|Welcome to Washington Dads
Washington Dads Mission Statement
To educate and empower dads, families and communities to
improve behavioral health for children, youth and their families.
Who We Are
We are dads and male caregivers of children with
emotional, behavioral, and mental health problems. We live the day
to day challenges that come with raising our children. We know and
understand that sometimes these challenges can be overwhelming and
that not everyone understands what it's like and that through a
network of support and understanding we will be more successful in
helping our children to succeed in life.
Washington Dads is volunteer based, nonprofit 501(c)(3).
What We Do
There are several things that we do.
- Twice a year we run a free educational weekend retreat open to
any dad or male caregiver with a special needs child.
The weekend consists of education, making connections, sharing
experiences and resources, and even a little relaxation.
- We run support groups throughout the state that dads and male
caregivers can attend and talk openly and freely about whatever
is on their mind without judgment of you or your child. We
sometimes will have a presentation on a topic of interest to the
group. This is a good place to start making connections and
build a network.
- We do trainings & presentations on various topics
that help families and professionals.
- We advocate for laws that help make our children more
successful in life.
- We educate the public about special needs children.
How We Started
Washington Dads has been active since 2005 serving male
caregivers of children across Washington State with respite and
resources to assist them in helping their children. It began with
a small group of men meeting on a weekend to discuss common issues
and share experiences raising their children and youth.