CLEARFIELD – Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc. will serve approximately 80 fathers and 120 children, as the Clearfield County Commissioners approved the grant application requests for $30,600 annually for three years from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare/Office of Children Youth and Families for Promoting Responsible Fatherhood.
Laurie Filitske, director of family support, said, there is a 10 percent cash match requirement for $3,400.
She said the services would be provided from family center sites and other community locations. “Our goal is to promote responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.
“Strategies include outreach, individual and group support services and activities for fathers, education and skills training opportunities and adult education, pre-employment and job skills training.”
Commissioner John Sobel said it was a noble project to get involved with, while fathers and children sometimes become disconnected during childhood.
“This would help address that,” he said.
Filitske said the outcomes will prove beneficial for both the parent and child. “It will improve parenting skills, increase involvement with children and improve social and family interactions.”