Supporting Alaska Native Fatherhood
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Alaska Region T/TA Center recently collaborated with ACF Region 10 to present the 2013 Alaska Native Fatherhood Summit. What makes this event different than other fatherhood events is the emphasis on effective traditional and culturally appropriate responses to promote positive Native male role models.
Presenters included successful Alaska Native Fatherhood programs, including staff from Chugachmiut, a past ANA Native American Healthy Marriages Initiative grant recipient.
This one-day event on Jan. 17, (held in conjunction with the Alaska Public Health Association’s Health Summit) brought together nearly 100 community-based partners with Tribal and federal programs to provide resources and tools to promote proactive and positive fathering, with a focus on community-based and traditional wisdom.
In the audience were Alaska Health Summit attendees, Tribal Wellness programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Child Support Services, Childcare /Head Start, Child Welfare and other Tribal organizations, providers and agencies that serve Alaska Native families.
The Alaska Native Fatherhood Summit allowed existing programs to network and share ideas, and to provide models, resources, and tools that will help other interested providers and agencies to implement fatherhood programs. This effort is part of a broader ANA and ACF effort to provide supports to fathers and families, and contributes to the Health and Human Services Fatherhood Initiative. The broader HHS Initiative has eight components:
- Responsible Fatherhood Grants
- Healthy Marriage Programs
- Resources for Effective Parenting
- Economic Stability
- Access, Visitation and Child Support
- Support for Incarcerated Parents
- Research, Evaluation and Data on What Works
- Resources for Effective Program Development
You can read about past accomplishments of the Fatherhood Initiative on this site.
Lillian Sparks, a Lakota woman of the Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes, is the Commissioner of the Administration of Native Americans. Sparks was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Commissioner on March 3, 2010, and was sworn in on March 5, 2010.