Allegheny Family Network is realizing its commitment to expand its fathers support group titled “Fathers Involved Now”. AFN is excited about the fathers group focusing on the issues and concerns fathers face daily, as well as supporting a nurturing connection with their children.
Since joining the Allegheny Family Network staff in February, Family Support Partner Keith Blockton has been working to develop FIN which supports fathers who are rearing children with emotional and mental health needs. The program realizes that dads are a valuable part of the family and could benefit from the support of other fathers. The support group helps fathers in becoming better men, fathers, mentors, and husbands.
Fathers Involved Now also looks at the social aspects of being a father. They participated in the “Bring Your Dad to School Day” May 20th in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In collaboration with the Providence Family Support Center, FIN sponsored a Father’s Day event on June 16th. Dads were honored with dinner and a special key note speaker, Rick Cobbs, Community Supervisor at Allegheny Family Network. On Friday, July 22, more than forty FIN Fathers and their children attended the Pirates game at PNC Park and the following Saturday and Sunday saw FIN fathers and AFN staff sponsoring a tent at the Vintage Grand Prix races at Schenley Park. FIN is also working with Venture Outdoors to plan events for fathers to interact with their children throughout the summer and FIN Staff and fathers will be participating in Community Day activities throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in August and September.
Allegheny Children’s Initiative is collaborating with AFN by sending out FIN flyers to the families they serve and other collaborative efforts have been put in place by AFN with the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Children Youth and Families, the Allegheny County Jail, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, the Hill House, and UPMC Children’s Hospital. The Providence Family Support Center and AFN have also committed to collaboratively sponsoring a fathers-daughters dance around Valentine’s Day 2012.
The Fathers Involved Now Support Group meets at Allegheny Family Network at 425 North Craig Street, Suite 300, Pittsburgh PA 15213 on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM. Fathers who are rearing children with emotional and mental health needs can join Fathers Involved Now by calling Keith Blockton at 412-624-2030 ext. 135 or by calling the AFN Chat Line at 1-888-273-2361.