Philadelphia Inquirer: Free portraits for dads and kids in Chester

Free portraits for dads and kids in Chester
Philadelphia Inquirer, Laura McCrystal
June 12, 2014
Original Article

CHESTER A father’s discussion group in Chester will celebrate Father’s Day this weekend by offering free portraits to fathers and their children.

The group, called Fathers Are Talking, began in Chester two years ago to encourage young fathers to remain active in their children’s lives. Organized through the Chester Housing Authority, the men meet to talk about their experiences as fathers.

“Basically, what we’re trying to do is to help young men understand about fatherhood from experience from other fathers and grandfathers that have traveled the same road they’re about to travel,” said Jon Whittington, one of the group’s founding members.

Whittington, 64, has three grown children as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He said Fathers Are Talking seeks to break the “vicious cycle” of fathers not playing a role in their children’s lives.

Whittington said he wanted to offer young fathers the chance to have a portrait taken with their children because a photo he had taken when his own children were young is still important to him today.

The free portraits with a photographer will be offered Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ruth L. Bennett Homes Community Center on West Ninth Street in Chester.

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