26 – 3rd Annual SOC Convening – Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch, ACSW

Dr. Lynch, with David Wyer, DDr Myers and Wilson Goode

3rd Annual SOC Convening

On Today’s Podcast Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch, ACSW comes on to discuss the 3rd Annual SOC Convening. You may register for this free event where the Role of Father’s and Strengthening families will be advocated for. In this 3rd event Early Childhood Development will be the area of Fatherhood emphasized. Enjoy the Podcast and Consider attending the event. As discussed on the podcast this group of Social Workers can be strong allies in our family court movements. You may be surprised at who is advocating for you and your rights.
Joe Gormley from Saving Fatherhood will be at this event on Day 1 speaking briefly as part of a response to a panel of experts. Details on the agenda for both days are at the bottom of this post.

To Register for this event: https://www.nasw-pa.org/event/fathersfromthebeginning



An advocate for Greater Father Family Involvement in the Lives of children and Families & the Systems that Serve Them

An Advocate for Greater Father Family Involvement in the Lives of children and Families & the Systems that Serve Them

3rd Annual SOC Convening

A Forum where ideas and views can be exchanged

 “From the Beginning…Early Childhood Development and the Role of Fathers”

September 18th &19th 2019

The School District of Philadelphia Administrative Building

440 North Broad Street, Auditorium, Second Floor

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

Day One September 18th 2019

8:00 a.m. – Registration & Continental Breakfast, Auditorium Reception Area.

  • Registration managed by THE COMMISSION’s Volunteer Leadership Team, VeRita Amelia Barnette Lynch, Chair.

9:00 a.m. – Program Begins

  • Welcome Joy Diljohn, Executive Director, Pre-K Program, Office of Early Childhood Education.
  • Forum Overview will be provided by Day One Moderator, Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum, Pennsylvania State Director for the ParentChild + Program, & Chair, 3rd Annual Statewide SOC Convening. 
  • Invocation – George J. Fleming, Pastor and Founder, The Father’s Touch Ministry, Outreach specialist/Trainer for Allegheny Family Network & SOC’s Faith-Based Ambassador Coordinator, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Message from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Savings Programs, Karen Carr, Field Representative, sharing information about statewide college and career savings programs.
  • The JourneyGetting Us Here– The Honorable W. Wilson Goode, Sr., former Mayor, City ofPhiladelphia and President, Amachi Inc.:“People of Faith Mentoring Children of Promise” introduced by David A. Wyher, Founder, President and CEO, Delta Community Supports, Incorporated.

9:30 a.m. A Thought Leader’s Address, Dr. Wade F. Horn, “The Ebb and Flow of Fatherhood Programming – Presentation and Open Discussion.”

  • Let’s Continue the Journey for our Children – Dr. Wade F. Horn, introduced by Darlene Tart-Scott, Special Initiatives Coordinator, in the Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator – Region III, Administration for Children and Families (ACF).  ACF Region III is composed of the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

10:30 a.m.

Part I: Panel Call to Action for Greater Father Involvement in the Lives of Pennsylvania’s Children and Families – Panel Moderator, Kerry Krieger, Executive Director of Delta Family Services, LLC.

  • Panelist include:
  • George D. Mosee, Jr., Esq., Executive Director, Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network, and former First Deputy District Attorney for the City of Philadelphia;
  • Dr. H. Jean Wright, Director, Behavioral Health & Justice Related Services at DBHIDS;
  • Jeff Steiner, Executive Director, Dads Resource Center;
  • David R. Fair, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Turning Points for Children;
  • Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum, Pennsylvania State Director for the ParentChild + Program;
  • Dr. Richard Jeffrey Rhodes, Education Consultant and former Assistant Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia;
  • Lance Wright, Fatherhood Coordinator- Catholic Community Services, Representing the Employment and Training Work Group;
  • Angela Mclver, Board Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Fair Housing Rights Center in Southeastern Pennsylvania;
  • Anita Kellerman Kulick, President and CEO of Educating Communities for Parenting & Board Chair of the Pennsylvania Parenting Coalition; and  
  • Dr. William Champagne, Professor of Sociology and Human Service at Harcum College, and former Men’s Support Services Coordinator, with the Philadelphia Department of Health.

