Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Calls
The National Healthy Start Association is working with their partners to produce the 5th Annual Summit on Fatherhood and the Health and Wellness of Boys and Men.  The event will be held on February 25-26, 2019 in Tulsa, OK.  Click here for information and a registration link.

Click here to sign up for the Fatherhood Listserv

For more information contact or Lois Rakov,

Fatherhood Collaboration Call Announcement:   The next call is Tuesday January 8, 2019, 1:30 CT and 2:30 ET.  The title of the call is  Empowering Fatherhood Programming and Family Services: How Ohio Infuses Fatherhood in Human Services Programs with Child Support, Child Welfare and Health Services

US DHHS/ACF Information Memorandum: Integrating Approaches that Prioritize and Enhance Father Engagement

  • Ms. Kimberly Dent, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood -
  • Mr. Matthew Lytle, Stark County JFS Fatherhood Coordinator
  • Dr. Brian Moore, President/CEO of Passages, Connecting Fathers & Families
  • Mr. Harold Howard, Director of Community Care Services, Talbert House
  • Mr. Burl Lemon, Executive Director of ForeverDads Fatherhood Resource Center
  • download presentation

The IRS has released a new Publication 5307 to help individuals and families understand how the new tax law affects them.

Do you have suggestions for future call topics and speakers?  Please send them by email to Geraldine Franco and Lois Rakov

The title of the last call on September 25t was Male Involvement and Fathers' Health: Working in Support of Healthy Start's Initiatives to Reduce Infant Mortality.  The presenters were: 

  • Dr Jeffrey M Johnson, President of NPCL (National Partnership for Community Leadership) - click here for presentation
  • Kenn Harris, Immediate Past NHSA Board President, VIce President of Community Engagement for The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, and Director of New Haven Healthy Start - click here for presentation
  • Adnoris "Bo" Torres, Fatherhood Coordinator, Padres Fuertes Initiative - click here for presentation
  • click here to read about Healthy Start Male Involvement Activities in Michigan and Illinois
Back to School Tips for Fathers - an article by Jeffery M Leving, published in the Chicago Defender

Sergio Guzman, IRS has shared that the webinar Understanding How to Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to Check and Correct Withholding is now archived on the IRS Video Portal

Do you have suggestions for future call topics and speakers?  Please send them by email to Geraldine Franco and Lois Rakov

Thank you!

Click here to view the Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Call Archives

JOIN The Region V Fatherhood ListservOn March 24, 2004, Region V launched the Region V ACF Fatherhood Listserv. Listserv participants share a commitment to fatherhood and male involvement efforts for the sake of the children and their families. The initial participants were Early Head Start and Head Start grantees including grantees that received the FSI grant, the Region V Early Head Start Demonstration grantees and ACF program partners who expressed interest in fatherhood topics. The listserv expanded within its first year to include more than 300 interested partners from Child Welfare, Runaway and Homeless Youth Services and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, state agencies, and many community-based organizations. Listserv members receive grant information, recent research, new training materials, and announcements of upcoming events. They also exchange information and answer questions to help each other in the development or enhancement of fatherhood/male involvement efforts. They have assisted each other in searches for trainers on topics such as parenting classes for ex-felons, speakers for conference agendas and pertinent website sources.

On July 13, 2004 the Region V office of the Administration of Children and Families launched a series of quarterly calls to address issues related to fatherhood programming and practices. The calls are announced on the Region V Fatherhood Listserv and are open to public and private agency representatives throughout Region V.

The Collaboration Calls were featured in an article in the March 2009 Child Support Report, published by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. Click here to view the article.

Click here to join the Fatherhood Listserv. For more information on the calls, contact the Planning Coordinator, Lois Rakov,

By becoming a participant, you will obtain new information quickly, receive invitations to take part in Collaboration Network Conference Calls (more information on these calls follows), be able to provide your input on areas of interest, and ask for assistance from peers.



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