The Reconnecting Dads Initiative, founded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, works with more than 300 Public Housing Authorities every year to provide men living in the public housing with resources to make them more self-sufficient and active in the lives of their families.
The White House also connects with local barbershops to promote the “Fatherhood Pledge” through the “Fatherhood Buzz Campaign.” This pledge provides resources and urges people to commit to promoting responsible fatherhood. In addition, this month, the White House is partnering with text4baby to target expecting fathers. The soon-to-be fathers will receive a free text message encouraging them to engage with their children early.
The Administration has also released reports and guides to aid fathers. Last year, the White House issued “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood,” a report that explains the President’s record on fatherhood. The U.S. Health and Human Services have also released the Head Start Father Engagement Birth to Five Programming Guide, which works with Head Start programs to provide strategies and resources to new fathers.
For more information on the Obama Administration’s efforts to encourage father’s involvement in their children’s lives, visit http://www.fatherhood.gov.
Happy Father’s Day!