About DadsMOVE

Are you the Parent of a Special Needs Child?

How Can We Help?

We are special needs parents too.

As we have worked towards recovery with our own kids and families, we have had to learn a lot of things. Many times out of shear necessity.

We never expected that we would need to learn the ins-and-outs of IEPs (Individualized Education Plans), how to navigate the child serving systems of the state, a plethora of acronyms, or need a personal assistant to keep track of medications schedules, appointments, or meetings.

But we did it, and so can you. That is the premise of peer support, we aren’t clinicians or therapists. We are parents, and we are also Dads, so that makes us a little bit different than most other peer support groups and organizations you might be familiar with.

Our Mission:

To strengthen the fathers role in raising children with behavioral health needs through education, peer Support and Advocacy.

Our Vision:

The vision of DadsMOVE is to provide every parent/caregiver (especially dads!) that we connect with, the tools, support, and training needed to be fully engaged in the recovery of their children. No parent should be excluded from the opportunity to help their children and family flourish, and recover.

What We Offer:

DadsMOVE is a statewide organization, with many opportunities for men (and parents!) to become more involved in helping not only their own special needs children succeed and recover, but paying it forward to other parents.

DadsMOVE is currently building a Statewide Dads Support Group System. As the locations, dates, and times are determined, the list will continue to grow. Each group is facilitated by a dad (Certified Peer Counselor) who has dealt with the frustration and stigma that you are probably experiencing right now.

Until we have a chapter in your area, feel free to send us an email, with any questions you might have, we answer every single email.

In addition, starting Fall of 2013, we will offer our Dads Training Weekends with presentations to help in the care and raising of our special needs children. These weekends are a great source of information, resources, and support. The weekend is structured around mini-workshops, meals, brainstorming and problem-solving around your specific questions or concerns, and some light recreational activities. The attendees report that they return home with their batteries charged, and a fresh perspective of how to be a more engaged dad for their child’s recovery.

DadsMOVE offers an extensive Training Institute, that provides workshops to agencies, providers, and family members, on a variety of topics, including:

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Parenting Skills
  • Anti-Bullying program
  • De-escalation
  • Collaborative Problem Solving (Based on “The Explosive Child”)
  • Ending Isolation and Stigma
  • Parents Empowering Parents
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Wraparound and High Fidelity Wraparound
  • WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
  • Crisis Intervention Training (for Law Enforcement/First Responders)