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Fathers Offer Advice On Parenting While Learning New Skills At Conference

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DURHAM — There are now over two million single fathers raising children in this country. Some fathers in the Triangle are sharing their stories and learning new parenting tricks at a special conference.

Shannon Holland wanted to be the best father he can be to his 16-month-old daughter, Aysia, so he signed up for a new program through the Durham County Social Service Department called the Fatherhood Initiative. The goal is to help low-income dads become better fathers by improving their own lives.

Warren Harris of the Fatherhood Initiative program says historically the child's support has been from the mother, so now it is time to get fathers more involved in caring for their children.

"The significance of having the father present is paramount to the child's well-being," he says.

Holland wants to earn his GED and train to become a computer programmer. He hopes the program will change his life for the better, just like his daughter, Aysia.

"I know that my rewards will be great if I do my job like I'm supposed to," he says.

Currently, there are 75 men involved in the program that follows dads for a year. For more information about the Fatherhood Initiative program, you can call




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