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10) Marriage improves health indicators and decreases the risk of certain diseases, according to a report in the Harvard Men's Health Watch based on a survey of 127,545 American adults reports US Population Reference Bureau.

 

 

9) Divorce Rate Lowest In Decades
Babble (blog)
Divorce has been consistently trending downward since the “divorce revolution” in the 70s. Somehow I don't think it's just the economy that's pushing those ...

 

And http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/contemplating-divorce/201009/divorce-insurance-has-finally-arrived

 

And http://www.elle.com/Life-Love/Sex-Relationships/Till-Whatever-Do-Us-Part

 

And

Rita Watson: The undivorced: 'My husband, my boarder'
Providence Journal
I talked with psychiatrist and marriage therapist Scott Haltzman, MD, who says: “At ... the quality of their marriage through marriage education or therapy. ...

 

 

 

8) Till Debt Do Us Part

 

 

 

 

7)  Playback Now has just posted keynote video clips from Smart Marriages–http://www.iplaybacksmartmarriages.com/video

 

 

 

6) Marriage and War in Today's Military | POV - Regarding War | PBS
You hit the nail on the head - the key to a healthy marriage (especially in the military!) is open communication. I wish they would have more classes on ...
www.pbs.org/pov/.../marriage-and-war-in-todays-military.php

 

And Chaplain Tries to Stem Rising Divorce Rate
War On Terror News
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan – In an attempt to quell the rising divorce rate affecting soldiers, the ministry team for Task Force Brawler, ...

 

 

 

5) http://www.blackloveandmarriage.com/

 

 

 

4) Developing the Art of Becoming a Couple: A Grounded Theory Study of the Positive Influence of Married and Loving It! ® (pp. 1080-1101)
PDF Full Text

Barbara D. Petty

Abstract: Couples can improve their marriages by implementing relationship building skills they learn while participating in a marriage education program. This study addresses how marriages improved as a result of participating in the marriage education program, Married and Loving It!® and what specific components of the learning experience facilitated the change. Using grounded theory methodology, the data collected from 12 participants, six married couples through in depth semi-structured interviews, revealed how participating in Married and Loving It! ® can assist couples in improving their relationships by guiding them through a developmental process. It is through skill development and a greater understanding of themselves and their spouse; couples are able to make positive changes in their behaviors and attitudes which influence their marriages.

 

 

 

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2) http://familyscholars.org/2010/09/06/do-you-know-the-difference-between-a-half-and-a-step-an-informal-poll/

 

 

 

1) http://challenge.gov/

 

 

Bill Coffin

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…We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

 

A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

 

 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

 

Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

#1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

#26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

 

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    10) Parents with a Strong Partner Relationship Are More Likely to . .... Summary Report;

    BuildingStrongFamilies.ppt – (another older one, not ours—BC)

     

     

     

    9) Pennsylvania Family Coalition » Events
    By Lourdes Swarts
    Marriage education, a relatively new approach to preventing marital distress and breakdown, is based on the premise that couples can learn how to build and maintain successful, stable marriages. Couples can learn how to increase the ...
    www.pafamilies.org/afc/">Pennsylvania Family Coalition - http://www.pafamilies.org/afc/

     

     

    8) The Generation That Can't Move On Up
    Wall Street Journal
    According to surveys by the National Center for Health Statistics, much of the recent rise in childbearing outside of marriage reflects a rise in births to ...

    ·         And from one of the comments… There is something that puzzles me about all of this. Why is it that couples who don't feel financially stable enough to marry, feel financially stable enough to have children? I see this behavior over and over again and simply don't understand it. Children are a financial burden while marriage (at least between two employed people) lessens financial burdens. Why do these couples perceive a greater financial burden in marriage over the expense of raising children?

    (Try out the Cost of Raising a Child Calculator –BC)

     

    7) Why Mothers and Fathers Play Differently
    New York Times (blog)
    A new study in the journal Biological Psychiatry, the first to look at what its authors describe as “the transition to fatherhood,” suggests that it does. ...

     

    6) Marriage Declining in Tennessee
    Eyewitness News Memphis
    MEMPHIS, TN - The institution of marriage is in decline across the country, but perhaps nowhere as strongly as Tennessee. Nationally, the decline in ...

