About Us

DadLINE is dedicated to serving dads and families by supporting parenting education, healthy relationships, child well-being, and financial stability. We focus on each father’s individual needs and interests and implement a 16-week curriculum. DadLINE is a service of Lifeline, located in Kirksville, MO.

What we believe:

Dads are lifelines for their children and families.

A lifeline means:

  1. a thing on which someone or something depends or which provides a means of escape from a difficult situation.
  2. a rope or line used for life-saving, typically one thrown to rescue someone in difficulties in water or one used by sailors to secure themselves to a boat.

When dads are present and involved, children are more likely to thrive. Their social, physical, cognitive, and emotional developments are improved, and they are less likely to find themselves in trouble as they grow older. On the contrary, according to the 2017 U.S. Census Bureau, when dads are absent, their children are:

  • Four times greater risk of poverty
  • More likely to have behavioral problems
  • Two times the risk of infant mortality
  • More likely to go to prison
  • More likely to commit a crime
  • Seven times more likely to become pregnant as a teen
  • More likely to face abuse and neglect
  • More likely to abuse drugs and alcohol
  • Two times more likely to drop out of high school

Dads matter. 

DadLINE’s Mission:

To strengthen father-child relationships and promote responsible fatherhood through education and mentoring activities with the goal of supporting and equipping fathers and their families in Northeast Missouri.

DadLINE’s Objectives:

To equip, empower, and engage dads through four areas of focus: 1) healthy relationship workshops, 2) responsible parenting workshops, 3) financial and career support, and 4) case management.

DadLine’s History:

DadLINE is a program of Lifeline. Lifeline was first established in 1997 to provide family support and educational services in Northeast Missouri. Today, Lifeline serves over 250 women and men annually through a variety of no-cost supportive services and programs, including:

  • Prenatal and parenting education, 
  • Pregnancy testing, 
  • Limited obstetrical ultrasound, 
  • Family-focused peer and professional counseling,
  • Sexual risk avoidance (school-based program serving over 5,000 students each year)
  • And a wide variety of community referrals.

Lifeline began serving fathers through the DadLINE fatherhood program in 2013, focusing on one-on-one coaching sessions with passionate dad volunteers wanting to make a positive investment in the lives of other dads. As the enthusiasm grew, more and more dads stepped in.

As one participant described:

When you sign up for DadLINE, you get to meet with another dad, basically someone who’s been in your shoes, who knows how to be a father. They’re there to answer your questions and give you a pat on the back to let you know everything’s going to be fine, that being a dad is cool. That gave me hope.”

Another participant said:

Lifeline has helped me prepare for my baby. I have learned so much. A lot of people here are parents themselves, so we get to see how they interact and learn from them . . . I know there’s hope even when things get hard.”

In 2020, Lifeline received the Fatherhood FIRE (Family–focused, Interconnected, Resilient, and Essential) grant from the Office of Family Assistance. The grant allowed Lifeline to extend the DadLINE program and serve even more fathers in the process.

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DadLINE does not provide or refer for abortion.