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July 12, 2017

Father Focus: Scott Arthmann

 

Scott Arthmann reads to his 6-year-old son. Scott completed the MFC program in December 2016.

Even though the relationship with his child's mother had gone sour, Scott always made time to see his six-year-old son every weekend. Being present in his son's life and providing emotional support to his child came easy to him. Managing his financial obligations did not.

While driving one night, Scott was pulled over for an expired license plate. During that stop, Scott learned that a warrant for his arrest had been issued for failure to pay child support.

Scott spent 30 days in jail and lost his job. Upon his release, he was court-ordered to attend the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition program.

Scott admits he was ambivalent about being a part of the program. "I didn't need anyone to tell me how to be a good dad. I was a failure at keeping my finances together, but not at being a good dad", he recalled. His perspective changed once he started the program. MFC taught him how to navigate the child support system and prepare for getting a new job. "Midlands Fatherhood Coalition taught me that paying something is better than paying nothing", he said.  Scott eventually got his driver's license back and began working at a local steel company. He now works with a computer networking solutions manufacturer.

With his life back on track, Scott and his son's mother rekindled their relationship. They now live together as a family. Scott believes without the help of the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, he would still be struggling.  "Midlands Fatherhood Coalition taught me to care about myself so that I can take care of my child", he said.