Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Calls

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For more information contact or Lois Rakov,

Fatherhood Collaboration Call Announcement:   The next call is Tuesday July 9, 2019, 1:30 CT and 2:30 ET, titled: Building Partnerships and Collaborations with Child Support and Fatherhood Organizations: Wisconsin and Ohio.  Presenters will be announced soon!

The title of the April 9th call was 21st Century Dads: Engaging & Supporting Fathers Raising Children with Special Needs

  • David Hirsch, Founder and Director, 21st Century Dads - Chicago area native and father of five ages 22-29.  He is an outspoken advocate for father involvement, initially through the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative starting in 1997 and more recently through the 21st Century Dads Foundation. He is the author of 21st Century Dads: A Father's Journey To End the Cycle of Father Absense.  Click here to listen to the TEDX Talk he gave entitled: Why We Need to Break the Cycle of Father Absence.  Professionally he is a Senior Vice President with UBS Financial Services.
  • The 21st Century Dads Foundation is a non-profit whose signature program is the Special Fathers Network, a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs.  One of the tools 21CD created is the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast, which are some of the all-time most inspiring fathering stories full of insights, lessons and hope.  
  • Brian N. Rubin, a practicing attorney since 1976, is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism.  Brian’s law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness.  He is also the president of the Special Needs Alliance, a group of 150 attorneys from across the U.S. who have dedicated their practices to serving the special needs community.  Brian is also a Special Fathers Network Mentor Father and a SFN Dad To Dad Podcast Dad.  Click Here to listen to his podcast
  • Jason Tietz, an Early Intervention Service Coordinator with Clearbook Early Intervention

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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