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I hope everyone takes a moment to read this Op-Ed, reflect, then read again. I remember starting my social work career working with youths in gangs. I will never ever forget a young gang member who was going to take the life of another peer. I stood in the gap and told him, “I love you and do not want you to hurt anyone or you!” Well, he dropped his head into my chest and cried. He shared, “My father never said he loved me, Why do you love me?!” All of a sudden anger was replaced with the desire to heal. This young man years later went onto finish an undergraduate degree in communications. Maybe as Mr. Charles M. Blow suggests we need, no we must do more for our young men and women. Just glance at these statistics…… Dads Make A Difference!….. Read the full Op-Ed here
James C. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer & President, Fathers & Families Coalition of America
Credit The New York Times
Every parent has moments of doubt – seriously dark moments even – where they question becoming a parent in the first place, wonder if they are succeeding or failing, and feel desperate to find order in the chaos. Hopefully these thoughts are fleeting and infrequent Read More….here
Scott Shriner, bass player for Weezer and son…..
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights released a new report outlining a comprehensive policy agenda to ease the re-entry process entitled A Second Chance: Charting a New Course for Re-Entry and Criminal Justice Reform. The Second Chance report outlines a policy agenda for easing the re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals into society. It examines the impact of four barriers that make re-entry more difficult and recidivism more likely—predatory prison phone rates; inadequate access to education; restrictions on employment; and restrictions on voting. The report discusses the consequences of these practices and makes a series of policy recommendations regarding their reform.
Jeremy Loveday has a message I think everyone (especially we men) should hear. And just wait till 1:58, where he blows your mind with how deep our bias goes. Very nice short video… “A powerful video that speaks to the heart of anti-violence work by “men let’s talk”
To Prevent Poverty, Reduce the Penalty for Single-Motherhood by Philip N. Cohen, University of Maryland
The increase in unmarried parenthood in the U.S. remains a genuine concern for children’s well-being and for inter-generational mobility. Unmarried parents in the U.S. are much more likely to be poor than their married counterparts. Single parents juggling many competing priorities work more, earn less, and have less time or fewer resources to devote to advancing their own education. But does this ongoing increase in unmarried parenthood consign the country to continuously increasing inequality? Not necessarily. – See more - Posted December 2, 2013
In a culture of counterfeits and mistruths, marriage needs to be re-branded as an awesome, noble, and challenging adventure. Guys have been blindsided in our culture. We don’t see the path to manhood, and we often don’t know how to view women, sex, relationships, marriage and our role as husbands….engage more and learn about what men can due for healthier relationships here by Jeff Kemp, Vice President and HomeBuilder Catalyst, Family Life
Compared to married fathers living with spouses, single dads are “younger, less educated, less financially well-off, and less likely to be white.” Single fathers make up about one-quarter of single parents. For the full report read here
As dads going through divorce, many men may feel overwhelmed by the journey ahead of them and feel a mixture of anger, sadness and confusion. They may feel paralyzed by the number of questions swirling around in their head such as – How is custody determined? Will I have to pay child support? Can I keep my ex-wife from poisoning my kids against me? Although the road ahead may seem difficult to navigate, as experienced father’s rights and matrimonial attorneys we have found that many of our clients have the same general questions involving their children and divorce. Understanding the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions divorcing fathers have can provide men some peace of mind during this difficult time.
Please visit www.dadsrights.com for more crucial information.
About Jeffery Leving: Chicago matrimonial attorney Jeffery Leving has been named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio™ and is the country’s leading authority on fathers’ rights. He has authored three groundbreaking books: Fathers’ Rights, Divorce Wars and recently How to Be a Good Divorced Dad. He co-authored the Illinois Joint-Custody and the Illinois Virtual Visitation law and lectures to lawyers as well as divorced dads across the country.
One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue. These are among the many pieces of evidence cited by the Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for prison reform, in a report on the staggering racial disparities that permeate the American criminal justice system
15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference will highlight the leadership of Yasmina S. Vinci, Executive Director, National Head Start Association. Her leadership to support a new series of over 20 workshops centered on the needs of Head Start, Early Head Start and Early Childhood Educators is an example of why collaborations are necessary to support professional development. The Impact of Fathers on Early Childhood Development, School Readiness and Child Outcomes profession and those working with infants, toddlers and young children. We are honored to introduce experts from throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom, partnership with National Head Start Association and others to advance capacity of Early Childhood Educators, Head Start Teachers, Early Head Start, Home Visitors as well as Agency Directors. We encourage our colleagues to join NHSA after the 15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference at the 41st Annual Head Start Conference April 28, 2014 – May 2, 2014 Long Beach, California
The Florida A&M University Department of Psychology is pleased to announce the Fourth National Conference on African/Black Psychology, which will be held November 8 – 9, 2013 on the campus of Florida A&M University (FAMU).
