California based Non-profit organization formed to support low income fathers navigate child custody and child support processes
DEC provides a network of supportive ambassadors for fathers experiencing legal, socio-emotional, and financial challenges with child custody and child support. We offer free legal consultations, online group workshops, co-parenting therapy, and access to community resources to help dads achieve their goals.
The mission of Dads Evoking Change is to support fathers as they navigate child custody and child support processes in family court. Our vision is a transformed family court system that is free of bias and discrimination against low-income fathers and fathers of color who want to positively parent their children.
A powerful film from Dads Evoking Change and Represent Collaborative raises awareness about the challenges black and brown fathers face navigating the family court system. This film is part of Hear My Heart - Oakland Dads Speak, a Dads Evoking Change project.
In the United States of America, a mix of historical, racial and economic inequalities prevents many fathers of color and other low income fathers from fulfilling their paternal roles. Some parents including fathers are unwilling to embrace their parental obligations. However, our attorney social policies should not treat ALL low-income, or fathers of color as deadbeat dads, nor suggest this is the norm or adopt this belief as the default position that should be assumed with respect to helping fathers. Dadsevokingchange provides resources such as education and support services freely for children and families
Most policy discussions of fatherhood rights often focus on the question of child support system, but our common policies and practices ignore equally important non-financial factors. For example, policies and practices marginalize the caregiving roles of non-custodial fathers roles by excluding them from key educational and health-related decisions about lives of their children . These policies and practices reinforce the myth that black fathers are not present in their children’s lives when CDC data show that they desire the exact opposite.
Many studies have been done on the value of shared parenting, programs for fathers and its positive effects on children and families, including emotional stability, academic success and significant reductions in drug use and juvenile delinquency. Although some situations do not make this outcome possible for all children based on factors outside of their control, shared parenting should be California's starting point for the vast majority of our children lives.
DEC aims to raise $50,000 to continue to provide much needed services to fathers. Your kind donations are needed now!
Your Donations will help us to
1.Support our free Co-parenting sessions
2.Fill the role of consultant for the Family Support Services program
3.Support our free legal consultation program
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