HomeDadCon — the Annual At-Home Dads Convention — brings primary caregiver dads together from across the country for professional development as dads who embrace parenting as their most important job, to network with other active and involved dads… and for a well deserved chance to relax.
Founded in Chicago in 1996, 2020 would have been our 25th year of HomeDadCon…if it wasn’t for COVID-19! Fear not, for this year we are holding DadCon@Home 2020 to bring you as much advocacy, community, education and support we normally bring at HomeDadCon each year – in an online format you can watch from home.
DadCon@Home is presented by The National At-Home Dad Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing advocacy, community, education, and support for families where fathers are the primary caregivers of their children. Our purpose is to empower fathers and champion a culture that recognizes them as capable and competent parents.
…at home! COVID-19 has made it impossible to hold a physical HomeDadCon this year, so we are working to bring some great content to you in a virtual format with DadCon@Home.
If you, your brand, or organization are interested in being an official Sponsor for DadCon@Home 2020, we’d love to talk! Please get in touch with us at email@example.com to find out more or request a Sponsorship Packet.
We had a phenomenal group of speakers for HomeDadCon 2019!
Joe MailanderGrammy Award winning singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Okee Dokee Brothers
Sam OlsonInstructor, Free Forest School
Ryan PlaschTherapist, Founder of Launchpad Dads
Maura and Bobby MarkoFounders, We Found Adventure
Mark Meier, MSW, LICSWExecutive Director, The Face It Foundation
Brian P. Heilman, MASenior Research Officer, Promundo-US
Dr. Anna MachinEvolutionary Anthropologist, Writer, & Broadcaster
Dr. Leslie BellSociologist, Psychotherapist, & Author
The Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship is a fund used to help at-home dads who would like to attend HomeDadCon but cannot because of financial limitations.
Scholarships are funded by sales of our Dads Don’t Babysit t-shirts, as well as by individual donations. If you would like to help support our Scholarship Fund, please use the links to either purchase a shirt or make a donation.
The Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of our friend and fellow at-home dad Brian Dickson, of Kansas City, Missouri. Brian passed away in 2007 of cancer a year after the scholarship’s inception.
HomeDadCon is especially important for fathers looking for support from men in similar situations, and attending can dramatically improve the success and well being of at-home dads. “Men who reported high levels of social support reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction and overall were more satisfied in their lives,” according to Dr. Aaron Rochlen, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin.
The Scholarship amount varies, depending on the travel and accommodation needs of the Scholarship Recipient, but we will do our best to help as many dads as we can, according to their need. Scholarships are limited, so be sure to apply early.
More information on the criteria for the scholarship or how to donate to the scholarship fund can be found by contacting the Scholarship Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Being introverted and shy, I was actually a little afraid I’d spend the whole con either sitting alone at breakouts or in my hotel room. But the brotherhood that we hear about is real – so many guys from different backgrounds introduced themselves and made me feel like one of them. I made great connections, got so much out of it, and came back energized and ready to be the best father I can be.”
“The convention meant so much to me; meeting other at-home dads and being able to develop a sense of worth outside of the 24 hour job that I love so much.”
BRANDON FREDERICKSBURG, VA
“HomeDadCon for me was recharging my batteries and meeting some of the best men I have ever met. So much inspiration, care, support and understanding.”
“It was good to hear that the issues I come across here at home are issues that you all come across, but the way we handle them are different, so getting a new perspective on things was a real help.”HomeDadCon offers realistic, practical, in-the-trenches teaching from doctors, psychologists, and authors who understand the ins and outs of fatherhood and child psychology. Pragmatic training for the everyday life as a caring, active father.”
“Going to this is the single best thing I have ever done when it comes to really thriving in the role of the stay-at-home dad.”
CHRIS R. PORTLAND, OR
“While having fun is an important part of this weekend away from our families it is more an opportunity to strengthen the bond of the brotherhood of this remarkable group of guys. I’m a better husband, dad and man for knowing them.”
CARL W. TACOMA, WA
“I’ve truly found my tribe.”
MIKE H. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
“It’s the feeling of walking into a room full of people you never met or only met once and feeling at home. Knowing that everyone there knows what you’re going through and has a solution, or doesn’t have a solution but will buy you a drink and talk with you about it.”
MIKE SOMERSET, NJ
“I’ve been at home with my kids for 5 years, and this is the first time I made it out to to conference, and I’m so glad I did. Over the weekend I experienced an amazing sense of brotherhood and solidarity, and now I know I’m not alone.”
JONATHAN SANFORD, NC
In a word: YES. HomeDadCon is for anyone interested in either becoming a better parent, discussing modern fatherhood, or connecting with caregiver dads.
HomeDadCon is particularly designed to be beneficial to dads who are the regular primary caregiver for their child(ren). Most often this is in situations where their partner is the primary breadwinner for the family, but certainly not exclusively, and HomeDadCon is for any caregiver dad regardless of marital or employment status, or the current age of their children. If you are a single dad, or work inside or outside of the home in some capacity, please understand that this is for you too! If you used to be primary caregiver for your kid(s) but now they are school-aged or grown, you’re still part of the tribe and we’d still love to have you.
If you want to pile them all in the same room with you for eight hours you probably could…but my kids would find a reason to start fighting with each other. We recommend getting some time to yourself to decompress, learn, and take some of our great speakers and content in!
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting us! Please reach out by emailing us to find out more and request a Sponsorship Packet.
We’d love to hear from you. Please fill out our HomeDadCon Speaker, Breakout, or Panel Submission form.
If you represent a commercial news outlet and are interested in reporting on DadCon@Home, Media/Press Passes are available in coordination with the organizers only and are limited in number. Passes are subject to the agreement to follow our guidelines in order to ensure privacy to our attendees. Please email us for more information.
While we can’t guarantee all submissions will be chosen, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us for more information.