     

    5) All in the Family 

     

    4) http://familyscholars.org/2010/09/02/fatherless-and-frustrated/

     

    3) http://www.bettermarriages.org/?coupleexercises (pick one to do this weekend)

     

    2) http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/about-us/nhmrc-resources/resources-by-topic#MRE

    And one not on that list DON'TS for Husbands and Wives 1913

     

     

     

     

    1)

    Naval maneuvers

    For the Academy in Annapolis, quarterback Ricky Dobbs has come to represent something larger than football.

     

    Navy plays Maryland on Labor Day.  

     

     

    Bill Coffin

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    ACF/HHS

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC  20447

    (202)260-1550(o);

    Bill.Coffin@acf.hhs.gov

    …We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

    efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

     

    A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
    and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

     

     http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

    http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

     

    Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

    #1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

    #26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

    http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

     

     

     

     

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    Will they cherish the trip to the theme park, the Xbox360, PS3, or the cell phone you bought them?  Or will they remember dad cooking pancakes for them, wrestling with them on the floor... and mom writing those special notes for their lunchboxes, or cheering for them at their games?  Our children won't reminisce about big events and big-ticket items. Rather, their hearts will be warmed by memories of the love, caring and companionship you showed them day-to-day.  Those are the things that will make a lasting impression they will carry with them into the future.  Take a look at these 10 Tips for Better Family Time and remember, your family first.

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    10) Examining the Relationship Between Marriage and Health in African American Communities (Part 2) http://jfi.sagepub.com/content/31/9.toc Journal of Family Issues (Sage---see attachment---BC). (This was an AAHMI/ASPE project)

     

    9) Young, single, childless women out-earn male counterparts
    USA Today
    The increase in twentysomething women earning decent paychecks while skipping or delaying marriage and motherhood has big implications for society and for ...

    And

     

    Young, Single & Childless: Women Who Earn More Than Men : Planet Money : NPR

     

     

    8) Does Marriage Make Us More Alike?
    ABC News
    By LEE DYE If you live with your mate long enough, eventually you will look like each other, think like each other, and become so similar your friends will ...
    See all stories on this topic »

     

    7) War toll is heaviest in poor, rural areas
    The Augusta Chronicle
    Barely out of his teens and already tied down by the responsibilities of fatherhood, he tried in vain to find work at Savannah River Site and the textile ...

     

    6) Welfare, Tax Policy and Child Support Enforcement: Effects on Family Formation

    and NEW TIP SHEET - Relationship Education and Pregnancy Prevention: What's the Connection?

     

    5) You going? http://rom.thepmrc.org/ (I love the tagline—BC)

     

    4) http://familyscholars.org/2010/08/31/wsj-blog-divorce-and-infidelity-down-in-downturn/

     

    3) http://www.aecf.org/KnowledgeCenter/Education.aspx

     

    2) http://themarriagelegacy.com/posts/marriage-enrichment-group/

     

     

    1) Coffin Corner - Healthy Marriage
    ... mom and dad to be in a flourishing relationship, even if they live apart? – BC) ... that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children. ...
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    Bill Coffin

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    ACF/HHS

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC  20447

    (202)260-1550(o);

    Bill.Coffin@acf.hhs.gov

    …We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

    efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

     

    A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
    and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

     

     http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

    http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

     

    Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

    #1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

    #26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

    http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

     

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    When we first feel the stirrings of attraction, we say that we are "falling in love," but that implies that it's out of our control.  The truth is, love is a choice - a decision.  One we need to make every day.  When a relationship is new, it's easy to bask in the emotions and "feel" the love, but what do you do when, like the song says, "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling?"  Well, you have to decide to show love - to make a conscious choice to be patient and kind regardless of how you feel.  In today's blog, I'm going to share 10 Strategies to Restore an Ailing Marriage. So choose love, and remember, your family first. 


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    The idea is that, on the second full week of each month, restaurants will offer special discounts to couples who have a "Dating My Spouse" button.  It is a great opportunity to spend time together as a couple and to save money, which in this economy is definitely a win / win!  

