DADS is a grassroots organization 501(c)(3) that is leading a movement to have an impact on the epidemic of the absence of fathers in America. DADS gives fathers hope by walking together in supportive community, helping navigate relational and legal barriers which separate them from their children and families.

Services DADS can help with:

Family Reunification​

Case Management
Child Support Management
Parenting Plan Assistance
Parenting Classes
Support Groups

Other Resources

Other Resources:

Washington Court Forms
Birth Certificate Forms
Community and National Resources
Casey Foundation
National Fatherhood Initiative
The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Bohnett Memorial Foundation
Conscious Fathering
Emerald City Bible Fellowship
National Association of Family Ministries
African American Healthy Marriage Initiative
Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood
Devoted Spouses

DADS offers three weekly support groups

DADS offers three weekly support groups that encourage fathers to renew their commitment to their families.  Fathers can discuss the problems and struggles they may be experiencing in trying to accomplish their action plan and find hope and encouragement to do the hard work of becoming a responsible dad.

DADS Seattle

5709 Rainier Ave S.
Seattle, Wa 98118

Wednesday Morning Support Group

9:30 am to 11:30 am 

Thursday Evening Support Group

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Tacoma Support Group at the Hope Center

10402 Kline St. SW, Lakewood, WA, 98499

Wednesday Evening Support Group

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 

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Our History


Marvin and Jeanett Charles started DADS in their living room in 1998. They wanted to apply the lessons they had learned during their own recovery and the rough period when they put their family back together. They had been homeless, unemployed addicts with a 'sketchy' life of those who operated beyond the boundaries of the formal economy. Marvin and Jeanett had lost several of their children to the foster care system, under the jurisdiction of the Washington State Child Protective Services (CPS). They were facing termination of parental rights when a CPS worker gave them a 90-day deadline to become sober, find housing and find employment. They took strength from their renewed religious beliefs in the saving power of Jesus and their commitment to each other.


Today, they live in their own home with three daughters and a son. One former CPS caseworker worked part-time in the office as administrative assistant to Jeanett. Many community leaders and volunteers support DADS and the important work that DADS does.


Much has changed since 1998, while so much has remained the same for fathers who are down and struggling.  Whether they are recovering from addiction, coming out of prision or just dealing with the difficulties of life, DADS works with fathers, one dad at a time, to strengthen and support them and to help them build a better world for their children.