INDIANAPOLIS — You may recognize this brick building on 2835 North Illinois Street as the former home of WIBC. But these days, the building serves a new purpose – giving single fathers and struggling parents a new beginning.
The Fathers & Families Center was established in 1993 as a program provided by Wishard Health Services, under the guidance of Sarah Meadows and the social work department. The program was designed to address the needs of young fathers, in particular, fathers within the African American community. It was, and still is, a way for fathers to be more fully engaged with their children and become more responsible parents.
But it continues to be an uphill battle, especially for African American fathers, who have to deal with the negative stereotype of not being involved in their children’s lives….
Click the link below to read the story from WIBC and hear the interview of Dr. Wallace McLaughlin as he tells the story of Fathers and Families Center!