Connecticut Department of Children and Families
Oct 23, 2013

Fatherhood at the Crossroads: Where Do We Go From Here? An NFLG Webinar

* * * THIS IS A WEBINAR * * *

{National Fatherhood Leadership Group}

DATE: October 23, 2013

TIME:  2:00 until 3:30 (Eastern)

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION:  After 20 years of growth and development, the Responsible Fatherhood field is at a crossroad. This crossroad is characterized by the continuing failure of national policy and community systems of service and support to embrace fathers as an asset that can serve as a resource to their children and families. For low-income African-American fathers, this failure is particularly acute. Responsible Fatherhood practice continues to be envisioned outside of the ecological dynamic of the family, thus constraining our view of father engagement to policies and approaches that typically embrace a narrowly prescribed set of issues related to child support and employment, both of which are important, but which do not fully speak to the care fathers have for their children, as well as the hopes and the dreams that fathers have for their children, their families and themselves. Dr. Kathryn Edin, our featured speaker and the author of Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City, along with a distinguished panel of respondents, will explore the dimensions of the challenges facing the Responsible Fatherhood field. The speakers will discuss strategies and advance new thinking and approaches that broach the long-standing challenges facing the field and ways to build upon its work to positively impact the lives of fathers, their children and their families, while exploring new ways of understanding the complex and dynamic lives of low-income inner city fathers and their families. 

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Edin, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University

Respondent Panel:

  • Dr. Vivian Gadsden, Professor of Child Development & Education, University of PA
  • Dr. Ron Haskins, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institute
  • Dr. Ronald Mincy, Professor of Social Policy & Social Work Practice, Columbia University


  • Joe Jones, President & CEO, Center for Urban Families, Baltimore, MD
  • Dr. Kirk Harris, Co-Designer, Fathers, Families & Healthy Communities Demonstration, Chicago, IL 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Location: This is a Webinar

2 PM - 3:30 PM

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