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Larenz Tate to keynote 6th annual Fatherhood Solution Conference

Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and Their At-Risk Children

OW Staff Writer | 6/13/2013, midnight
Larenz Tate

Larenz Tate, whose acting credits include the television show “Rescue Me” and films such as “Ray,” “Love Jones,” “Crash,” and “Menace II Society,” will keynote the 6th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference hosted by the Children’s Institute Inc.

The conference will be held on Friday, June 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Renaissance Los Angeles Hotel. The conference is themed “Strengthening Relationships Between Fathers and Their At-Risk Children,” and joins nationally recognized experts, parents, and the community for a daylong exploration of the most important issues related to fatherhood and healthy marriage.

Tate will speak to an audience of more than 400 Los Angeles-based community service providers, including probation officers, social workers, policy advocates, government representatives, mental health professionals, public health professionals, and concerned community members on the importance of fathers in underserved communities from a specialized and culturally sensitive perspective.

Among the speakers will be Judge Michael Nash, actors Anthony Anderson and Kellita Smith.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America—one out of three—live in biological father-absent homes, creating a “father factor” in nearly all of the social issues facing America today, including poverty, emotional and behavioral problems, maternal and child health, education, crime, incarceration, childhood obesity, teenage pregnancy and sexual activity, child abuse, and drug and alcohol abuse.

The Children’s Institute’s Project Fatherhood is a nationally recognized program that gives fathers the opportunity to play a meaningful role in their children’s lives.

According to Director Alan-Michael Graves, the program serves at-risk children, youth and families throughout Los Angeles County.

For more information, call (213) 260-7604.