DadTalk Blog

June 05, 2012

Fathers, uncles, male mentors, grandfathers, brothers, and community leaders recently gathered at the Café at Chicago Vocational Career Academy in Chicago, IL to share what men can do to increase their involvement and support in the lives of their children—especially their education.

The Department of Education (ED) was honored to sponsor the event alongside other federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services as...

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June 05, 2012

Addressing fatherhood can play a key role in the addressing youth violence in our communities. This reality was recently front and center at a session of a two day working session of cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

 

Howard Spivak, MD, Director Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Joseph Jones, Jr., President, Center for Urban Families,...

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June 05, 2012

In addressing the pressing issues facing our families and children, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) has taken the President’s call for flexibility and collaboration to heart. Using $6 million of funding for responsible fatherhood programming, ACF has partnered with the Housing and Urban Development Agency (HUD) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct four pilot/demonstration...

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June 05, 2012

Here at the end of Domestic Violence Awareness month for 2011, it’s a good time to reflect on ways in which responsible fatherhood programs can help fathers change attitudes and behavior in their families and communities. Four of the 33 webinars provided by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse for federal fatherhood grantees have focused on ways to address domestic violence as a part of fatherhood work. Most recently Tony Porter...

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June 05, 2012

In response to the call by President Obama to strengthen fathers and families, the NFL Players Association shared the initiative with players, encouraging them to showcase the role of fathers and mentors in their communities.

Ran Carthon, a pro scout with the Atlanta Falcons, responded to the call with an innovative idea: The Fatherhood Ticket Program. Because Carthon wanted to highlight positive role models for change in his community...

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June 05, 2012

Last week, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded just over $119 million in funding to programs that promote healthy marriages and relationships and that help fathers succeed as parents, as family members, and as providers for their children. Given the challenges facing kids today, local efforts to promote father involvement and healthy family relationships are...

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June 05, 2012

Today, father absence is among the most pervasive social problems challenging American families. An estimated 24 million children (34 percent) live absent their biological father and these youth are more likely to be poor, use drugs, and experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems.

While the aforementioned family statistics are formidable, there is hope on the horizon. The presence of a responsible father improves...

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June 05, 2012

One of the most frequent workshop question that I am asked is; “What does father involvement mean and what does that look like?” The goal of a father’s involvement is to nurture his child’s intellectual, emotional, physical, social and spiritual development. The key is to focus on his child’s strengths utilizing the natural assets of a father’s parenting style.

Teaching through Play - Teaching through play is what draws your children...

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June 05, 2012

Last week, we launched the first in series of blog posts we are calling TableTalk. TableTalk posts include topics that fathers, caretakers and mentors can talk about with kids. Here are some tips for good communication:

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Read more about these and other tips and use the questions below to get everybody talking!

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June 05, 2012

Exciting news: today, we are launching the “TableTalk” blog series on the DadTalk blog! TableTalk are ideas of things that dads can talk about with their kids. TableTalk can happen at any time; it might be a conversation over a meal or while you are playing catch. The key is to get yourself and your child talking!

These questions don’t just have to be for dad. Kids, moms, grandparents and mentors can use these questions to get their...

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