Posted by: Ann Corcoran | October 3, 2011

We are broke and yet the government awards grants to fix unhealthy marriages!

…..and no they don’t give money to the struggling married couples and slacker fathers, they give it to organizations and businesses who will in turn teach us all how to behave like responsible people.

I was working on some posts at my other blog and joking about the “Healthy Marriage” federal grants being doled out to refugee resettlement agencies when coincidentally a press release dropped into my in-box from the US Department of Health and Human Services announcing—you guessed it!  a list of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grant giveaways totaling $119 million dollars!

Ahhhh!  Yes, $119 million dollars to fix marriages and get those wayward fathers straightened out.  Can you imagine what some other fathers, our founding fathers, would think of spending the hard-earned money of American citizens in such a fashion.

By the way, it’s also the beginning of a new fiscal year (it began on Saturday) so this is the first day of the new year for federal agencies to throw what is left of our borrowed Chinese money out the window before we go belly-up.

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA) today announced $119,393,729 in grant awards to 120 grantees to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood. Authorized by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010 (CRA), the grant awards will help fathers and families build strong relationships to support the well-being of their children.

“A strong and stable family is the greatest advantage any child can have,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “These grants support programs that promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability.”

The Healthy Marriage program awarded a total of $59,997,077 in grants, which include 60 Community-Centered Healthy Marriage grants and a National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy Marriage grant. The Responsible Fatherhood program awarded a total of $59,396,652 in grants, which include 55 Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grants and four Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Project grants.

Go here to check out the list.  The usual suspects are there including Catholic Charities, some Jewish agencies and Lutheran Social Services (why are we giving taxpayer money to religious groups?), various ethnic and immigrant related groups and some very fishy sounding outfits.

One of the fishy-sounding ones that interested me is this one—-ICF International of Fairfax, Virginia.  ICF is a corporation worth millions.  So why are we giving them $1.5 million in federal grant money for a healthy marriage clearinghouse?  Here is how they describe themselves on their website.

ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) partners with government and commercial clients to deliver professional services and technology solutions in the energy, environment, and transportation; health, education, and social programs; and homeland security and defense markets.

The firm combines passion for its work with industry expertise and innovative analytics to produce compelling results throughout the entire program lifecycle, from research and analysis through implementation and improvement.

Since 1969, ICF has been serving government at all levels, major corporations, and multilateral institutions. More than 3,700 employees serve these clients worldwide.

ICF International reported gross revenue of US$765 million in 2010.

Within each of our 11 markets, ICF offers advisory and implementation services to assist clients in strategy and policy analysis, program management, project evaluation, and other services.

Gee, I wonder if this is like Solyndra and some big fat political donors live here.



  1. Apparently I’m back.
    This is the “Ye Old Deluder Satan Law” all over again. Follow me if you can. The first “law” enacted to establish a school here in America was established in 1647 in Massachusetts (the settlement, not the state,) there were no states then, nor country, for that matter. The school was designed to teach the youth how to read the scriptures [reference Penn State University] The fathers of the communities understood that to NOT fall prey to satan, you needed to be able to read and understand the scriptures.
    Fast forward to 1962, the Supreme Court decision saying that prayer can not be said in school, no reference to God is allowed, etc., because of that whole separation of church and state thing.
    Fast forward to 2009-2010: According to 501(3)(c) financial records, the Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services received $29,907,281.00 of your tax dollars in the form of government grants and contributions.
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops received: $69,377,785.00
    of your tax dollars in the form of grants and contributions.
    My question: What ever happened to that whole separation of church and state thing?

    • Greg, I’ve been wondering when the ACLU would come to our rescue and sue somebody over this (but I won’t hold my breath!)….

  2. There is no separation of church and state. Never has been. Jefferson suggested separation, but his suggestion was never approved.

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