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    HM Links & Clips (9/1/10) #105

    10) http://www.nermen.org/Guide_to_Programming.php "Cultivating Healthy Couple and Marital

    Relationships: A Guide to Effective Programming," now online

     

     

     

    9) Big Picture Partnering » Blog Archive » For Couples: Come Out of ...
    By Dr. Jan Hoistad
    I continue to be amazed by the number of couples in this day and age who do not seek outside help or marriage education. The data is in folks. Marriage education works. You consider yourself an intelligent, conscious, with-it kind of ...

     

     

     

    8) Casper briefs
    Casper Star-Tribune Online
    The Wyoming Healthy Marriage Initiative will host Communicating Your Love, a one-day intensive class for couples, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Sept. ...

     

     

     

    7) Rigorous federal study shows Oklahoma's Family Expectations ...
    are in another study: Supporting Healthy Marriages.) Mathematica Policy Research , one of the nation's most respected human ...
    www.healthymarriageinfo.org/docs/FEPressRelease.pdf

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    6) Happily married vs. happily single: In the end, is one better for ...
    The US Department of Health & Human Service's Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI) is designed to promote the value of healthy marriages, which, in turn, ...
    jacksonville.com/.../happily-married-vs-happily-single-end-on...

     

     

     

     

    5) Forgiveness: Healing the Hurts in Marriage « For Your Marriage
    By sgarcia
    In many ways this is what happens in marriage. We become road watchers. Marriage involves waiting, sometimes through real or emotional distance, sometimes through deep hurts, and it calls us to seek and offer forgiveness. ...

     

     

     

    4) Dad culture in Sweden
    Washington Post (blog)
    The main issue is current US culture actively denigrates fatherhood, from all sides. In the media, no father figures come to mind that reflect responsible ...

     

    And Dungy Talks About Character And Integrity At Samford Convocation
    samfordsports.com
    Since retiring after the 2008-09 season, he has been an analyst on NBC's Sunday night studio show and is a national spokesman for the fatherhood program All ...

     

     

     

    3)

    RFL Brochure 072810
    we provide Marriage Education classes in English, Spanish, Chinese,. Hmong, & … youth. Our Team: Founders Ron & Joan McLain, ...
    www.clovishills.com/...96c2.../RFLBrochure072810pdf.pdf

     

    and

    Wholly Matrimony! AfWPi & Healthy Marriages Coalition Join Forces
    The Healthy Marriages Coalition provides marriage education and relationship skills classes. AfWPi provides an avenue to the brides and grooms for the CHMC ...

    And fatherhood hhs gov eBook Downloads
    The proposed Fatherhood, Marriage, and Families Innovation Fund would redirect the .... This measure is a performance indicator for the FY 2007 – 2012 HHS . ...

     

     

     

     

    2) Special Issue of Social Science Research Memorializes Steven L. Nock http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/0049089X

     

     

     

    1) TAC: Online Resources
    The Twogether in Texas Program was implemented in September 2008 by passage of House Bill 1685 and falls under the auspices of the HHSC, Healthy Marriage ...
    www.county.org/resources/news/dynContView.asp?cid=512

     

    And http://fatherhoodchannel.com/2010/08/26/marriage-and-family-after-combat-deployment-026/

    HM Links & Clips (8/31/10) #104

    10) Tonight at 7 http://www.winshape.org/datenight/

     

     

    9) Youth Relationship Literacy Education: The Starting Point for the ...
    A Policy Agenda of a Series of Relationship and Marriage Education Services to Help Youth and Young Adults Form and Sustain Healthy ...

     

     

    8) SmartMarriages: An Ounce of Prevention | YourTango
    SmartMarriages folks believe that having a strong and healthy marriage is about commitment and skills. They believe most people want good marriages, ...
    www.yourtango.com/.../smartmarriages-ounce-prevention

     

     

    7) 7 Ways to Put Your Marriage First  and The Today Show’s Bad Advice for Couples in Crisis http://goo.gl/fb/gj35E 2 hours ago

     

     

    6) W.S.S. NOW: *new* Healthy Marriage Workshop Dates!
    By Office of Communications
    *new* Healthy Marriage Workshop Dates! Love life need a boost? Several social scientists, in examining “healthy marriages” have identified a number of traits, qualities and skills of people who had been able to maintain successful, ...

     

     

    5) Online Prepare/Enrich Training for Clergy and Designated Lead Mentor Couples September 18 and Nov.13

    http://www.marriagesavers.org/sitems/index.htm

     

     

     

    4) HILL HARPER - The award-winning actor tackles misconceptions about relationships, marriage, men and family. Watch the video.

