Government as Catalyst: An Enterprise Approach to Shaping America’s Cultural View of Fathers as Essential to Society

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Session Date and Time
Summit Session Moderator(s)
Steven Wagner, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C.
Summit Session Presenter(s)
Clarence H. Carter, Director of the Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
Jerryl E. Bennett, Liaison, Federal Interagency STEM Initiatives, Office of Public Housing Investments, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C.
Katharine Sullivan, Acting Director, Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.
Devon Westhill, Deputy Director of the Public Liaison, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C.
Year Published
Resource Type
Fatherhood Summit Session
Resource Format
Audio Visual
Resource Language

Many federal agencies engage with fathers and families at some level in their service provision. This session highlighted the government’s function as a catalyst to shape the American cultural perspective of the essential role of fathers in the family and in society.

This panel of federal agency officials discussed father engagement efforts within the context of each agency’s mission and goals. They described family-focused approaches that incorporate the perspective of fathers as equal contributors to healthy families and community stabilization.

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