For the first time in 11 years, Colusa County hosted the Annual North State Fatherhood Conference on February 27 at the Educational Village in Williams. The collaborative event is an effort between the agencies in Glenn, Tehama, Sutter, Butte and Colusa Counties.
Over 50 fathers participated in the event where the importance of positive fatherhood involvement in families was promoted.
Attendees participated in workshops that featured hands-on activities and provided fathers with skills and strategies that they could begin using right away. Topics covered included parenting skills, healthy meal planning and simple arts & crafts activities for children.
In addition to workshops and activities, several agency representatives were available to provide participants information about the various community resources and how to access them.
The keynote address, given in both English and Spanish, by Daniel Hernandez, M.A. CGS, where he engaged the fathers to reflect upon the kind of legacy they wanted to leave as fathers.
“This made it possible for participants to connect truly with each other,” said Ginger Harlow, of First 5 Colusa County, “The content of the keynote speech was powerful and personal.”
Participating fathers were provided lunch and a variety of informational materials to take with them and books for their children.
“The free book giveaway was made possible by the Colusa County Literacy Program, First 5 Colusa, Glenn County Office of Education and Child and Family Services,” said Harlow.
The Annual Fatherhood Conference is set to rotate through surrounding counties and is scheduled for the Fall of 2016 in Butte County.