     

     

     

    3) http://www.journaloffamilylife.org/militarywives

     

     

     

     

    2) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jomf.2010.72.issue-3/issuetoc

     

     

    1) Featured Story White House move to ...

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    10) A daunting children's divide

    …America's tragic number -- tragic because it is difficult to conceive remedial policies -- is 70 percent. This is the portion of African American children born to unmarried women.

     

    AndHealthy Marriage Semin - Reversing the Ripple Effect:
    The Findings of the Philadelphia Healthy Marriage Project. Funded by the Administration for Children and Families. Introduction – Rita DeMaria, Ph.D. ...

     

     

     

    9) http://www.uclarelationshipinstitute.org/d/practical-tools_main

     

     

     

    8)  Marriage Check-up
    Marriage Matters Resources and discussions for Healthy Marriages.
    www.healthy-marriage.com/our-blogs/tip-of-the.../396.html

     

    And  Education for 'Happily Ever After' Marriages
    The Fatherhood Channel
    That understanding highlights an important difference to marriage education built on a foundation of emotional literacy (the ability to understand, express, ...

     

     

     

     

    7) Workshops - Harris County Premarital Workshop
    Premarital and Marriage Education for Couples. Please note this is an ongoing workshop that meets every Monday evening beginning Sept. ...
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    6) Birthrates, Marriage Rates and Divorce Rates Fell in 2009
    New York Times (blog)
    The marriage and divorce rates also fell in 2009. The center estimates that there were 6.8 marriages per 1000 people in 2009, after a rate of 7.1 and 7.3 ...
    See all stories on this topic »

     

     

     

    5) County gets almost $45000 for fatherhood program
    The Enterprise Ledger
    District Judge Paul Sherling announced that Coffee County has been awarded nearly $45000 from the state court system to fund a fatherhood initiative. ...

     

     

     

    4) Do Spouses Grow Alike as Time Passes?
    WebMD
    The researchers say that husbands and wives followed over time did not become more alike with more years of marriage. So contrary to popular belief, ...

     

     

     

    3) The seven secrets of a happy life
    Financial Times
    The calculation of prices of various non-marketable goods such as the joy of friendship or marriage, first put forward in the early 1990s by the University ...

     

     

     

    2) My what-if question is this: what if my parents hadn't saved their ...
    By Noel Meador
    So, my what-if question is this: what if my parents hadn't saved their marriage? Realizing how close I was to missing out on that has taught me the value of a healthy relationship between parents, and the huge impact it has on kids. ...

     

     

     

    1) Family Expectations Report Executive Summary:  Please see http://www.publicstrategies.com/default1.asp?ID=90.  It’s at the bottom of the page.

     

     

    Bill Coffin

    Special Assistant for Marriage Education

    ACF/HHS

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC  20447

    (202)260-1550(o);

    Bill.Coffin@acf.hhs.gov

    …We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

    efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

     

    A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
    and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

     

     http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

    http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

     

    Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

    #1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

    #26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

    http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

     

    From: National Center for Family & Marriage Research [national_center_for_marriage_research@ncmr-bgsu.ccsend.com] on behalf of National Center for Family & Marriage Research [ncfmr@bgsu.edu]
    Sent: Monday, August 30, 2010 12:47 PM
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      News and Notes
     August 2010
       
    Welcome
    The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR), established in 2007 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), welcomes you to News and Notes, our monthly electronic newsletter.  News and Notes aims to keep you informed about the activities of the NCFMR.  We will also announce funding and research opportunities, provide registration information for conferences and workshops, and keep you up to date on current research findings.


    What's New at the NCFMR...

    The following updates may be viewed on the NCFMR website.



    New Data Points
    Interracial and Interethnic Relationships in the U.S.


