DHS News May 2012 | DHS News May 2012
On May 23, more than 65 people gathered at the Office of Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Lexington office to celebrate the second anniversary of DADS – Dads Assisting Dads. The theme for the event was “History”, and highlighted some of the program’s successes over the past year, including the All-Pro Dads workshops, a signing with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers and bowling at Fun Fest.
“Children come from two parents – a mother and a father. It’s important to keep our dads in mind,” said Dr. Marcia Sturdivant, Deputy Director of CYF. “We are so thankful to have everyone here supporting and celebrating the successes of the DADS program.”
During the event, three young boys in the DADS program provided entertainment by playing African drums and encouraging the crowd to shout the DADS motto: “We are DADS and we are here to stay!” Other standout moments included Fred Smith, CYF Family Advocate Specialist, reading his untitled poem about fatherhood and a keynote speech by Rod Doss, Manager and Editor of the Pittsburgh Courier.
The DADS program is designed to engage fathers whose children are involved in the child welfare system. Participants attend meetings twice a month to share their experience and receive information and resources to help them navigate the child welfare system. A participant is considered a graduate of the program after attending 26 classes. To date, eight fathers have completed the DADS program and had their children returned to them.
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