Healthy Relationship News – April 2014

Healthy Relationship News – April 2014


  • Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood Grants Renewed
  • Report on Runaway and Homeless LGBTQ Youth Programs
  • Can Marriage Cure Poverty?
  • Couples, the Internet, and Social Media
  • Marry or move in together? Brain knows the difference
  • Intimate Partner Violence and Depression


  • NEW! Money Habitudes 2 – for at-risk youth
  • Webinar Archives


  • The Greatest Gift to a Child: A Healthy Parental Relationship



Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood Grants Continue for Another Year

For Fiscal Year 2014, the Administration for Children and Families is making available to the current grantees non-competitive continuation awards for an additional year.

We at Dibble congratulate the current grantees and stand ready to assist you in preparing your continuation application. We can help you strategize ways to increase your participant numbers. We can also find ways to increase your effectiveness, especially with at-risk and low-resource populations, with Dibble curricula published since 2011 when the grants started.

We are here to support your good work! Let us know how we can help you be more successful.

To those of you who had planned to apply for Healthy Marriage, Responsible Fatherhood funding…stay tuned! In the next few months we will organize a webinar with a panel of experienced marriage/fatherhood organizations that are completely privately funded. The work you want to do in your community can happen!

Report Addresses Runaway and Homeless LGBTQ Youth

The Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has released the report “
Identifying and Serving LGBTQ Youth: Case Studies of Runaway and Homeless Youth Program Grantees.” This report highlights findings from case studies of four agencies receiving grants from the ACF Family and Youth Services Bureau’s
Runaway and Homeless Youth Program, which supports street outreach, emergency shelters, and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs for young people.

(Editor’s Note: Dibble materials are meeting the needs Runaway and Homeless Youth programs for positive life skills. See below for a new RHY funding announcement.)

For Richer, for Poorer

Can Marriage Cure Poverty?

Imagine a late-night television commercial aimed at Washington’s wonks:
Tired of your same old tax credits and grant proposals? Ever dreamed of a policy tool that improved children’s health, bolstered income and eradicated poverty — all without costing the government a penny?
Then, a smash cut to a wedding scene.

With Democrats and Republicans pitted against one another in a vicious election-year battle over how to alleviate poverty, marriage is the policy solution du jour.

Read this thoughtful article about the intersection of marriage, jobs, and the economy.

Couples, the Internet, and Social Media

The Internet, cell phones, and social media have become key actors in the life of many American couples— the 66% of adults who are married or in committed relationships. Couples use technology in the little and large moments.

They negotiate over when to use it and when to abstain. A portion of them quarrel over its use and have had hurtful experiences caused by tech use. At the same time, some couples find that digital tools facilitate communication and support. Read more.

Marry or move in together? Brain knows the difference

Marriage is linked with numerous health benefits that simply cohabiting doesn’t seem to provide. Now, research suggests the reason why the brain links “just” living together with a lack of commitment and can’t relax.

The new study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the brains of cohabitating and married heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex couples, half of whom considered themselves married despite lacking legal recognition. The findings revealed that parts of the brain are less reactive to stress when someone is with a person they consider themselves married to.

Intimate Partner Violence and Depressive Symptoms during Adolescence and Young Adulthood

Using longitudinal data from the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study, we examine the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) and depressive symptoms during adolescence and young adulthood (N = 1,273) while controlling for time-stable and time-varying correlates. Results show temporal changes in depressive symptoms, such that increases in depressive symptoms correspond to IPV exposure.

While prior work has theorized that certain populations may be at increased psychological vulnerability from IPV, results indicate that both perpetration and victimization are associated with increases in depressive symptoms for both men and women, and irrespective of whether IPV exposure occurred in adolescence or young adulthood.


NEW! Money Habitudes 2
– for at-risk youth

Ideal for grants and community programs, these three active lessons show at-risk youth how hidden attitudes towards money can affect life success. Non-technical and fun, the course is an essential companion to financial literacy training.

Money Habitudes 2
is perfect for grants and community programs.

  • Relevant for many programs including healthy marriage, responsible fatherhood, pregnancy prevention, and workforce development.
  • Valuable for building both financial competence and relationship skills.
  • Quick and easy to teach.
  • Youth friendly, fun, and activity focused.
  • Affordably priced, with all components reusable.

