ACF Participates in the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference

The National Partnership for Community Leadership and its partners presented the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference, on June 12-15, 2012, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The theme, Partnership and Collaboration: Expanding Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Family Program Connections, focused on an important foundation in advancing our efforts on behalf of our customers; fathers and mothers, couples, youth and children.  Expanding our connections enables the responsible fatherhood field to achieve positive outcomes and maximize the use of available resources.  To achieve the best results, partnership and collaboration is the key.


The conference featured an opening session Policy Forum organized by the National Fatherhood Leaders Group (NFLG).  Panel members included national, state, and local policy makers and responsible fatherhood, healthy marriage, and healthy family program leaders.  There were conference super sessions focused on father involvement in the early learning success of children; and, achieving funding success in responsible fatherhood, healthy marriage and family service programs.  Conference workshops focused on responsible fatherhood; healthy marriage/relationship education; military families; early childhood education; domestic violence; child support; employment; faith-based programs; re-entry, prevention, and evaluation.  There was a national training institute on working with fathers, and, special leadership workshops conducted by members of NFLG, the National Association of Marriage and Relationship Education (NARME) and partner organizations.


The Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame Luncheon was high spirited.  Five responsible fatherhood leaders were inducted into the Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame.  Also, the Committed Fathers Alliance presented its National Father of the Year at the Luncheon.  The conference was joined by special guest speakers: Joshua DuBois, Director, White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; George Sheldon, Acting Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services; Earl Johnson, Director, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families; Leon R. McCowan, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families Region VI; David Lett, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families Region III; Carlis Williams, Regional Administrator, Administration for Children and Families Region IV; and The National Fatherhood Leaders Group.