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2024 Fatherhood Summit

Friday, June 7, 2024 - 7:30am to 4:30pm
Live at The Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402


Counting Fathers Because Kids Matter

Save the Date for the 2024 Fatherhood Summit!

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Greater Tacoma Convention Center

Join us for the official release of our 2024 State of Fathers in Washington Study as we roll our sleeves together around how we can accelerate system transformation for fathers and families.  The Council values fathers’ voices highly in this work.  There will be support for Dads’ travel costs such as mileage, hotel, childcare expenses, and meals for overnight attendees, and compensation for lived experience, for a limited number of fathers. 


  • Doors open with continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.
  • Event begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch and refreshments are included.
  • Presenters include national expert(s) on fatherhood (to be announced), a panel of dads sharing their experiences in Washington state, and partner agencies discussing how the study will influence their work.
  • Group discussions to develop steps for the Washington Fatherhood Council and partner organizations to take to build upon the findings of the study. 

Registration opens in March! 

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. David W. Willis, MD, FAAP

"Nurture Connection for Fathers, Families and Communities”

“There is overwhelming research and understanding that makes it clear that all children and their families benefit from strong, positive, and nurturing father and father- figure relationships to grow and thrive. We all know that healthy relationships in the beginning years are the building blocks upon which we create engaged, healthy and productive lives and bright futures. We also know that when humans collaborate and cooperate, they succeed. To solve complex issues that often marginalize fathers’ roles, we must build bridges and listen to and trust one another. So we are spending the day listening to one another and building bridges and connections around the findings in the Washington Fatherhood State of the State Study to increase fathers’ access, equity and belonging.”

David W. Willis, MD, FAAP serves as a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Social Policy and is a national expert in pediatrics, early childhood systems, and early relational health. At CSSP, he leads the Nurture Connection social movement to advance early relational health at the growing intersection of child health transformation and resilient community- building in partnerships with families and with a commitment to social justice. He is also the current co-chair of National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Forum on Children’s Wellbeing.  Dr. Willis previously served as the inaugural executive director of the Perigee Fund, the division director of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems at the Health Resources and Services Administration during the Obama Administration, and a leader and early brain and child development clinician in Oregon and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and near his oldest son's family.

The Washington Fatherhood Council is excited to announce its new annual award

to honor and celebrate the amazing dads and allies who

help make our state a great place to parent and raise children.


Click here to nominate dads and professionals who make a difference for fathers and families.  

Winners will be announced during lunch on June 7 at the 2024 Fatherhood Summit. 


Nominations close on April 19, 2024 at midnight.


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