Fathers' Support Center helps dads become responsible parents

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Halbert Sullivan is the father of four.

"My youngest one is 30 years old," he points out.

Grandfather of six, but this is his baby.

"There are hundreds of father programs in the nation, but we have a legal clinic," Sullivan says.

Fathers' Support Center is where men learn to be responsible fathers.

"Some people call it father boot camp, but we don't like to use that terminology, we call it teaching responsible behavior," Sullivan says.

It's a program that not only teaches them how to be better dads, but hopefully makes them more employable.

"Basically what I've learned from this class is one how to promote myself in a business environment, two learn how to write a better resume," says Paul Grady, a participant in his second week.

The two, Sullivan points out, go hand in hand. Of course, the program itself is work, something the Chief Executive Officer knows quite a bit about.

It's no secret that I am a recovering drug addict and I'm an ex-con. I thank God I have been clean for 20 years," Sullivan says.

It's that previous life that gives him a little more insight and the power to inspire the men who come here.
"One of the things that helped me to move away from that life was I met some people who moved away from that life," Sullivan says.

"It teaches you what not to say or what not to do out in public, it just makes you a better person overall," Grady says.

And that's the point, to become men their children can look up to.

"We want our fathers to become responsible so their children can see them in responsible light and start to model what is responsible behavior," Sullivan says.

Not just on the day that they complete the program, but day in and day out.


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