State Rep Thomas E. West (D-Canton) today announced his appointment to the bipartisan Ohio Commission on Fatherhood, a statewide commission that seeks to enhance the well-being of Ohio’s children by providing opportunities and resources to help fathers become better parents, partners and providers.
“I am honored to have been chosen to serve on the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood. Supporting fathers is critical to improving the lives of children and strengthening our communities,” said West. “Many fathers have not had the opportunity to learn positive parenting skills or how to process emotions. Providing essential services and programming to fathers can help prevent child abuse and neglect, and empower fathers to take charge of their lives and care for their families in a way that contributes to the well-being of women, children and families alike.”
The commission was created through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and seeks to strengthen vulnerable Ohio families by funding community based programs that serve low-income fathers and promote father engagement. In addition to funding fatherhood programs throughout the state, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood makes policy recommendations regarding fathers, engages the community and trains county leaders on how to promote responsible fatherhood.
Rep. West will serve on the commission alongside directors of state agencies, a Governor’s designee, other members of the Ohio House and Senate and citizens chosen by the Governor due to their extensive involvement in fatherhood issues.