A man who is a father, often with grown kids, who is happy to share his wisdom and the lessons he has learned as a parent with a young man or woman whose father is not active in his or her life.
They are young men and women, 18 years of age or older, who do not have a dad involved in their lives. They might be just starting out in life and have questions about where to begin. Or they might be parents themselves who are trying to do a good job with their own kids. Whatever their situation, Dad Link Sons and Dad Link Daughters are curious about the possibility of a Dad Link Dad offering something that is missing in their lives, even if it is a man who will listen to them and pay attention to their concerns.
No. The Dad Link is strictly for adults. All Dad Link Sons and Daughters must be 18 years of age or older.
No. All conversations take place via phone or video chat. There is no physical, in-person contact between a Dad Link Dad and his Dad Link Son or Daughter.
Dad Link Dads are not certified coaches, professional social workers, or parenting experts. They have often been very successful in their chosen careers, either white collar or blue collar, but they typically are not child psychologists, family therapists, or social science professors. While they have studied some “best practices” materials on fatherhood and counselling provided by Fathers & Families, Inc., the most important credential Dad Link Dads bring to the table is their life experience as reasonably successful (not perfect) fathers who have learned a lot by raising their sons and daughters over the years.
Dad Link Dads do not give official or expert advice on issues involving the law, childhood custody, physical/emotional problems, investments, and other issues that are better handled by lawyers, doctors, therapists, social workers, financial advisors and other professionals. Dad Link Dads will not hesitate to recommend seeking consultation from content expert professionals when appropriate. For example, any Dad Link Son or Daughter troubled with thoughts of suicide will be strongly encouraged to immediately contact a suicide hotline. Those with a possible medical problem will be urged to see a medical professional. Making such recommendations are part of what good dads do.
No. Dad Link Dads will try to offer perspectives on various issues or help shape options that Dad Link Sons or Daughters may want to consider as they move forward. But Dad Link Sons and Daughters will be solely responsible for making their own decisions and will have full ownership of the results of the decisions they make, including seeking consultation from content expert professionals.
Interested fathers (Dad Link Dads) and interested young men and women (Dad Link Sons and Daughters) fill out a simple, confidential application. The Dad Link reviews the applications and then holds a private screening conversation with each applicant. The Dad Link will look for a match that seems to work, and then introduces the prospective Dad Link Dad with the prospective Dad Link Son or Daughter for the first time via phone or video chat. After that, the Dad Link Dad and the Dad Link Son or Daughter, if they both agree, may continue the one-on-one conversations in the mode and frequency of their choosing.