DCG brings together a core team of DADvocates – each with more than 20 years experience in the fatherhood field. While hailing from diverse backgrounds, our DADvocates share the belief that there is no such thing as a “perfect” parent. We understand that daddying does not take place in a vacuum, but rather within a dynamic social context called “family” that operates in a broader socio-cultural context.


Our principal DADvocates have worked with fathers in a variety of ways and in a variety of settings. We have:


  • Developed programs and curricula

  • Conducted research

  • Formulated policy

  • Offered workshops, father support groups, and trainings

  • Written widely in the professional and popular press, as well as appeared on radio and television

  • Consulted for a wide range of governmental/non-governmental agencies, schools, corporations and other national and international organizations

  • Served on father- and family-related panels

  • Provided keynote addresses throughout the United States on a variety of father- and family-related topics.


In addition to our DADvocates’ ongoing work in the specialty areas listed below, we have assembled a DADvisory Team to complement our experience as well as to provide additional expertise, as needed.


  • Collaborating with childcare/early childhood/Head Start centers and school settings to increase vibrant father engagement

  • Creating and conducting father support groups in a wide variety of corporate and organizational/agency settings

  • Designing and conducting programs for grandfather engagement

  • Creating father-friendly environments and father-inclusive policies

  • Promoting positive co-parenting, healthy couple relationships and respecting maternal and paternal parenting styles

  • Assisting fathers with special needs -- including foster and adoptive dads

  • Working with incarcerated dads and their families

  • Working with military dads and their families

  • Writing commentaries, bylined articles, and guest blog posts

  • Conducting qualitative research

  • Providing staff development and training

  • Developing products and curriculum

  • Serving as a parenting idea and information clearinghouse by sharing articles, research, curricula, and other practical resources (books, videos, movies, games, etc.).

Contact us

Allan Shedlin, Founding DADvocate


4822 Bradley Boulevard


Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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