On June 21, at Greater Grace Temple Church, we held the Sixth Annual Wayne County Fatherhood Initiative Forum in partnership with the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and the Wayne County System of Care Fatherhood Initiative.

The focus of the day-long event was to help dads and male caregivers become strong role models for their children and families.

Sessions included topics such as role modeling, active parenting, a father’s role in supporting the breast-feeding process, and how communities can help develop and encourage strong fathers.

Attendees included male caregivers, fathers, and professionals working with fathers. John Miles, Wayne County Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator, said of the event: “There are numerous events dads can attend but few are put together based on the voice of the “everyday dad.” Our workshops are designed to connect with dads on their level, looking at their everyday struggles and the barriers that they are trying to overcome.”

We are grateful for the Fatherhood Forum planning committee and you, our supporters, for making this programming possible. Thank you for your dedication to supporting Detroit fathers and male caregivers.

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