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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
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:Talk and then talk some more Listen Be Patient Offer choices
Read more about these and other tips and use the questions below to get everybody talking!
TableTalk#2When you grow up, what do you want to be?... Continue reading this blog post
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...Continue reading this blog post
One of the most important and biggest lessons learned over the past five years working in the fatherhood field is that “You can’t do it by yourself.”Over the last decade or so, both synergy and energy have revived a renewed interest in looking at the issues facing Non-Custodial (mostly fathers) parents. The 2006 federal funding of Responsible Fatherhood programs did much to stimulate the capacity of the field to serve fathers. Because of it,...Continue reading this blog post
Today’s my birthday. When someone asks me how I’m doing, “alive and grateful” is my typical response. As I reflect on my life and the anniversary of my birth, I can’t help but be grateful to those who brought me into this world – my mother and father. When I woke up this morning, I went into my son’s room to look at him still sleeping. Fatherhood is one of the best presents I could ever have wanted.
Most parents want nothing but the...Continue reading this blog post