Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
James Murray, Senior Advisor, Office of Child Support Enforcement, Washington, D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Demetricus Johnson, Program Specialist, Region 4 Office of Child Support Enforcement
Charlie Davis, Coordinator Employment and Education, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Patti Wood, Director of Operations, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Karen Y. Walker, Director of Family Assistance Contracts, Tennessee Department of Human Services
Kiska Dennis-Gear, Fatherhood Program Manager, Georgia Department of Human Services
John Hurst, Deputy Director, Georgia Department of Human Services
Fatherhood Summit Session
The child support program plays an important role to help fathers gain access to resources they need to move their families toward self-sufficiency. In this session, state child support staff discussed how they can partner with fatherhood programs to better equip fathers to meet their child support obligations.
Presenters helped dispel myths and negative stereotypes about the child support program. They also described promotional strategies that can counter misleading information about the intent and goal of the child support program.
Presenters showed how child support staff can help fathers prepare for work, overcome legal challenges, address substance abuse, and deal with behavioral health issues so they can be involved in their children’s lives. The panel also discussed how fatherhood programs can develop effective partnerships with state and local child support offices. Panel members highlighted two important child support tools that can assist fathers: modifying child support orders and reinstating licenses.
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