Dads Matter

Helping fathers navigate the journey of parenthood | #dadsmattertoo

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For more information, please call 714.785.3244

Dads Matter, a father involvement program offered by Children’s Bureau, provides fathers and father figures living in Orange County with vital tools, resources and support to raise their children successfully while also strengthening family bonds. In supporting fatherhood and parental involvement, Dads Matter focuses on building relationships, attaining stability, creating positive experiences, and shaping responsible fatherhood decisions that positively impact the psychological well-being of children.Dads Matter

How We Help Dads

Clubs & Support Groups

Dad’s Club: Multi-week class series with facilitators and participating dads. Class activities include rich discussions focused on relationships and parent involvement. Program supports: weekly childcare during class series, meals/snacks, program incentives.

Couple’s Group: Multi-week class where couples work together to participate in a dynamic series that encourages each couple in being partners in their parenting journey and parent-child relationship. Program supports: weekly childcare during class series, meals/snacks, program incentives.


Father – Child Activities: Fathers/father figures are invited to join Dads Matter in their communities for an afternoon or evening of fun. Daddy and Me activities include arts and crafts, sports clinics, nature hikes and more. Program supports: meals and/or snacks.


Career Guidance

Workforce Readiness: From resume building and interview prep to wardrobe assistance, Dads Matter works with community partners to bring experts in the field to support fathers in giving them a leg up in this always evolving job market. Our partners will support you in working towards becoming financially stable. Program supports: program incentives, snacks/meals.

On the Job Training: Young fathers/father figures are provided with the opportunity to develop the skills and training that are essential to achieving personal and professional success. Program supports: program incentives.

One on One Help

Case management: Case Managers will provide supportive services on understanding the role of a father, community linkages and appropriate resources for participating fathers and father figures.

Peer Mentors: Participating fathers who are looking would benefit from a less formal level of support will have the opportunity to be paired with a father/father figure that has successfully completed the Dads Matter program.

General Support Services

  • Most services offered in English and Spanish
  • Childcare offered during many of the classes
  • Meals/snacks offered during classes and workshops
  • Gift cards provided as incentives
  • Transportation assistance available upon request


Dads Matter offers classes and activities through four family resource centers (FRCs) in Orange County. These FRCs are a collaborative of family strengthening organizations that provide no-cost or low-cost services to families with children 0 to 18 years of age.

Anaheim Harbor FRC – 819 S. Harbor Street, Anaheim, CA 92805

Corbin FRC – 2215 W. McFadden Avenue, Suite G, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Family Oasis FRC – 131 W. Midway Drive, Anaheim, CA 92805

Oakview FRC – 17261 Oak Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Community Partners

Children’s Bureau is proud to partner with these caring organizations to bring engaging, quality programs to fathers and father figures residing in Orange County.

Orange County Conservation Corps
Orange County Conservation Corps
Taller San Jose Hope BuildersTaller San Jose Hope Builders
Women Helping WomenWomen Helping Women – Men to Work

Funding for Dads Matter was provided to Children’s Bureau by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: # 90FK0110. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.

Ricos TacosSpecial Thanks to Ricos Tacos for catering our activities!

In the News

OC Register: One way to keep fathers in their children’s lives? ‘Dads Matter’ shows them how

Isaiah Garcia, 9, spends quality time with his dad Christian Garcia, during the Dads Matter bowling party in Anaheim on Sunday, July 30, 2017. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)It’s only been in the past two years that Christian Garcia has learned to be the kind of father figure to his son Isaiah that he had yearned for as a child with his own dad.

A single dad, Garcia had to learn how to parent from scratch when his son, 9, came to live with him full time in early 2015. The latest lesson in bonding took place as he joined a dozen other fathers and their children – boys and girls from toddler to preadolescence — for a daddy-and-me excursion to Linbrook Bowling Center on Sunday, July 30.

The bowling party was hosted by a program called Dads Matter that is turning Garcia, 32, into the man he strives to be for his son.

At one point when Garcia called his boy over, Isaiah leaped a counter to slide along a bench and land next to him. Garcia’s eyes popped with surprise and joy. Isaiah shared one of the reasons why he loves spending so much time with his dad: “Because my Dad’s fun!”

Read more at OC Register.

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For more information or to sign up now, please contact:

Shawndi Johnson, Program Manager
T: 714.517.1900, ext. 218 (English)

Naomi Gamez, Program Coodinator
T: 714.517.1900, ext. 213 (English/Spanish)

Dads Matter
c/o Children’s Bureau
50 S. Anaheim, Suite 241, Anaheim, 92805
T: 714.785.3244

To participate in the Dads Matter program, you must:

  • Reside in Orange County
  • Be a father or identify self as being in a paternal role

The Dads Matter Team