3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit

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Thanks so much for registering for the 3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit Tuesday, March 16th-Thurseday, March 18th. Please use the same e-mail address you've registered with to log into the Zoom meeting. If you have not attended a Zoom meeting before, more information on how to download the Zoom app (https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting) or enter a meeting through the web based portal can be found at https://zoom.us/join . If you have any questions please contact amanda.krotke-crandall@dshs.wa.gov We will be using the MURAL digital whiteboarding software during our third day of the summit. There are several videos online to introduce you to MURAL . To learn how to add content to a MURAL board you can watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYaxcTzD6Y&list=PLDZa1OFNww6MPz6QwASaF8fFEQGeiJadL&index=3 You won't need to be a MURAL expert to participate or even used MURAL in the past. Just come and give us your thoughts and ideas to help support fatherhood across the state of Washington. If you have any questions reach out to amanda.krotke-crandall@dshs.wa.gov

3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit

3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit - Resilient Dads: Fathering in Challenging Times

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About this event

The Washington Interagency Fatherhood Council welcomes you to our 3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit!

March 16th, 17th, & 18th 8:30am-12:00 PT

With optional virtual lunch from 12:00-1:00pm PT


This three-morning event will support our mission of lifting the voices of fathers in Washington State by promoting fatherhood inclusion, equity, and value to strengthen families and maximize children’s potential. Visit the Council website for more information.


Fathers, providers, lay and professional leaders, policy makers, philanthropists, and fatherhood advocates for three dynamic mornings of presentations and conversations to help Washington become a state where all men become the fathers they want to be.

You can view a brief agenda below or a full agenda here. You can also read the biographies of our feature speakers here.

Our summit will also have some unique components. We are hosting a photo contest and need your smiles. We know that representation matters but too often the Council and their partners struggle to find pictures of fathers with their kids. Share your pictures so that we can highlight all the amazing fathers in Washington. You can read more about how to enter the contest and its full rules here.

Vroom is here to share simple and fun ways to boost learning for children ages 0-5. Download the free Vroom app on your phone and you’ll discover hundreds of great activities that help your child’s brain grow and help you to bond. Join us March 17th from 12-1pm PT, for a Vroom focus group and tell us what you think about the app and how we can make it work better for dads. You will receive a gift card to compensate you for your time. On the registration page, check that you would like to participate in the Vroom focus group. The first 12 volunteers will be notified by email that they have been selected for the focus group.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This event will be entirely virtual on the Zoom platform for attendees. An individual meeting ID and password is provided once attendees register on the online event page if you have a free Eventbrite account. The Zoom information is also provided at the bottom of your registration confirmation e-mail.

3rd Annual Washington Fatherhood Summit Agenda

full agenda here

Day 1 March 16th

8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome Message.

9:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary 1: “The evolution of a myth made real—re-shaping our father frame!” with Corey B. Best, Mining for Gold founder, Community Curator.

10:15 am – 10:50 am Table Group Discussions-Community Café.

10:50 am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Breakout 1: Stressed Dads: Mental Health Struggles of Fathers from the Perinatal Period and Beyond with John O’Neill LICSW and Terry Britt .

*Breakout 2: Nurturing the Father-Baby Relationship with Dr. Nucha Isarowong LCSW and Nickolas Kasovac MA, IMH-E, OTS Infant Family Specialist.

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Virtual Meetup: All Summit attendees Welcome! Dads, during registration, enter to win a gift certificate to have lunch on us.

DAY 2 March 17th

8:30 am - 9:00 am Welcome Message

9:00 am - 10:15 am Plenary 2: Fatherhood Panel: Fathers telling their stories of accessing services in Challenging Times. Facilitated by Jason Bragg – Parents Representation Program, Social Worker at the King County Office of Public Defense. Panel Members: Temetrius Hollis, Edgar Hernandez Jr, and Nelson Rascon.

10:15 am – 10:45 am Table Group Discussions-Community Café.

10:45am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

*Breakout 3: Developing services that engage and meet the needs of fathers: What we know from research and practice with Dr. Tova Walsh, Dr. Jennifer Bellamy, and Mr. Keoki Kauanoe.

*Breakout 4: WIC –Women Infants and Children – Engaging Dads in the WIC experience with Todd Mountin (WA), Ruben Lopez (CA), and Micah Manu (GA).

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Virtual Meetup: All Summit attendees Welcome! Dads enter to win a gift certificate to have lunch on us.

OR Preregistered VROOM Focus Group

Day 3 March 18th

8:30 am – 9:00 am Welcome Message: Time to Get to Work!

9:00 am - 10:00 am Plenary 3: Alameda Fathers Corps; how can we learn from our California neighbors and build out our supports to fathers and those that serve them in Washington? With Kevin Bremond - Co Founder of Alameda County Fathers Corps – First 5 Alameda County.

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15 am – 10:45 am *Work Session 1: What would Washington want to include in our Washington Fatherhood Principles?

10:45 am – 11:00 am Return to Main ZOOM Room.

• Reconvene and share MURAL Board common themes.

11:00 am-11:30 am *Work Session 2: Prioritize our Fatherhood Principles and Brainstorm training topics that are high on our list to start.

11:30 am -11:40 am Photo Contest Winner Selection!

11:40am -12:00 pm Closing Session

*Please sign up for Breakout sessions during your registration