19.5 million children - more than 1 in 4 - live without a father in the home.*
Studies show that children who are raised in fatherless homes are more likely to have
behavioral problems, drop out of school, and abuse drugs.
Tragically, they are twice as likely to commit suicide.
Its essential to address the needs of these children by helping dads get and stay connected.
This is Kind Hearts mission.
Through community- and family-centric programs, we hope to pave the way for real, positive change.
Your donation goes a long way to help fund these programs.
Please consider giving today.
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Dadvocates is all about empowering dads. They want to get and stay connected with their kids. Sometimes a little coaching is all they need.
Kind Hearts has earned the Effective Facilitation Certificate from the National Fatherhood Initiative and offers resources and programs for dads!
Fathers may become disconnected from their children for many reasons. Some barriers that prevent a healthy father-child relationship are issues around custody and visitation, unemployment, child support, or when coparenting just isn't working. Kind Hearts Dadvocates program provides assistance to dads to work through problems preventing them from seeing their kids. With your donation, we can help fund legal representation, interviewing (skills and attire), job searching, and transportation. Kind Hearts also provides coparenting skills training and mediation with both parents. Once obstacles are overcome, dads and kids can enjoy a healthy relationship.
If you know of any dad who faces challenges that are keeping him from his child/children, tell him about us. There is hope with Kind Hearts.
Contact Kind Hearts with questions about our Dadvocate program.
National Fatherhood Initiative is an organization founded to effectively help fathers engage with their children.
There are many resources for non-profits helping dads in addition to their blog, The Father Factor.
Children who suffer the loss of a dad, either as a result of divorce† or death‡, face short- and long-term medical and psychological challenges. Our Kid Konnect program helps kids recreate memories of being with their dad. With your donations we can help a child relive cherished memories of their dad by doing activities they experienced with his or her dad.
At our annual outing, Kind Hearts Kids Shopping Day, each child receives a $50 Target gift card to purchase Christmas gifts for their loved ones. We provide gift card and assistance with their shopping lists.
Our Kids + Dads Konnect program provides outings for kids and dads at the Norristown Rec Center to engage with people in the community. The themed activities include: Meet a Fireman, Meet a Police Officer, and Saving Money Days. These events provide civic knowledge skills that children need as well as a space for dads and kids to bond, at no cost. This is especially helpful for a noncustodial dad who has visitation with his kids, but may not have the budget to spend on activities. Your donation to Kind Hearts helps provide funds needed to run these free programs.
Statistics show that children who have dads involved in their education are much more likely to succeed in school than children who do not.
With our Dad's Day at School program, we work with the schools to invite dads in for a day to be with their children in classrooms. Each dad and child receive a Dad's Day at School tee shirt with their school’s name. Dads are treated to coffee and donuts in the morning before they are escorted into their child’s classroom. After the classroom visits, we meet with the group of dads to encourage them to be involved in building a community of dads in the school, to help kids see that their dads are invested in their education. Your donation helps cover Kind Hearts costs for the program,
while schools, children, and dads benefit.
Stay tuned for updates on the 2021-2022 school year!
*U.S. Census Bureau. (2018). Living arrangements of children under 18 years old: 1960 to present.
† Anderson J. The impact of family structure on the health of children: Effects of divorce. Linacre Q. 2014;81(4):378-387. doi:10.1179/0024363914Z.00000000087
‡ Institute of Medicine (US) Committee for the Study of Health Consequences of the Stress of Bereavement; Osterweis M, Solomon F, Green M, editors. Bereavement: Reactions, Consequences, and Care. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1984. CHAPTER 5, Bereavement During Childhood and Adolescence. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK217849/