John Howard Society of Durham Region

Dads Aiming for Direction and Support (DADS)

What you need to know about accessing our DADS program during the COVID-19 pandemic…

  • currently, the DADS group is being offered online using Zoom, until further notice
  • please contact Kristina at (905) 623-6814 ext. 304 for information
  • our current process to participate in a group: call Kristina and she will get basic information from you, then book you to ‘meet’ via Zoom online or by phone with one of our counsellors who will find out more about you, provide further program details, and assess for program suitability

To Register:

Please call for an Intake at 905-623-6814 ext. 304


A group for dads experiencing, or who have experienced, separation or divorce.

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

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
  • Overwhelmed and don’t know where to start
  • Frustration dealing with the Family Court System

In this 2 hour/week, 8-week facilitator led program for fathers you will learn:

  • to expand your support network
  • how to regain control over your own life
  • strengthen your relationship with your children
  • develop or strengthen interpersonal and parenting skills
  • improve strategies to cope during this transitional period

Issues Explored

  • Effects of separation and divorce on children
  • Parenting issues, how to effectively co-parent
  • Anger management, letting go of hurt and resentment
  • Conflict resolution, learning positive communication techniques
  • Building personal support systems
  • Healthy relationships
  • Self-care and stress management
  • And more…


Steps to Justice: Family Law Information

Community Legal Education Ontario: Your Guide to Law in Ontario

Canadian Centre for Men and Families

Family Law Information Centres

Parental Alienation


A happy family.