Alameda County Fatherhood Action Summit
Dates: September 22, 2017 - September 23, 2017
Jointly sponsored by Alameda County's Fathers Corps, First 5 Alameda County, and the Alameda County Interagency Children's Policy Council, the action summit will bring together leaders from public systems and community based organizations to discuss strategies to increase and improve services and identify needed policy shifts, to better support Alameda County fathers.
Institute for InterGroup Understanding and First Five Commission for Children and Families Chair, George Halvorson, will be the first speaker for the afternoon Plenary session and will explain 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 builds on the work of the Fathers Corps and will serve as the foundation for the development of a coordinated approach to becoming a father-friendly County.
Summit Participants will:
* Review and discuss a Life Course Approach to Serving Boys and Men of Color
* Reflect on a father's role in supporting children's development
* Identify and commit to completing concrete and actionable steps towards becoming a father-friendly agency/program
* Identify key staff and commit, as an agency, to participating in the Interagency Fatherhood Workgroup