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Fatherhood Clark County is Clark County, Ohio's official mobilization initiative to promote and celebrate heathy fathering for the benefit of our community's children. FCC ia suported by a combination of private and public funding and operates under the 501(c)3 of Urban Light Ministries, Inc., it's fiscal agent.





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 Images from 2014 My Dad ROCKS Art & Essay Awards.

Win a Kindle E-Reader, and other great prizes! Dads win awards, too!




For a My Dad ROCKS manual submission form contact:

Corey Holliday -  hollidayc@clarkstate.edu


Shelly Huntington - huntington_s@yahoo.com





Local Single Dad Shares His Inspiring

Story of Challenge and Triumph


A highlight of the first Healthy Fathering Seminar was the inspirational testimony of Craig Sample, a local single father of two children. The audience was in awe as Mr. Sample spoke of the difficulties of a physical disability, substance abuse recovery, relationship failures, part time parenting of a young daughter, and fulltime parenting of a born-addicted infant.

The Healthy Fathering Seminar was held on Friday, March 20, 2015. The special learning opportunity was organized by Fatherhood Clark County and was hosted by Clark State Community College. Targeting frontline agency staff, the 34 seminar attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast courtesy of Turner Foundation and several informative presentations. Presenters included FCC Director Eli Williams, Urban Light Ministries Fatherhood Division Director Darryl Grayson, CCDJFS Child Support Division Director Thomas McGrath, Child Welfare Trainer Nancy Mahoney, and Springfield City School District Superintendent David Estrop.

Sample testified appreciatingly of the the people, programs, and agencies that have assisted him on his healthy fathering journey to becoming all the dad his children need. Craig was a participant in the inaugural Nurtuing Fathers for Life class at Urban Light Ministries in late 2006. He credited the program with inspiring him. One of his messages to fathers is: "Attend appointments with agencies, and follow through on commitments". Congratulations, Craig Sample on a healthy fathering job being done well!

Craig Sample Wows Healthy Father Seminar Audience

Fatherhood Commission of Clark County thanks the seminar planning committee (Marilyn Demma, Corey Holliday, Leslie Crew, Andrea Massaro, and Eli Williams), Clark State Community College, Turner Foundation, and Urban Light Ministries.



Fatherhood Clark County depends upon private contributions. Support FCC with a financial gift today through Urban Light Ministries. DONATE NOW.






Ohio Commission on Fatherhood sponsored a Community Mobilization Webinar on October 30, 2014 featuring Fatherhood Clark County. In it, FCC Director Eli Williams presented an overview of Clark County's effort to create a sustainable movement to increase the number of local children who are growing up with the benefit of present, active, and skilled fathers.

Watch the Community Mobilization Webinar by clicking here.  

To download the Webinar Power Point presentation, click here.



7 Ohio Fatherhood Programs are Achievement Award Winners!

FCC Director Eli Williams accepted the award at the Ohio Fatherhood Summit on May 22, 2014

Seven programs in Ohio were recently recognized by the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF) for implementing an innovative program that promotes healthy and responsible fatherhood.  Fatherhood Clark County, The Ridge Project, Passages Connecting Fathers and Families, the Fairfield County Visitation Center, No Kidding Ohio, WSOS Community Action, and Summit County Children Services were honored for their exemplary models of achievement in promoting healthy fatherhood.   

Dr. Brian Moore, OPNFF President, stated “The hope is that these seven programs will inspire other program leaders to apply for a Fatherhood Achievement Award.”  All award winners will be listed in a compendium of best practices. The compendium will be shared with more than 1,200 fatherhood advocates, practitioners, and partners, including the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. 

OPNFF, Ohio University, and the Ohio Fatherhood Commission are partnering in a fatherhood initiative to improve networking and inform community, academic, and government leaders. Brian Moore added “OPNFF is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, and we are so pleased to recognize innovative fatherhood programs and services and to share information with our partners.”

Read about the awarded programs here: http://ohiofathers.org/fatherhood_achievement_award_winners.asp