African American Sub Commission

African American Sub commission focuses its efforts on issues affecting constituencies of underrepresented and underserved populations in the African American communities by improving and promoting the economic development, education, health and political well-being of these populations. Through best practices models and partnerships with local, state and national organizations, using a cross-cultural lens to inform public policy and involve traditionally underserved populations in the legislative process to unite minority communities in the policy arena. The sub commission must advise on policies affecting their constituencies.



7th Annual Dads Matter Too: Virtual Fatherhood Conference
“Engaging Men: Moving Men from Risk to Resources” 


November 18, 2021    –    9:00 PM – 1:00 PM
November 19, 2021    –    2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location    –   ZOOM

Registration: 7th Annual Dads Matter Too: Virtual Conference Registration

Hosted by CT DCF Fatherhood Engagement Leadership Team in collaboration with: My People Clinical Services LLC.,
Central CT State University HEALTHYfellows / Man Enough Support Initiative and The CT Fatherhood Initiative

This year’s conference will revisit the strengths of male vulnerability and the harmful impact of male masculinity. So often men who were formerly or presently incarcerated or have a history of Intimate Partner Violence, (IPV) are not always looked at as a viable resource for their children.  Due to this belief many fathers are left out the equation as it relates to being a primary resource for their own biological children because of personal biases that contradict appropriate practices.

It is our hope that this offering will have we a direct impact on Connecticut practices and policies as it relates to the improvement of engagement with fathers and father figures. We feel the best way to make this change is through education, information, and empowerment. We want to assist in eliminating any personal and professional barriers of father involvement, present the benefits, increase the success of having fathers, father figures, paternal relative involvement, and prove this all correlates directly with Connecticut’s policies, practice, and case decision practices. The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families serves our most vulnerable children and is committed to fostering fatherhood involvement to ensure that their future is met with success.

The conference will provide a deeper understanding of the psychology of boys and men and how social work staff can prioritize boy’s/men’s emotional needs. Finally, this conference will review the intersectional identity of social constructed gender roles and how this impacts fatherhood engagement.


Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative


The Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative (CFI) is a broad-based, statewide collaborative effort involving numerous state and local partners and led by the Department of Social Services. At the core of the work, the Initiative is changing the systems that can improve fathers’ ability to be fully and positively involved in the lives of their children.

Recognizing the continued work of all CFI partners across the state whether at the state or local level, in 2015 upon the completion of the Strategic Plan the partners agreed the working name for our efforts will be the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative.

CT Fatherhood Initiative Introduction
Public Act No. 99-193
Proposed Amendment to Fatherhood Initiative Legislation(Draft)
Council Membership
Real Dads Forever
Assessment Guide On Father-Inclusion Practices
New England Fathering Conference Information
Dad’s Matter Too! Summit Information
24/7 Dad Fatherhood Program


2021 Young Civic Leaders Scholarship Awards

The African American Sub Commission is proud of its commitment to serving African Americans who reside in our state. In recognition of this community’s legacy of civic participation and in the interest of preserving this tradition among young people, the Sub Commission awarded 3 Young Civic Leaders Scholarship awards to African American students who have demonstrated a commitment to civic life via community engagement and service, and academic interest. The Sub Commission wishes to recognize Prisca Afantchao from Windsor High School, Aisha Haidara from Simsbury High School and Nia Long from the Metropolitan Learning Center.


Prisca Afantchao                                           

Aisha Haidara               


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