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Children who live absent of biological fathers are, on average, at least two to four times more likely to be poor, use drugs or have behavioral problems than... Read More

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Jan 8, 2013

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142 Supporting
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State: CA

13 Supporting
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National Fatherhood Initiative believes that federally-funded, community-based organizations running fatherhood programs need funding not only for service delivery, but for "capacity-building." Capacity-building services allow organizations to become more effective in their services delivery, and help build higher-quality organizations. The need and demand in the field for such services is high, but current federal fatherhood legislation does not provide critical funding for it. The sustainability of these community-building and life-changing fatherhood programs depends on the provision of capacity-building funding for the federal government's fatherhood grantees.

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I support Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because... I am a father who struggles with the mother of my son who interferes with me having a good relationship with my child, and any hope that's out there, can only benefit my child so he grows up knowing that he has a dad who loves him dearly.

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VA
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Anonymous734631
VA-11
1 year ago

Father's are just as important as Mothers! The majority of prison population are individuals who had no Father's. We, as Fathers, need help from rising from the bottom of the flames in order to begin making things right with future America! Help us Father's help our beloved Nation and children across God's country.

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CA
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Anonymous3412026
CA-6
1 year ago

I support Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because I feel it is important to support other fathers by educating them further. I grew up without a father, and now I have my own. I do not want them to ever feel what I've felt growing up. Two things need to happen. First, this vicious cycle needs to stop. Fathers that neglect their children teaches their children to do the same. Second, is to stop this stereotype that fathers are not involved. I always try to attend my children's school activities, doctor's appointments, birthday parties, whatever it is. I am there. And people feel that is odd. Why? Because they are not use to it. The public's view of fathers needs to change. They need to be educated.

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NJ
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Anonymous2116500
NJ-12
1 year ago

I support Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because this type of program is very important within our communities. I work as a counselor for at-risk youth and 88% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders have absent fathers. I once worked with a young man who had been in counseling services for years. I connected him with his father and got his father back involved in his life during my time with him. As a result that young man is no longer on medication for his behavioral disorder and is making straight As in school. Fathers are important and necessary in a child's life. I'm all for finding a way to get them there and keep them there.

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VA
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AnonymousQue
VA-2
1 year ago

I support Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because fathers need to be recognized by our judicial system as being equal to mothers in raising a child. Over many years, women have fought hard for their rights. In present day, they have equal treatment as men but men have paid the price. Our courts still think that men and women have traditional roles in a home. That simply isn't true I a family that has 2 working parents. Fathers need to be treated equally in child custody issues. The stats are very clear on the need for a father in raising children. The more involved fathers are, the less likely they are to end up in prison or failing school, etc. 70% of all inmates are from fatherless homes. With a little involvement from fathers, that number drops and as time with fathers increases, it makes a significant drop. Want to do something positive for our over crowded prisons and under trained work force? Simply make Joint (50/50) custody the norm and you will find that our prisons will no longer be over crowded. Fathers have rights too. Children need their fathers. Please help equalize the fathers role n domestic/ family courts.

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TN
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Anonymous1133032
TN-4
1 year ago

Because the world need quality fathers. Capacity funding will help deliver services to people more effectively.

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NY
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Anonymous1233641
NY-7
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because this is not what the Federal level of government is responsible for. It is a state and local level concern. Besides there are already enough "programs" and organizations that deal with these issues. Feds-Butt out! It is none of your business-look to the Constitution for your "actual" responsibilities.

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AL
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Anonymous2971517
AL-1
1 year ago

I oppose Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because... the Federal Government has no Constitutional authority to be spending money on these types of social programs. This should be left for the states.

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GA
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GHMcGraw
GA-12
2 years ago

I oppose Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because...when people create children, they need to be held responsible for their care and upbringing. Since Obamacare provides for their medical care and birth control, welfare provides food, local property owners fund their schools . . . that is a significant contribution coming from taxpayers - most of whom are struggling to pay their own astronomical medical insurance premiums, grocery bills, and property taxes on top of that. Throwing more money at the problem is not going to solve it. Demanding accountability and responsibility is.

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NJ
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Rappunzell
NJ-5
2 years ago

I oppose Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs because...If a woman isn't ready to do the job by herself, she shouldn't have the child in the first place. There's an old rule.....Only sleep with someone you marry and promised to spend the rest of your life with in front of God, family, and friends at a wedding.

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FL
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hoffmdr
FL-2
2 years ago

I oppose Capacity-Building Funding for Fatherhood Programs I believe that this cause is an excellent one and that as an individual I, as well as my peers, would love to help. However Government funding for such programs is no different from the redistribution of wealth. As individuals we built the economy and even the Government itself, but when we created the Government we only gave it the power to protect our freedoms and liberties, not redistribute them. I do believe that this cause is an excellent one, but I also believe that it is the responsibility of the people to provide for each other through charity programs and humanitarian funds. It is as ugly as it sounds. Political power is the authority to enact force on those who have done nothing wrong. When someone enacts force to take from someone else no matter the cause, we call them criminals and take them in according to the law.

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VA
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Bryce.Carbee
VA-2
2 years ago

I oppose Supporting Fatherhood Initiatives because this is not A Federal issue. Keeping the Federal Government out of our lives is paramount. Respectfully, Jerry Adams

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TX
21
jerrya3900
TX-21
2 years ago

Bill Summary

Children who live absent of biological fathers are, on average, at least two to four times more likely to be poor, use drugs or have behavioral problems than their peers who live with married (biological or adoptive) parents, according to recent social science research.



The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services awards grants to state and local agencies, as well as nonprofit and community groups, to carry out responsible fatherhood programs. As part of these grants, we urge Congress to allow grantees to dedicate up to 10% of grant funds to capacity-building training and technical assistance, centered around effective delivery of programs for dads (at least 90% of grant funds would be used for service delivery). This would result in immediate improvements in the quality of service delivery and long-term program sustainability.



Proposed by: National Fatherhood Initiative.)

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