DadTalk Blog

June 19, 2015

June is traditionally the month that we highlight many of life’s transitions and achievements, such as celebrating the academic achievements of our children. June also launches a season of weddings, family reunions, great weather and vacations. In the midst of these things, we also take time to focus on celebrating parents—Mother’s Day in May, and, now, in June we celebrate our nation’s fathers.

More so than in the past, I believe...

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June 17, 2015

What could be more important than putting a smile on the face of a hardworking, loving and deserving dad? This Father’s Day find ways to get your kids to make Dad smile, laugh and grin and show his teeth. Dads like to smile and laugh but sometimes it takes a little bit more to get Dad smiling. Here are five ideas on how kids can get Dad smiling this Father’s Day:

Surprise HimDads love surprises from their children and family. Do...

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June 11, 2015

Summer vacation. The words still bring a feeling of joy to thousands of kids (and former kids). No class. No homework. It’s the dream. 

Summer vacation, for parents, may bring feelings of panic and anxiety.  No regular child care. No pre-scheduled afterschool activities.  There are many real and challenging aspects to planning for the summer (visit the ACF Office of Child Care website for help in connecting to child care resources),...

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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...

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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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