Remembering A Hough Legend Dr. Charles Augustus Ballard


President, National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization, Cleveland.

Goal: To persuade unwed fathers to legitimize their children, stay in school, get a job and decrease destructive behavior such as substance abuse or unprotected sex.

Strategy: Intensive, in-home and prison-based outreach programs for fathers in Cleveland, Nashville and Washington, D.C. Also lobbies legislators to require father involvement as part of welfare reform.

Quote: "Everyone has father hunger. It's just that it's keener in people's lives who use drugs, alcohol, who are abusive and violent. We are re-nurturing fathers. Inside is a small child begging to hug and be loved."

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