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March 07, 2014

Ed. Note:  Story is modified from an article that first appeared in the St. Louis American. Read the original story here.

Mario Turner sat among 22 members of the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis' 100th graduating class hosted by Bank of America on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.His two-year-old daughter, Mia, sat on her father's knee, bashfully holding her father's folder containing his graduation certificate.Turner said he joined...

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March 05, 2014

Ed. Note: This story previously appeared on the AdoptUsKids and ACF websites. View the posting on the ACF Family Room Blog.

Barry Farmer's family is unusual, but not just because he is black and his son is white.

Although, he admits, that is pretty unusual.

“I would have never thought in a million years that I would adopt a white child,” he said with a laugh. He tells his son, Darrell, 10, that their family is unique. “...

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February 24, 2014

Dads are often superheroes at home, but what their job can vary pretty drastically from day to day. A company that supports the balance between work and family helps dads be super no matter where they are.

Most jobs meet the basic function of giving dads the pay that allows them to support their family. But some companies are offering perks that strengthen dads’ ability to take care of the home and family.

Many companies offer...

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February 12, 2014

Barbershops in Dothan, Alabama have been buzzing with the news--stronger fathers build stronger communities. Spearheaded by Kris Doss with Healthy You, Inc., this Fall's Fatherhood Buzz brought four local barbershops together to facilitate a conversation between local dads on why staying healthy is so important. Over 175 people came into the four shops during the two-day event to talk and learn about the importance of fatherhood.

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January 23, 2014

A few weeks ago, America was introduced to Doyin Richards, a corporate professional managing many different responsibilities, who decided to take some time for his most important job, being a dad.  A photo of himself, an African American father, and his two young daughters—one resting comfortably against his chest and another having her hair brushed as she prepped for school—went viral. In many ways, he hoped that the picture would dispel...

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January 21, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeard on the AdoptUSKids website and also appeard in the ACF Family Room Blog.

The thought of adopting entered my mind one night when I was heading home from my office in DC. I was riding the bus and saw an ad with a father and three children across the aisle from where I was sitting. As soon as I saw that ad, something hit my heart and I said to myself, "I want that." Soon-after, I began the adoption...

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January 06, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the ACF website. View the original story here.

Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Family Learning Centers (KOKA) is a Native Hawaiian nonprofit organization established in 1996.  KOKA strives to strengthen communities by building strong families within the context of Hawaiian culture, values, and traditions.

To achieve that goal, KOKA seeks to address issues that adversely affect the well-being of...

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December 16, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance website. Read the original story here.

The Johnson family had been going through an ordeal. Mr. Johnson was serving time while his wife and two sons had to deal with humiliation, shame and social stigma after newspapers flashed their story into thousands of homes.

When the RIDGE Project conducted a presentation at the...

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December 04, 2013

Ed. note:  This post originally appeared as an ACF Region 8 Success Story. Read the original story here.

My name is Kyle Adolf and I am writing this story to explain the positive affect the Head Start program has had on my family.  The Head Start program has had a profound influence on my family as all three of my young children have attended and graduated from the program.

My oldest son, Sean, attended Head Start during a time...

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December 02, 2013

Ed. Note: This post first appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

Being a parent is a tough but rewarding job; for single parents the job is a bit tougher, but just as rewarding. Being a single dad means that my two boys are wholly depended upon me and the decisions I make, for better or worse.  Often the default parent for care is mom, but as more and more fathers (self included) become involved in their...

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