Day: June 16, 2012

175. Honor Dads to Help Other Fathers with TeamDad.com

 A new initiative born right here in Barrington is gaining momentum in the movement to help dads be more present in the lives of their children. The recently debuted TeamDad.com is the latest online initiative created by David and Peggy Hirsch of Barrington Hills. David is also the founder of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, a campaign to help men be better fathers. David says his passion for this cause became “crystal clear” when his fifth child was born 15 years ago.
“As the father of five kids, the responsibility of being a dad when my career was taking off was overwhelming. There was the risk, I think, that I might not be focused on having a meaningful relationship with my kids and I wanted to do something about that.  It was at that point, at the end of 1996, that I was looking for fatherhood resources online and couldn’t find any.  I was also alarmed by the statistics I found. Four out of ten kids are born of a father absent at home. One out of three don’t have a dad’s name listed on their birth certificate.”…

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