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September 14, 2016

Fathers who live apart from their children often come to fatherhood programs with deep feelings of frustration, shame, and hopelessness. Many have found themselves becoming the absent dad they swore they would never be. Many of the men who participate in fatherhood programs either do not live with their children and/or do not have legal claims to their kids. Many dads also face issues around a lack of steady employment, stable housing, and a... Continue Reading

January 27, 2016

In the latest Kung Fu Panda 3 movie from DreamWorks Animation, Po, reunites with his long-lost birth father. Po was separated from his family at a young age and grew up with his adoptive father. When his birth father comes back into his life everything changes. The new film highlights the special relationship between Po and his birth father and his adoptive father, and the unique challenges he is able to overcome with the love and support of... 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

October 19, 2015

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

When I am introducing our work at the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) to new audiences, I often say “I lead the Office of Family Assistance – not the office of adult assistance or the office of child assistance.”  My goal in making that statement is to signal our interest in whole family or two‐generation approaches, which provide opportunities for and... Continue Reading

August 24, 2015

Fatherhood can be challenging at every phase of a child’s development, especially when that child heads off to college. The challenges that come with guiding the development of a college-bound child require a combination of patience, commitment and preparation.

Here are eight tips that should be on every dad’s radar as their child prepares to continue their education after high school:

1. How to Pick a School that’s the Right... Continue Reading

August 17, 2015

When tackling the big task of raising smart kids, dads have to use every resource possible; including their tablets and smartphones. In the July NRFC Webinar, Strengthening Literacy and Father-Child Relationships through Reading, our presenters shared a number of ways that dads can encourage and support literacy, including how the ways in which we read and get information has changed over the years. One modern way to build literacy skills can... Continue Reading

August 10, 2015

Like so many other children, 6-year-old Etan Patz walked to school on the morning of May 25, 1979 but unlike many others, he never made it. Etan had gone missing and there was no national support to help look for him. Two years later, when my brother, Adam Walsh, also six years old, was abducted from a retail store in South Florida. There was still no regional or national response system in place to help search for Adam; however, the immense... Continue Reading

August 03, 2015

Every great dad was once a son.  This is a profound thought considering how many women dream of marrying a “great guy” with the hopes he will be a “great dad” to their future children. The impression women have of their sons in the role of mom is everlasting. However, many moms do not realize the impression they have on their sons until it is too late. Raising a son that ultimately, with time, support, and accountability, will grow into a... Continue Reading

July 28, 2015

As dads and stepdads, we are often the initial male influence in our daughters' lives, setting standards for what they expect from boys and other men. Perhaps even more important, we convey what men--and the world outside our front doors--value in girls and women.

Yet, we often are confused about how to parent our daughters; they seem to think, act, and communicate so differently than our sons and other men like us! We sometimes think... 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