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DAD Project

The Direct Assistance to Dads (DAD) Project is a free, voluntary program that provides home visits to fathers and their families. 

The program uses the evidence-based Parents as Teachers home visiting model to provide parent support, identify potential childhood delays, and improve school readiness. Services are offered for up to 3 years. 

  • Working with fathers and their families to identify their goals
  • Supporting these fathers in their efforts to meet their goals
  • Providing information on men's health and child development
  • Connecting families with community and social services

What services does the DAD Project offer?

  • Caring and culturally sensitive home visitors
  • Health assessments for fathers and children
  • Tools and resources to strengthen parenting relationships and communication skills
  • Parent Advocacy
  • Connections to health, education, employment, and legal services
  • Group education for enrolled fathers to learn how to access community resources

Who is eligible to enroll in the program?

Residents of the City of Milwaukee who are teens or adults who identify as male and are Expecting Fathers and Fathers with a child up to 3 years old


Who can I contact for more information?

Please get in touch with the City of Milwaukee Health Department's central Intake and Referral line at (414) 286-8620 for more information.


Where can I find more information about home visitation and fatherhood?

Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Programs

Department of Children and Families—Family Foundations Home Visiting (FFHV) Program

Parents as Teachers

National Fatherhood Initiative

The Nurturing Fathers Program


Dad Project Events and Support Groups:

Focus on Fathers: A Dad-Driven Support Group

Visit us on the first Thursday of each month for Focus on Fathers - a space for fathers to share experiences and receive support in a safe and confidential environment. The group is open to health department clients and Milwaukee residents.

For questions or more information, contact David Comer at [email protected] or (414) 286-6636.

Meeting Location:
Office of African American Affairs
4830 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Maternal and Child Health Division



How do I make a referral?

Fill out and submit the Home Visiting Interest and Referral Form 


Contact the City of Milwaukee Health Department's Central Intake and Referral line at (414) 286-8620.

In the news: 

March 4, 2024 - FOX6 Dad Project: Milwaukee program seeks to grow
The free, voluntary program connects a fatherhood involvement specialist from the department with new or expecting fathers.

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