| Attorney General
Claude Earl Walker publicly commended a group of fathers for completing a 22-week
program aimed at helping them to become better parents.
Walker made those comments during brief remarks Tuesday afternoon at the
inaugural Fatherhood Buzz closing ceremony held at the Department of Human
Services conference room.
know that this program was challenging at times,” AG Walker said, “because it
caused you to think about your responsibilities in ways that perhaps you never
had, but we are proud of all of you and we encourage you to continue to grow as
responsible fathers who are involved in child-rearing because that is what our
community desperately needs.”
Fatherhood Buzz is a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice’s
Division of Paternity and Child Support, and the Department of Human
purpose of this program is to increase child support awareness and management,
to improve parenting skills, healthy relationships and effective communication
between fathers and their children, and to increase job readiness of the
participants,” AG Walker said.
are very proud of the fathers, all of them, who took the time out of their
schedules to accept help from us by voluntarily participating,” Walker added.
the duration of the program, the fathers selected for the pilot project
attended two sessions per week for 22 weeks with a facilitator, Carlton Stevens,
to discuss a number of important issues pertaining to fatherhood to help them
become better fathers.
who also addressed the gathering, gave an overview of the program’s curriculum. Among the topics covered were responsible
fatherhood, impact fathers have on children, how to have positive impact on your
children and families, and how to discipline children effectively as fathers.
congratulate and applaud the Department of Human Services and the Department of
Justice for taking that bold step to start the initiative so we can help end
this fatherless plague we’re seeing right now,” Stevens said.
four fathers who completed the program were awarded with Certificates of
Participation. According to AG
Walker, a similar Fatherhood Buzz session is planned for St. Croix.