The experiences that our children have today will determine our future as a state and nation. It’s critical that young men and women have strong, positive father figures in their lives. I’ve attended the DFFC’s Devoted Dads’ Summit for several years, and always come away with a feeling of pride and enthusiasm from the participants striving to make a difference in the lives of children. It is my hope that more Delaware fathers see the DFFC as a valued resource and work toward supporting and guiding their own children. The future of our community depends on it.
John C. Carney, Jr.
United States House of Representatives
I am totally thrilled to be able to speak on behalf of the DFFC’s Delaware Devoted Dads Summit. There are many social ills tormenting our society today and many of them can be drawn back to the absence of a father or male role model present in the lives of so many children. For several years now I have attended the Devoted Dads Summit and have been energized by the messages brought by the keynote speakers as well as the many workshops and leaders available to those in attendance. We truly need more efforts like the DFFC.
Director, Education & Outreach
In today's society, Fatherhood and family structure are a key component to the survival of families. As a member of the Delaware Fatherhood and Family Coalition, we continue to provide resources to help fathers and families stay united or to reunite. The DFFC influence in Delaware is vital by imparting information to help the family unit. The annual Delaware Devoted Dads Conference is an example of how the DFFC provides information. The workshops provided are geared towards topics that men want to hear about such as child support enforcement. As a dad, I am very glad to have a resource like the DFFC.
Larry M. Morris
Former Wilmington NAACP President
Longtime Community Leader
Having participated in the early stages of the DFFC efforts, I can say the model of coalition building has profoundly positioned this grassroots organization to drive advocacy and collaboration within and beyond the State of Delaware. I believe unequivocally the DFFC has heightened the effectiveness of the community's voice, enhanced legitimacy of its existence and enabled greater accessibility to resources that otherwise might have been unreachable to its constituents.
Guiding Light Consulting, LLC - Founder
The Delaware Fatherhood and Families Coalition is a great asset to the State of Delaware. This coalition seeks to raise awareness about the important role that fathers play in our communities. The Coalition seeks to be a resource to the community to provide education, spark dialogue, and facilitate trainings that educate community members, policy makers and practitioners around barriers and opportunities for fathers. From town hall meetings, to the Ambassador trainings, to the Barbershop Community Dialogues, the DFFC is spreading the message that active fathers are a key component for creating safe, healthy, thriving families and communities.
Cassandra Codes-Johnson, MPA
Director Community Health
Delaware Division of Public Health
The DFFC annual summits are absolutely phenomenal! Attendees and participates alike are empowered with a deeper understanding of the importance of fathers and healthy adult relationship. Every father has the potential to be a positive role in the life of his child/children. The DFFC empowers that potential with a purpose designed to create healthy, strong, and. Prosperous children and families for generations to come. The DFFC is more than a message, it’s a movement that’s making a positive - life changing difference in Delaware and throughout the United States.
Pastor Delandro Walker
Youth Pastor, Christian Growth Ministries
I have seen organizations and programs walk the walk and talk the talk. It is a professional pleasure to find Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition as an organization which truly WALKS their TALK! Over my 20+ years of experience in the profession of Family Development, Engagement & Support and Fatherhood Engagement, as a Certified Fatherhood and Healthy Relationships Practitioner; a Personal & Professional Development Trainer; a Family & Community Partnerships Manager; HS/EHS Federal Reviewer; a Fatherhood & Male Engagement Manager; and a student of Organizational Leaders & Development, I have had the opportunity to work and collaborate with numerous national and local organizations on behalf of healthy outcomes for families and children. My interactions with and observations of DFFC, as faculty during their 2013 Delaware Devoted Dads Summit, are highly rated. The level of professional and personal care, sincere concern for the well being of the fathers and families of Delaware was evident throughout the summit. The conference provided quality and practical information for families and practitioners. I cannot say enough about the level of collaboration among the various stakeholders. To witness the unprecedented level of which the professional entities joined together was simple outstanding! (As I shared with Dr. Nix and Ms. Polk) I was so impressed I wanted to know how I could replicate such a partnership in my state. DFFC is a true COLLABORATION in every sense of the word. Every state should press towards this mark, ensuring it creates such a level of inter-agency connecting to elevate its own positive impacts on families and children. Keep up the phenomenal work DFFC!
Lisa DT Page, D.L., M. Ed.
President & Lead Consultant
As a long-time national conference speaker, rarely do I have the opportunity to participate in conference venues that include policymakers, government officials, local community leaders, community customers and other stakeholders in one environment. DFFC’s annual conference is a rare jewel event that really engages, educates and empowers the entire community. Moreover, I consistently reference the DFFC model in consultation with other clients.
Ron J. Clark
CEO, Ron J. Clark Consultants