Department of Human Services Hosts Public Forum

Southeastern University’s Department of Human Services is hosting a public forum Saturday, April 25, on the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. The forum is titled “Absent Fathers: From M.I.A. (Missing. Invisible. Absent.) to A.I.M. (Active. Involved. Making a Difference.).”

Dr. Kenneth Stephens, chair of the department, will share his story of how he dealt with and overcame not having his biological father in his life.

“When I graduated from high school, my biological father never showed up for my graduation. Throughout the years, I have reached out to him, but he does not want a relationship. There is a void in your soul when your father is missing,” said Stephens.

Now that Stephens has two sons of his own, he strives to be a better father figure than his father was to him.

The forum will also include a panel of Polk County civic and religious leaders who will share how they dealt with and overcame a missing father in their lives. The discussion will also address how fathers can reconnect with their children.

The event will take place on Southeastern’s campus in Bush Chapel from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is free of charge and is open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Stephens at 863.667.5177 or kestephens@seu.edu.