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December 16, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance website. Read the original story here.

The Johnson family had been going through an ordeal. Mr. Johnson was serving time while his wife and two sons had to deal with humiliation, shame and social stigma after newspapers flashed their story into thousands of homes.

When the RIDGE Project conducted a presentation at the... Continue Reading

November 26, 2013

Many people in North Carolina’s Raleigh/Durham area have been talking about the buzz in their area recently.  The buzz is coming from Raleigh’s Family Resource Center (FRC) as they raise awareness about responsible fatherhood and parenting by participating in the Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour sponsored by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. 

FRC’s participation in the Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour kicked off in June... 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

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 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 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

This Father's Day weekend, there was a "buzz" of excitement in the air the National Fatherhood Buzz Tour was in full swing. Thousands of fathers and their families came out to more than 140 barbershops in over 68 cities nationwide to get their haircut and receive tips, advice and information about local resources from local family of organizations and community partners.

Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to promote responsible fatherhood... 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