Mario Renteria started with Project Padres at Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program in El Centro, CA, as a participant in 2012. Like many participants, he was unemployed, separated from his spouse, and at a crossroads. Mario wanted to have a better relationship with his three children and their mother, but didn’t know where to start. Mario signed up with Project Padres to learn how he could communicate better with his family and... Continue Reading
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“Gerardo” is an Education Service Center Head Start parent and a Responsible Fatherhood program participant. Gerardo believes the program has helped him become a better father and husband.
“I’ve learned so much about being a father, a husband, and a provider,” says Gerardo. “I’m spending more time with my children; I’m there for them and cherish every moment.”
One of the most valuable lessons Gerardo has learned is patience. “A... Continue Reading
Reposted from Administration for Children & Families The Family Room Blog (Sept. 7, 2012)
As a new parent, I remember the time that I forgot my newborn’s diaper bag. Imagine a screaming newborn that HATED being in dirty diapers, luckily I had diapers stashed in my car. The great thing about this incident is that I now make sure we have diapers in as many places as possible.
We really shouldn’t wait until a disaster happens... Continue Reading
I recently had the opportunity to visit RecycleForce, a social enterprise in Indianapolis, IN that operates a recycling business while providing transitional jobs and comprehensive support services to formerly incarcerated individuals.
RecycleForce received a $5.5 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transition Jobs Demonstration (ETJD) to serve low-income, non-custodial fathers with criminal records. To implement... Continue Reading
This past June, hundreds of public housing authorities across the U.S. participated in HUD's fatherhood initiative. More than 300 local agencies answered HUD's call to host free events, topping last year's participation of over 200 agencies. HUD planted the seed, and we were pleased that housing authorities added their own twist to make their events unique and special. The events celebrated fatherhood, family and the importance of dads... Continue Reading
The White House initiative Champions of Change seeks to honor a number of Americans who have stood out in particular areas of emphasis in order to solicit their ideas in order to maximize the potential for change in our society at the behest of the federal government and the community.
Photo Caption: Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Fatherhood Champions of Change and attendees at the White... Continue Reading
Ed. Note: This post originally appeared on the ACF’s The Family Room Blog.
It’s hard to be a parent. That’s why Father’s Day is so important. It gives us an opportunity to thank dads who are active in their children’s lives—who accept the challenges of raising a family and reap the benefits of their children growing up in a loving environment.
Today, one out of every three children in America is living without a father in the... Continue Reading
It’s a great time to be a dad.Being a dad is so important today because it’s an opportunity to empower the next generation of men and women to conquer whatever challenges may face them. It’s an opportunity to help shape their future.When fathers aren’t a part of their lives, kids are more likely to get involved in harmful and destructive activities like drug use and crime. On the other hand, giving children the paternal support they need... Continue Reading
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Father’s Day event is back! Originally inspired by a New York City Housing Authority event, last year over 200 Public Housing Agencies (PHA) participated in the inaugural celebration for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Across the country, thousands of fathers, children, mothers and friends gathered for fun activities while learning about supportive services in... Continue Reading
Inspired by President Obama’s Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative, seven-time NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade hosted a Responsible Fatherhood Roundtable discussion and recognition ceremony with a group of individuals who exemplify the goals of the President’s initiative. While I was encouraged by Dwayne’s remarks, I was also impacted by the local individuals who joined us at this meeting that exemplify and promote responsible fatherhood.
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