Helping Men Become Better Fathers

The joint mission of the Summit County Fatherhood Initiative (SCFI) and the National Fatherhood Initiative is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers.


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Our Mission

Our mission is to help men become better fathers through education and resources. We equip them with the skills and resources they need to become involved, responsible, and committed parents. The end result is stronger families and children who grow up to become involved, responsible adults.

Our programs are available to you whether you are custodial or non-custodial parent. Browse through our website to find the resources you need to become a happier family.

Community Steering Committee

The members of the Community Steering Committee assists SCFI in strengthening its programs and identifying resources that will help fathers and their families.

Bruce Alexander, County of Summit, Director of Detention Services

Jennifer Bheam, County of Summit, Director, Child Support Enforcement Agency

Charles Brown , City of Akron, Police Department, Assistant Chief of Police

Magistrate Ron Cable, County of Summit, Magistrate, Domestic Relations Court

Pat Divoky, County of Summit, Director, Dept of Job & Family Services

John Galonski, County of Summit, Chief Assistant Prosecutor

Bill Hauser, PhD, University of Akron, Interim Assistant Dean, Director Graduate Programs in Business, College of Business Administration

Devoe Johnson, United Way of Summity County, Senior Director, Community Impact

Teresa LeGrair, Akron Community Foundation, Community Investment Officer

Katerina Papas, Summit County Childrens Services, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel

Carla Sibley, Akron Public Schools, Director, Community Relations

Cazzell M. Smith, Sr, East Akron Neighborhood Development Corp.,

Judge Thomas Teodosio, County of Summit, Court of Common Pleas

Sue Tucker, SC Domestic Relations Court, Director of Community Outreach


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Join Us!

Build your skills in relating to your children.  Join us April 30th, 9:00 - 11:00 am, for a FREE session to hear about Habit 6: Synergize, from the nationally recognized course entitled The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad.

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Join us in Barberton for the The 7 Habits of a 24/7 Dad® Fatherhood Series - Saturdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm starting April 30 at Barberton Elementary East. Child care is available. Admission is FREE!

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Fame Fathers Walk

On September 22, 2016, thousands of fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, godfathers, cousins, and other significant male caregivers and mentors will walk or drive their children to school to show their support of their children's education. Show your commitment to your children's education - join the Fame Fathers Walk!

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