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DHS Celebrates Child Support Awareness Month with Focus on Fathers

Community resource fair, launch of fatherhood program planned for August

 

The Child Support Division of Denver Human Services (DHS) has a simple message to convey during August’s Child Support Awareness Month activities: “It’s more than just money.”

“A father’s involvement in his child’s life can lead to better outcomes in education, emotional security, and social connections,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “It’s about focusing our efforts on not only making sure parents are financially in compliance, but are also more informed about and involved with their child.”

To this end, the month of August will see the launch of a new Fatherhood Program as well as a free community Family & Fatherhood Fair. Throughout the month, Child Support Services will offer incentives for child support debt reduction and opportunities for the reinstatement of suspended driver’s licenses for those who are delinquent in payments.

“Kids are safer when they have parents that are engaged in their lives,” DHS Executive Director Don Mares said. “Our new Fatherhood Program and the services it provides will help fathers gain the skills and support they need to ‘be there’ for their children, both financially and otherwise.”

The Fatherhood Program, which officially launches Aug. 1, utilizes partnerships in the community to provide job skills, employment assistance, educational programs, and basic wellness needs customized for each participant. Fatherhood coordinators will work directly with individuals to overcome barriers so they can better support their children. Participating fathers will also have access to support groups, workshops, and an ongoing Nurturing Fathers Class presented by the DHS C.A.R.E. Center.

The community can learn first-hand about the program as well as opportunities to reduce past-due balances for child support at the Family & Fatherhood Fair on Aug. 10 (3-8 p.m.). Held outside the Richard T. Castro Center at 1200 Federal Blvd., the Family & Fatherhood Fair will have free food, entertainment, prize giveaways, health screenings, and activities for kids, including face painting and a photo booth. Lawyers and case managers will be on hand to answer questions about child support.

For more information about the Fatherhood Program or the Family & Fatherhood Fair, contact Child Support Services at 720-944-2960.