Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Call Archives

Scroll down the page to view archives from the Region V Fatherhood Collaboration Calls, 2004 to 2016.  Thanks to Lois Rakov for spearheading and organizing these calls!


  • The Tuesday August 9th and the topic of the call will be Coalitions and Partnerships: Reconnecting Ex-Offenders with Family and Community at 1:30 pm CT and 2:30 pm ET.  The Speakers will be:
    • Charmaine Pope, Cuyahoga County Family & Children First Council - Cleveland, Ohio
    • Mary Kelly, Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry - Cleveland, Ohio
  • The May 3rd 2016 call was titled, "Just Beginning" and 'Baby Elmo": Working for Children with Incarcerated Parents. 
  • The first call of 2016 was Tuesday February 9th, 1:30 pm CT The title and speakers are: Native American Fatherhood Programs, Learning Fundamentals to Become Responsible Fathers and Mothers.
    • Tami Masuca OCSE, Region V
    • Al Pooley, Director of the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association
    • Rodney Loonsfoot is a certified facilitator of Fatherhood Is Sacred from Baraga Michigan.  He has started the "first" program in Michigan and Is sponsored by Inter Tribal Council of Michigan.
  • The last call of 2015 was Tuesday November 17th Outreach for Fatherhood Involvement: from Essay Contest to TEDx Talk, with David Hirsch, founder of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and the 21st Century Dads Foundation and Carey Casey, National Center for Fathering.  
    • Click here for a newsletter describing the 2016 essay contest
    • Please share David Hirsch's TEDx talk, Why We Need to Break the Cycle of Father Absence with your colleagues and networks.  You may want to view it at a staff meeting - it is sure to lead to a meaningful exchange! 
    • David has also released a new book, A Father's Journey to Break the Cycle of Father Absence  In this newly published book (May 21, 2016),  David Hirsch takes us along on the Dads Honor Ride journey from Santa Monica to Chicago and shares personal reflections of his struggles to break his family’s cycle of father absence. David has become an important voice for 21st Century Dads.  All proceeds go to charity
    • Contact information for speakers:

      David A Hirsch - david@21stCenturyDads.org and 21stCenturyDads.org; November 21st Century Dads newsletter; download David's bio

    • Carey Casey - CCasey@fathers.com and Fathers.com
  •   The August 25th, 2015 was titled Dads Matter: Promoting Father Involvement in Home Visiting Services for Vulnerable Families
  • The April 21, 2015 call was:  Future Opportunities for Change in Child Support

    The call presented a discussion of the notice of proposed rulemaking for child support that was released late in 2014 by the Federal Office of Child Support. download the presentation and click here to review comments submitted to the OCSE

  • The January 2, 2015 call topic was: Community Organizations: Outreach to Child Support and from Child Support

    Speakers included:

    • Glenn A. Harris, Action for Children - Father Factor
    • Susan Brown, Christina Nichols & Dolores Torriero, Franklin County, Ohio - Child Support
    • Joan Weiss & Mary Carter, Illinois Child Support Enforcement

    The second topic on this call concerned legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President in September of 2014. The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Act) contains some child support provisions. One provision requires that the Department of Health and Human Services submit a Report to Congress by June 30, 2015. This report is to be completed in consultation with stakeholders including state, tribal, and county child support directors, judges who preside over family courts and organizations that represent them, custodial and noncustodial parents and organizations that represent parents, and fiduciaries such as financial institutions and employers. The Act also requires that DHHS solicit public comment.  Since many of the participants in our calls are stakeholders in the child support program, we would like to use part of January's call to discuss this opportunity to provide comments on the child support program.

  • The October 28, 2014 call topic was: Building Assets for Parents and the Next Generation. 
    • Tracy Frizell, Economic Awareness Council - view presentation
    • Athena Riley, Ohio Office of Child Support - view presentation    promotional materials
    • Steve Killpack, Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families
    • Amy Burgoon, Kansas Child Support Services Program - view presentation
    • Melinda Lewis, Kansas Child Support Services Program
    • Ryann Moore, Region V OCSE
  • The June 17, 2014 call topic was Building Partnerships for Fathers, Families and Communities
    • Sequane Lawrence, Director: Father, Families and Healthy Communities, Illinois
    • Rev. Eli Williams, Director: Urban Light Ministries & Fatherhood Clark County, Ohio download presentation
    • Leslie Crew, Director: Family and Children First Council, Clark County, Ohio
  • The March 11, 2104 call presented The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood - Reaching Out to Fathers and Families Throughout the State.  Presenters: Kimberly Dent, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and a number of members of the Commission - OCF Commissioners  Materials and Information for the call:
  • The December 2013 call focused on The Challenge of Sustainability: How to keep the work of the grant going after the grant money has run out
    • Doris Wilson, Catholic Charities WIC, Chicago
    • Cathy Reed, SIU Carbondale Head Start, IL
    • Jan Hayne, Dads Make a Difference, MN
    • Becky Glasure, HARCATUS Head Start, OH and Joseph Maiorano, OSU Extension
    • Maggie Watson, Parenting Time Opportunity Grant, Monroe County, IN - download presentation
  • The September 18, 2013 call topic was Parenting Time and Visitation. Speakers on the call and materials included:

  • The Tuesday June 18, 2013 call topic was Working with Teen Dads.  **Since the presentation of HHS Office of Adolescent Health Associate Director Medrano on the call, the grantees have been announced for the new Adolescent Health grants. All grantees were required to include a focus on serving young fathers.  Click here for a list of grantees, including MI, MN and WI, http://www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/news/ .  Speakers on the call included:

