Summit held to engage fathers, strengthen families across Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- On Friday Kentucky Fatherhood Summit explored the best methods of outreach to fathers for the purpose of leveraging their individual experiences and abilities for the betterment of children, families, communities and the Commonwealth.

The summit featured a discussion of the vital role fathers play in healthy childhood development and prevention of childhood poverty.

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Statewide data shows that in seven counties, the number of children living with a single mother is as high as 40 percent. The data also shows 13 percent of Kentucky children have an incarcerated parent, compared to the national average of 7 percent.

Earlier this year, the organization received a statewide strategic planning grant from the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN).

The organization will develop and maintain a repository of data related to the state of fathers in Kentucky, while increasing programing through a collaboration of social service professionals.