The Honorable State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams (D)
Prime Sponsor of Senate Bill 476
Pennsylvania Organizing Committee (SOC)
2019 Hero of the Year
“Few things in life bring more joy than the opportunity to raise children and witness them become the best versions of themselves. Every parent deserves that reality.
Too often, children across Pennsylvania grow up without the benefit of both parents through no fault of their own. In many instances, institutional barriers play a limiting role in what could otherwise be positive and meaningful parent-child relationships.
The parent who receives too little attention in conversations about the family structure tends to be the father. If we continue to overlook the vital role all fathers, regardless of social status play in the development of their children, we will continue to see a decline in the societal
Structure, grounded in love and respect we’ve all come to cherish.
Each of us has a responsibility to encourage and, where possible, facilitate healthy family relationships; and, there must be a greater focus on the father’s role in the family. I introduced legislation to create a Commission on Greater Father Family Involvement not to minimalize the extraordinary value mothers bring to the family, but to recognize that a child’s development will never be whole until the father is allowed to participate in a complete and authentic way. I’m grateful for your concern and support in this endeavor. Our collective strength can make all the difference.