LCCS Sponsoring Fatherhood Summit

(TOLEDO, Ohio - December 1, 2009) - A panel of community leaders, child
welfare experts and local fathers will discuss the important
contributions that fathers make to the lives of their children at an
upcoming Fatherhood Summit, sponsored by Lucas County Children

The discussion, which is open to the public, is scheduled for December
16 at the LCCS Conference and Learning Center, 711 Adams Street (next to
Lucas County Children Services) from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

WTOL-TV news anchor Jerry Anderson will facilitate the discussion. He
will be joined by keynote speaker Bill Harris, a local financial
consultant; a panel of three fatherhood advocates: Ernest Banks,
prevention specialist for the Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Outreach Program (UMADAOP) of Lucas County; the Reverend Kenneth Rupert
of the Toledo Correctional Institution; and Harry Barlos, former Lucas
County Commissioner and mayor of Maumee. They will be joined by three
fathers from the community. The discussion will include strategies to
overcome the fears, barriers and obstacles to successful fatherhood.

“Too many people underestimate the important role that fathers play
as parents,“ says Dean Sparks, executive director of Lucas County
Children Services. “They provide nurturing, guidance and inspiration
in our children’s lives, and children who grow up without fathers end
up at greater risk for a variety of ills, including violence, academic
difficulties and drug abuse. Our community needs to do more to encourage
fathers to be involved in their children’s lives, and be there to help
them when they need support,“ he adds.

Registration for the Fatherhood Summit is available by calling
419-213-3543 or by visiting

About Lucas County Children Services
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community
in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is
accomplished by working with families, service providers and community
members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting
in safe, stable and permanent families for children.

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