DadTalk Blog

March 26, 2014

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on AdoptUSKids, and the ACF Family Room Blog.

Being a single father of five with a family that’s still growing, Dwayne Herbert relies on his agency’s post-adoption services to balance responsibilities between being a father and his fulltime job.

He has two biological daughters, three sons adopted from foster care, and a fourth adoption underway.

Finding the right time to adopt

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March 24, 2014

What’s in the fridge today can make or break your family’s health (and your credibility as a dad) tomorrow.

Here are a few tips to take the hassle out of grocery shopping while helping you make your entire family healthier with every trip.

1. “Shake” it up.According to USDA’s “10 tips for Healthy Eating for an Active Lifestyle (PDF 474 KB),”

“Variety is great! [You should] get the nutrients your...

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March 20, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health insurance opportunities to millions of Americans. Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees can play a vital role in helping participants and their family members learn how to enroll and get insured to improve their health and well-being. This is a great opportunity for fathers and young men of color who are disproportionately uninsured.

Many HMRF participants and...

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March 19, 2014

Did you know that: (1)

men visit their doctor less often than women?  men get tested for fewer illnesses than women? men visit their dentist less frequently than women? even though men have a better chance of being diagnosed with cancer than women, they are still less likely to go to the doctor and receive a lifesaving early diagnosis than their female counterparts?  Some reports even suggest that at least 40 percent of men in their 40s... Continue reading this blog post
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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