The Divorce Dads Group successfully concluded leaving us with the very strong message that there is a dire need for such resources!
The Divorced Dads Group was motivated by the notable lack of supports for dads experiencing divorce or separation, especially in the Durham Region. Its premise is that dads are equally important in their children’s lives and, just like moms or anyone experiencing divorce, dads also need help navigating through all challenges that separation comes with.
When asked “What was your favourite part of the program?”, dads said:
“Open discussion regarding emotional turmoil concerns, and the varied experiences pros/cons of particular ways to address challenges. How to keep hope, and future value to child, amid a parental-alienation scenario”
“Learning about my options for divorce. I realized I have been misinformed by my lawyer probably on purpose.”
“Knowing that I’m not alone and my experiences are not uncommon.”
“The information I got was excellent. It helped me find the right lawyer and work with her outside of court”
“Camaraderie of guys. Place to unload frustration without feeling judged or weak.”
When asked “What have you learned throughout the program?”, dads said:
“That it is normal to feel angry and upset but that it will get better over time. Also the best thing I can do for my kids is to try get along with my ex.”
“Too much to write here. thank you so much to whoever organized this is a life saver.”
“That its good to get my feelings out despite being stressed. I felt so much better after each session”
“There are other men struggling with issues and sometimes worse off than me.”
What We Learned and What We Need to Change in Our Community:
Men feel without a shred of a doubt that they are on the outside looking in when it comes to services for them. There is a lack of quality agenda-free information/resources about divorce and separation available in the public sphere; and it’s harming separating dads and their families! We are committed to change this: one dad at a time!
Many thanks to these men, dads, facilitators, volunteers: Mike LeFave, Anthony Goldstein and Edward Cunningham! Your support, knowledge and dedication offered the group with positive insight and invaluable resources!
Thank you Town of Ajax for supporting the establishing of the group, first of its kind in Durham Region!
Thank you Ajax Library for offering the group with space and resources all throughout!
This community rocks!
If you’re interested in this group, send us a quick email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make sure to notify you when it restarts!