Partnering with Fatherhood Organizations to Help Parents in the Child Support System Build Assets

March 12, 2013 | 2:00 PM

Building Assets for Fathers and Families Webinar: Partnering with Fatherhood Organizations

It is no secret that AFI grantees primarily serve female participants. In fact, 74 percent of AFI IDA account openers were female, according to the latest AFI Report to Congress. However, many low-income men could also benefit greatly from financial education and services, and from access to asset building tools such as IDAs.
To address this need, the Office of Community Services (OCS) and the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) have partnered through the Building Assets for Fathers and Families (BAFF) initiative – a collaboration between asset building organizations, child support agencies and fatherhood organizations to help noncustodial parents (often fathers) and their families increase their economic stability and self-sufficiency.
The BAFF Initiative includes seven OCSE-funded demonstration sites across the country, working on the ground with low-income fathers. In Ohio, members of the BAFF partnership have taken a lead in integrating fatherhood services in the two counties they serve to help them connect with participants.
Join us on this webinar to hear from representatives from Ohio about how their cross-agency partnership has developed, and how they have been able to help noncustodial fathers by joining forces with fatherhood.
Speakers will discuss:
• How they are working together to serve noncustodial parents
• How fatherhood is essential to their partnership
• Steps to begin partnering with a fatherhood agency near you.
Presenters:
• Michael Patton, Hamilton County Child Support Enforcement Agency
• Dionne Owens, SmartMoney Community Services
• Harold Howard, Talbert House Fatherhood Project Manager
• Tiffany Dobbins-Brazelton, Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency
• Steve Killpack, Founding Board Member, Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families


Register Here: Tuesday, March 12, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST

The webinar is free to all participants, and we encourage you to share it with any partners who might be interested in working more closely with fatherhood organizations.  In advance of the webinar, please send any questions you would like our panelists to address to Anu Samarajiva at anu.samarajiva@lewin.com.