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The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) promotes stability and economic security for families through various programs, like the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, the Tribal TANF program, and various grants, including the Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant. For 2016-2017, OFA determined that its two top priorities were to increase stability and economic security for families, and promote collaboration among human services agencies, workforce agencies, and educational institutions to improve service delivery. OFA is an office of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

Blog posts from Office of Family Assistance

Mario Renteria started with Project Padres at Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program in El Centro, CA, as a participant in 2012. Like many participants, he was unemployed, separated from his spouse, and at a crossroads. Mario wanted to…

Sione is one of the many fatherhood success stories from the Office of Samoan Affairs Healthy Marriage and Relationship (HMR) program. The program has created a platform for Pacific Islanders that address the foundation of family and marriage. In…

Each Father's Day , I find myself reflecting on the lessons and wisdom embedded within me through my father.

Fathers love and respect their partner - He was born on a farm in Ipswich, South Dakota, the oldest of eight children. He was a…

Each father’s story is different, but with the help of programs like Healthy Fathers within organizations like Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) in Sarastoa, FL, a father’s life can be positively impacted forever. One such father is…

What would it take for a 34-year-old homeless, dual-diagnosed, twice incarcerated father of two who has battled alcoholism since his youth, to find hope and courage to reconnect with his kids, his family, and society? Well, one father we will…

Change is inevitable. But, with the right support system, positive change can occur.  

Justin Calabrese made a commitment to turn his life around for the better. With the support of the Center for Self Sufficiency (CFSS), he is making good…

In just a few short weeks, Antonio* went from being a client receiving fatherhood services to an advocate to the community about the importance of fathers and families. 

Antonio attended the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC)…

Wally Flores, 28, is scheduled to be released from a correctional center early next year.  Upon his release he will live with family members, including his father and maternal aunt, who raised him after his mother passed.  Flores is engaged to be…

When John first connected with ADVOCAP's Fathers and Family Stability Project (FFSP), he had just lost his job and was in danger of losing his housing. John had some contact with his daughter, but his visits were becoming limited due to his…

Ed. Note: This post first appeared on the Administration for Children and Families Office of Family Assistance website. Read the original story here.…

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new health insurance opportunities to millions of Americans. Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grantees can play a vital role in helping participants and their family members learn how to…

Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here…

To some, making data-driven decisions may sound like a disconnected way to make decisions about programs that impact someone’s life. However, as Avis Files with the Keeping It Together Program at Toledo Area Ministries noted, they’re using their…

Sunday, June 15th is Father’s Day and the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) needs your help as it implements a Father’s Day Thunderclap. Father’s Day is the one day out of the year that fathers have permission to unplug from the internet, put the…

Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting here…

Ed. Note: This highlight is part of a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families. Read the original posting…

On July 28, 2014, the Office of Family Assistance and the Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance team unveiled their…

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical…

Each year more than half a million prisoners are released back into communities. Many of these face significant employment barriers, substance abuse and mental health challenges that reduce their ability to smoothly transition back into society.…

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical…

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical…

Ed. Note: This highlight is a repost from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical…

Ed. Note: This highlight is from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance…

Ed. Note: This highlight is from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance…

Ed. Note: This highlight is from a series entitled Highlights from the Field: Office of Family Assistance Programs at Work for American Families from the Office of Family Assistance Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Assistance…

The effects of incarceration are felt far beyond prison walls.  New research estimates that more than 5 million children, or…

In addition to the obstacles that almost all former offenders are faced with, men who have children encounter an especially difficult set of hurdles, when reentering society. As someone who has worked on the issue of re-entry in numerous…

Ed note: This post originally appeared in the ACF Family Room Blog. View the original post here.

Poverty rates are higher for rural…