January 24, 2018
D.C. Officials Among Invited Guests for Midlands Documentary Premiere
On January 11, the Midlands Fatherhood Coalition and the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families hosted the second screening of the “Facing Early Fatherhood” documentary. The event was held at Richland Library- Sandhills in Columbia, South Carolina.
"Facing Early Fatherhood" takes a look at the choices and challenges of becoming a father at an early age. Dialo Sanchez, a former MFC participant was featured in the film.
More than 150 invited guests gathered to view the documentary which examines the choices and challenges of becoming a father at an early age. The SCCFF also hosted some special guests from the Office of Child Support Enforcement and Administration for Children and Families in Washington, D.C. who attended the screening. Commissioner Scott Lekan, OCSE; James Murray, Senior Advisor of the Office of Program Innovation, OCSE; and Warren Negri, Special Assistant of the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary, ACF. The Office of Child Support Enforcement is a part of the Administration for Children and Families with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Warren Negri , Special Assistant of the Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary, ACF; SCCFF President Pat Littlejohn; OCSE Commissioner Scott Lekan; and James Murray, Senior Advisor of the Office of Program Innovation, OCSE attend the second screening of "Facing Early Fatherhood".
Earlier in the day, Lekan, Murray and Negri spent time with fathers in the fatherhood program at Midlands Fatherhood Coalition. They attended a group session with program participants to gain a better understanding of program content and to hear fathers talk about how they have benefited from the program.
Lekan, Murray and Negri attend a group session at Midlands Fatherhood Program.
The screening served as a community forum for educators, health and human service providers, state and local government officials and civic leaders to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding teen pregnancy and the needs of young fathers in the community.
Following the screening, the audience participated in a panel discussion featuring parenting expert Jim Rogers; educator and CEO of Mothers of Black Boys, Jacquetta Chatman; Attorney James Shadd III; Human Services Coordinator Rena’ Miller-Vinson with the Child Support Enforcement Division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services and Santanna Hayes, manager with Midlands Fatherhood Coalition.
Midlands Fatherhood Coalition Manager Santanna Hayes answers a question from the audience during a panel discussion, while Rena' Miller-Vinson with the Child Support Division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services looks on. Attorney James Shadd (left), Mothers of Black Boys CEO Jacquetta Chatman (right) and parenting expert Jim Rogers (not pictured) were the featured panelists at the documentary premiere.
The next documentary premiere is scheduled for February 22 at Spartanburg Community College in Spartanburg, SC and will be presented in partnership with Upstate Fatherhood Coalition. Planning has begun for screenings in Darlington and Charleston counties.
The SCCFF will continue to use the documentary as a tool to raise awareness about issues facing young fathers and to gain support for fatherhood programs statewide.