Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Calls

Click here to sign up for the Fatherhood ListservFor more information contact or Lois Rakov,

Fatherhood Collaboration Call Announcement:   The next call is Tuesday June 26, 1:30 CT and 2:30 ET.  The title of the call is Paternity Establishment: It's Importance and Development. Speakers from the Illinois Child Support Services Program will be:

  • Pamela Lowry,
  • Christine Towles,
  • Mary Carter,
  • Debra Streeter
  • Donna Garvey


Federal guidance on required data elements for Paternity Establishment Affidavits

The topic of the March 6th call was Pathways to Helping Fathers: A Father and Son Perspective with:

  • Neil Tift, Training Coordinator, Native American Fatherhood and Family Association (NAFFA)
  • Zachary Tift, Program Manager, Avenues for Homeless Youth (Minneapolis)
  • click here to download their presentation
The 20th Annual NPCL International Fatherhood Conference will be in Minneapolis, Minnesota this year, June 5-8.  Zach and Neil Tift will both be at the conference if you would like to connect with them.  Click here to register for the conference:

More federal news:  The IRS has released a new withholding calculator that incorporates recent tax law and tax rate changes. Please share with your employees and participants. The Withholding Calculator is a special tool on designed to help taxpayers navigate the complexities of tax withholding on their paychecks. The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup”. This is even more important this year because of recent changes to the tax law for 2018.

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.

To join the Fatherhood Listserv, send an e-mail to  . 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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