Fathers support the FAMILY Act

Dads play a crucial role in their children’s development and well-being. Fathers are increasingly seeking and taking on more caregiving responsibilities. But in order to be the engaged fathers many aspire to be, dads need time. In the United States, working fathers find it difficult to balance their family and work obligations. One significant reason for this is the lack of a national paid family leave program. For many parents, this makes taking leave for the birth or illness of a child extremely difficult.

However, this doesn’t need to be the case. On December 12, 2013, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, a bill that would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program enabling workers—including fathers—to take up to 12 weeks of partially paid leave to recover from a serious illness, care for a sick family member, or bond with a new baby. The FAMILY Act would cover almost all workers, providing 66 percent of wages (up to a cap of $4,000 per month). It would be funded by very small contributions (about $1.50 per month for the typical worker) from employers and employees and administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave. Everyone benefits when dads have time to care for and bond with their children – families, communities, and the economy. That’s why dads are coming together to voice their support for the FAMILY Act. Join the growing number of engaged dads who think it’s time to make paid paternity leave a reality in the United States.

Sign the petition below to urge Congress to pass the FAMILY Act.

To learn more about the current landscape of paternity leave policies and proposed state and federal legislation, read our brief (pdf).

Read working fathers' advocate and blogger Scott Behson's post about the petition here

Read the text of the FAMILY act.



1-25 of 152 signatures
Number Date Name Location
152 3 weeks ago Ion-Nicholas Frantzis Somerville, MA
151 4 weeks ago Rachel Kaufman Owego, NY We need fully paid leave for 6 months, not partially paid leave for 4 (ask any expert in infant development stages - 6 months!), but I'll support this legislation that at least starts us mov...
150 4 weeks ago Kerstin Johnson NY
149 4 weeks ago Gordana Loncar-Gakovic Bensenville, IL
148 4 weeks ago Richard Sheward Boston, MA
147 4 weeks ago J Kao NY
146 4 weeks ago Scott Claussen Watertown, MA
145 4 weeks ago Emily Claussen Watertown, MA
144 1 month ago Rasha AlMahroos Arlington, VA
143 1 month ago Leah Inkrott
142 1 month ago Evan Cook NH
141 1 month ago Rebecca Palmer Albuquerque, NM
140 2 months ago Jennifer Douglas Manassas Park, VA
139 2 months ago Aaron Lee Virginia
138 2 months ago Shahidah islam philadelphia, PA
137 2 months ago Marcela Fortich North Port , FL Please pass this to help families!!!
136 2 months ago sarah white MOUNT BETHEL, PA
135 2 months ago Abby Brody
134 2 months ago Jeremy bauer Cincinnati, OH
133 2 months ago Dessire Shepherd Bellaire, OH
132 2 months ago Brittany Bonner Miami, FL
131 2 months ago Nikki Breslaw Independence, OH
130 2 months ago alaysha jenkins RICHARDSON, TX
129 2 months ago Emmarie Gibson
128 2 months ago Lauren Reichenbach
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