A new program has startred in DeKalb County to help fathers be more involved in their children's lives.
DeKalb’s Division of Family and Children Services will host a workshop, “Readiness for Battle,” on Wednesday, April 2, 1 p.m., at the Shirley Trussell Building, 178 Sams St., Decatur. State officials want fathers and those who support them to learn about resources that are available to them.
The kickoff event will link fathers to representatives from organizations who specialize in community resources such as counseling, legal services and employment resources, including re-entry into the workforce programs and job training.
“This is a call to action. We are sounding the horn on the war against negative labels like delinquent dads or welfare moms. We feel there is no such thing. Our community needs to stop perpetuating these terms,” said workshop organizer Adika Trimble. “There are some fathers, whether unemployed or not, who continue to share, educate, support, nourish and protect their children. We want to hear from fathers in our region who want to be involved with their children but may need our support.”
Although fathers are targeted for the upcoming event, anyone in the community may attend including mothers, members of the faith-based community, human services staff, government officials and non-profit organizations that are looking to help.
“This event is focused on resources that can support fathers who have gone down the wrong path, as well as fathers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to circumnavigate systemic bias and roadblocks so that they can parent their children,” said Trimble.
Trimble says the “Readiness for Battle” initiative plans to host a lunch and learn for fathers at the end of April, a fatherhood resource fair and monthly information sessions.