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Dads Evoking Change (DEC) supports fathers as they navigate the complex child custody and/or child support process in family court. Our target population is low-income fathers, fathers of color and young fathers who may not have the legal knowledge or financial means to hire lawyers to advocate for them.
DEC provides a network of supportive ambassadors for fathers experiencing legal, socio-emotional and financial challenges with child custody and child support issues. We offer free legal consultations, young fathers group workshops, co-parenting mediation, and access to community resources.
In promoting sensible child custody and child support agreements that benefit the child first, and the family overall thereafter. 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 parent their children.
Dads Evoking Change is comprised of Kareem Chadly, Founder & Executive Director, and a network of volunteers and consultants who have lived experience and/or expertise in the areas of healthy youth development and child custody/child support systems. Dads Evoking Change (DEC) was founded by Kareem Chadly to memorialize his son. Kareem became a father at just 18. He dedicated his life to positively parenting his son and empowering youth across the Bay Area through his community outreach work with nonprofits such as Youth Radio, RYSE center, Camp Sweeney, and media outlets such as iheart Media.
Dads Evoking Change shares the same initials as Kareem’s son, who was tragically killed by gun violence in 2018, at the age of just 17. Kareem spent the last few years leading up to his son’s death in a stressful and turbulent child custody battle. With no knowledge of the system, and no financial means to hire an attorney, Kareem was marginalized by the family court system. The traumatic experience of losing his son, while what felt like unfair treatment during the process of trying to maintain custody, has inspired Kareem to advocate for under-resourced fathers and create change within family courts across the nation.
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Dads Evoking Change is a 501c-3 non profit (83-3068380)
5627 Telegraph Ave, #371
Oakland, CA 94609
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