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The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood Chair Jeffery Leving and DCFS Director Erwin McEwen Will Keynote Fatherhood Empowerment Speech

The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood Chair Jeffery Leving and DCFS Director Erwin McEwen Will  Keynote Fatherhood Empowerment Speech

Chicago, IL – August 5, 2011 – Atty. Jeffery M. Leving, Chair of The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood, and DCFS Director Erwin McEwen will deliver the keynote speech at the critical Strengthening Fathers to Strengthen Families Forum. The event is presented by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Permanency Action Team in collaboration with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It is to take place on September 24th between 8:00 am and 12:30 pm at E. St. Louis Higher Education Center,E. St. Louis,IL.

Atty-Chair Leving recently gave the keynote speech at the Fathers’ Factor Forum at theHaymarketCenterinChicago, which works on White House Faith Based and Community Initiatives. Director McEwen moderated a panel discussion following Leving’s speech.

The Illinois Council on Responsible Fatherhood (http://responsiblefatherhood.illinois.gov) is a state commission established by the Illinois State Legislature to promote the positive involvement of both parents in the lives of their children. The mission of the Council is to significantly increase the number of children inIllinoisthat grow up with a responsible father in their lives.

“The relationship between a father and a child is of a vital importance. Teen and disadvantaged fathers need to be educated concerning the responsibility of fatherhood and advised on how to proceed with child custody, visitation and support issues,” commented Atty-Chair Leving.

Named one of “America’s Best Lawyers” by Forbes Radio, Leving also co-authored legislation forIllinois, such as the Right to DNA Testing Notice and Unlawful Visitation and Parenting Time Interference Laws, as well as the Joint Custody Law.