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County Center Fathering Conference Workshop Proposals Due

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino Photo Credit: Contributed by Westchester County Association

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Proposals for workshops at the 2nd annual New York Fathering Conference must be submitted by Dec. 23, according to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

The conference, scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4p.m. on April 5, is open to fathers and service providers. Its goal is to improve outcomes for fathers in the areas of parenting, employment and wellness.

"Being a good father is the most important job a man will ever have, but sometimes we all need a little help," Astorino said in a statement on the county's website . "This conference will focus on some key issues and will provide real tools that fathers and service providers can take back to their homes and communities."

The theme of this year's conference is "Taking Care of Business: Equipping Dads for Parenting, Employment and Wellness."

Those wishing to receive a proposal application should email Joseph Kenner at jkenner@westchestergov.com or call 914-995-3287.

The New York Fathering Conference Program Committee is seeking proposals from "professionals who work directly with fathers, who write about fathers or who influence policies."

Specific areas of focus that are being sought include:

  • Employment issues, such as hiring trends, job training and career building resources, re-entry into the workforce and changing careers;
  • Conflict resolution, domestic violence, anger management;
  • Navigating governmental systems, such as social services, child support and family court;
  • Physical and mental health issues;
  • Engaging and retaining fathers in programs, families, schools, etc.

Workshops are expected to be about 90 minutes in duration and include a built-in opportunity for people to discuss and exchange information.

According to Astorino's statement, the conference is part of his ongoing Fatherhood Initiative , which seeks to engage the full spectrum of fathers with a wide array of services and events throughout the year.

A centerpiece of the initiative is the development of a new pilot program that works with noncustodial parents to help them find employment, pay child support, and be actively involved in their children's lives. Visit here to learn more.

The conference is to take place at the Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. Registration is preferred, but walk-ins will be welcome.

For more information, call 914-995-3287 or 845-290-2763 or visit the county's website .

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