DadTalk Blog: Federal Programs

Popular Tags: Federal Programs

June 27, 2013

Ed. Note: This Blog post was originally posted on the ACF Family Room Blog. See the original post here.

Although one generally doesn’t think of being a dad or a dad-to-be as a health issue, there’s no question that it is. Just like taking the car in for an oil change or for the 25,000-mile checkup, dads also need to take themselves to the doctor’s office to make sure everything is running smoothly.

However there are still men... 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 21, 2013

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

Gone are the days when fathers were stuck in prescribed gender roles and only interacted with their children for disciplinary or financial matters. Today, fathers contribute to their children's overall development and well-being in many ways. They shop and play with children. They shuffle children to sports practices and doctor's appointments.... Continue Reading

June 20, 2013

It’s funny what kids remember about their parents when they grow up. They see things. Children have a way of remembering little moments that reveal a part of your character. I remember my dad helping me with my homework and explaining how an engine works. He taught me practical things. He showed me I could depend upon him.

Even if parents are no longer together, they can still be parents for life, perhaps in a co-parenting relationship... Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Ed. note: This article was first published on healthcare.gov.

As a group, we men are not known for doing a very good job of taking care of our own health.  

National Men’s Health Week, from June 10 through Father’s Day on June 16, is a good time for us to start taking responsibility and doing what’s needed to stay healthy and active. That means eating right, taking the time to exercise, and—yes—talking to our doctors about what... Continue Reading

June 18, 2013

Sione is one of the many fatherhood success stories from the Office of Samoan Affairs Healthy Marriage and Relationship (HMR) program. The program has created a platform for Pacific Islanders that address the foundation of family and marriage. In doing so, fathers and families become healthier and happier which helps promote thriving communities. 

Sione never had it easy. He carried an accent in his residing city of Sacramento, from... Continue Reading

June 17, 2013

Ed. Note: Reposted from the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

Greetings and Happy Father's Day!

On behalf of the Administration for Children and Families and my office, the Office of Family Assistance, congratulations to all you dads on being an engaged, responsible and concerned father.  I know you wouldn’t be visiting this blog if you didn’t care about your role as a father, dad and friend to your children.... Continue Reading

June 14, 2013

As we head into Father’s Day this year, we are celebrating the bonds created through spending quality time between fathers and father figures, families and children. As the President has said before—Our children don't need us to be superheroes. They don't need us to be perfect. They do need us to be present. They need us to show up and give it our best shot, no matter what else is going on in our lives. They need us to show them -- not just... Continue Reading

June 12, 2013

Ed. note: This article was first published on the grio. You can see the original post here.

Have you received a wake-up call yet?

For too many of us, it takes a sudden wake-up call — in the form of a major or minor health crisis — to make us realize that we’re not invincible.  And tragically, for some, that call comes too late.

As black men, we often don’t talk about our health or seek help until something goes wrong. We... Continue Reading

June 11, 2013

Ed. note: This statement was first published on HHS.gov. You can see the original post here.

A father’s love and full involvement in his children’s lives is crucial to their health, well-being, and development.

Fathers influence the physical well-being of their children in a number of ways -- by being engaged in their lives, supporting a mother’s health, or by ensuring that children get the preventive services, such as... Continue Reading