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July 8, 2011

Children's Institute Hosts 4th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

Strengthening relationships between fathers and their at-risk children

Tribute to Dr. Hershel K. Swinger

This beautiful tribute was played during the morning plenary to honor and remember longtime CII Senior Staff member and Founder of Project Fatherhood, Dr. Hershel K. Swinger.

Tribute Speakers: Anthony Young, Tanya Howell, David Whitfield, Tara Hudson, Dr. Ken Canfield, Dr. Ronald Banks, Charles Lee-Johnson, Dr. Steve Ambrose, Monica Williams, Kevin Flynn, Virgie Walker, Doris Foreman, Robbin Swinger, Jerry Tello

Tribute Speakers: Anthony Young, Tanya Howell, David Whitfield, Tara Hudson, Dr. Ken Canfield, Dr. Ronald Banks, Charles Lee-Johnson, Dr. Steve Ambrose, Monica Williams, Kevin Flynn, Virgie Walker, Doris Foreman, Robbin Swinger, Jerry Tello

The issues facing high risk urban fathers and their children were the focus for a daylong conference on Friday, June 17, at the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles Hotel. National experts in child and family trauma, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and related fields addressed fatherhood from a wide range of perspectives. The event was sponsored by Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII), one of Los Angeles’ oldest and largest organizations dedicated to helping children affected by family and community violence, abuse and neglect. This year’s Conference included a recognition ceremony of ten exceptional fathers who have benefited from CII’s Project Fatherhood program.

Due to the recent passing of Dr. Hershel K. Swinger, CII Senior Vice President and Founder of Project Fatherhood, the morning plenary was a special tribute to his life’s work and accomplishments. Project Fatherhood is a nationally-recognized program for disadvantaged fathers to become more engaged and effective parents.

Speakers included Dr. Ken Canfield, president and founder of the National Center for Fathering; Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, Director of Pepperdine University’s Culture and Trauma Research Lab, an expert on partner and child abuse and societal trauma due to racism, sexism and poverty; and Charles Lee-Johnson, MSW, CEO of the National Family Life and Education Center, and author of the Ten Step Rites of Passage Program, an interactive workshop for at-risk youth and families. Workshops included such topics as Trauma, Fathers and Immigration, Fatherhood Working through Juvenile Dependency Courts and The Project Fatherhood Model.

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