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Focus (Helping Fathers Be Fathers) #575681

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 17, 1990
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(Studio: Garrick Utley) Father's Day mentioned. Report introduced.

(Studio: Katherine Couric) Programs to help fathers to come back to their families or help fathers deal with their kids examined; scenes shown from Philadelphia of meeting of Dad and Me group. [Father Glenn SMITH - talks about having to learn how to behave with his child.] Fatherless families noted to be the norm in black community; statistics outlined on screen. ["Manhood" author Stephen SHAPIRO - says absence of fathers is damaging to the culture.] [In Dayton, Ohio, young father Larry SIMS, high school principal J. Thomas WEBB - comment on the problem of black fathers and kids.] [SHAPIRO, SIMS - comment further.] Need for more positive images of fatherhood explained; details given of evidence that fathers are becoming more involved in parenting. President Bush noted expected to veto parental leave bill which would give time off for parents to care for new or sick kids.

Couric, Katherine;
Utley, Garrick

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