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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.


Learn more about DADvocacy Consulting Group's MISSION and SERVICES.

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Daddy Appleseed Fund Has already begun planning for the 2nd annual Daddying Film Fest & Forum (D3F) for 2023!


Stay Tuned for Updates on DFF2023: The Sequel!



See the list of 2022 KFDFF Winners HERE.

Follow this link to read the release (6/8) announcing the

2022 KIDS FIRST! Daddying Film Festival Student and Indie Award Finalists.

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CLICK HERE to follow DCG and our DFF2023 updates on Instagram!


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 2021. 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 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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Crying: A Father's Untapped Superpower - Allan Shedlin's DADDYING blog post reprinted in

Voice Male Magazine's Spring 2021 edition


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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Find out how to apply or nominate someone for a small grant through our Daddy Wishes Fund nonprofit partners.

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Founding DADvocate Allan Shedlin