Fathers & Family Network (FFN) Meetings

Fathers & Family Network (FFN) Meetings

Scheduled Fathers & Family Network (FFN) Meetings for our fiscal year 2022 are listed below. FFN meetings include topical presentations and discussions as well as networking and collaboration opportunities. The result is increased competency for professionals, better coordination of services, and greater public awareness of the important role that fathers have in families.

Berkshire County Region

Region Lead: 18 Degrees
Coordinator: Cassandra Pugh, cpugh@18degreesma.org
Facilitators: Cassandra Pugh and Versie Moore


Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon
Resilience, Maria Sirois, Psy.D.  

Friday, November 12, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon
Social Connections, J.C. Williams

Thursday, January 20, 2022, 10:00 am - Noon
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, Jeannie Fitzgerald

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 10:00 am - Noon
Concrete Support in Times of Need, Jean Clarke-Mitchell 

Boston Metro Region

Region Lead: The Children's Trust
Coordinator: Michael Ramos, michael.ramos@mass.gov
Facilitator: Michael Ramos


Friday, October 22, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon
Topic TBD

Thursday, December 16, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon 
Topic TBD

Thursday, February 24, 2022, 10:00 am - Noon 
Topic TBD

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 10:00 am - Noon
Topic TBD

Central Massachusetts Region

Coordinator: Melvin Booker, melvinbook28@gmail.com
Facilitator: Melvin Booker

Meetings to be announced.

Greater Lawrence Region

Region Lead: Family Services of Merrimack Valley
Coordinator: Betsy Green, bgreen@fsmv.org
Facilitator: Betsy Green

Meetings to be announced.

South Coast Region

Region Lead: United Neighbors of Fall River
Coordinator: Wendy Garf-Lipp, wendy@unfr.org
Facilitator: Wendy Garf-Lipp


October 25, 2021, 11:30am-2:30pm
He's Always Been My Son, Janna Barkin  

November 22, 2021, 10:00am-Noon
Separating the Toxicity from Masculinity, Sean Connell 

December 6, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm
Erik Vecere the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)

January 31, 2022, Time TBD
Where are the Good Jobs and Careers, Maddrey Goode 

Southeastern Massachusetts Region

Region Lead: Cape Cod Children's Place
Coordinator: Cindy Horgan, chorgan@capecodchildrensplace.com
Facilitators: Jack Miller and Paul Melville


Monday, October 25, 2021, 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
He’s Always Been My Son, Janna Barkin

Monday, December 6, 2021, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI)

Western Massachusetts Region

Region Lead: Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Coordinator: Nancy Ritz, nritz@eliotchs.org
Facilitator: Nancy Ritz


Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon
Co-parenting, Stanley & Hyacinth Bernard  

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 10:00 am - Noon
Supporting LGBTQ Youth and Families, Janis Lily, LGBTQ+ Family Pride 

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, Time TBD   
Fatherhood and Incarceration, Daryl McGraw, MA, CAC, CCJP, Formerly Inc, Founder

Tuesday, May 3, 2022, Noon - 2:00 pm
Unmasking Toxic Masculinity, Katie Brown Educational Program