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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

March 02, 2015

Watching the benefits of a successful program partnership can be empowering. Knowing that working together benefits everyone involved is one thing, but witnessing different groups come together to achieve those goals is something special. While in Los Angeles, the NRFC team had the opportunity to take part in two very special events where the power of partnerships was on display.

This two-part series will feature the programs we were... Continue Reading

February 23, 2015

To borrow from the British pop group The Beatles, we all get by with a little help from our friends. Fatherhood programs call them partners. Whatever the name, we are all stronger when we come together.

This January, the NRFC team had the opportunity to spend three days in Los Angeles seeing exceptional examples of what can happen for our communities and families when we partner and work together.

This two-part series will... Continue Reading

February 17, 2015

Workers, including the self-employed, may get a larger tax refund this year because of the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.  But to get it, you must file a tax return and claim it.

Friday, January 30, 2015, was EITC Awareness Day, a nationwide effort to increase awareness about the EITC. The EITC is 40 years old this year, and for those 40 years, the EITC has made life easier for millions of workers. Last year, more than 27 million... Continue Reading

January 20, 2015

Ed. Note: This highlight is from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance Project. Read the original postings: Podcast 1, Podcast 2

Beech Acres Parenting Center

Beech Acres Parenting Center Building Strong Marriages and Relationships in Cincinnati, Ohio works... Continue Reading