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February 24, 2009

Fathers take different paths, but share similar message

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and President Barack Obama are all Black Americans and historic fathers who impacted the world around them. As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay tribute to fatherhood by meeting some local fathers working to shape their own legacies at home and beyond.

"I would draw things, and my father would say, 'Son, it can't be built, but if you want to keep that idea, this is how we have to do it,'" said Vop Osili, an architect. | Read story
February 20, 2009

Program promotes responsible fatherhood

Fathers in the local five-county region are establishing tighter bonds with their children thanks to a program operating quietly through the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit since 2001.

Eighteen young men are among more than 130 parents in the region participating in the CSIU's teen parenting program, which helps young parents succeed academically, graduate from high school and achieve success in adult life. | Read story
February 18, 2009

Football players speak out against domestic violence

Don McPherson says that in his travels across the country talking to young men and boys, one thing is universal: It’s always an insult to do anything — throw, run, compete in any sport — like a girl.

Contrast that, he said, with other terms used to describe men. It’s OK, the former Philadelphia Eagle quarterback said, to be a "cool cat," a "lucky dog" or to "hit like a truck."

"You can compare a man to an inanimate object, but you compare him to his sister and those are fighting words," McPherson told a group of local men gathered for SaveHaven of Tarrant County’s first Legacy of Men Breakfast on Tuesday. | Read story
February 13, 2009

February declared Responsible Fatherhood Awareness Month in Michigan

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has declared February as Responsible Fatherhood Awareness Month in Michigan.

Fathers who actively participate in their children’s lives can help reduce the risk of childhood poverty, mental illness and substance abuse, she said.

Children whose fathers are involved in their lives also have a reduced risk of juvenile delinquency, early sexual activity, and teen pregnancies and are less likely to drop out of high school. | Read story
February 11, 2009

New Program to Help Incarcerated Fathers

Fathers who are behind bars in Nebraska will soon be getting help to be better dads. More than 600 incarcerated fathers will eventually go through the program called “InsideOut Dad.”

The curriculum is from the National Fatherhood Initiative and is designed specifically for fathers who are behind bars and want to reunify with their children. It will be standardized in correctional facilities across the state.

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February 6, 2009

Growing up with an absent father

A Today Show promotion of the upcoming MSNBC documentary - "A Father's Promise." | Read story
February 5, 2009

Outstanding Military Dads

The National Fatherhood Initiative is sponsoring an annual award for a military father who goes above and beyond his duties - both as a servicemember and as a dad - to make sure he and his family stay connected throughout the stresses of military life. The award winner is chosen from a pool of nominations by moms, wives, kids, friends, and others from across the country and around the world. This year's winner will be brought to Washington, D.C., with his family and recognized at a ceremony June 9. | Read story
January 30, 2009

New group to help fathers, reduce 'premature fatherhood'

As the new Miami Valley Partnership for Fathers spends more than $224,000 in grant money to encourage involved, responsible and committed fathers and reduce "premature fatherhood," officials can point to a success story in the White House.

President Barack Obama, the father of two young girls, has written about what it was like not having his father around while he was growing up. | Read story
January 29, 2009

The Elephant in the Room: Obama's actions speak volumes

Is there some John the Baptist to give us a clue about where exactly Barack Obama Superstar is going to lead us?

How about one of America's most respected African Americans? Bill Cosby, in his best-selling book Come on, People! (a hipper way of saying "Repent and make straight your path"), detailed what he called the crisis of the black community. The book examined the influence of multifaceted poverty on our youth and the need to lift this generation beyond the vicious cycle of life on the street.

Cosby didn't stop there. He also criticized parents' lack of accountability: "I'm talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12? . . . And where is his father, and why don't you know where he is?" | Read story
January 26, 2009

Prof. dispels single-father myth

Most unmarried, low-income fathers strive to be good parents, Kathryn Edin, a professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, said in a lecture at the Haldeman Center on Friday. Edin presented the findings of her research about disadvantaged men’s beliefs about fatherhood in the address, “Fragile Fatherhood: What Being a Daddy Means in the Lives of Low-Income, Unmarried Men.”

Edin and fellow researcher Timothy Nelson, a sociology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a survey of more than 165 men living in impoverished neighborhoods in Camden, N.J., which Edin said is one of the poorest cities in the United States. The sample included only men who had children born out of wedlock, and was comprised of equal numbers of white, black and Puerto Rican respondents. The researchers visited each individual at least twice over a seven-year period. | Read story

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