News & Perspectives

News & Perspectives


On Friday, June 17, we held a Focus on Fatherhood forum where we discussed the vital role dads play in the lives of their children, and where the work of the Children’s Trust Fatherhood Initiative is headed. Our panel of experts in child development, parenting education, and family support shared research and best practices on engaging fathers.

Our Presenters

Milton Kotelchuck, PhD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School & Sr. Scientist, Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy, Mass General Hospital for Children. 

Research interests include the racial disparities in birth outcomes and child health, health data policy, and fatherhood initiatives. 

David E. Sullivan
Northwestern District Attorney and Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Hampshire and Franklin counties, and town of Athol.  

As District Attorney, Mr. Sullivan has embraced a community prosecution model that blends smart and fair prosecutions, crime prevention, law enforcement partnerships and community collaboration to build safer communities.

Vuthy Chhum, MSW
Forensic Clinician & Nurturing Fathers Program Coordinator, Hampshire County Sherriff's Office.

The Nurturing Fathers Program inside the jail and in the community at the Northampton Recovery Center works in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families, District Attorney’s Office, Probation, Probate Court, and Aftercare Support services for community members post-release. 

Our Moderator

Chris White, MPA, BA
Fatherhood Initiative Coordinator, The Children's Trust 

Dedicated to supporting early education, parenting, and family support providers to ensure the delivery of high-quality services to families.

“This program [Healthy Families] does something no other home visiting program does, it doesn’t merely welcome fathers, it expects fathers, it encourages its people to have fathers present at the home visit."
- Dr. Milton Kotelchuck

Watch our Focus on Fatherhood forum below

When fathers are actively involved in their children's lives, the whole family thrives.

The Children's Trust 2022 Fatherhood Committee

George Atanasov, Children’s Trust Board Chair, Johnson & Johnson
Dan Connelly, ML Strategies
Chris Dunn, UMass Amherst
Hubert James, Medallia
Tom Martin, Spero Therapeutics
Francis Orlando, UCB
Eric Solfisburg, MassMutual
Zachary Stanley, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

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