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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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November 26, 2013

Many people in North Carolina’s Raleigh/Durham area have been talking about the buzz in their area recently.  The buzz is coming from Raleigh’s Family Resource Center (FRC) as they raise awareness about responsible fatherhood and parenting by participating in the Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour sponsored by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse. 

FRC’s participation in the Fatherhood Buzz Barbershop Tour kicked off in June...

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November 18, 2013

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

Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, killing 307,225 men in 2009—that’s 1 in every 4 male deaths?1

The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) sponsored another Fatherhood Buzz Outreach but this time the focus was Men’s Health. Fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can...

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November 15, 2013

Recording artists. Professional athletes. The occasional reality TV star stopping by. This is the clientele that frequents Midieast Studios in Alexandria, Virginia. The facility, originally opened as a music recording studio, now has a video editing & photography room, tattoo shop and most recently added, a barbershop. As the barbershop is historically known to be the cornerstone of men’s open dialogue, you can only imagine the rich...

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November 12, 2013

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

The growing importance of keeping children in foster care connected with their siblings, extended families and communities. An increased understanding of the need for permanency for older youth in foster care. More awareness of the true cost of allowing our nation’s children to simply age out of foster care.

These are just a few of the...

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November 06, 2013

Fathers of infants and young children have a lot going on. Every day is filled with joy and new challenges. Sometimes the mere act of making sure your child survives from minute to minute can seem overwhelming. Just surviving the adventure of getting to the grocery store can feel like a win! Did you know that another win can be reading to your child?

Resident fathers who more frequently read books, tell stories, and play building toys...

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