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April 26, 2016

The effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls.  New research estimates that more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children in the United States, have had a parent in prison at some point during their childhood.  Every year more than 600,000 individuals return to our neighborhoods after serving time in federal and state prisons and another 11.4 million cycle through local jails.  Though every family’s story is different,... Continue Reading

April 08, 2016

Ed note: This post originally appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.

An important goal of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is to promote and support work readiness and employment in low-income families. There are a lot of possible employment and training options for individuals trying to support their families. But which jobs are better for lifting a family out of poverty? Which... Continue Reading

March 08, 2016

In our outreach and communication with fatherhood programs and dads throughout the country, there are a number of questions that often come up. Two in particular are: “Why do you talk so much about low-income dads?” and “Why do you focus so much on programs in large, urban areas?” One response to those questions is that the need for support is generally greater for low-income dads and many of the programs designed to help them are located in... Continue Reading

February 22, 2016

In the 2005 movie Coach Carter, Samuel L. Jackson plays a high school basketball coach challenged with developing his team into successful students, competitors, and citizens. He does this by holding them accountable to high standards: schoolwork, proper behavior, and a strong level of play. Most importantly, though, he holds them accountable to each other.

Perhaps the most moving scene in the movie occurs at a practice, where one... Continue Reading

January 25, 2016

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog on December 30, 2015. View the original post.

According to a 2014 DOJ report1, 60 percent of children are exposed to violence, sometimes on a daily basis. Exposure to violence lowers soft skills and increases risky behaviors.2  

It raises the potential for being a potential perpetrator.3 Children exposed to violence are more likely to have problems in school, or developing... Continue Reading

January 13, 2016

Why do fathers come to fatherhood programs? After talking with many responsible fatherhood program practitioners and the diverse fathers they serve, the answer to that is usually ongoing challenges with child support obligations, a lack of opportunities to spend time with their children (often because of co-parenting relationship problems), or numerous issues with finding and maintaining stable employment. Many of the fathers have admitted... Continue Reading

January 11, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month and Monday, January 18, 2016 is National Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service.

Chances are that if you are reading this post you are already committed to being a positive, loving, and strong influence in the life of your own children, and in the lives of the other children in your life and community. This month, further your commitment by volunteering with your family and finding... Continue Reading

November 17, 2015

Organizations that work in the area of responsible fatherhood work very hard to get their message out about the importance of responsible fathers. One problem many of them face as they try to tell this story is that many folks only want to highlight fathers around Father’s Day. How can organizations and programs get the community to understand that the work is not to celebrate dads but to empower and support them? Honoring and celebrating... Continue Reading

November 05, 2015

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel

Domestic Violence is a violation to a person at the core of their being. It betrays love, destroys trust, inflicts irrevocable damage, and often leaves a jaded perception of love in its wake.... Continue Reading

October 12, 2015

When you look around in August and September, you begin to see autumn in the air. You feel the weather beginning to change, you see the leaves turning colors, and you see back-to-school sales advertised. As a new season takes shape, there is a sense of a new beginning as families get back into the routine that comes with kids returning to school. As the son of a teacher and coach, a former teacher, a recovering principal, and the father of... Continue Reading