A virtual meetup of dads on fathering in the pandemic

Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families hosts an online event Saturday, April 18 to hear from fathers across Ohio about fathering in the COVID-19 pandemic, and to offer resources to those in need.

Being a Dad can be hard enough in normal times. How are
fathers coping with the “stay-at-home” order where they are now 7/24 dads? OPNFF
will convene hundreds of fathers from across the state of Ohio in a virtual gathering
to share their challenges, strategies for coping and solutions for staying on
track as a Dad during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Virtual Gathering of Ohio Dads
will provide resources for Dads in the areas of emotions, parenting, childcare,
food, education, parenting access, unemployment and entertainment for the
family.   Father peer-to-peer engagement is a best
practice in helping men achieve their fathering goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting and challenging life for
all families in Ohio. All fathers are being affected. Low-income fathers and
fathers living in poverty are more likely to suffer economically and in staying
connected to their children. Due to the stay-at-home order, thousands of
fathers across Ohio lost access to services and supports from the many
father-serving programs across our state. This gathering provides a safe space
for fathers to lean on and learn from each other. Fathers – biological, step,
foster, adoptive, other caring male adults – play a unique role in the
development of healthy children and families. In this unprecedented health
crisis, they need support more than ever.

“Families across our state are struggling to cope with the new reality the COVID-10 virus has presented. I encourage all fathers to model resiliency for their children. This is a time to strengthen bonds with our children, listen to their fears and watch for signs of distress.  This event gives fathers a chance to do the same for themselves in the company of other fathers”, states Calvin Williams, Job and Family Services Fatherhood Coordinator and convener for the Fatherhood Collaborative of Hamilton County. Mr. Williams is also a founding and current member of the Board of Directors for OPNFF.

For over seventeen years, the mission of OPNFF is to enhance
the outcomes of children, families and communities by providing information,
training and encouragement to father and family-serving practitioners.

To register, go to www.OPNFF.net.

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