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August 08, 2013

Ed. Note: This ACF Success Story originally appeared on the Family and Youth Services Bureau website. Read the original post here. 

At 18, A.J. owed a whopping $30,000 in child support. Referred to FatherWorks, a program for teen dads at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT. A.J. wasn’t looking to be a better father—or really to be a parent at all. He was looking for a job. He needed to pay off his bills and stay out...

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July 22, 2013

Change is inevitable. But, with the right support system, positive change can occur.  

Justin Calabrese made a commitment to turn his life around for the better. With the support of the Center for Self Sufficiency (CFSS), he is making good on his promise. 

While incarcerated in a correctional facility just south of Milwaukee, Justin met his mentor, Tarvus Hawthorne through the CFSS Project 180 program.  This is a federally...

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July 15, 2013

Ed note: This post originially appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

The Southeast Regional Office of the Administration for Children and Families in Atlanta, is aggressively promoting ACF’s national vision to make a positive difference in the lives of our nation’s most vulnerable children and families. To accomplish this we are hosting and participating in conferences and forums designed to showcase and...

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July 08, 2013

What would it take for a 34-year-old homeless, dual-diagnosed, twice incarcerated father of two who has battled alcoholism since his youth, to find hope and courage to reconnect with his kids, his family, and society? Well, one father we will refer to as J.F. has chosen to take full advantage of Anthem Strong Families (ASF) support and is on the journey to answer this question.

J.F. was introduced to the ASF program while incarcerated...

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June 28, 2013

Ed. Note: This post originially appeared on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original post here.

 

The stories are heartbreaking. Parents hauled off to jail in front of their children who were left traumatized. Sons and daughters left wondering if their mothers and fathers still loved them. Spouses making their children lie about their mommy or daddy in prison to avoid stigma. Youth left to fend for themselves because there...

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June 27, 2013

Ed. Note: This Blog post was originally posted on the ACF Family Room Blog. See the original post here.

Although one generally doesn’t think of being a dad or a dad-to-be as a health issue, there’s no question that it is. Just like taking the car in for an oil change or for the 25,000-mile checkup, dads also need to take themselves to the doctor’s office to make sure everything is running smoothly.

However there are still men...

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June 25, 2013

Each father’s story is different, but with the help of programs like Healthy Fathers within organizations like Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in Sarastoa, FL, a father’s life can be positively impacted forever. One such father is Chris, who chose to enroll in JFCS’s Monday night Fatherhood Class held on a Salvation Army campus.

During one of his first meetings, Chris shared with the group that bad decisions in his life...

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June 21, 2013

This Father's Day weekend, there was a "buzz" of excitement in the air the National Fatherhood Buzz Tour was in full swing. Thousands of fathers and their families came out to more than 140 barbershops in over 68 cities nationwide to get their haircut and receive tips, advice and information about local resources from local family of organizations and community partners.

Fatherhood Buzz is an effort to promote responsible fatherhood...

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June 21, 2013

Ed. Note: This post originally appeard on the ACF Family Room Blog. Read the original here.

Gone are the days when fathers were stuck in prescribed gender roles and only interacted with their children for disciplinary or financial matters. Today, fathers contribute to their children's overall development and well-being in many ways. They shop and play with children. They shuffle children to sports practices and doctor's appointments....

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June 20, 2013

It’s funny what kids remember about their parents when they grow up. They see things. Children have a way of remembering little moments that reveal a part of your character. I remember my dad helping me with my homework and explaining how an engine works. He taught me practical things. He showed me I could depend upon him.

Even if parents are no longer together, they can still be parents for life, perhaps in a co-parenting relationship...

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