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Erie County Department of Social Services Announces Fatherhood Connection

By July 17, 2017August 2nd, 2017No Comments

Parenting and Personal Development for Fathers and Father Figures

ERIE COUNTY, NY— The Erie Department of Social Services has announced Fatherhood Connection: Men’s Parenting and Personal Development Group.  This 13 week series of classes empowers men of any age, fathers, and father figures to be better parents to the children in their lives.  The Fatherhood Connection is co-sponsored by Say Yes to Education Buffalo, Reggie L. Cox, and the Greater Faith Bible Tabernacle.

The Fatherhood Connection classes will be led by Reggie L. Cox. Mr. Cox has over 25 years of experience in Human Services. He facilitated the Fathers’ program in Rochester for 12 years.  Mr. Cox has established Fatherhood Connection programs in Monroe, Livingston, Seneca, Steuben, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Genesee counties.

As part of the Fatherhood Connection, fathers and father-figures will be equipped with skills to become more confident and competent fathers, partners, and leaders in the community. Fathers will gain an understanding of their attitudes toward parenting, children, family, relationships, and life. Fathers will increase their understanding of child development and will learn age-appropriate discipline techniques. Fathers will be empowered to utilize resources to meet parenting, housing, employment, educational, and vocational needs.

“The Fatherhood Connection program is an exciting new collaboration with Say Yes to Education Buffalo and the Greater Faith Tabernacle designed to empower men to be better fathers,” said Social Services Commissioner Al Dirschberger. “Fathers and Father-figures will learn program solving skills, proactive responses to life stressors, and how to form and maintain healthy relationships.”

Classes in the 13 week Fatherhood Connection series will cover Boyhood, Fatherhood, Parenting, Communication Skills, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Values & Behaviors, Problem Solving, and Healthy Relationships, among others. Classes run Thursday evenings 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM beginning July 13th through October 12th.

Individuals interested in participating in Fatherhood Connection may contact John Przybyl, Supervisor, ECDSS, at (716) 858-8767 or via email at

Hannah Holden /
Phone: (716)858-8679 / Mobile: (716) 239-9753