Inland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children's lives during the 2019 Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 17 conference, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at San Bernardino Valley College at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Attendees can register at https://iefatherhoodconference.eventbrite.com

“The theme of this year’s conference is Connecting Generations and with this conference, we hope to share information and resources that will equip and empower fathers and father figures to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and become more actively engaged in their children’s lives,” said Father Engagement Coordinator Juan Solis. “A father has the power to change the world, one child at a time.”

The conference is a result of collaboration by the Inland Empire Father Involvement Coalition (IEFIC), a group of community-based organizations, county agencies, faith-based organizations, and individuals from various professions working together to reduce father absenteeism and the negative images of fatherlessness.

The mission of the IEFIC is to encourage healthy child development by promoting the involvement, necessity, and value of the role of fathers in the family and community. The coalition is an initiative of San Bernardino County’s Children’s Network.

The Children's Network works to improve the quality of life for children at risk who, because of behavior, abuse, neglect, medical needs, educational assessment and/or detrimental daily living situations are eligible for services from one or more of the member agencies of the Children's Policy Council.

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