Support Groups for Dads
Connecting Dads, Nurturing Fatherhood
Support groups provide a dedicated space for dads to connect, support one another, and thrive in their journey of fatherhood. Being a dad comes with its own unique joys, challenges, and uncertainties. Groups foster a sense of community and provide a welcoming environment for dads from all walks of life. Participation serves as an invitation for ongoing connection and support.
Tentative Dates (In Person)*
Monday Night Group
Jul 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 21, 28
Sunday daytime Jul 16 & Aug 27
Tuesday Night Group
Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 22, 29
Sunday daytime Jul 16 & Aug 27
*Groups consist of 6-10 people and meet in the Berkeley/Oakland area. Weekday evening meetings are without children; children are encouraged to join Sunday daytime gatherings. Exact timing determined based on participant availability.
$250 covers cost of organizing, facilitation, and supporting materials for eight sessions.
About the Facilitator
Andrew Gordon-Kirsch (he/him)
I'm an experienced facilitator and a new dad. When I became a father, I found myself yearning for a community where I could openly discuss my joys, fears, and doubts. It was during these moments of vulnerability that I recognized the need for a support group that could offer empathy, guidance, and a sense of belonging. In hosting these support groups, I do not pose as the Fatherhood Expert. Rather, I combine my curiosity as a new parent with my expertise in facilitation, group dynamics, and men's work to hold space for dads to navigate challenges, celebrate triumphs, and learn from one another's experiences.
Andrew with daughter.
For Dads Who Are
Seeking Community: If you're looking to connect with other dads who understand and are eager to share the joys, challenges, and emotional complexities of fatherhood, this group is for you.
Navigating Emotional Challenges: Whether you're facing stress, anxiety, work-life balance issues, relationship dynamics, self-care concerns, or intimacy and sexual dynamics, the group provides a supportive space to explore and address these emotional challenges.
Interested in Learning and Growing: If you're eager to gain insights and peer-to-peer learning from other dads who have faced similar situations, this group offers a platform for personal and parenting growth.
Open to Sharing and Listening: Being able to share your thoughts, experiences, and concerns openly and non-judgmentally is important. The group fosters a culture of active listening, compassion, and respect for each other's journeys.
Ready to Build Lasting Connections: This group is for dads who value genuine connections and long-lasting relationships. While not required, participating in the group provides a natural invitation for ongoing connections with fellow dads who are on a similar path.
I hold space for topics the group wants to discuss, such as:
Parenting Identity and Role
Intimacy and Sex
Stress and Anxiety
Fatherhood Stereotypes and Gender Roles
Emotional Support Networks
Balancing Personal Needs and Parental Responsibilities
Dads’ support groups are designed to provide an intimate and supportive environment. Each group consists of 6 to 10 people, ensuring a safe and engaging space for open conversations. We meet in the Berkeley/Oakland area a total of eight times: Six meetings on weeknights without children present--allowing for focused discussions and deeper connections--and two weekend meetings where children are encouraged to join--fostering family-friendly interactions and strengthening the bonds between fathers and their kids. The duration is about two months, allowing participants to build meaningful relationships, navigate fatherhood challenges together, and create opportunities for ongoing community building.
Groups meet in person in the Berkeley/Oakland area. If this is not accessible for you due to health, location, or other concerns, please complete the virtual interest form and you’ll be contacted when a virtual group opens.
Acknowledgement to Co-Parents
To the co-parents of the dads in our group, thank you for your unwavering support. Your willingness to shoulder the extra workload and provide care for our children allows us to fully engage in meaningful discussions and personal growth as fathers. Thank you for being our partners in this journey. Together, we can build stronger families and create a community where the joys and challenges of fatherhood are embraced and supported.