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 2 days ago Ion-Nicholas Frantzis Somerville, MA
151 4 days 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 6 days ago Kerstin Johnson NY
149 6 days ago Gordana Loncar-Gakovic Bensenville, IL
148 6 days ago Richard Sheward Boston, MA
147 7 days ago J Kao NY
146 1 week ago Scott Claussen Watertown, MA
145 1 week ago Emily Claussen Watertown, MA
144 3 weeks ago Rasha AlMahroos Arlington, VA
143 3 weeks ago Leah Inkrott
142 1 month ago Evan Cook NH
141 1 month ago Rebecca Palmer Albuquerque, NM
140 1 month ago Jennifer Douglas Manassas Park, VA
139 1 month ago Aaron Lee Virginia
138 1 month ago Shahidah islam philadelphia, PA
137 1 month ago Marcela Fortich North Port , FL Please pass this to help families!!!
136 1 month ago sarah white MOUNT BETHEL, PA
135 1 month ago Abby Brody
134 1 month ago Jeremy bauer Cincinnati, OH
133 1 month ago Dessire Shepherd Bellaire, OH
132 1 month ago Brittany Bonner Miami, FL
131 1 month ago Nikki Breslaw Independence, OH
130 1 month ago alaysha jenkins RICHARDSON, TX
129 1 month ago Emmarie Gibson
128 1 month ago Lauren Reichenbach
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