    Tables and figures integrating statistics and demographic perspectives designed to investigate the links between marriage and family well-being at all stages of the life course.  View Interracial and Interethnic Data Point



    New Measures Snapshot Added to Series

    Monitoring the Future (MTF)

    Monitoring the Future asks high school seniors about their views and attitudes toward family life, including parenting, work, marriage, and cohabitation. We provide a measures snapshot of questions included in the MTF that deal with family life. MTF can be used to assess trends in family attitudes. Detailed summaries of measures presented in PDF format. 
    View MTF Data Source



    New Working Papers
    A collection of working papers written by faculty affiliates, researchers, and advanced graduate students

    Tara D. Warner, Wendy D. Manning, Peggy C. Giordano, & Monica A. Longmore
    Relationship Formation and Stability in Emerging Adulthood: Do Sex Ratios Matter? (WP-10-10)

    David F. Warner & Jessica Kelly-Moore
    The Social Context of Disablement Among Older Adults: Does Marital Quality Matter for Loneliness? (WP-10-09)



    New Family Profiles
    A collection of profiles examining topics related to NCFMR's core research themes. Original reports summarize the latest statistics on U.S. families.

    Monitoring the Future (MTF) Profiles
    Thirty Years of Change in Family Roles and Parenthood Attitudes, 1976-2008 (FP-10-04)

    Thirty Years of Change in Marriage and Union Formation Attitudes, 1976-2008 (FP-10-03)

    American Community Survey (ACS) Profile
    Cohabitation in the U.S., 2006-2008 (FP-10-02)



    Three Graduate and Two Undergraduate Students Join NCFMR Fall 2010

    The NCFMR welcomes two graduate research fellows, Jessica Cohen (sociology) and Michelle LeRoy (psychology). Graduate fellows are provided support to pursue their dissertation research under the direction of a BGSU Faculty Research Affiliate. Returning graduate research assistant Sayaka Kawamura will help build NCFMR's growing data resources, working closely with NCFMR staff. Data resources provide detailed information on family data and measures that summarize leading indicators of contemporary American families.

    Returning undergraduate students Liz Ela and Jeffrey White will continue providing research and data assistance for the Center.



    NCFMR/BGSU Research Affiliate Annette Mahoney Published by Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF)
    Religion in Families, 1999 - 2009: A Relational Spirituality Framework

    Dr. Annette Mahoney, BGSU Professor of Psychology and NCFMR Research Affiliate, examines the role of religion in marital and parent-child relationships in her recently published JMF review. 

    Read more in JMF 72(4) August 2010
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118493332/home?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0




    NCFMR Research Affiliate Peggy Giordano Comments on Teen Sex Findings - Associated Press
    Teen sex not always bad for school performance

    Presented at the American Sociological Association's 2010 Atlanta conference, a new study finds the type of sexual relationship a teen engages in, rather than the sexual activity itself, may be a better measure of academic performance. "This should give some comfort to parents who may be concerned that their teenage son or daughter is dating," said Peggy Giordano of Bowling Green State University.  Read AP online article

    Giordano is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Sociology at BGSU and an NCFMR research affiliate.


    HM Links & Clips (8/26/10) #102

     

     

     

    10) Couples Learn to Fight Fair in Marriage Classes | Humanitarian News
    By NonProfitBlogs
    With many wanting to head for their windows to scream, 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore,' marriage education is helping couples learn safe ways to confide feelings such as anger, fear, and sadness on behalf of ...
    Humanitarian News blogs - http://www.humanitariannews.org/

     

    And  High Income Women Increasingly Choosing Divorce
    The Fatherhood Channel
    Francisco and Viviana Robledo, married 23 years, teach marriage education classes to Hispanic couples. Francisco and Viviana Robledo have taught marriage ...

     

     

     

     

    9) http://www.marriageweek.org.au/ and http://www.marriage-weekinternational.com/

     

     

     

     

     

    8) Why fathers leave - Entertainment - Black Voices Conversations
    Mrs. Muhammad collaborated with Dr. Rozario Slack to develop a marriage education curriculum called Basic Training for Couples. This work is the result of ...

     

     

     

     

    7) Four Local Couples to be Honored at the Inaugural 'St. Louis ...
    Four local couples, including athletes and successful businesspeople, will be honored for their contributions to the community through their strong marital ...
    www.stlhealthyfamilies.org/four-local-couples-to-be-honored-...

     

     

     

     

    6) Our dysfunctional paternity leave system
    The Guardian
    At the Fatherhood Institute, we recently polled 1000 mums and dads and found that with only a few exceptions they aspired to an equal sharing of parenting ...