    • Courtney Simek, Program and Community Engagement Manager, Teen Parent Connection, Glen Ellyn, IL, teenparentconnection.org
    • Victor Medrano, Acting Division Director, Program Development and Operations, Office of Adolescent Health, HHS, download presentation (pdf format);
    • Sarah S. Saxbe, Program Coordinator - Teen and Pregnant Program, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, download presentation (pdf format)
  • The Tuesday March 5, 2013 call focused on Working with Fathers to Support Positive Coping: The relationship between infant crying and father well-being: working with fathers to support positive coping. The Presenter was Dr. Leslie Katchon:
    • Dr. Katch conducts research on infant regulation, parenting self-efficacy, and the relationship between father well-being and infant crying and fussing. Her clinical work has focused on families concerned about their infant’s behavior. She currently provides consultation for infant/toddler programs in Chicago. Dr. Katch is an Assistant Professor at National Louis University in Chicago.
    • In addition, three documents related to federal policy will be referenced on the call:
      • The President's Plan to Ensure Hard Work Leads to a Decent Living - White House Press Release, 2.15.13
      • Child Well Being and Non-Custodial Fathers - Congressional Research Servie
    • Also, information on tax preparation help will also be shared: There are Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs throughout Region V where individuals with incomes under $51,000 can get free electronic tax preparation and access to financial services. Most sites are open January 19 through April 15. Here is an IRS website that will help individuals locate VITA sites: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Free-Tax-Return-Preparation-for-You-by-Volunteers
  • The December 4, 2012 call focused on: How does the Affordable Health Plan affect fathers and families?

  • The September 11, 2012 call focused on Urban Jurisdictions Working with Fathers: Challenges and Innovations to Empower Fathers and Families, with speakers from child support agencies in large urban jurisdictions in OH, IN and MN to discuss some of their efforts in the area of fatherhood. The speakers will be:
    • Barry Bloomgren of Hennepin County, MN
    • Susan Brown of Franklin County, OH - prison caseload collections
    • Michael McGuire of Marion County, IN
    • Casey White of Hennepin County, MN
  • The May 8, 2012 call focused on Building Financial Assets: Focus on Fathers.  Presenters on the call included:
    • Denise DeVan, who is working with the States of the Chicago Region on asset building strategies.
    • Financial Asset Building presentation
    • Asset Building Resources
    • Shannon Pargin of Southern Illinois University Carbondale Head Star
    • Mike Kildee of Bendle/Carman-Ainsworth Learning Community Head Start, Flint M
    • Sergio Guzman of the Internal Revenue Service
  • The February 14 call focused on the topic, Working Toward Economic Stabililty with Fathers and Families.  Here is the agenda and materials from that call:
  • Tuesday August 16th - Co-Parenting

  • May 17, 2010 - Building Partnerships and Collaborations

    • Mike Falatach of Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    • Shannon Pargin of SIU Carbondale Head Start
    • Bill Peltcs of Franklin County, Ohio Child Support
    • Ellen Durnin of the Michigan Child Support Program
  • February 15, 2011 - Veteran's Administration/OCSE Homeless Veteran Project
  • November 30, 2010 - Fatherhood Curricula
  • August 31, 2010 - Celebrations that Honor and Recognize Fathers, Part 2
    • Shannon Pargin of Southern Illinois University Head Start - male involvement flyer
    • John Fort, Wayne County, MI HFS Head Start - call notes; Dancing with My Daddy flyer
    • Joe Podlasek, Executive Director of the American Indian Center in Chicago
    • Report on the White House Father's Day event from Joe Podlasek and Dr. Kirk Harris, NFLG
  • May 18, 2010 - Celebrations that Honor and Recognize Fathers, Part 1
    • click here for a state by state listing of past celebrations
  • February 9, 2010 - Access and Visitation
    1. Access and Visitation National Overview - download
    2. Michigan Access and Visitation Summary - download
    3. Incorporating Shared Parenting into Title IV-D - download
    4. Administrative Order Authorizing Case Referrals to Mediation in Michigan
    5. Michigan Community Dispute Resolution Program Annual Report 2008
    6. Parenting with a Plan by Joy Moses
  • November 17, 2009 - The White House Conversations on Fatherhood
  • August 25, 2009 -
  • May 12, 2009 - The Grant Process and Partnerships potential grantees should develop prior to application - links, reports and resources discussed on the call:
  • February 17, 2009 - materials discussed on the call:
  • November 18, 2008 - State Initiatives, including a report on the Michigan Fatherhood Policy Forum
  • August 18, 2008 - Office of Child Support Enforcement PAID Initiative (Project to Avoid Increasing Delinquencies)
  • April 24, 2007 - Bridging Fatherhood, Healthy Marriage and Domestic Violence
  • July 18, 2006 - Bridging Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood
  • April 18, 2006 - HHS Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage Initiatives (Deficit Reduction Act of 2005)
  • February 7, 2006 - Helping Children of Incarcerated Parents
  • November 2, 2005 - How Fatherhood Initiatives Empower Women
  • July 19, 2005 - How to Measure Success in Fatherhood Initiatives - Evaluations and Outcomes
  • April 26, 2005 - Teen Parents
  • January 11, 2005 - Reading Makes a Difference for Fathers and Children
  • October 12, 2004 - Parenting and Relationship Building in Fatherhood/Male Involvement Programs

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