EC Social Services announces Fatherhood Connection initiative

Modified: July 14, 2017 4:02pm

The Erie County Department of Social Services has announced the formation of Fatherhood Connection: Men's Parenting and Personal Development Group, a 13-week series of classes aimed at empowering men of any age, including both fathers and father figures, to be better parents to the children in their lives. The Fatherhood Connection is tri-sponsored by Say Yes to Education Buffalo, program facilitator Reggie L. Cox, and the Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle.


Classes will be directed by Cox, who led the Father's program in Rochester for 12 years, also having more than 25 years of experience in Human Services. Cox has established Fatherhood Connection programs in the following counties in NYS: Monroe, Livingston, Seneca, Steuben, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Genesee. As part of Fatherhood Connection, fathers and father figures learn life skills that increase their understanding of child development and learning age-appropriate discipline techniques. Fathers will also be empowered to utilize resources to meet parenting, housing, employment, educational and vocational needs. 


Classes in the 13-week Fatherhood Connection series will cover the following topics: Boyhood, Fatherhood, Parenting, Communication Skills, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Values and Behaviors, Problem Solving, and Healthy Relationships. Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m., having started on July 13, 2017 and ending October 12, 2017. Classes take place at Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle, located at 391 Edison St., Buffalo, 14215. 


Individuals interested in participating in Fatherhood Connection may contact John Przybyl, Social Case Supervisor in ECDSS, at 858-8767 or via e-mail at .