Dads Do It All
Support the fathers in your life and watch them thrive.
The importance of a father in a child's life is immense. As a father, you have a lasting impact on your children and the way they learn, love and grow throughout their life. Dads do so much for their children and deserve the love and support from those around them to continue doing it all!
Dad Life: A Virtual Chat for AZ Dads
The support of other fathers is essential in being the best dad you can be. Watch our live panel with host Spencer Blake of AZFamily and other impactful fathers from the Arizona community. They chat about fatherhood, raising children, tough times, triumphs and more!
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Host: Spencer Blake
AZ Family Anchor & Reporter
As seen on People.com (link is external), Today.com (link is external), BuzzFeed (link is external) and other national news outlets, Spencer’s road to parenthood wasn’t easy. After he and his wife tried for a baby for about a year, they were diagnosed with "unexplained infertility." After three years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, they considered adoption to expand their family.
In 2012, they adopted their first son and adopted another boy in 2014. Spencer and his wife turned their seven-year struggle with infertility into a heartwarming message of inspiration in a photo series that went viral called “infertility announcements” - helping normalize infertility. Serving as an AZ Family (link is external) anchor and reporter, Spencer continues to share Arizona stories that bring families together.
2021 Casey Excellence Father Award Winner
Edward is a father of three wonderful children and is raising his youngest two as a single father. Edward became involved with the Child Welfare System nine years ago when his children were temporarily removed due to substance use and domestic violence in the home. After completing a case plan and a variety of classes, his children were returned to his care and have been with him ever since. He now aims to help struggling families succeed, so they can avoid the path he took and their families can stay intact.
A 2021 Casey Excellence for Children (link is external) Birth Father Award Winner, Edward serves as the Program and Services Development Manager at the Family Involvement Center (link is external). He’s also involved as a parent leader with the Alliance Parent Partnership Council (link is external) and is active with the Birth Parent National Network (link is external).
NFL Cornerback Free Agent
Former Steelers and Chiefs cornerback, Steve (link is external)is a proud father of two. With daily training, frequent traveling and managing his personal business, he strives to maintain a positive work life balance - no matter what the day brings.
Living his family’s legacy and sharing it with generations to come, Steve’s father is the original Steve Nelson and his son is Steve Nelson III. Beyond his own children, he hopes to inspire all children to live healthy, active lives by serving as a role model for the next generation.
LGBTQA and Project Jigsaw Advocate
Kevin and his husband are proud fathers of two beautiful girls. Like many couples unable to bring a child into the world biologically, they decided to explore adoption.
When they learned how many Arizona children are living in foster and group homes who are available for adoption, they reached out to Arizona’s Children Association (link is external), who have helped many LGBTQA community members provide forever homes. In 2016, after navigating the qualification process, they adopted siblings. Using their experience to help others, they helped spearhead the work of Project Jigsaw (link is external) and continue to advocate for LGBTQA families and Arizona’s adoptable children (link is external).
Executive Director at Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center
Allan is a father of two beautiful children and husband to an even more beautiful wife. He has committed his life and work to helping other fathers realize their importance in their children’s lives. Even though dads are equally important to the growth and development of their child as moms, many struggle to articulate why they matter. He wants to change that.
Allan currently serves as the Executive Director at Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center (link is external) and chairs the Southern Arizona Fatherhood Collaborative (link is external) and the Pima County Parenting Coalition (link is external).
Championship Fathering Coach
A father of three, Thomas serves as a full-time Visionary Coach and Consultant alongside his wife, at House of Clai Ventures (link is external), and as a Championship Fathering Coach (link is external) and key member of the Arizona Department of Child Safety Parent Advisory Collaborative (PAC). The growth of his family places even more importance on serving as an example of his family motto, "Living a Legacy that Reveals the Glory of our Creator."
Thomas believes the lack of cross-cultural engagement keeps us from reaching our full potential as a human race. By developing 4D Parenting – reminding our children they are unique, different and complex by design – we can model for them what it looks like to be aware of, acknowledge and appreciate our differences so we can make better decisions that benefit us all.
Dads Do Activities
Getting to do things with your kids is part of the fun of being a Dad. This activity is simple, interactive and silly – perfect for connecting with your kids over dinner or on a weekend afternoon. Send your kiddos on a scavenger hunt around the house searching for some special things. Just download and enjoy!
Resources Just for Dads
Keep your Dad game strong! We’ve got just the resources you need. The resources below cover everything from diaper changes, to first dances and more! Get the support and knowledge you need now.
NAFFA (Native American Fatherhood & Families Assoc.)
NAFFA is an Arizona based organization that provides programs to strengthen families through responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Their programs are one of a kind, creating a real passion in parents to take a leadership role in keeping families together and growing healthy children.
Father Matters is a community development organization, committed to building stronger, healthier communities by supporting, encouraging, and enlightening today’s fathers and families.
Parent Aid (Pima County)
Parent Aid is an organization aimed at helping to support parents and preventing child abuse by strengthening families and our community.
Creciendo Unidos is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unify and strengthen families. Creciendo Unidos works to create healthier communities where individuals give back and become leaders of change.
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (Available in all counties)
UArizona Cooperative Extension takes the science of the University to the people of Arizona through programs, publications, classes, events and one-on-one teaching.
Family Involvement Center
Family Involvement Center is a family-run organization driven by parents who’ve been in your position!
First Things First
As Arizona's early childhood agency, FTF funds services like parenting workshops and home visitation programs throughout the state. Families can use the Find Programs tool on the FTF website.
Child Care Resource and Referral
Selecting a child care program is a big decision! Let Child Care Resource and Referral help you with the information and tools needed to make an informed decision.
Birth to Five Helpline and Mobile App
The Birth to Five Helpline is a free service open to all Arizona families with young children looking for the latest child development information from experts in the field.
2-1-1 Arizona operators will help individuals and families find resources that are available to them locally, throughout the state, and provide connections to critical services.
Strong Families Arizona
Strong Families AZ has a number of home visiting programs designed for different needs, including low income families, parents who have children with developmental disabilities, parents interested in learning how to monitor the progress of their child’s mental and physical development, and more.
National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Aims to offer assistance to father’s around important issues surrounding fatherhood and programs for fathers today.