Department of Family Services – Children and Families

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-7500
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building
Fairfax, VA 22035

Oriane Eriksen,
Director

Fatherhood Awareness Month - Proclamation

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Fatherhood Awareness Month Proclamation 2020

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed June 2020, as Fatherhood Awareness Month, a time to raise public awareness of the importance of a father’s engagement with his children and family.

WHEREAS, research demonstrates that children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, confident to explore their surroundings and have better social connections as they grow older; and

WHEREAS, with fathers actively engaged, children are less vulnerable to the risks of childhood poverty, mental illness, juvenile delinquency, youth sexual activity, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and failure to complete high school; and

WHEREAS, involvement of fathers in the lives of their children increases the likelihood of success in social skills, academic performance, adult careers, employment goals and involved parenting skills for their future families; and

WHEREAS, programs in Fairfax County to help fathers gain parenting skills and economic self-sufficiency include Healthy Families Fairfax; the Head Start Policy Council; the Father Engagement and Parent Education programs in collaboration with Neighborhood and Community Services; and additional county and community-based agencies; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all residents of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim June 2020, as

Fatherhood Awareness Month

in Fairfax County to raise public awareness of the importance of fatherhood and the importance of a father’s engagement with his children and family.

Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 
Walter L. Alcorn, Supervisor Hunter Mill District
May 5, 2020

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