About the Tour
The 2019 CT Fatherhood Initiative’s Dear Dad Tour is a video booth tour that travelled throughout the State of Connecticut collecting anecdotal stories from people like you. Stories about fathers – people shared thoughts about their own fathers, themselves as fathers, their co-parents or partners as fathers, or any man in their lives that played a paternal role… the choice is yours as the storyteller! Once the stories are collected they are shared with the world via this website, in the hopes of drawing attention to the significant role of fathers and the Connecticut Fatherhood Initiative (CFI), a statewide multi-agency collaboration, led by the Department of Social Services, working toward a common goal: to support children, mothers and fathers by focusing on the important influence of men who are or will be in fathering roles. The 2019 Tour was a collaborative effort of the CFI and American View Productions (AVP), a marketing and promotions agency. Since 1999, CFI partners have worked to change the systems to better serve fathers and their families. CFI has engaged AVP to create a public awareness campaign. The Dear Dad Tour is that public awareness campaign. A campaign utilizing the great fatherhood stories to bring attention to the activities of the CFI while sharing compelling examples of why fatherhood is so important.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS OF THE 2019 TOUR
CT Department of Social Services
CT Department of Labor
CT Department of Correction
CT Department of Public Health
CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
CT Department of Children and Families
CT Office of Early Childhood
CT State Department of Education
CT Judicial Branch Support Enforcement Services
CT Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division
Each year before Father’s Day is a good time to start thinking about what special gift you might give Dad. Luckily, we’re making it easy for all of you to send him a personalized message via this great thing called the Internet. But not just with an email, e-card, or photo. Imagine a high-quality video of you retelling your “father” story for the world and your father to see. That’s what you can expect to record in one of our many video booth locations each year leading up to Father’s Day!
Future dates to be determined.
Some of our past locations include these from our pre-pandemic 2019 tour:
Middletown Kids Health and Safety Day
Norwich Cape Verdean Festival
Hartford CT Legislative Office Building
23rd Annual Teddy Bear Festival by the Woman’s Club of Greater New Milford
New Milford, CT
Black Rock Day Parade