Part II: Reactions – THE COMMISSION’S commitment to open communication is to allow all voices to be heard.

  • Chris DeVol, Ambassador for Erasing Family.Org, “We need to strengthen family bonds after divorce, not #erase them.”
  • Joe Gormley, Servant Leader, Saving FaTherhood.Org, “Saving Fatherhood is a response to the epidemic of fatherlessness.  We address this issue and the ongoing problems we see in the courts, legislatures, churches and the public square.”

11:45 a.m. Break & Pickup Box Lunch

12:00 Noon – Greetings from the Superintendent of Philadelphia’s SchoolDistrict, William R. Hite, Jr.,ED.D.

  • Joy Diljohn, Executive Director, Pre-K Program, Office of Early Childhood Education, will introduce Dr. Hite.

1:00 p.m. Keynote Speaker

  • Lynn Johnson, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), introduced by Anna Pilato, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF). Follow-Up Discussion with the Assistant Secretary on Strategic Next Steps and Directions will be facilitated by Dr. Martha Okafor, Region III Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

2:30 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. “From the Beginning…Early Childhood Development, Trauma, and the Role for Fathers”

Co-Facilitators: Anita Kellerman Kulick, Dr. Catherine Lobaugh and Suzanne J. O’Connor will present twoexceptional thought leaders of Child Well-Being and why the discussion is so important:

  • Carole Haas Gravagno, is a philanthropist, activist, and lifelong supporter and enthusiast of education, the arts and parenting education.  She believes deeply in providing the most vulnerable among us, with the kind of nurturing that can transform lives, communities and society.
  • Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and currently Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Jazz Reception – Malkia Singleton Ofori-Agyekum, Mistress of Ceremony. Ver’non D. Brown, Director of Field Operations for The Strong Families Commission, who will introduce Dr. Alicia Barbara Harvey-Smith, who will give Reflections.

  •  Dr. Harvey-Smith is new to Pennsylvania and serves as President/CEO of Pittsburgh Technical College. She is a nationally recognized educator, author, poet, and motivational speaker with thirty years of experience in Higher Education.
  • Evening Musical Entertainment will be provided by the “V. Shayne Frederick Ensemble.”

Day Two September 19th 2019

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast, Auditorium Reception Area.

9:00 a.m. – Program Begins

  • Welcome to Day Two: Dr. Amy C. Sagen, Chief Operating Officer, Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
  • Invocation – Pastor Quincy C. Hobbs, Jr., Zion Hill Baptist Church of Philadelphia.
  • Greetings from Commissioner David T. Jones, Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

9:15 a.m. 

  • The Connection and the Difference between Fathering and Daddying. Moderator, and FoundingDADvocate, Allan Shedlin. Founder of DADvocacy Consulting Group and Creator, Daddy Wishes Fund and the Daddy Appleseed Fund. Father of four, grandfather of eight.

9:30 a.m.

  • Dr. Joel N. Myers, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccuWeather & Founder and Chairman of the Dads’ Resource Center, State College Pennsylvania, introduced by David A. Wyher, President and CEO, Delta Community Supports, Inc. Dr. Myers serves as the official Advocate and Champion of Pennsylvania’s SOC Campaign “Brighter Futures for our Children…Through Greater Father Involvement.”

10:00 a.m.

  • Dr. Carol S. Larach, Director of Integrated Care, Community Behavioral Health, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities, City of Philadelphia, introduced by Nadine Blackwell, R.N., MS – Low Vision Therapist. Topic of Presentation “Perinatal Depression in Fathers.”

10:45 a.m.

  • Dr. Jay Cherney, Founder of Dad Lab: Peer Mentoring for New Fathers, introduced by William L. McCusker, Founder and CEO, Fathers & Families, Inc.

11:30 a.m. –

  • William L. McCusker, Founder & CEO of Fathers & Families, Inc. Topic: Expectations of the Corporate World in Supporting Childhood Development & the Role for Fathers.

12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Larry L. Klinger, Co-Chair,Pennsylvania’s Fathers, Families & Service Providers Network, Status Up-date.

12:30 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m.

  • Wrap-Up and Moving Forward – Next Steps: Anita Kellerman Kulick, Dr. Catherine Lobaugh, and Suzanne J. O’Connor.

1:00 p.m. – Box Lunch to Go