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May 29, 2014

The simplest tasks in life, many times, have the power to connect us with others and affect us the most. For example, finding more healthy affordable food options on a simple trip to the local grocery store can change your family’s diet for years to come.

If you’re a Dad, one of those simple yet powerful tasks is the trip to the barbershop. Whether you call it “getting your ears trimmed” or “getting a line up,” the simple experience of...

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May 27, 2014

Fathers affect every community, no matter what the zip code is. Find out why fathers matter by checking out this great video from our friends at HUD who are celebrating fathers this Father’s Day.

If you’d like to host an event to celebrate dads in your community, you can sign up to be a part of this year’s Fatherhood Buzz effort. It’s open to community centers, barbershops, and other organizations that support fatherhood. We look...

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May 19, 2014

To some, making data-driven decisions may sound like a disconnected way to make decisions about programs that impact someone’s life. However, as Avis Files with the Keeping It Together Program at Toledo Area Ministries noted, they’re using their data to better understand who they are serving to better strengthen their program, while also building meaningful partnerships in the community.

This Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Highlight...

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May 12, 2014

Mother’s Day was Sunday, May, 11, 2014. This is a day traditionally devoted to thanking our mothers for their hard work and love over the years, and celebrating the ways that mothers are influential in our lives and the lives of our children.  Like many husbands and fathers out there, I will probably run through the mall at the last minute looking for a gift, rumble through the thousands of cards looking for the best one to express our...

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May 05, 2014

Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here.

Oftentimes, the first step towards economic self-sufficiency and breaking the cycle of poverty is employment. This OFA Highlight from the Field video showcases Juan Evans King, a Connections to Success program participant, and his successful employment....

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April 29, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the U.S. Department of the Treasury Treasury Notes Blog. Read the original here.

As part of the Administration’s ongoing effort to grow the middle class and create opportunity for all Americans, Treasury has been actively working to increase financial access and improve the financial capability of American families by equipping them with the knowledge and tools they need to make informed...

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April 28, 2014

Many kids think that dads know everything. That means dads have to be prepared to tutor their kids on almost any topic, including the really tough ones like money.

When it comes to money, you don’t need to have an advanced Business degree from college to offer children good advice. Here is a list of things dads can say and resources that can help dads raise more money-smart children.

1. Managing money is about being aware and...

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April 23, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original here.

My 13-month-old son is already the embodiment of what I hope for most as a parent; William is happiness and light personified. I am constantly amazed at how quickly he changes in appearance and ability. I know his father and I will support him as he endeavors to reach milestones throughout his young life and into adulthood. And I know we will...

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April 17, 2014

Ed.  Note: This story originally appeared on AdoptUSKids and on the ACF Family Room Blog.

Marc, 13, of New Jersey (top right) is an honor student in middle school. He’s a typical teenager who likes video games, loves his two family dogs Buddy and Molly and sometimes gets annoyed by his older 15-year-old brother Matthew (top left).

However, Marc’s life wasn’t always so typical. Before being adopted at age seven by his dad Paul (...

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April 07, 2014

Ed. Note: This story originally appeared on the ACF Family Room blog. Read the original post here.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities.  Since 1983, the Children's Bureau has been a beacon in the efforts to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National, state and local...

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