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Circle of Care a true difference maker

The Chambers County Circle of Care Center for Families is doing great work and is deserving of accolades for a job well done. It’s one organization that’s truly a difference maker and can make people’s lives for the better.

The Circle has programs that underscore the importance of dads being actively involved in their children’s lives. At Thursday’s first-ever Donuts for Dads event at W.F. Burns Middle School, an event that had over 300 dads turning out to show support for their kids, Circle of Care Director Jonathan Herston made some significant observations about the role of fathers. According to Herston, when a father is actively involved in their children’s lives, they are less likely to be poor, more likely to be healthy, less likely to commit crimes, less likely to go to jail, less likely to participate in early sex activity, less likely to become pregnant as a teen, less likely to experience abuse and neglect, less likely to use alcohol or drugs, more likely to be read to, more likely to make A’s, more likely to finish school, have better verbal skills and have better social skills.

Now, what parent wouldn’t want that for their child? If programs like the Circle can help today’s kids have better outcomes we should commend them and support their continuing efforts.

Herston made a valid point when he said that any good dad lets their children know he loves them through both verbal and written “I love yous” and appropriate physical touching. He recommends dads getting in groups of four with their kids.

“Each dad should tell the group one thing they are proud of regarding each of their children who were with him,” he said.

The Circle of Care’s mission is to provide education, resources and support to help families ensure that every child has their best possible future.

There’s a powerful bond when a father tells a child, “I love you and I’m proud of you.” We live only once, and no parent should fall short of doing this.

It may be a simple matter, but the next time you see someone with the Circle, with social services, DHR and other similar organizations shake their hand and tell them you appreciate what they do.