Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Calls

Fatherhood Collaboration Call:   The next Region V Fatherhood Collaboration call will be Tuesday December 5th at 1:30 pm CT / 2:30 pm ET. 

The call will feature a presentation by Eric Snow on Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students).  Other speakers will be announced soon!


The topic of the Region V Fatherhood Collaboration call on Tuesday October 24th was: The Opioid Epidemic and Trauma Informed Care.  The speakers were:
  • Jeff Coady, Chicago Regional Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS - download presentation
  • Bill Peltcs, Christy Nichols and Caitlin Rice – all from the Franklin County OH Child Support Enforcement Agency
The topic of the July 11th call was: A Mix of Coaching and Legal Services bring fathers and children together with speakers from Talbert House in Cincinnati:
  • Calvin Williams,  Co-Parenting Coach
  • James Whitfield, Fatherhood Project Supervisor
  • Nancy Ludwig, Staff Attorney for Talbert House Fatherhood Project

The topic of the March 21st Region V Fatherhood Collaboration call was Boot Camp for New Dads.  The speakers were:

The topic of the  Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Call, on Tuesday 12/6 at 1:30 pm CT / 2:30 pm ET, was the Putative Fathers Registry.  Speakers included:

  • David Thomas and Jason Roush - Children Protective Services, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services download handouts and father application and registry search
  • Molly Crawford - Minnesota State Registrar -  download presentation and fact sheet
  • Christina M Schneider - Special Assistant, General Counsel, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services - download handout

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development shared information on the call about their Annual Father's Day Initiative and asked for help promoting it.  For more information, send questions and/or requests for assistance to

Here is an email blast they used last year to market the event:

Greetings Multifamily Stakeholders

We are once again asking for your support as part of HUD’s Annual Father’s Day Initiative. Registration is still open for Father’s Day 2016—a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development initiative that aims to strengthen the bond between children and their fathers. Father’s Day was this past Sunday, June 19th but participating agencies can be flexible and host events around this date, anytime during the month of June. Don’t miss this opportunity to strengthen and empower families with financial literacy, education, job training and health resources. There is still plenty of time to register and host an event. Please see the attached “Strategies for a Successful Father’s Day Event” for additional ideas.


For those organizations that already had events thank you but please remember to send us a brief summary of your event as well as photos with the permission to release.  We would like to help you show off some to the wonderful community building work you do at your properties.  We will be highlighting properties that hold community events to celebrate families and Father’s Day.  The events can be held anytime in during the month of June.  We would love to publicize some of the events being held across our Region and highlight some of the events in our national HUD newsletter.


I encourage you to hold as many events as possible at your various communities and register them individually.  Please let us know if you held, are holding or considering holding an event this June by responding to this email.  Give us the date of the event or a proposed date with a brief description of the event.  Many of your Managers and Service Coordinators may already have events scheduled, if so please register them and receive credit for your efforts.

Your continued support is crucial to the success of the initiative! 

For more information, send questions and/or requests for assistance to


Do you have suggestions for future call topics and speakers?  Please send them by email to Mike Vicars 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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P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH  44106

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