102011Jun

Health Department to Join Local Organizations for Father’s Day Rally

Event designed to foster stronger relationships between fathers and children


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2011

BURLINGTON – Father’s Day weekend means more than just gifts and pampering by loved ones.  For some Alamance County fathers, it means building stronger relationships with their children.

The Men’s Empowering Resource Center (MERC) will hold its second annual Father’s Day Rally on Saturday, June 18, from 10:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. at the North Park Community Center.

The event is a partnership between the MERC, the Alamance County Health Department’s Teen Outreach Program, Burlington Housing Authority, Alamance-Caswell LME, Adolescent Health Partnership, and the Alamance Alliance.

The free event, which will include food, entertainment, competitive games, and interactive educational exhibits, is designed to foster the positive impact of father involvement.

According to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data, over 24 million children live apart from their biological fathers.  That is 1 out of every 3 (33%) children in America. Nearly 2 in 3 (64%) African American children live in father-absent homes.  One in three (34%) Hispanic children, and 1 in 4 (25%) white children live in father-absent homes.  In 1960, only 11% of children lived in father-absent homes.

For more information about the MERC Father’s Day Rally, please contact Zoe Walker (336) 684-8073.