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Fatherhood workshop set for May 17

Mark Perlman believes every child deserves a nuturing father, someone who “actively provides guidance, love and support to enhance the development and growth of the children for whom he cares.”

Perlman is the author of the Nurturing Fathers Program, a nationally acclaimed parenting educator and facilitator of father program. He has developed an evidence-based program that has captured hearts of families, father advocates and consultants throughout the country.

The FATHER Project in Park Rapids announces that Perlman, from Sarasota, Fla., will be guest speaker at a special workshop for providers, fathers and families and the public on Friday, May 17.

The free, day-long event will be held at Northern Pines Assembly Grounds with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and Continuing Educations Units (CEUs) will be available.

Citizen Fathers from Minneapolis will also be featured guests at the event. The Citizen Father Project, an extension of the FATHER Project, allows fathers to develop as leaders and apply personal lessons they’ve learned to impact the broader community.

“We are so excited for Mark Perlman and Citizen Fathers to visit our community,” says Cleo Hartung, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Community Health Violence Prevention Coordinator. “Their expertise and message will help to promote our fatherhood work for families in our area.”

Perlman has prepared a special agenda on “Nurturing Fathers” for the May 17 audience. He plans to talk about the importance of fathers, how parenting is learned, tips for being a great dad, helping fathers engage their children, recent research on nurturing and testosterone and more.

The FATHER Project in Hubbard County, event hosts, is a program of St. Joseph’s Community Health and Goodwill/ Easter Seals Minnesota.

Hartung notes that the local FATHER Project is in the process of forming a Citizen Fathers unit locally.

The FATHER Project in Minneapolis was established in 1999 to empower fathers to overcome barriers that prevent them from supporting their children economically and emotionally.

The FATHER Project concept provides holistic services that center around supporting personal development and the development of parenting skills.

Those interested in attending the workshop are asked to call Hartung at 237-5475.

Northern Pines Assembly Grounds is located at 20033 County 1 north of Park Rapids.