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Annual Fatherhood Summit underway in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The 13th annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit kicked off Friday. 

Booths were set up to help fathers get the resources they need for things like child custody and placement, child support debt reduction, and drivers license recovery. 

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett helped kicked off the 13th annual Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit at the Greater New Birth Church in Milwaukee Friday morning hosted by the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. 

Barrett created the initiative in 2006. Part of the summit is a job fair with on-the-spot hiring. There are also workshops including one-on-one conflict resolution that was prompted by the gun violence spike back in August. 

Organizers say the summit is an opportunity for attendees to get the help they need to become better men and fathers in their communities. 

"The importance is for fathers and men in the city of Milwaukee to know that they have an outlet so they have somewhere where they can go and somebody will actually concern and help them and follow through and help them with some of the issues they face so we want to, our overall goal is to help men to be self-sufficient so they can stay active in the lives of their children," said Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Project Director Natasha Dotson.

The Fatherhood Summit runs until 4:00 p.m. Friday and from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Greater New Birth Church in Milwaukee. 

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