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In the Community: Father Project helps overcome barriers to parenting

Pictured, from left: Andrew Freeberg, Father Project director; Guy Bowling, Father Project manager; Damian Winfield, father; DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson; Derek Armstrong, father; and Walter Burk, Central Minnesota Legal Services attorney.

Assisting fathers in overcoming the barriers that prevent them from supporting their children is the aim of the Father Project. Commissioner Lucinda Jesson met in Minneapolis Dec. 12 with representatives of the Minneapolis organization that helps low-income, noncustodial fathers become more involved in their children’s lives.

The Father Project supports fathers economically and emotionally, recognizing that the positive involvement of both parents is important to the healthy development of children and increases their chances of leading a safe, happy childhood. The Father Project is part of Goodwill/Easter Seals, which provides employment, education and other services aimed at helping its clients become independent.

Child Support Enforcement Division recently worked with the Father Project on its strategic planning efforts.

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