and also help to raise Flores’ 10 year old son from a previous... 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 26, 2013

Understand that if you are on time, you are late!! You must be at least 30 minutes early in order to set the tone for your group.Be ready to welcome your participants as they arrive.  Take the opportunity to observe the body language of the group before the session begins.  Remember that body language tells you about the participant before the first words are spoken!Being a good group facilitator means more than simply knowing your subject... 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 15, 2013

Ed note: This post originially appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

The Southeast Regional Office of the Administration for Children and Families in Atlanta, is aggressively promoting ACF’s national vision to make a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. To accomplish this we are hosting and participating in conferences and forums designed to showcase and... 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 28, 2013

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


The stories are heartbreaking. Parents hauled off to jail in front of their children who were left traumatized. Sons and daughters left wondering if their mothers and fathers still loved them. Spouses making their children lie about their mommy or daddy in prison to avoid stigma. Youth left to fend for themselves because there... Continue Reading