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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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October 29, 2013

I have treasured memories of my son as a little tot, but I also remember those teen years when it often felt like he was tuning me out.   Even though these years can be challenging,  Navigating the Teen Years: A Parent’s Handbook for Raising Healthy Teens  from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration points to the desire that sometimes goes unspoken from many teens not only to be heard but also to be given advice:

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October 22, 2013

When John first connected with ADVOCAP's Fathers and Family Stability Project (FFSP), he had just lost his job and was in danger of losing his housing. John had some contact with his daughter, but his visits were becoming limited due to his housing situation.  As a part of his initial interview with the program, FFSP learned that John had grown up in the foster care system never having a stable residency or care takers. As a result, John’s...

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September 24, 2013

Imagine you’re running a fatherhood program. Walking in your door are men with children. With questions, issues, maybe feeling like they’re not good enough. Walking out your door are Dads. Men who are reconnecting with their kids, communicating better with their partners, feeling worthy, and while they still have questions and issues they know where they can find support.

You’re doing great work and you know it – but does anyone else?...

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September 17, 2013

Wally Flores, 28, is scheduled to be released from a correctional center early next year.  Upon his release he will live with family members, including his father and maternal aunt, who raised him after his mother passed.  Flores is engaged to be married to his fiancé who has stood by him for over a decade and through two incarcerations.  Together they have two children, and also help to raise Flores’ 10 year old son from a previous...

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September 10, 2013

In just a few short weeks, Antonio* went from being a client receiving fatherhood services to an advocate to the community about the importance of fathers and families. 

Antonio attended the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) Fatherhood Program within Jefferson County Reentry Fatherhood Initiative. Antonio often spoke about his hair-cutting abilities. After completing the program, Antonio found the confidence to open his own...

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September 06, 2013

As the father of an infant, you probably feel like something new is happening every day. Around 2-to 3-months old, your baby will be going through a lot of new firsts. As their nervous system and vision develops, infants begin to move and rollover. Socially they’ll begin to smile at people. They’ll start to turn toward sounds and coo, making sounds on their own. They’ll also start holding their heads up and begin to push up when lying on...

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August 26, 2013

Understand that if you are on time, you are late!! You must be at least 30 minutes early in order to set the tone for your group.Be ready to welcome your participants as they arrive.  Take the opportunity to observe the body language of the group before the session begins.  Remember that body language tells you about the participant before the first words are spoken!Being a good group facilitator means more than simply knowing your subject...

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