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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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August 19, 2013

Being a father means a lifetime of not always knowing what to expect, and it all begins when you’re expecting. Will your baby be a boy or a girl? Tall or short? Will your baby have your nose, or your partner’s sense of humor? 

While there can be excitement in what is unknown, forward planning and being supportive of your partner during her pregnancy can help keep you feeling excited instead of overwhelmed.Working together can help...

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August 13, 2013

There is somebody in your home that removed your video game controller from a drawer on your entertainment system, and is slobbering over it as you read this article. It was so much easier two months ago. When he couldn’t crawl and depended on you for his every move. When she couldn’t stand on her own two feet and wouldn’t start tearing the pages out of your signed Larry Bird memoir on your coffee table. That’s right.Your bundle of joy has...

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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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