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Monday, 24 May 2010 08:15
FOSTORIA - First Step is hosting a Fatherhood Summit this Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center in Tiffin.
With the annual public cost of father-absent families nationwide reaching nearly $100 billion, the event will focus on encouraging father involvement in the lives of their children.
Featuring national, state, and local speakers, the summit is made possible by the Capacity Building Grant awarded to First Step from the National Fatherhood Initiative.
The Fatherhood Summit will feature speakers Ave Mulhern, director of the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative; Renee Thompson, founder of Family Comes First; J. Tracy Robinson, executive director of The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood; and Ron and Cathy Tijerina, co-founders of The Ridge Project. Topics will range from a national perspective and history of the Fatherhood Movement to a local couple's personal account of choosing responsible fatherhood despite 12 years of wrongful incarceration.
"We believe that every child should have a committed, loving and responsible father and mother involved in their life. That is why we are bringing speakers of this caliber to Northwest Ohio to talk about responsible fatherhood and the need for involved and caring fathers in the lives of children," says Terri Mercer, the executive director of First Step.
The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, reservations are required and can be made by calling First Step at (419) 435-7300.
For 30 years, First Step has been serving Sandusky, Seneca, Wood, and Wyandot Counties as a family violence intervention center.
Nearly 10 years ago, First Step began to work more directly with men, believing that the healthiest environment for nurturing a child is one where both the mother and father are committed, involved, and responsible. First Step provides shelter, advocacy, relationship and behavioral education, support groups, and alternative therapies for victims of family violence and interested community members.

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