The Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition (DFCC) hosted Father & Family Day in Bicentennial Park in Milford on Saturday, September 14 promoting the importance of fathers and the positive influences that their involvement has in the lives of their children and families. The DFCC is an extension of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program and the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative created specifically to give a voice to fathers and the importance of their well-being of their children.
Saturday’s Father & Family Day was held in coalition between statewide Delaware Leadership Committees organizations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties. Membership is made up of parents, community leaders, grassroot, service, state, interfaith and community-based organizations. Wade jones, President of Sussex County Leadership Committee, stresses that Saturday’s event is about bringing families closer together.
“Historically everything dealing with families has centered around the mother but fathers are a vital piece of the family as well,” commented Jones. “It is about reestablishing families and reconnecting them with their communities, to better the welfare of each.”
Community partners including the Food Bank of Delaware and Big Brother Big Sister were in attendance providing information on available family resources. Dwayne Powell, Vice President of the Kent County Leadership Committee, helped organize the event in Milford on the banks of the Mispillion River to demonstrate the support between both the Kent County and Sussex County committees.
“Today is all about bringing people together to show fathers and families are a united front,” commented Powell. “We want to build on that family unit foundation and support stronger communities.”
The first annual Father & Family Day, Powell hopes to continue hosting the event in Milford each year. Members of DFCC were also on hand promoting awareness of the group and to recruit new members. The DFCC serves as a point of connection and networking with parents, fatherhood and parenting service providers and community leaders. Members have access to training and resources that affect change in the areas of Fatherhood and Healthy Adult Relationships. Individuals interested in learning more about DFCC can contact the organization at 302-357-8714 or visit them online at www.delawaredads.org.