WARREN - The Trumbull County Fatherhood Initiative is seeking all moms of special needs children to provide input at a special gathering for dads and their children.
The event is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 309 N. Park Ave.
Charles Daniels of Community Solutions said the event will be a fathers' summit, with the idea of inviting and giving the moms the opportunity to share their views and feelings while dads are with the children.
Moms are being sought to increase the positive male involvement in a child's life and learn how to better communicate with fathers about a child's needs.
Daniels said the idea is to get feedback from the moms that will help dads.
"It makes dads more effective when the moms, who are usually the gatekeepers to the children, understand what our goals are. The moms usually get the information we send out first. We want the moms to be an active participants in sharing information and enlightening the dads to things they may not know,'' said Ron Shadd, program facilitator.
He said the moms can provide suggestions to help dads at home.
Daniels said when the moms are sharing information the dads will be taking part in a special activity with the children.
The event is free. To register, call 330-984-4318.
Cheryl Smith, director of Collaboration Station, said the classes are under way for fathers at the Alliance Community Outreach Center.
"The Trumbull County Fatherhood Initiative is a great example of a public and private partnership which provides a much-needed benefit to fathers of children with and without disabilities. This program provides tools to assist fathers to spend meaningful quality time with their children,'' Edward Stark, executive director of Trumbull County Fairhaven Program, said.
''This collaborative project not only is a benefit to these fathers, but has a positive impact on the entire community, " Stark said.
A recent program was to help dads better communicate with their children by being better listeners.
Smith said the goal is to have fathers more involved in their children's lives by raising awareness.