The Governor's Office for Children and Families promotes efforts to strengthen Georgia’s children, families and communities by recognizing June 3 – June 7, 2013 as Father Engagement Week. Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to perform better in school, have healthy self-esteem and avoid high risk behaviors such as drug use, truancy and criminal activity. In Georgia, 30% of children reside in a single mother household. However, even when fathers do not share a home with their children, their active involvement can have a lasting and positive impact.
For additional information and resources on engaging fathers and supporting families, please access the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) provided by the Office of Head Start. If you would like to connect with a fatherhood program in your community, please visit the National Fatherhood Responsible Clearinghouse.
Each community in Georgia plays an important role in helping families find the strength they need to raise educated, healthy, safe and growing children.