"Orlando's DCF and Healthy Start's Bootcamp for New Dads Launches Social Media Campaign for Florida Fathers"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2013

CONTACT:
Carrie Hoeppner
DCF Central Region Communications Director
407-264-1379

"Orlando's DCF and Healthy Start's Bootcamp for New Dads Launches Social Media Campaign for Florida Fathers"
"Focus on the Fathers" Fosters Online Forum to Dads, by Dads

Orlando, Fl. - The Florida Department of Children and Families launched a new social media campaign in partnership with Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County. The social media campaign will span across April - a month traditionally observed across the nation to promote, honor, and address child abuse prevention. This April, the Central Florida's Department of Children and Families teamed up with Healthy Start and their Bootcamp for New Dads program in an effort to "Focus on the Fathers" after the arrest of a local man in connection with the death of his Osceola County baby this past winter. While many prenatal and parenting programs understandably focus on expecting and new moms, the agencies have teamed up to let the expecting or new fathers, as well as step dads out there know that there is a great deal of support for them as well.

The month long social media campaign, found on the Florida Department of Children and Families Facebook page, blog site and twitter feeds will feature information throughout April aimed to make new fathers or those men in a caregiver role feel the support of each other, as well as their community. These sites will feature unique tips for dads by dads, promote local resources available to men caring for children, highlight outstanding everyday fathers, as well as invite fathers to share their funniest or most compelling moment in their role as a dad.

The month-long campaign will conclude with a workshop host by Bootcamp for New Dads and DCF in Orlando aimed to recruit organizations within the corrections, classrooms, and congregation communities interested in incorporating programs geared for young men and fathers in their community efforts. "In my role as a Regional Director, at times I may hold various titles, but honestly my favorite will always remain my role as a dad; I know so many fathers out there share that same sentiment." says Bill D'Aiuto, DCF's Central Region Director, who is also a father of four.

Like and share with us through Facebook at Florida Department of Children and Families or twitter @MyFLFamilies where Florida father's are invited to contribute their funny or compelling stories by messaging or posting through DCF's Facebook. We invite fathers throughout the state to share with each other!

"Bootcamp for New Dads, Orlando" and Healthy Start of Orange County can also be found on Facebook!

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