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Parents' Resource Center Celebrates Good Fathers

by on September 10, 2015 6:00 AM

The Women's Resource Center is a wide-reaching organization that provides services for those victimized by domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and other hardships.

And while the center is available for both children and men despite its name, one State College man is founding an organization dedicated to assisting fathers.

Dr. Joel Myers, the president of Accuweather and a former Penn State trustee, announced the formation of the Parents' Resource Center. The intention is that the center will be a national organization, but its first chapter will serve Centre County.

"I think being a father is the most awesome job in the world. I take it seriously and I think most fathers do," Myers said. "In some cases, fathers need some help and advice and input to be better fathers and that’s especially true for single fathers. There’s a women’s resource center, but there’s no similar support for fathers."

Fathers will be able to use the center to learn how to be a better dads and continue a healthy relationship with their children, even if the parents are separated or divorced.

"Divorce is a challenge emotionally for parents and children," Myers said. "There are many examples where dads want to still fulfill the role of emotional and financial contributor for their children, but sometimes lack the access, knowledge or skills to do that in a changing environment."

Myers added that the Parents' Resource Center will fill that educational gap and empower fathers to play an important role in the lives of their children. Fathers are often the victim of bias, especially when it comes to divorces, according to Myers. His hope is that providing legal and human services resources through the center will help combat that.

"Because there is not a resource for fathers and not necessarily a place for fathers to go, sometimes there’s a bias in the system," Myers said. "In many cases, the mother is the caregiver, and certainly under the law fathers are looked upon equally. But in actual practice, that doesn’t always occur. There sometimes is a bias on the part of health caregivers or even the courts in favor of the mother."

The location and opening date for the center isn't set in stone, but Myers hopes to hit the ground running within two months before spreading throughout Pennsylvania and eventually the entire country. 

“This endeavor is something that I have thought about for a long time,” Myers said.  “We need to celebrate good fathers who make their children a priority, help fathers who have the commitment but lack the knowledge of how to do this, and empower fathers to seek equitable and beneficial custody agreements that allow them to fulfill their roles in their child’s life.”  

Editor's note: Joel Myers is the father of Dan Myers, the owner of StateCollege.com.



Zach Berger is the managing editor of StateCollege.com. He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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