2nd Annual Project Fatherhood Conference on the Impact of Absentee Fathers on Children’s Lives

When: Sat Jun 20, 2009

Where: University of Southern California’s Davidson Convention Center

Event Status: confirmed

Event Description: Judge Greg Mathis to Keynote 2nd Annual Project Fatherhood Conference on the Impact of Absentee Fathers on Children’s Lives

Conference to Address Teen Fathers and Ex-Gang Members, the Role of the Church in Delivering Fatherhood Services, Homeless Fathers, and Reintegrating Incarcerated Fathers Saturday, June 20

Los Angeles, CA – Former Detroit-area District Court judge and nationally syndicated reality-based court show (Judge Mathis) Judge Greg Mathis will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Project Fatherhood Conference on the Impact of Absentee Fathers on Children’s Lives Saturday, June 20 at the University of Southern California. Presented by Children’s Institute, Inc. (CII) in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Boone Center for the Family, and Pepperdine University, the one-day conference will offer nine compelling workshops featuring nationally recognized leaders in the fatherhood field who will speak on the extraordinary work that is being done in Los Angeles County to bring public awareness to the problem and work being done to solve this national crisis. Workshops include: Teen Fathers and Ex-Gang Members, the Role of the Church in Delivering Fatherhood Services, The Homeless Are Fathers Too, and Reintegrating Incarcerated Fathers, Working in a Culturally Specific Fatherhood Program. Hundreds of social workers, psychologists, and representatives from faith-based organizations, child welfare, law enforcement and the Los Angeles community at large are expected to attend the conference.

According to the FBI, a missing father is a more reliable predictor of criminal behavior than race, environment, or poverty. Working to eradicate one of the most pressing social issues of our times, Project Fatherhood was launched in 1996 as an antidote to the many children in Los Angeles who have no fathers in their lives, and are statistically promised a life of poverty, drug abuse, and incarceration. From the beginning, Project Fatherhood's goal has been to support child development, counter stereotypes that demonize fathers, and increase the involvement of disadvantaged fathers in the lives and upbringing of their children, especially those adrift in the child welfare system.

Registration & Contact Information

The 2nd Annual Project Fatherhood Conference on the Impact of Absentee Fathers on Children’s Lives will take place on Saturday, June 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the University of Southern California’s Davidson Convention Center. To register for the conference or for more information, please visit http://childrensinstitute.org/events/details/2 or call (213) 385-5100 ext. 1861.

Children's Institute, Inc. has been dedicated to helping children grow up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment since its founding in 1906. Touching the lives of 10,000 children a year, Children's Institute, Inc. serves families throughout Los Angeles County with treatment of children affected by child abuse and neglect and family violence; and prevention, support, early childhood services, and programs for the community. www.childrensinstitute.org

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