On June 1, 2019 the Nurturing Fathers Conference was held at Lafayette Community School. This conference was organized by Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network (BPPN), Nurturing Fathers of WNY, Say Yes Buffalo and the Buffalo School District.
The goal of the conference is to encourage Fathers to rise up and be counted. The conference hosted family friendly activities a carnival, car show, and petting zoo, a brief program where Paul Hogan, Executive Vice President of The John R. Oishei Foundation was honored as a funding partner for this Fatherhood Initiative. The keynote speaker was Reggie Cox from Fatherhood Connection. Finally, the conference offered interactive breakout sessions for Moms and Dads.
“Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network in its 30 year history has been committed to working with high risk families and helping ensure healthy births and healthy lifestyles for women. Recognizing in 2017 that there were not many programs for fathers in Buffalo we made the decision to add a Fatherhood component due to the important role of fathers in the family. Through the generosity of the John R. Oishei Foundation and specifically Paul Hogan, our honoree being recognized today, the program was able to be operationalized. Several support groups have been offered since its inception and results are currently being tabulated but do show some preliminary positive effects”, stated LuAnne Brown, R.N., CEO of Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network.
The Nurturing Father Program is designed to develop effective parenting skills for the well-being of children. The program provides proven instruction, effective skills for healthy family relationships and child development. Program activities address nurturing our children and ourselves, fathering sons/fathering daughters relationships, discipline, play, managing anger/resolving conflict, and teamwork with spouse/partner.
Collaborative funding of the Nurturing Fathers Program comes from Say Yes Buffalo, Health Foundation of Western and Central NY and The John R. Oishei Foundation.