Gov. Ivey signs his­toric Fa­ther’s Day procla­ma­tion

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On May 31, 2017, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a procla­ma­tion declar­ing June 18, 2017, as Fa­ther’s Day. Ken­neth Paschal, Alabama Fam­ily Rights As­so­ci­a­tion and Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­bers were present for the event.

This procla­ma­tion is the first of its kind by any Alabama gov­er­nor ac­knowl­edg­ing:

- It is im­por­tant to give ap­pro­pri­ate recog­ni­tion to past and present fathers for their unique and valu­able role in the lives of our chil­dren and for pro­vid­ing the foun­da­tion for the healthy and so­cial de­vel­op­ment of our fam­i­lies who are a vi­tal in­ter­est and the fu­ture of Alabama;

- let us pledge our­selves to mak­ing con­cen­trated steps to em­brace our fathers and value our chil­dren’s need for a fa­ther in their daily lives;

The procla­ma­tion en­cour­ages all Alabami­ans to rec­og­nize the im­por­tant role fathers play and join to­gether in ob­serv­ing this day with ap­pro­pri­ate pro­grams, cer­e­monies, and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Data shows that we don’t value fathers enough and it’s harm­ing our kids, fam­i­lies, com­mu­ni­ties, and state,” said Paschal. “Spe­cial thanks to Gov. Ivey for car­ing about chil­dren and fam­i­lies in Alabama. The pri­mary goal of the Alabama Fam­ily Rights As­so­ci­a­tion is to ed­u­cate the pub­lic and govern­ment of­fi­cials con­cern­ing the im­por­tance of equal in­volve­ment of both fit par­ents in a child’s life.”

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