ACF Participates in the Fathers and Children Together Conference
Fort Worth, TX was the site of the “Fathers and Children Together” Conference, held on May 24-25. Sponsored by the Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County, the ACF Regional Administrator Office for Region VI and Region VI OCSE, the conference focused on reducing systemic and personal barriers to responsible fatherhood. Speakers, such as Michael Hays, Deputy Director of the Family Initiatives Section of the Texas child support program, provided information related to national and local father engagement efforts. Michael’s speech was entitled “Beyond the TV Drama: A New Generation of Paternity, Child Support, and Parenting Time Responsibilities”. Region VI attendees included Leon R. McCowan, James Travis, Reta Oliver, and Larry McDowell, who served on the conference planning committee. Larry also co-presented a workshop entitled “Federal Fatherhood & Family Strengthening Programs, Resources and Funding” which discussed various fatherhood services and programs provided by federal and state child support agencies.
The conference concluded with the induction of nine fathers into the Fatherhood Coalition of Tarrant County’s Father’s Hall of Fame and the recognition of eight other individuals as “Fatherhood Heroes” by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Mr. Eugene Schneeberg, DOJ’s Director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, delivered the keynote address for this celebration. He also presented certificates and pens to the Fatherhood Heroes, as part of President Obama’s 2012 Fatherhood & Mentoring Initiative.