Encourage, Educate & Empower Fathers

Single father families are on the rise. In 2019, there were approximately 6.51 million families with a male householder and no spouse present in the United States.

 According to Single Parent Magazine, the number of single fathers has increased by 60% in the last 10 years, and is one of the fastest growing family situations in the United States. Single DADS are provided with a limited amount of resources that are unique to them or aren’t as readily available to single DADS as they are to single moms. We men can also be our worst enemy because we tend to often view acceptance of help as a sign that we have failed as a man and father. This is where D.A.D.S. of STL will ensure men have a safe space to express their parenting challenges and frustrations while receiving the necessary resources to help DADS overcome and take pride in who they are. AT D.A.D.S of STL we will provide guidance, frequent encouragement, and a support system whom will walk alongside these DADS on their journey.

D.A.D.S of STL is a fast-growing nonprofit organization that is committed to the encouragement, education and empowerment of Fathers.


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Man judge is currently advising clients on their requests for legal proceedings and legal advice.


Father and Son Together in Workshop


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Become a Mentee Today!

D.A.D.S of STL is a fast-growing nonprofit organization that is committed to the encouragement, education and empowerment of Fathers. We work with dads, to ensure lasting impact through teaching advocacy, leadership, guidance, social-emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships, giving them the skills and confidence to thrive as fathers.

Mentor a Child

Are you ready to make a difference? As a mentor for D.A.D.S of Stl you can serve and provide guidance, oversight, and encouragement to a mentee. Through this valuable experience you are able to reach a child, review their progress and help them work towards identified goals by establishing identifiable benchmarks for success.

Become a Volunteer Today!

Our organization encourages the participation of volunteers who support our mission. If you agree with our mission and are willing to be interviewed and trained in our procedures, we encourage you to complete this application. The information on this form will be kept confidential and will help us find the most satisfying and appropriate volunteer opportunity for you.

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Olivia and Superhero Dad

Shaun Swearengen, Founder of D.A.D.S. of STL, sparked the inspiration for the second installment of the Queen Olivia Series.

“Olivia and Superhero Dad” is a children’s book that narrates the story of a young queen whose father is a superhero. This book celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter, emphasizing the significance of involved, present fathers. It’s a heartwarming tale that teaches children they can always rely on their dad to be their hero. With its adventure-filled storyline, vibrant illustrations, and easy-to-follow text, this book is ideal for readers aged 1 to 8.

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Christmas Down to the Socks

D.A.D.S of STL “The Power of Connections Meetup”

WIng ding! ucp heartland

D.a.d.s of stl tour city park

Christmas down to the socks 2022

Adopt - a - family 2022

Day At the Movies with d.a.d.s. of stl

Back to school supply drive

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