The Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative of Buffalo Prenatal Lights a Fatherhood FLAME in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Region

August 31, 2021, Buffalo, NY – Having an involved, loving father is a key factor in children’s well-being. That’s why the Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative program of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network is hosting a dynamic event on Saturday, October 23rd that will bring together father- and family-serving providers, advocates and community members.

Focusing the Fatherhood FLAME Community Conversations hosted by the Buffalo Fatherhood Initative will be an energizing, collaborative event for people who are engaged in helping fathers become great dads. The event will feature produced video presentations by notable fatherhood experts, facilitated group discussions about local solutions, and the opportunity to network with other community members working toward family well-being.

““Supporting fathers and families with children means uplifting our communities for decades to come,” said Antoine Johnson, Buffalo Fatherhood’s Initiative Program Manager. “This event is bringing together father’s, leaders, and influencers across our community. It will be an event you do not want to miss. ”

Studies have shown that children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem and exhibit pro-social behavior compared to children with uninvolved fathers. Additionally, more engaged fathers—whether living with or apart from their children—can help foster a child’s healthy physical, emotional and social development.

The Focusing the Fatherhood FLAME Community Conversations event will discuss:

  • How fathers contribute to community success
  • What healthy father involvement looks like
  • Concrete tips for serving fathers well
  • How to turn small actions into big change

The event will take place on Saturday, October 23rd at 9:00 A.M. at The Chapel, Cheektowaga Campus located at 200 Thruway Plaza Dr, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Those interested in attending can register by emailing Program Manager, Antoine Johnson at

“The programs offered by Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network’s Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative equip fathers with the fundamental skills they need to be effective and reliable caregivers. The programs build the foundation on which families can thrive,” said LuAnne Brown, CEO of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network. “Antoine and his team have brought together leaders and caregivers to participate in this free conference for dads and male caregivers. We hope you join us in this impactful event.”

About Focusing the Fatherhood FLAME Community Conversations

Focusing the Fatherhood FLAME is an initiative of the Office of Family Assistance, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. FLAME (Family, Leadership, Affirming Marriage, and Employment) Community Conversations are energizing, collaborative events that convene local father-serving providers, advocates and community members. These events explore why fathers’ involvement matters so much, how to create father-friendly services and how community leaders can empower dads to thrive.

About Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative of Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network

The Buffalo Fatherhood Initiative empowers healthy father and male involvement for children and families while providing tools and resources to a better future for our children and our community – one father at a time. They offer programs that focus on personal development and mentoring for young adult males and fathers aged 18 – 26 years, parenting education and support, and economic stability through a financial education program.