John Howard Society of Durham Region

Dads Aiming for Direction and Support (DADS)

A group for men in transition

Are you experiencing any of the following associated with separation and divorce?

  • DADS Logo - Man Crossing BridgeLimited or no access to your child(ren)
  • Increased stress levels
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Loss of friends or family
  • False accusations and/or charges
  • Overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
  • Frustrated dealing with the Family Court System

This is a 10-week program, about 2.5hrs/week, and costs $160. Like our other group programs, you first would do a 1 to 1 intake meeting with one of our counselling staff in order to sign-up for group.

If you are a dad who is depressed, frustrated, lonely, confused, angry, or just need someone to talk with, this support group is for you. DADS is a group for fathers who believe that children have the right to have loving, nurturing relationship with both parents and their extended families. Group members offer one another support and encouragement. A professional facilitator runs the weekly workshops on a variety of topics.

To Sign Up

If you live in Bowmanville or Newcastle, call us at 905-623-6814

For anywhere else, call our Ajax Office at 905-427-8165


Issues Explored

  • Effects of separation and divorce on children
  • Parenting issues
  • Anger management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Building personal support systems
  • Healthy relationships
  • Self-care and stress management
  • And more…

A happy family.We believe that a child deserves to have a relationship with both of their parents. We offer a dynamic weekly cognitive skills based support group structured to meet the specific needs of fathers experiencing trauma, loss, and change associated with separation and divorce.