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June 29, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog (June 19, 2015). View the original post.

Fourteen months ago, I became a father for the first time, and every day I relish how my daughter’s smile warms my heart and keeps me going.

The new addition to my family also helped me personally discover that fatherhood can be a catalyst for change. Children can inspire dads and give them new purpose — my daughter certainly... Continue Reading

June 24, 2015

Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.

Becoming a father at a young age can be both exciting and terrifying. While some young fathers talk of the birth of their child as “the best day of my life,” others recall feelings of shock and confusion when they first heard they were about to become a father.As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, I reflect on the challenges that many young... Continue Reading

June 01, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post.

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting Family and Youth Services Bureau grantee Futures without Violence in San Francisco. For more than 30 years, “FUTURES" has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies, and campaigns for the community. Its work targets individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the... Continue Reading

May 27, 2015

Ed. Note: This is a repost from the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.

Built by visionaries who sought to open avenues of opportunity for families most in need, Head Start continues to be at the forefront of transformation and innovation. As Head Start celebrates the historic 50 year milestone, it is my great pleasure to serve as the director of the Office of Head Start- to help create the vision, and lead the... Continue Reading

May 18, 2015

Ed. Note: This article originally appeared on Youth Today. Read the original post here.By the time Natasha was eight, she barely spoke in school. In fact, she rarely spoke to any adults. Raised in Portland, Ore., by her great-grandmother, Natasha was paralyzed by her fears of rejection, distrust and low self-esteem.

She had sporadic contact with her parents, and other adult family members repeatedly told her she would never amount to... Continue Reading

May 11, 2015

There is tremendous diversity in foster care. From single-parent foster families; children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ); multiracial families; and grandparents and other extended relatives, it takes a variety of people to support children, youth, and families in foster care. The Children's Bureau's 2015 National Foster Care Month theme, "Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care," draws... Continue Reading

April 29, 2015

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

On April 27, we sent a letter to state Human Services Commissioners and Secretaries encouraging them to explore the potential for bringing greater attention to addressing financial capability in human services programs.

Financial capability is a term that encompasses having the knowledge, skills, and access to financial products to... Continue Reading

April 20, 2015

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

This month we focus on the health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Leading the effort at HHS is the Office of Minority Health, which oversees a campaign to advance health equity along with key resources and initiatives such as the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate... Continue Reading

April 13, 2015

I recently joined my colleagues Frank Blaney and Bridgid Conn, along with Joe Jones from the Center for Urban Families and Tiffaney Parkman from the University of Baltimore, in an NRFC webinar discussion about fathers and mental health.

Research shows that one in five adult Americans will experience a mental health problem this year, but only 38 percent are likely to get treatment. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study... Continue Reading

March 23, 2015

“Being bullied is not a rite of passage,” said David Miller, NRFC Social Media Manager and Urban Leadership Institute Co-Founder. “We, as fathers, need to regularly demonstrate to our children that all people are to be treated with respect.” The December 2014 NRFC Webinar, How can fathers address bullying issues with their children?, provided concrete ways to recognize if a child is being bullied and how fathers can help prevent or end... Continue Reading