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Flag this messageThe Most Important JobSunday, June 20, 2010 11:13 AMFrom: "President Barack Obama" <email@example.com>View contact detailsTo: firstname.lastname@example.org Good afternoon,
As the father of two young daughters, I know that being a father is one of the most important jobs any man can have.
My own father left my family when I was two years old. I was raised by a heroic mother and wonderful grandparents who provided the support, discipline and love that helped me get to where I am today, but I still felt the weight of that absence throughout my childhood. It's something that leaves a hole no government can fill. Studies show that children who grow up without their fathers around are more likely to drop out of high school, go to jail, or become teen fathers themselves.
And while no government program can fill the role that fathers play for our children, what we can do is try to support fathers who are willing to step up and fulfill their responsibilities as parents, partners and providers. That's why last year I started a nationwide dialogue on fatherhood to tackle the challenge of father absence head on.
In Chicago, the Department of Health and Human Services held a forum with community leaders, fatherhood experts and everyday dads to discuss the importance of responsible fatherhood support programs. In New Hampshire, Secretary of Education Duncan explored the linkages between father absence and educational attainment in children. In Atlanta, Attorney General Holder spoke with fathers in the criminal justice system about ways local reentry organizations, domestic violence groups and fatherhood programs can join together to support ex-offenders and incarcerated individuals who want to be closer to their families and children.
Now we're taking this to the next level. Tomorrow, I'll make an announcement about the next phase of our efforts to help fathers fulfill their responsibilities as parents -- The President's Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative. You can learn more at www.fatherhood.gov.
This Father's Day -- I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a dad to two wonderful daughters. And I'm thankful for all the wonderful fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and friends who are doing their best to make a difference in the lives of a child.
Happy Father's Day.
Sincerely, President Barack Obama
The White House • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20500 • 202-456-1111 ===========================================================
Información en españolEn respuesta al llamado del presidente Obama para una conversación nacional sobre la paternidad responsable y las familias saludables.Learn MoreProgram SpotlightBe There for Your Kids! The CO State Fatherhood Initiative's ultimate goal is to improve the well-being of children by building community access across Colorado to fatherhood programs and services..All Programs>>NewsStudy Finds Dads Suffer Postpartum Depression Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 2:01am | NPR, Joanne Silberner While it's been widely known that some mothers suffer from postpartum depression, a series of studies over the years have suggested... SubscribeAll News>>Call another dad And wish him a Happy Father’s Day. Help your children become comfortable speaking to adults and others on the phone.More Activities>>
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