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April 30, 2009

Upper Fruitland 'Family Night' encourages males to be role models in children's lives

Fatherhood was celebrated Wednesday at Little Feet Child Development Center in the Sky Mesa View community in Upper Fruitland.

The event, dubbed "Family Night," included entertainment, games, food and family and aimed to encourage male figures to play an important role in children's lives.

It was part of the National Head Start Fatherhood Initiative and falls annually in April, which was designated Significant Adult Male month. | Read story
April 28, 2009

Mims Elementary makes students, dads feel special

It's 6:30 a.m., and most kids are still in their pajamas. But at Mims Elementary, there are at least a dozen students buzzing with excitement and sitting down for a special breakfast with Dad.

On the last Friday of the month, dads are invited to have breakfast in the school cafeteria with their kids before school as a part of the All Pro Dad program. | Read story
April 23, 2009

Stay-at-home dads increase with job losses

Instead of sitting in traffic for a long drive to his office in Concord, Calif., on a recent Monday, Chuck Hammond sat at his kitchen table in Roseville, Calif., cutting the rind off little pieces of orange and feeding them to his 1-year-old daughter, Reagan.

These days, Hammond works full time at being a stay-at-home dad, watching as Reagan happily stuffs what he serves up into her mouth.

The weak economy and social attitudes are making this rare occurrence more common than in decades past. | Read story
April 20, 2009

President Obama urged to create White House Council on Men and Boys

One of the leading organizations of men in America has asked President Obama to create a White House Council on Men and Boys.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the world’s oldest collegiate Greek-lettered organization of African-Americans recently wrote the president a letter encouraging him to create the council after Mr. Obama formally established the White House Council on Women and Girls. | Read story
April 17, 2009

Study finds demand for fatherhood programs

Perry Rouse doesn't live with his daughters, but he still wants to be a part of their lives. He struggled with just how to do that and in order to get the help he needed, he turned to the Parent Success Initiative, a pilot program in Onondaga County.

"I was feeling independent and they give you the help that you need, they don't force anything on you, they give you just what you need and it's a good feeling to have someone looking down on you saying that we're not all dead-beat dads, some of us just need a little help," said Rouse, a Syracuse resident. | Read story
April 15, 2009

Sometimes Church & State Can Work Together

A timely phone call was all it took for the Rev. Shelley D.B. Copeland to secure a one-on-one with America's new faith-based czar, Joshua DuBois. OK, maybe divine intervention was at play, too.

The White House receptionist who took Copeland's February call to Washington, D.C., advised her that it was highly unlikely Copeland would talk to DuBois personally. But when the call was transferred, DuBois himself picked up.

He is the 26-year-old wunderkind/executive director who wants to use the revamped White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to promote responsible fatherhood programs, reduce poverty and bring together interfaith coalitions. | Read story
April 14, 2009

Child abuse info offered

More than 15 human service agencies took part in an open house Monday and Tuesday, April 6-7, at the Garfield County Department of Human Services building in Rifle to promote prevention and awareness of child abuse and neglect. April is Child Abuse Prevention month.

The department received 574 referrals of child abuse and neglect last year. Of those, 433 were investigated. Nationwide, 1,530 children died in 2006 due to abuse or improper treatment, 905,000 children were child abuse victims, and one in three girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. | Read story
April 9, 2009

Legacy Meets Reality for Kurt Warner

Grabbing the microphone, Kurt Warner warbled “Hey There Delilah” while eyeing the white arrow that moved across the 52-inch plasma screen like a first-down marker, measuring his pitch.

Before coming here with the aim of avenging a defeat in the Super Bowl, Warner, the Cardinals’ quarterback, tried to even another score in the game room of his Arizona home. Though able to carry a tune almost as well as a team, he has not been able to unseat his daughter Jesse as the Warner household Wii “American Idol” champion. | Read story
April 6, 2009

Slouching Toward Fatherhood

Nearly every night of the first few weeks of my son's life, I'd click him into the back seat of our minivan and drive him around until he fell asleep. Like so many babies lulled by the humming of tires on pavement, the kid conked out in 10 minutes, but I'd continue on to the closest Dunkin' Donuts with an all-night drive-thru window, nearly an hour away.

My wife and I made this arrangement to allow her some precious sleep, but as I volunteered for chauffeur duty again and again—each time coming home later and later—we both knew there was more going on than her exhaustion and my craving for doughnuts. | Read story
April 6, 2009

White House Faith-Based Partnerships Council Gets New Members

The White House today announced nine more members of the council that will advise the president on faith-based and other key issues, such as fatherhood and poverty. | Read story

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