Dads an Organization to protect fathers

By Donnie


                                                                                                   Here is a section that we thought to give a try. An area of the magazine devoted to community growth. This might enable certain individuals or groups to go in the right direction in search of aid or support. Our feature organization this month is DADs of Florida, inc.

         DADs was founded solely for fighting for the rights of children and fathers in matters per­taining to family court. Too many fathers are being silently pushed away from their children by our legal system. It is time for these situations to change, to offer help to dads who want to be good parents. Custody laws, child support, and other laws must change to end this silent discrimination. Fathers need to play an active roll in a healthy environment for their kids.

         One of the leading causes of drug abuse, crime and teenage pregnancy is single parent families. Most custody laws provide limited visitation rights by the father, Men who want to be flood dads, can't because of the way the laws are written. Those who are living this nightmare, understand fully. They know what they are up against and how the chips will fall.

         DADs of Florida is working to change these laws. The changes come through lobbying state representatives. holding public awareness meetings, using the media and holding support gatherings monthly. DADs has already gotten some laws changed, making progress toward a bet­ter community by allowing fathers to become more involved in their children's lives. This in turn not Wanly benefits the dads, but the children and society as well. Something we should all think a little more about, our society.

         Fathers need their kids. Children need their fathers. Not only part-time, but as an active decision maker in helping to forge the future for the kids. Not just for money or entertainment, but 'or guidance and nurturing. Fathers are a symbol of strength in the family. Be there for your kids.

         If you are a single or divorced father, check out DADs at dads@dadsusa.com. Meetings are held at the West Lauderdale Baptist Church, 3601 Davie Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. Call 954.493-9763 for information,








February 2002                                             SADDLETIME MAGAZINE                                                             25





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