This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Obama and fatherhoodSince we're all still thinking a lot about our new president, I thought we'd mark Father's Day Friday today with a roundup of thoughts about the role of fathers in Barack Obama's story. His own father, that is, and the father he has become to two young daughters. | Read story
Inmate Re-entry Programs Aim to Strengthen Family TiesWhile campaigning for the presidency, one of the themes then-candidate Barack Obama touched on was the state of black families. The Obama team has voice support for programs like Hope House, which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated fathers reconnect with their families. Adam Serwer with the National Minority Consortia reports on how the program may fit into the new administration's agenda. | Read story
Fathers to meet and learnMichael Frye is unemployed. He does not own a car. He is separated from his wife.
But Frye is not beaten. He has the love of his 15-year-old son, Joshuel. When he's not job-hunting, Frye rides the bus for 1 1/2 hours from his Highland Park apartment to visit his son, who lives in Clinton Township with his mother. | Read story
Obama Transition team announces White House Task Force on Working FamiliesToday, the Obama Transition team announced the President-elect’s intention to form a ‘White House Task Force on Working Families,’ to be chaired by Vice President-elect Joe Biden, effective January 20, 2009. The Task Force will be a major initiative targeted at raising the living standards of middle-class, working families in America. The task force will be comprised of top-level administration policy makers, and in addition to regular meetings, it will conduct outreach sessions with representatives of labor, business, and the advocacy communities. | Read story
No day off for full-time dadsThe next time you see a father and child hanging out during the middle of the day, it may be best to negate your initial thoughts. Try this: No, daddy isn't giving mommy a break for the day. And he doesn't have a day off, either.
"First of all, there's no such thing as a day off" for stay-at-home parents, said R.J. Wilkins, of Towson. | Read story
Auburn to have conference on marriageAuburn University and its partners in the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initative will present this year's regional conference Feb. 3-5 at the Montgomery River Walk Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Montgomery, Ala.
The 2009 Regional Healthy Marriages, Healthy Families and Responsible Fatherhood Conference on Best Practices is open to professionals and to citizens interested in learning about ways to build and sustain healthy relationships. | Read story
CHC to host 'Dads Beyond Duct Tape'Fathers can make unique and irreplaceable contributions to the lives of their children. Without the right tools, this can be a hard process to learn. Many fathers wonder, why doesn't my child come with a manual? While there isn't a manual for children, beginning in February 2009, the Community Health Center of Branch County's (CHC) Obstetric Services and the Branch Intermediate School District Early Education Services will be sponsoring “Dads Beyond Duct Tape,” a twelve week class for dads who are interested in strengthening their fathering skills. This unique and innovative fatherhood program developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative, will help dads hone their fathering skills as well as develop effective strategies to manage their physical and mental health and help better balance work and family commitments. | Read story
Positive Relationships: Expectant fathers - man to man
Fathers-to-be are learning childcare skills from new dads and their babies in a peer support programme being piloted in Staffordshire.
The 'Hit the Ground Crawling' approach has been developed by the Fatherhood Institute from a groundbreaking scheme in the United States, called Boot Camp for New Dads. It aims to inspire and equip men to confidently engage with their new babies by encouraging them to attend a one-off, three-hour workshop. During the session they can discuss their thoughts and concerns with other fathers in a relaxed setting, and be shown how to care for a baby by their peers. For some men it is their first opportunity to hold a small baby.| Read story
Lawmakers to try again on parental leave issueParents would be allowed to take unpaid leave from work to attend academic activities such as teacher conferences without the fear of being fired, under a measure introduced at the State Capitol.
A similar plan a few years back was defeated after an outcry from the state's business community which said it would harm Colorado's economy.
House Bill 1057 would allow Colorado parents who work at companies with more than 10 employees to take up to 40 unpaid hours each academic year to attend school-related events. The leave would be limited to six hours per month and could not last for more than three hours at a time. | Read story
'Nurturing Fatherhood' classes to start Jan. 19The Morgan County Family Center in cooperation with the Fort Morgan Head Start program will be offering a Nurturing Fatherhood class.
This class will be held starting Monday, Jan. 19, from 5:30 until 8:30 p.m. Mondays for 13 weeks at Sherman Early Childhood Center, 300 Main Street, in Fort Morgan. | Read story