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Alameda County Fatherhood Action Summit

Dates: September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017

Institute for InterGroup Understanding and First Five Commission for Children and Families Chair, George Halvorson, was the first speaker for the afternoon Plenary session and explained the extremely important impact Fathers can have on the brain development of their children in the first months and years of life.

The Fathers Corps recently released its Voices of Fathers and the Providers Who Serve Them report; the report includes eight policy and programmatic recommendations to address the common themes that surfaced in the interviews and surveys with fathers and providers. The action summit is an opportunity for health and human service leaders to think together, learn together, and jointly identify actionable steps to implement the recommendations and ultimately strengthen the service system for Alameda County families.

This summit built on the work of the Fathers Corps and served as the foundation for the development of a coordinated approach to becoming a father-friendly County.

Summit events included:

*   Reviewing and discussing a Life Course Approach to Serving Boys and Men of Color

*   Reflecting on a father's role in supporting children's development

*   Identifying and committing to completing concrete and actionable steps towards becoming a father-friendly agency/program

*   Identifying key staff and committing, as an agency, to participating in the Interagency Fatherhood Workgroup