what is good dads?

Good Dads is the only organization in Southern Missouri focused on helping all dads be more engaged with their children. It began when business leaders in Springfield, Missouri recognized the impact of father absence on child well-being and came together for the purpose of supporting father engagement.

Good Dads is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to encourage fathers by providing inspiration, resources and events to help dads be the best they can be.

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Who is Good Dads For?

Good Dads is for all dads – because any dad can be a great parent. All he needs are the right tools.

Here, we’re all about fathers of all shapes and sizes. Maybe you’re a white-collar dad who can never seem to make time for raising kids after long hours at the office. Or maybe you’re a divorced tradesman who hasn’t seen the kids in years.

We’ve seen all kinds of dads: divorced dads, over-the-road trucker dads, dads who don’t have custody of their kids, dads who coach their kids’ sports teams, cub scout leader dads, single dads, dads with a history of drug abuse or incarceration, dads who take their kids on play dates and any other type of dad you can think of.

All of the above dads, despite different upbringings, experiences, barriers and strengths, all have the capacity to be a Good Dad. We’re here to encourage, equip and empower all dads to be the best parent they can be.

See Good Dads' 2022 Annual Report Here


  • Create & Promote podcasts, e-newsletters, public service announcements, and other pro-father messages.
  • Promote Good Dads Strong Schools.
  • Develop & Support events that help all fathers be more engaged with their children.
  • Partner with the business community to reach more dads.
  • Design & Develop programs to give all dads the tools and resources they need.
  • Resource & Train groups who serve fathers.
A collage of dads engaging in fun activities with their childrenA collage of dads engaging in fun activities with their kids


A map of Missouri showing partners and class locations

We have Good Dads classes are starting all the time throughout Missouri! Trained facilitators teach our classes to hundreds of dads every year. Find out more about each of our in-session classes by clicking on the button below.

Find A Class

Looking to start a Good Dads class in your neck of the woods? It would be our pleasure to collaborate with you. Give us a call or fill out our contact form at the bottom of this webpage.

A - Springfield Headquarters
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Stockton (Family Restoration Center)
C -
Kansas City (New Life CityChurch)
D -
Hannibal (Arch United Methodist Church)

1 - Brothers in Blue - Lansing Correctional Facility
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City Union Mission - Christian Life Program
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Endeavor House
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Harbor House
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Imani House

6 - Jasper County Jail
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The Life Church
8 - Northside Recovery Community Center - Freedom City Church
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Recovery Outreach Community Center

10 - Recovery Outreach Services
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Restoration of Hope Project
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Simmering Center
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Springfield Recovery Community Center
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Victory Mission


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