Parents across the country at every income level and from every ethnic background try every day to realize the American Dream by providing for their children. But, all too often, as headlines attest, parents are forced to choose between providing cash and care.
The federal government's support of fatherhood initiatives raises a wide array of issues. This report briefly examines the role of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agency in fatherhood programs and discusses initiatives to promote and support father-child interaction outside the parents' relationship.
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison is recruiting a 12 month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Diverse and Underserved Children, Families and Communities. This is an integrated appointment with 25% resident responsibilities and 75% Extension responsibilities for Family Living Programs, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.
When we increased paid maternity leave to 18 from 12 weeks in 2007, the rate at which new moms left Google fell by 50%. (We also increased paternity leave to 12 weeks from seven, as we know that also has a positive effect on families and our business.) Mothers were able to take the time they needed to bond with their babies and return to their jobs feeling confident and ready. And it's much better for Google's bottom line--to avoid costly turnover, and to retain the valued expertise, skills and perspective of our employees who are mothers.
The U.S. was once a world leader in women's employment. But no more, as a lack of family-friendly policies may be taking its toll. While rates of employment for women have been rising in many other coutries, they have declined in the U.S., falling to 69 percent from 74 percent since the year 1999.