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Fathers To Gather In Metro Detroit To Talk About Their Role In Children’s Lives

Jake Neher/WDET

Leon Walker

What does it mean to be a father in 2017?

A group of dads will gather this weekend in Metro Detroit to talk about that question.

The 17th Annual Fathers Conference is put on by the Detroit-based Partnership for Dads. It will take place on Saturday at the Oakland Schools Education and Service Conference Center in Waterford.

WDET’s own Jerome Vaughn will be the keynote speaker. 

Leon Walker, executive director of Partnership for Dads, and Chris Edwards, treasurer of Partnership for Dads, join host Stephen Henderson on Detroit Today.

The idea for this came from a small group of people… just sitting around, talking and recognizing almost about 17 years ago that, though dads were starting to do more things in terms of raising their kids, that there wasn’t a whole lot of support for them,” says Edwards.

This is a hard working city,” says Walker. ”And dads do find a difficulty with that balance, [being] able to commit to their work and provide for their family and still be available for their children in the same way that they would like to. And we have a workshop on that one.” 

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation. 

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

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