Build a Mom and Dad Workshops
What inspired this program?
As a young person I, LeTeisha Gordon the founder of A Better Day Association, was tremendously impacted by the absence of family members due to incarceration, divorce, and deployment. Their absence affected me socially, physically, and mentally. I was an introverted youth that felt abandoned and largely incapable because of the lack of parental and adult guidance. I had problems with communication, self-control, decision making, goal setting, gaining, and giving respect.
After my Father returned home I noticed the disconnection between us. As an adult, I realized other kids were affected by the same issues I endured as a youth and as an adult. However, after much research, I failed to find programs that focused on these issues. Therefore, I developed The Build-A-Dad/Build-A-Mom Workshop to address these issues to help families better cope with the separation that has occurred.
To diminish the trauma caused by Incarceration, Divorce, Deployment separations. We coordinate wraparound services, conduct bonding visits, and advocate for stronger policies to strengthen the bond between children and their parent(s).
Philip White delivering the Build a Dad Workshop, he is an experienced social worker and leader at The Fatherhood Initiative Program