     

     

     

     

    5) The Gottmans' Secret To A Happy Marriage - News Story - KIRO Seattle
    In this exclusive interview at their home on Orcas Island, the Gottmans share their insight into what fosters a healthy marriage. For more information about ...

     

     

     

     

     

    4) http://www.dcoe.health.mil/Events/MonthlyWebinars.aspx (Amazing what these states are doing!; SAMSHA too—BC)

     

    Network of Care The California Network of Care Web site for Veterans & Service Members is a one-stop shop for virtually all services, information, support, and advocacy

             

             

     

     

     

     

     

    3) http://www.cdc.gov/socialmedia/

     

     

     

     

     

    2) What else could we be doing at ACF to increase the likelihood that children grow up in homes with a mom and dad in a healthy marriage (and if that’s not possible, for their mom and dad to be in a flourishing relationship, even if they live apart? –BC)

    http://www.monicabiswas.com/Site/Children_%26_Family/Children_%26_Family.html

     

     

     

     

     

    1) HM Links & Clips (8/25/10) #101 - billcoffin's posterous
    Bill Coffin // Special Assistant for Marriage Education at ACF/HHS since 2002. This collection is mostly links and clips (some via google alerts). Sent almost daily to an internal ACF list and posted here in the spirit of transparency. ...

     

     

    Bill Coffin

    Special Assistant for Marriage Education

    ACF/HHS

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC  20447

    (202)260-1550(o);

    Bill.Coffin@acf.hhs.gov

    …We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

    efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

     

    A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
    and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

     

     http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

    http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

     

    Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

    #1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

    #26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

    http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

     

    For previous editions of HM Links & Clips see https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/communities/folders.asp?iFolderID=18965

     

    From: ACF Dallas (ACF)
    Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 10:17 AM
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    Subject: Register to Become An ACF Grant Reviewer

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    ACF awards billions of dollars in grant opportunities on an annual basis. These awards are designed to help us carry out our mission, for which we rely upon the work of States, Tribes, and organizations at the local level. In determining which of these projects will be used to execute the ACF mission, we partner with individuals across the nation to serve as objective grant reviewers. Grant reviewers are critical to our grant award process.

     

    As a part of the ACF Accessibility Initiative, key ACF programs are recruiting and engaging new reviewers in the process. The grant review process is mutually beneficial for the Federal government and the reviewers. The Federal government and tax payers benefit from field expertise and knowledge of the reviewers, ensuring that our projects address relevant and emerging issues in the community. At the same time, reviewers obtain knowledge about the Federal grant award process and grant application requirements, which can be taken back to the community and applied when developing proposals.

     

    The purpose of this note is to invite you to register in one of ACF's grant reviewer databases. Below are brief descriptions of some of ACF's key program offices, and links to their respective sites where you can register to become a reviewer. If you have expertise and knowledge in the applicable areas (or know of someone else that does), please follow the link (and/or forward this note) and take the first step in partnering with ACF in its grants review process. If you have already registered with us, thank you for your willingness to partner with us!

     

     

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    Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF): administers the major Federal programs that support social services designed to promote the positive growth and development of children and youth and their families; protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations; and adoption for children with special needs. These programs provide financial assistance to States, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities and undertake training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.

    Link:  https://www.acfgo.com/public/sitePage.aspx?key=Home

     

    Administration for Native Americans (ANA): promotes the goal of self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities through financial assistance, training, and technical assistance to eligible Tribes and Native American communities, including American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders organizations.  ANA provides funding for community-based projects that are designed to improve the lives of Native children and families and reduce long-term dependency on public assistance. 

    Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/peer_panel/reviewers.html#sub1

     

    Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD): implements the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, known as the DD Act, and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. 

    Link: http://www.ent-s-t.com/consultant.php

     

    Office of Community Services (OCS): works in partnership with States, communities, and other agencies to provide a range of human and economic development services and activities, which ameliorate the causes and characteristics of poverty and otherwise assist persons in need. The aim of these services and activities is to increase the capacity of individuals and families to become self-sufficient, to revitalize communities, and to build the stability and capacity of children, youth, and families so that they become able to create their own opportunities. 

    Link: https://rrm.grantsolutions.gov/ocs/index.htm

     

    Office of Family Assistance, Child Care Bureau (CCB): supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children's learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after school programs.

