This section provides web links, PDFs and video of recent news stories about fatherhood from news outlets around the world.
Fathers Gain EncouragementA State of Ohio executive expresses the need for fathers in the lives of their children.
The Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood spoke to a group of fathers and children at Zane Grey Elementary during a pro-dad's breakfast sponsored by Forever Dads before touring other programs the group offers, like the Come Unity Market. | Read story
The public renders a split verdict on changes in family structureThe American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes; a third is tolerant but skeptical; and a third considers them bad for society.
This finding emerges from an analysis that the Pew Research Center conducted of responses to a survey in which a nationally representative sample of 2,691 adults were asked whether they considered the following seven trends to be good, bad or of no consequence to society: more unmarried couples raising children; more gay and lesbian couples raising children; more single women having children without a male partner to help raise them; more people living together without getting married; more mothers of young children working outside the home; more people of different races marrying each other; and more women not ever having children. | Read story
More Colorado kids slipping into poverty, report saysIn one of the first comprehensive looks at how the recession has affected families, the Colorado Children's Campaign reports that the state's children continued a slide into poverty that began a decade ago and accelerated as hard times hit.
According to the 2011 Kids Count in Colorado! report being released today, another 31,000 children slipped into poverty in 2009, bringing the total to 17 percent of all children, up from 15 percent the year before. | Read story
Fatherhood program head: Better dads make a better societyIf you want research data on social ills related to absent or bad fathers, Kenneth Thompson can talk your ear off about school dropouts, kids in jail, teen pregnancy and more. But as eloquently as he wields these facts, he’s even more compelling when he tells one specific family story: his own.
“There’s a scene indelibly planted in my memory,” said Thompson, the head of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ Fatherhood Program. “It’s me as a child, standing in my yard, throwing a ball straight up in the air and catching it. My dad wasn’t present in my life, so that’s what I did.” | Read story
Becoming Dad: One Man's Journey to FatherhoodIn our continuing coverage of the teen pregnancy issue, we take a look at another program focused on fathers and soon to be dads. In Memphis, 52% of kids are being raised by single mothers. One program at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is hoping to improve that grim statistic by focusing on fathers.
“I can't do nothing but cope with it.” | Read story
Dating Dangers for TeensFebruary gives us some very worthwhile opportunities to celebrate: Valentine's Day and Black History being the most prominent. There's another awareness issue that may seem like the opposite of Valentine's Day, but it deserves all fathers' attention -- especially those with teenagers: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
A report by the US Department of Justice states that one in every three teen girls is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse -- not by a stranger but by a dating partner. That figure far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence. In addition to physical abuse, some teens are using threats, insults, obsessive monitoring, continuous texting, humiliation, intimidation, isolation or stalking to try to exert power and control. | Read story
Fatherhood needs redefining, says UN reportThe concept of fatherhood needs to be "dramatically readjusted" to bring it into line with the modern world, according to an important study.
A United Nations report launched in New York concludes that we need a new way to describe the "fluid and changing" ways in which men care for and support children.
Crucially, men should stop being measured against a "maternal template", according to the report, Men in Families and Family Policy in a Changing World. | Read story
Fatherhood summit offers hope to dadsFatherhood has a new perspective.
For a long time, fathers behind on child support had a hard time playing a bigger role in the lives of their children. But that is changing—at least in Lucas County.
Many dads that had at one time either been caught or trapped in “the system" were labeled as absentee fathers-- unable to see their kids, let alone get to know them. But that "system" is trying to adapt: to the changing times and the evolving attitudes of involved fathers. | Read story
Dauphin County Commissioner selected for National Policy Roundtable on Engaging FathersDauphin County Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III, addressed members of the American Bar Association, the National Fatherhood Initiative and the American Humane Association on February 8 in Washington, D.C. to discuss ways to increase father involvement with their children in the child welfare system.
“Commissioner Hartwick has provided strong leadership in the field of father involvement and is sending a strong message to the community on the importance of fatherhood through his focus and support in promoting the innovative and progressive father engagement practices in Dauphin County,” said Karen Jenkins, director of public and private child welfare initiatives for the American Humane Association. “His passion and dedication is evident, and he is truly a local, state, and national leader in building men’s capacity to be better fathers.” | Read story
Man with a Pan: Fatherhood and Cooking Q&ADuring the workweek, John Donohue is an editor at the Goings On About Town section of the New Yorker. But most weekends — and on the rare weeknight when he has time — you can find him in his kitchen, cooking for his wife and two young daughters. Fatherhood is still a role more associated with breadwinning than bread-baking, so Donohue began to chart his experiences in an excellent blog called Stay at Stove Dad. His upcoming book, Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers who Cook for Their Families, is a further meditation on food and family, featuring essays from notable writers (as well as some average dads) about their experiences in the kitchen. It's available for pre-order on Amazon; it's official release date is May 17 (in plenty of time for Father's Day, of course).
Donohue took time to talk blogging, stewing and parenting with us at the (mostly) non-food blog DadWagon. He was also kind enough to share, below the interview, five tips for dads who cook and a surefire puttanesca recipe. | Read story