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The Million Fathers Club, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of fathers residing in New York City, was established to encourage and facilitate more involvement and support of single dads, married dads, widowed dads and surrogate dads in the lives of their children. Assemblyman William Scarborough is Honorary Chair of the Million Fathers Club. The Million Fathers Club is comprised of a coalition of local organizations, agencies, clergy, and non-profits who collectively bring resources to support fathers during their journey as parents. We’ve held conferences, film screenings, Christmas toy giveaways, Family Day in the Park, family friendly events which promote and encourage Dad’s involvement with their children. We’ve amassed resources to help single dads with educational and scholarship information, training programs, apprenticeship programs in a wide range of trades, job resources, legal resources.

 Free Legal Help For Single Dads With Child Support, Custody or Visitation Issues


Photo Caption: Assemblyman William Scarborough (L) with 29th AD Task Force Meeting guest speaker Melanie Hart (R), Chief Program Officer of LIFT - Legal Information for Families Today.  Hart spoke about the free legal help they provide at each family court in the city, including Queens Family Court. They provide information and legal consultations, help completing court documents and help understanding court orders to help anyone navigate the Family Court System, as well as accompaniment to court or public agencies. Photo by Juliet Kaye.

The Chief Program Officer of LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today) , Melanie Hart, was a guest speaker at Assemblyman William Scarborough's 29th A.D. Task Force Meeting.  LIFT empowers people with information. They provide on the spot help and legal information for families struggling to make their way through the complex Court system, a family law hot line where any questions will be answered and an email hotline.  They have a fathers support group and a grandparents support group where they provide free food and an MTA card.

Melanie Hart, who is an attorney, said many people aren't entitled to free legal representation, such as people seeking child support.  LIFT is in all the courts in the five boroughs with on the spot help available to families. They are there to answer your questions. Everyone who visits LIFT at the court house will receive assistance completing court documents and understanding court orders, and get practical legal information and easy to follow step-by-step courthouse procedure. If your case involves child support, custody, or visitation, you can also meet with LIFT’s expert staff for one-on-one consultations and strategy sessions.

LIFT Family Legal Center is located at 350 Broadway, Suite 501 (around the corner from Manhattan Family Court.)  At the Center, they can provide expert legal information tailored to your case, help completing court documents and understanding court orders, and help with objections and appeals. They provide accompaniment to court and to other public agencies, such as the Child Support Collection Unit.  You can call (646) 613-9633, ext. 222 to schedule an appointment. Their services are free.

LIFT's Family Law Information Hotline number is: (212) 343-1122. You can call this number to speak to a LIFT staff member about your family law issues to see if they can help you.

Visit their website at WWW.LIFTonline.org for more information or to access their email hotline.
 

Assemblyman William Scarboroughurges fathers toreadwith their children. The ability to read well is known to be one of the most critical skills a child needs to be successful. Parents and caregivers often ask how they can get their children interested in reading, interested enough to turn off the TV and to read on their own? Years of research show that the best way is for the parent to serve as a model reader by reading to the child and by reading themselves. If the father can't read the text, he can stimulate his child's imagination by telling stories using a picture book. In addition, he can ask other significant adults to read to younger children and ask older children to read to him. He can take frequent trips to the library with the child to check out books and get to know the children's librarian and children's library programs.

Check out Local libraries and Story Telling Times


Art for Children
and Art for Tots

The Noguchi Museum is launching Open Studio, a new program for families. Open Studio is from 11:00am to 1:00pm on the first Sunday of every month. Advanced registration is not required. During Open Studio, families with children ages 2-11 are encouraged to explore the galleries, and then spend time in the Education Room making art. Educators are present to discuss gallery connections, introduce materials, and assist with art making.

The Noguchi Museum continues to offer Art for Families, for families with children 5-11, and Art for Tots, for families with children 2-4, both of which include gallery experiences and hands-on workshops. Selected programs are also offered in Japanese. Advanced Registration is required for all Art for Families and Art for Tots programs.

Please note, Noguchi Museum Family-level Members receive priority when registering for Art for Families and Art for Tots workshops. Find out more about becoming a Family Member through our membership page or by calling (718) 204-7088 x229. To reach The Noguchi Education Department directly and be added onto our mailing list, please email education@noguchi.org or call (718) 204-7088 x203.
Cost: $5 per family

Address: 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY

For more information: Art for Families


MetLife First Sundays of the month at the Queens Museum of Art

First Sunday of Every Month 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Children of all ages with their adult companions.
Free (including free admission to the museum).

Where: Queens Museum of Art - Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Family Art Workshop at the Queens Museum of Art.
Children of all ages with their adult companions.
Every first Sunday of the month the Queens Museum of art expands its regular family art workshop and engages participants od all ages in a roster of studio art, family-designed gallery tours and live music and dance performances, inspired by the museum's permanent collection and changing exhibitions. Free refreshments included.

Family Art Workshops

Sundays 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Children 5 and up with their adult companions.
Children with special needs welcomed, adaptations available.

The museum offers free Family Drop-in Art Workshops as a means to develop art skills through a variety of materials and themes. Targeting children ages five through 12 and their adult companions, this program offers fun and educational activities to fuel conversations about art on view.

Contact:   718-592-9700 X137(136 for special needs)  www.queensmuseum.org