    Link: https://www.acfgo.com/public/sitePage.aspx?key=Home

     

    Office of Head Start (OHS): advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on issues regarding the Head Start program (including Early Head Start). The Head Start program provides grants to local public and private non-profit and for-profit agencies to provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a special focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.

    Link: https://www.acfgo.com/public/sitePage.aspx?key=Home

     


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    HM Links & Clips (8/25/10) #101

    Subject: HM Links & Clips (8/25/10) #101

     

     

     

    10) NewsOK coverage of FE (BSF---the rest of the story—BC)

    http://www.newsok.com/article/3488478?searched=family%20expectations&custom_click=search

       

     

    9) Contact Us - National Healthy Marriage Institute
    If you you have any questions about the Healthy Marriage Tips column please send an e-mail to marriagetips@healthymarriage.org ...
    http://healthymarriageweightloss.com/marriagetipscontactu">healthymarriageweightloss.com/marriagetipscontactus.htm

     

      

     

    8) The Dance of a Healthy Marriage | 365 Online Tips
    A long marriage is two people trying to dance a duet and two solos at the same time. ~Anne Taylor Fleming The Dance of a Healthy Marriage To...

     

     

     

    7) http://www.blackboysreport.org/bbreport.pdf

     

     

      

    6) http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jftr.2010.2.issue-1/issuetoc

     

    And America’s Families and Living Arrangements

      

     

     

    5) Marry, for the health of your baby

    Carolyn Moynihan | 20 July 2010
    Marriage protects against low birth weight.

     

      

    4) http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/who_shall_find_a_happy_wife/

     

    And Three Sayings on Marriage | Archdiocese of Washington

     

      

     

    3) Twogether in Texas | Inspirations & Creations - Elizabeth Anne ...
    By Sallie
    To be honest, we took the 8 hour course in order to get our marriage license for free (which is a great incentive!) Neither one of us expected to leave with any earth shattering information. ... The class focused on different aspects of communication including conflict resolution and other tools for a strong, healthy, loving relationship. My favorite part of the class was

     

    And 10 ways to divorceproof your marriage - CNN.com

     

     

      

    2) Question: How can I best help my teenage son? (Blended Family ...
    By admin
    Maintaining a healthy marriage. Spouses must be intentional about keeping their marital partnership strong. Instruct the couple to take time alone to love-on, show affection to, support, talk-to, be present with, and care for one ...

     

    And Making stepfamilies work

    Parents of a “blended family” face plenty of challenges, but there are things you can do to make communication easier and help children adjust to their new reality.

     

      

    1) Keeping Marriages Healthy, and Why It’s So Difficult

    Benjamin Karney's research focuses on how marriages change or remain stable over time, and in particular how relationship maintenance is constrained or enhanced by the contexts in which it takes place.

     

     

     

    Bill Coffin

    Special Assistant for Marriage Education

    ACF/HHS

    370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, DC  20447

    (202)260-1550(o);

    Bill.Coffin@acf.hhs.gov

    …We, Government Leaders, invite colleagues and citizens from every political party to engage in renewed

    efforts to pursue laws and public policies that promote the well-being of marriages and families…(Excerpt from http://www.hamptonu.edu/ncaamp/proclamation/)

     

    A Guide to Low-Cost Curricula and Resources: Marriage and Relationship, Fatherhood and Parenting,
    and Financial Education available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/pdf/curricula_resources_guide_121509.pdf

     

     http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage 

    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/doc/ACF_Curriculum_Assessment_Guide.doc

    http://learning.hhs.gov/elearning/cop.asp

     

    Why Marriage Matters, 26 Conclusions from the Social Sciences

    #1 Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers and mothers have good relationships with their children.

    #26 A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk for child abuse.

    http://center.americanvalues.org/?p=7

     

    For previous editions of HM Links & Clips see https://hhsu.learning.hhs.gov/communities/folders.asp?iFolderID=18965

    Emailing: 18marriage-articleLarge.jpg

    www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/magazine/18marriage-t.html

    Bill & Pat Coffin 

    since 1968 http://www.foryourmarriage.org http://www.smartmarriages.com 

    http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org http://www.marriagemagazine.org http://www.bettermarriages.org

     

     

     


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