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June 12, 2017

Children's Institute Hosts 10 th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

Fatherhood Roadblocks: Race, Culture, Masculinity and Systems

(Los Angeles, CA) – Race, culture, masculinity and systems change are the difficult topics to be tackled at the 10 th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference on Friday, June 16. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel. More than 600 attendees are anticipated at the event, presented by Children’s Institute Inc. (CII) and Good+ Foundation in partnership with First 5 LA, Chrysalis, Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and National Compadres Network.

This year’s event will recognize professionals and community advocates who have gone above and beyond to help men become better fathers and strengthen the Fatherhood network of support throughout Southern California. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas is one of eleven individuals to be recognized as a Fatherhood Game-Changer and will present the award to fellow recipients Ryan Bennett, Parents in Partnership; Pastor Ivory Brown, Project Caring and Sharing; Robert Brown, L.A. Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Osvaldo Cruz, National Compadres Network; Dr. Chris Hickey, Admired Man Leadership Institute; Dr. Jorja Leap, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs; Angela Parks-Pyles, DCFS; Dr. Candice Rivas, DCFS; Phyllis Strickland, Esq., Children’s Law Center; and Dr. Anthony Young, CII.

The Fatherhood Solution Conference is the brainchild of the late Dr. Hershel K. Swinger, CII’s former Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, a leader in the field of clinical psychology and founder of the agency’s Project Fatherhood SM. Since the program’s beginning in 1996, it has provided help and support to more than 12,000 low-income, culturally diverse fathers — impacting the lives of nearly 18,000 children — and giving men the skills and confidence to rise above negative life experiences and build meaningful relationships with their children. Now led by Director Alan-Michael Graves, the program is recognized nationally for effectively addressing the problem of absentee fathers, and serves as a model for fatherhood programs across the country.

Conference participants include child welfare professionals, nationally recognized experts, community activists, and fathers. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Daryl Rowe, nationally recognized expert on intergenerational trauma and its impact on fathers of color; Dr. Cheryl Grills, Director, Loyola Marymount University, whose work on the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection led to significant reforms in the county’s approach to child welfare; Dan Griffin, mental health and addictions expert, and author of A Man’s Way Through the Twelve Steps and A Man’s Way Through Relationships.

More than 20 workshops will cover the following issues: Father Engagement in Early Childhood, Working with Incarcerated Fathers, Fostering a Positive Relationship with Your Child’s Mother, Structural and Policy Factors Related to Father and Family Success, Fathering as a Cultural and Spiritual Duty for Men, and Engaging Latino Families.

Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) helps children in Los Angeles’s most challenged communities heal from the trauma of family and community violence, build the confidence and skills to break through the barriers of poverty, and grow up to lead healthy, productive lives. Founded in 1906, CII serves more than 28,000 children and families each year through treatment, youth development, early childhood and family support services. For more information, visit our website.

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