For Immediate Release

Coalition Hosts Three Shared Parenting Forums

Release No. 04/02-146,  April 7, 2002

HOLYOKE – The Fatherhood Coalition will hold three shared parenting forums this week across the state from Lowell to Pittsfield, hosting distinguished public officials and citizens at each event.

The first forum sponsored by the coalition’s Northeast Region will host Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Carla Howell this Monday, Apr. 8 from 7:00 to 9:30 pm at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Coburn Hall, South Campus. The second forum, sponsored by the group’s Berkshire Chapter, will be held Thursday, Apr. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Greylock Visitors’ Center to host State Representative Peter Larkin. The center is just north of Pittsfield off Route 7. The third forum to be held Saturday, Apr. 13, will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with State Senator Michael Knapik at the Holyoke Community College, Campus Center Cafeteria.

The forums will present an alternative to sole custody for divorced and unwed parents. The attendees should also have opportunities to discuss parenting issues with our special guests and members of The Fatherhood Coalition.

Each event is free and open to the public, so please come share with us your Family Court experiences. For more information, you may contact Mike Franco, State Co-Chair at 1-413-533-6597, Jim Marques, Northeast Region at 1-617-666-4110 or Rinaldo Del Gallo, Berkshire Chapter at 1-413-443-3150, or find us through our web site under the selection, "Chapter Affiliates."

The Fatherhood Coalition, a non-profit all volunteer organization founded in 1994, is comprised of men and women dedicated to fostering the father/child relationship. The group supports "shared parenting" through mediation and conflict resolution, and seeks to promote fairness in the adjudication of family law. For more information you may contact us through the Fathers' Rights Hotline at 1-413-295-DADS or via our website at


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A non-profit, all volunteer organization of men and women advocating for fatherhood since 1994