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Federal information relating to fatherhood is spread throughout multiple departments and agencies.  This area includes the home pages of many of these agencies, related activities in the Regions around the country and other miscellaneous resources.

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Federal Agencies

Areas specific to fatherhood issues have been highlighted throughout this website.  These links are to these agencies homepages.

Non-Federal Web-Sites

HHS cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by this link or any other linked site. Providing links to a non-HHS Web site does not constitute an endorsement by HHS or any of its employees of the sponsors of the site or the information or products presented on the site. Also, be aware that the privacy protection provided on the HHS domain (see HHS's Privacy Policy) may not be available at the external link.

Regional Activities

Regions, States, and fath-based and community organizations continue to develop and implement new activities that support fatherhood and promote marriage. The Around the Regions page of the HHS' Fatherhood website has been revised and updated to reflect 2005/2006 fatherhood support activities that have been funded by the federal Department of Health and Human Services and by state and local community efforts. Information is available by Region and State.

Breastfeeding Promotion and Support

Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economical and emotional benefits to mother and baby. Since a major goal of the WIC Program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. WIC has historically promoted breastfeeding to all pregnant women as the optimal infant feeding choice, unless medically contraindicated.


The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network

The Welfare Peer Technical Assistance Network provides peer-to-peer technical assistance to public agencies and private organizations operating the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. Technical assistance is provided through a variety of mechanisms: peer-to-peer site visits, workshops, moderated teleconferences and interactive Q&A sessions. The Web site also highlights policy relevant research, innovative programs, related links and upcoming events. The objective of the Peer TA Network is to facilitate the sharing of information between and among states and to establish linkages between organizations serving the needs of welfare recipients.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides an entitlement of up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees for the following reasons:  1) birth and care of the eligible employee's child, or placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the employee; 2) care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition; or 3) care of the employee's own serious health condition.  It also requires that employee's group health benefits be maintained during the leave.  The FMLA is administered by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division within the U.S. Department of Labor.

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