13th Annual New Enland Fathering Conference

The 13th Annual New England Fathering Conference was held in Portland, Maine, March 14-16.  Mary Ann Higgins, Regional Administrator, delivered welcoming remarks to over 300 participants including dads, service workers, health professionals, educators, state and federal representatives, and advocates from throughout New England.   Region I’s Marilyn Lasky served on the planning committee for this year’s conference entitled:  “Fathers & Family Men: Our Community’s Vital Asset.”

ACF’s Josie Hauer presented a workshop on Financial Issues in Relationships.  ACF Child Support Enforcement specialists Tom Killmurray and Rochelle Phillips collaborated with partners in presenting workshops on ACF’s Asset Building and Fatherhood Initiatives.   LaMarr Darnell Shields, the Senior Director of Education and Innovation and cofounder of The Cambio Group, delivered the key note address.  Cambio, which means “change” in Spanish, helps clients reach their goals through education, arts, and advocacy.  Photo from left to right: Marilyn Lasky, LaMarr Darnell Shields, and Mary Ann Higgins.