The conference will recognize the contributions of Dr. Bobby E. Wright. Dr. Wright was an internationally renowned scholar, educator, community activist, humanitarian and an early leader in the African/Black Psychology Movement. Among his many accomplishments, he received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Chicago and was at the time of his premature death in 1982, the Executive Director of the Garfield Park CCMHC on the west side of Chicago, Illinois (one of only two such predominantly Black centers in the country) and the President-Elect of the Association of Black Psychologists. For more information about this event please go here
Spending positive time with both parents promotes child well-being and is associated with better child support outcomes. Unmarried parents do not
have systematic access to assistance in establishing parenting time orders, so state and local child support programs have sought to address this service gap. This fact sheet highlights states and counties that coordinate the establishment of child support orders and parenting time agreements. Family violence safeguards are always a critical component when addressing parenting time. More Information Here
The brief for this review of policies and programmes that promote or facilitate the involvement of fathers and father-figures from the pre-natal period through the first eight years of their children’s lives; and to establish evidence of these programmes’ potential to impact on family violence, child abuse or children’s health or learning outcomes. For a complete file visit here
Because couples seek help at various stages of their marriage crisis. Sometimes both people are quite sure they’re ready for divorce. Often, only one person is. And sometimes, neither party is sure they want a divorce, but they do know their marriage is in crisis. Learn more for resources to strengthen families here
Fathers’ Support Center helps dads become responsible parents…By Heidi Glaus ”There are hundreds of father programs in the nation, but we have a legal clinic,” Fathers’ Support Center is where men learn to be responsible fathers… watch to learn more about the FSC Model here
Ending Fatherless is bringing real life solutions to end the epidemic of fatherless in America and internationally. Weekly Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign will allow providers to access resources. Fatherlessness: An American Epidemic to be featured documentary film at the 15th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference that can be viewed here
Domestic violence survivors who are low-income women of color have said that providing social welfare services for men could ease the economic burden that women are shouldering and may prove to be an effective violence prevention strategy.
To explore these possibilities, Enhancing Safety:
- considers women’s experiences of domestic violence within the broader context of their lives and communities;
- examines the economic needs that are shared by women and men in low-income communities;
- presents information on social welfare services for men; and
- demonstrates that knowing about or working with a community-based program that addresses the needs of low-income men of color can respond to an unmet need for some domestic violence victims
Attorney Jeffery M. Leving Discusses Legal Rights for Fathers with Chicago Family Law Attorney Timothy O’Grady:Viewers can also stream the show live at http://cantv.org/live and participate in discussions on the Fatherhood Educational Institute Facebook page.Mr. Leving’s special guest, veteran Attorney Timothy O’Grady’s primary focus is in family law, domestic relations and protecting the rights of fathers and children. During the live show attorneys Leving and O’Grady will discuss the challenges many unwed fathers struggle to overcome to safeguard their relationships with their children. More Information go here
All those in the greater St. Louis area, Father’s Support Center has just received another funded program to help residents! Father’s Support Center’s announcement of the $1.4 million grant to train returning offenders for high demand jobs is supported by St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment’s Executive Director Michael K. Holmes and St. Louis Family Court Judge Jimmie Edwards and others. To get more information download FFCA’s app in iTunes or Android go to places for Missouri FFCA Affiliate for Father’s Support Center Links to area coverage will be posted on FSC’s Facebook
30 Leaders in the Fight for Black Men by Joshua DuBois was President Obama’s first director of the White House faith-based initiative, and is now an author, teacher, speaker, and CEO of Values Partnerships. Learn More Here….
National Fathers Take Your Daughter On A Date Campaign
June 14-16, 2013
FFCA has a special program to link dads to experts; special gear for fathers; and we encourage every dad to take his daughter on a date for a national call, “Dads Take Your Daughter on a Date” the Friday-Sunday Father’s Day Weekend. Be creative and share your stories with us or join one of our many FFCA Affiliates for Father’s Day Events.
National Daddy-Daughter Dance
In Washington, DC our local FFCA Affiliate will host a Daughter-Father-Dance at Howard University. This is an outstanding event and for full event information…. Read More
For more information to participate contact Elihu Eli El by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and or go to the Event Registration Page Daughter-Father-Dance
THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN FOR A STRONG MIDDLE CLASS & A STRONG AMERICA…includes fatherhood and healthy marriage
President Obama used his State of the Union address last night to reiterate his commitment to support fathers and families.
And we’ll work to strengthen families by removing the financial deterrents to marriage for low-income couples, and doing more to encourage fatherhood, because what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it?s having the courage to raise one. Stronger families. Stronger communities. A stronger America. It is this kind of prosperity, broad, shared, and built on a thriving middle class that has always been the source of our progress at home.
Barack Obama, President
United States of America
February 12, 2013
State of the Union
Encouraging and strengthening families: The President is proposing to remove financial deterrents to marriage for low income couples, and to support and encourage fatherhood including working with the faith community and the private sector…. Read More
“Mentoring Makes a Difference in the Lives of Children Impacted by Parental Incarceration: An Evaluation of the Amachi Texas Program” please review these two files for the full report and evaluation Big Brothers Big Sisters—Amachi Texas Study…..here
Report on Establishing Realistic Child Support Orders
Establishing child support orders based on parents’ ability to pay results in higher compliance and increased parental communication. This fact sheet highlights several evidence-based best practices to establish realistic orders, including practices promoting parental involvement….
How to Create a Mobile Strategy for Marriage, Fatherhood, Family Strengthening Initiatives:
Join us October 30, 2012 and November 14, 2012. How do we decrease the limitations for marriage and fatherhood programs to encounter their targeted audience and increase the leverage of their programs? The Leveraging Digital Marketing and Social Media Series will introduce participants with basic and emerging Knowledge & Understanding of Social Media and Decrease the Digital Divide to Leverage that Information for a holistic healthy families campaign. Read More
New Study on the Responsible Fatherhood field by Dr. Ronald Mincy, The Center for Research on Fathers, Children and Family Well-Being’s. CRFCFW’s mission is to expand the knowledge base on the role of fathers (and father figures) in the lives of disadvantaged children and the processes by which nonresident fathers (and father figures) affect child development and family well-being. Read More on this study Here
Latino Veterans Mr. James Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer & President of Fathers & Families Coalition of America interviews Dr. Ramon Nieves, Chairman of the Board of Directors from Chicago, IL and U.S. Army discuss Latino Veteran issues for Hispanic Heritage Month on Vets Chat Show. Listen Here http://youtu.be/kNs4o-rtgys