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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...

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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...

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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...

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May 06, 2015

Moms can make every day special. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to celebrate the mothers in our lives, and to show the other special women in our lives, like aunts, grandmothers, and friends, how much we care. This year, do something not only on Mother’s Day, but throughout May.

Finding ways to show our respect, appreciation, and love for the moms in our lives will not only make Mom feel special, but helps to build healthy relationship...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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April 06, 2015

Recently we spent some time with a group of dads to hear their feedback about what motivates them to be the best father that they can be. What motivates them to “take time to be a dad today?” One dad, currently in the middle of a divorce, shared his heartfelt comment on how the lives as fathers are often different from how people imagine them:   “I got married,” he shared, “with every intention of being an everyday dad…”

Since the NRFC...

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March 30, 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. Watch the original posting here.

The Dibble Institute

This highlight from the field is a video interview with staff and participants from The Dibble Institute, a Healthy...

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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...

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