Surprisingly affordable… plus FREE Shipping if you order by April 15.

Dibble Webinar Archives

We wanted to make make sure you knew about our Webinar Archive page on the Dibble website. There are 15 different topics for you to choose from. Learn more about current research or about a Dibble program. Lots of options!!

Click on this
link to see which ones would be the most helpful for you and your staff.

Social Science research has taught us a great deal about how healthy and stable couple relationships matter to children. High rates of unplanned childbearing among teens and young adults are generating more gender, racial and income inequality plus producing profoundly unequal outcomes for children.

Webinar attendees will examine:

  • The impact of the parental relationship on children,

  • The benefits a healthy parental union brings to a child and

  • How educators can guide parents to create and sustain a healthy, parental relationship in today’s culture.


Dixie Zittlow, Director of Outreach, The Dibble Institute


Fatherhood, Marriage, Head Start Program Directors, Child Support Services Caseworkers and Directors, Tribal Fatherhood personnel, Tribal Head Start Caseworkers and Program Directors, Community Action Program personnel, Community Program Directors and Facilitators and anyone who works with teens and young adults.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 4:00 pm Eastern/ 1:00 pm Pacific


 60 minutes 





The Employment and Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department), announces the availability of approximately $73 million in grant funds authorized by the YouthBuild provisions of the Workforce Investment Act (29 USC 2918a). Under this Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA), DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities.

(Ed. Note: YouthBuild sites are increasingly using relationship skills training to stabilize members’ family lives and teach essential employability skills like communications and problem solving.)

Basic Center Program


The Basic Center Program funds community-based programs that address the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. Basic center projects aim to increase young people’s safety, well-being, and self-sufficiency, and to help them build permanent connections with caring adults, with the goal of reuniting them with their families (as appropriate). Deadline for Applications: May 12, 2014.

(Ed. Note: We are starting to see Basic Centers use relationship skills education as an intervention to increase well-being and self sufficiency of these vulnerable youth.)

Programs Serving New Mexico Children Funded

New Mexico Children’s Foundation

The New Mexico Children’s Foundation supports small nonprofit organizations that serve the physical, mental, educational, and social needs of children and their families throughout the state. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided for start-up programs with strong missions as well as growing organizations with special programs. All applying organizations should have annual budgets of under $300,000.

Applications must be postmarked by April 11, 2014.

Grants Promote Youth Education in Oregon and Washington

Safeco Insurance Fund

The Safeco Insurance Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that serve communities in Oregon and Washington. The Fund’s focus is on educational programs that encourage disadvantaged youth to excel academically and
create opportunities for life-long success through learning
. Grants are also provided to health and human services organizations that
enhance the quality of life
and safety in company communities. Applying organizations must have annual operating budgets exceeding $250,000. Requests may be submitted throughout the year; however,
applications submitted after September 30 may not be reviewed until the following calendar year.

Teen Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, and Intimate Partner Violence

Research and Evaluation on Violence Against Women

The purpose of the
National Institute of Justice grants program is to encourage and support research, development, and evaluation to improve criminal justice policy and practice in the United States. With this solicitation, NIJ seeks applications for funding of research and evaluation related to violence against women in the areas of teen dating violence, sexual violence, and intimate partner violence. Research proposed may be focused at the state, local, tribal, federal, juvenile justice policy and/or practice level.

Deadline: 4/25/2014

Support for Child Health and Education Initiatives in California and Washington

Stuart Foundation

The Stuart Foundation is dedicated to transforming the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington so that all youth can learn and achieve in school and life. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address the following priorities: The Education Systems category invests in coordinated programs, partnerships, and research and policy analysis that help students to learn and achieve in school by developing effective education systems.

The Vulnerable Youth in Child Welfare category
partners with child welfare agencies to help children and youth in foster care to realize positive outcomes in the following focus areas: safety, permanency, well being, education opportunities, and youth, family and community engagement. Letters of inquiry may be submitted at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Foundation’s funding priorities.

Innovative Youth Programs

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation

Innovative programs or services are defined as “uncommon, untested or otherwise unconventional.” In other words, RMYF funds programs or services that are outside of current customary practices. We support programs or services that are designed to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential.

The foundation awards grants of $25,000 to untested youth programs that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Los Angeles, Madison, WI, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Pre-applications are due April 30, and invited applications will be due August 30.


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