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The DADvocacy Consulting Group (DCG) acknowledges the vital roles of fathers and mothers alike. DADvocacy builds upon research that affirms that children, fathers, families, and communities are better off when fathers and children are positively engaged in each other’s lives. It includes an active, lifelong commitment to the physical, emotional, social, cognitive/academic, creative, and moral/spiritual well-being of children. DADvocacy takes deliberate actions and helps develop policies to support, encourage, and optimize opportunities for fathers, grandfathers, and father figures to be involved in children’s lives, and vice versa.


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Crying: A Father's Untapped Superpower - Allan Shedlin's DADDYING blog post reprinted in

Voice Male Magazine's Spring 2021 edition


And check out Allan's post How CAMPAIGNful Politics Impact Us and Our Children, reprinted in

National Healthy Start Association's October 2020 Newsletter



DCG's Allan Shedlin and DCG partner Armor Down's Ben King created the Armor Down/Daddy Up!and Armor Down/Mommy Up™ workshops to assist veterans in armoring down from their military experiences and teach them specific parenting skills to enable them to become the parents THEY want to be. Our workshops continue via Zoom with Warrior Dads/Moms and Warrior Kids. We've dubbed this new phase of the program AD/DU! 2.0.

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The delayed EXIT12 "Enchanted Dance Tour" made its long-awaited debut in May. Due to ever-changing COVID-related restrictions, the Daddy Appleseed Fund-sponsored Tour was a hybrid model that included a few in-person performance sites along with virtual performances from New York City. The Tour wrapped up on Memorial Day.

A celebration of EXIT12's successful NM tour, including workshops with veterans throughout the state, was held virtually and led by EXIT12 dancers in NYC. The Tour also included appearances, lectures, and workshops by/with EXIT12 co-founder, artistic director, and president Román Baca.

The celebration culminated in a production/screening of an original EXIT12 piece, Kiva. A traditional Native American Kiva is a gathering place where warriors, families, children, and the community come together for social and ceremonial rituals. EXIT12's Kiva was built through workshops in Albuquerque and Silver City, working with veterans, their families, and people from New Mexico's pueblos – many of whom have family members who served.

Taking inspiration directly from the workshop participants, Kiva is the journey of a community through conflict, emergence, youth, spirit, and blessing. The show's music is by Native New Mexican and proud member of the Navajo Nation, Andrew Thomas, a contemporary, self-taught flute player. The performance was screened during the NM Tour together with EXIT12's film, Moved by War, which aired on local PBS on Memorial Day, along with a moderated panel discussion.

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Founding DADvocate Allan Shedlin