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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sep 20, 2006    #143
Contact: Eve McGee, UMKC School of Nursing
(816) 235-1769

Forum on fatherhood happening Oct. 5

The Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council, Operation Breakthrough/St. Vincent’s and University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Nursing invites the community, especially men, to an action-oriented session focused on fatherhood.

The forum on fatherhood is taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Center, 3700 Blue Parkway. It will be the first of several sessions to be offered over the next several months. Sessions are free and open to all men, fathers and father figures alike.

Funded by the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the forum will address the issues of fathering in Kansas City minority communities. It will be an uplifting occasion with speakers, food, entertainment and more.

According to the National Center on Fathering (fathers.com), fatherlessness is linked to poverty, high school dropout rates, crime, adolescent drug use and teenage pregnancy. Currently, more than 27 million children — 39 percent of all U.S. children — live apart from their fathers. Even when a father is present in the home, he often is absent emotionally because of the lack of skills to be effectively involved.

For more information about the fatherhood forum, contact Eve McGee, (816) 235-1769, mcgeee@umkc.edu.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

The UMKC School of Nursing offers a wide range of clinical experiences, research and specialty opportunities. Affiliated clinical facilities include Truman Medical Center, Children's Mercy Hospital and nearly 100 community-wide facilities in the Kansas City metro area. For more information about the UMKC School of Nursing, please visit: www.umkc.edu/nursing/.

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