Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood’s Annual Symposium Gives Survival Tactics for Single Dads by JefferyLeving

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									                                                                                     Dec 6, 2012

                                                                      For Immediate Release

      Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood’s Annual
       Symposium Gives Survival Tactics for Single Dads
CHICAGO - December 6, 2012 – Governor-appointed Chairman Jeffery M. Leving will host
the Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood’s (ICRF) annual symposium on December 8th
starting at 2PM at the Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago. This
free symposium will focus on critical issues facing single and divorced fathers today. The
council’s goal is to increase the number of children in Illinois that grow up with a responsible
father in their lives.

The symposium is comprised of a series of professionals who will present on a wide range of
fatherhood-related topics including the benefits of mediation over litigation, surviving DCFS
investigations and empowering fathers. The council is made up of experts from all facets of
the professional world, each immensely dedicated to supporting single and divorced dads in
Illinois.

Chairman Leving, attorney and author of the book How to Be a Good Divorced Dad (Jossey-
Bass 2012), has spent his life making significant strides for paternal involvement.

“Absentee fathers are an all too common issue that needs to be remedied. The ICRF is here
to provide a solution by promoting positive involvement and contributing resources to
support fathers,” said Chairman Leving.

Positive father involvement has been shown to improve test scores, reduce the likelihood of
teenage pregnancy, and encourage confidence in children. Chairman Leving and council
members of ICRF want to ensure that fathers recognize how critical they are in their
children’s futures and their success as positive members of their community.

The statewide symposium will be held at Hyde Park Art Center on December 8, 2012 from
2PM – 4PM. The Hyde Park Art Center is located at 5020 South Cornell Avenue in Chicago.
This community event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend. It is important to
RSVP as space is limited.

For more information, go to www.responsiblefatherhood.illinois.gov .

Attorney Jeffery M. Leving is a pioneer in fathers’ rights, co-authoring the Illinois Joint
Custody Law. Follow him at @fathersmatter on Twitter.

To schedule an interview with an ICRF representative, please contact Jennifer Whiteside at
312.296.3666.


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