Dads4Kids is a harm prevention charity dedicated to prevention and control of behaviour that is harmful or abusive to the life of human beings.
Fatherlessness has been shown by the social sciences to contribute to an increase in child poverty, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, increased levels of child mortality between conception and birth, child emotional abuse, child physical abuse, child and adult drug abuse, child and adult increase in suicide, child and adult self harm and much other destructive and abusive human behaviour. Therefore, the principal activity of Dads4Kids is the prevention of such abusive human behaviours by the promotion of excellence in fathering, which shall henceforth be taken to mean:
- Fathers who are, in word and deed, responsible, involved, protective, loving and committed to the well-being of their children and their children’s mother.
- Children are the most vulnerable members of our society.
As a harm prevention charity, Dads4Kids is a non-partisan and non-denominational child protection charity. That is why Dads4Kids exists. We believe that the best way to protect a child is to help that father of that child do a better job of being a father. The best way to help fathers do a better job is to educate and resource fathers, and to promote excellence in fathering. Dads4Kids would like to help all fathers be better fathers, no matter what their nationality, age, religion or status.
Dads4Kids believes that when a child is conceived, a father and a mother also come into being. The child in the womb needs the full protection of both its mother and father. Mothers need maximum support and encouragement throughout their pregnancy. The best person to provide that support is the father of her child.
Scientific research into hormone levels shows that a father’s hormone levels rise and fall with the mother’s hormone levels to sustain greater levels of nurturing and care both before and after birth. Dads4Kids believes that the birth of a child is a wonderful miracle. The birth of a baby is often described as a deeply emotional and spiritual experience by fathers and mothers of all nations and of all religious beliefs.
Dads4Kids that the creation of life is both a natural and spiritual act. Conception takes place when a man and women make love through sexual intercourse. Therefore we believe that sexual intercourse is both a natural and spiritual experience, and should be honoured and respected by all. Sexual union is not a commodity to be bought and sold at will, but a beautiful expression of committed love between a man and a woman deeply in love.
Dads4Kids believes that committed marriage is the best way to protect and channel that love, which is capable of producing a child. We believe that marriage is the intimate, loving covenantal partnership between a man and a woman for life. Children have a mother and father for life. Marriage is the best way to protect a continuous and warm relationship with a child’s mother and father throughout the life of a child.
Dads4Kids believes that marriage between a father and a mother is a greater social good that protects and benefits children and the whole community. Successful loving marriages decrease the likelihood of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, domestic violence against women, mental illness in children, infant mortality and child health outcomes, child poverty and the likelihood of children engaging in criminal behaviour of drug abuse.
Marriage is the foundation for the family, where children may be born and grow in security and love. Every child has a right to both a mother and a father and this right is only truly enjoyed by the child when a man and woman live in a committed marital relationship in mutual respect with fidelity.
Dads4Kids believes that every child has the right in the event of divorce or parental separation to equal contact with both the mother and the father, unless there are proven mitigating circumstances. Family law should provide and reflect this right to protect the best interests of the child.
Dads4Kids believes in and advocates for gender equality. However, we believe that each sex is unique and special, and we affirm that difference. Dads4Kids believes in the need for gender advocacy. We believe that responsible gender advocates should recognise the uniqueness of each sex and the complementarity of the male and female of the species.
Dads4Kids believes in the need for gender reconciliation and affirms that committed, loving, caring and covenantal marriages are the highest expression of gender reconciliation. Dads4Kids believes that there is a natural tension between the male and female of the species, and it is in a committed marriage between a man and a woman that this tension is continually resolved in a loving and gracious way.
Children learn conflict resolution by observing their mothers and fathers resolve the gender conflict that naturally occurs in a committed loving marital relationship. Successful marriages between men and women help girls and boys confirm their own sex, and avoid gender disorientation that can occur in formative years.
Dads4Kids believes that as the conception and birth of a child is both a natural and spiritual experience. As birth is a natural and spiritual experience, so is fatherlessness both a natural and spiritual problem. The problem of fatherlessness in our nation can be solved if we, as groups and individuals, work together for the common good. The greatest resource this country possesses lies in the families of our nation.
At the same time, the strength of our families depends on the quality of the relationships between mothers and fathers. The quality of the relationships between mothers and fathers and their children will determine the destiny of Australia. The future of Australia lies in the character of her children. Equipping and supporting fathers and mothers in their relationships helps ensure that our children have the best possible future.
Dads4Kids believes that every child has the fundamental right to both a mother and a father. The best way to secure this right is to establish a loving and stable marriage between a man and a woman for life. This long-term relationship facilitates the rights of grandmothers and grandfathers to continued access and valuable input into their grandchildren.
The overwhelming conclusion of current social science research has shown that the best environment for children is a two heterosexual-parent household. The best way to ensure strong families is to support strong marriages. This traditional family unit — a loving father, mother and their children — is the best way to nurture, educate and protect children. This is the best social security system the world has ever known.
However, for a variety of different reasons, many fathers do not find themselves in a marriage relationship. Therefore, irrespective of their marital status, we want to support all dads to fulfil their role as effective fathers.
Fatherlessness can be defined as the absence of an active, positive father-influence in the lives of children. Fatherlessness is both a natural and spiritual problem. It needs strategic and synergistic partnerships that should involve government, business, church, community, faith-based and secular charities, and many others working together to strengthen and support Australian fathers.
The founders and members of Dads4Kids acknowledge that Australia’s constitution and governmental system is framed on its Judeo-Christian heritage. The Judeo-Christian heritage of our legal system dates back to Great Britain’s Westminster system of government, which bases it history on the Magna Carta, King Alfred the Great, and ultimately takes its foundation from the Old and New Testaments.
Australia’s constitution, which dates back to our Federation in 1901, states in the preamble: “Humbly relying on the blessings of Almighty God.” Dads4Kids is a faith-based charity, and as such, the constitution of Dads4Kids and its founding members and board members openly declare the same, “humble reliance on the blessings of Almighty God.“
Dads4Kids’ constitution is predicated on the same biblical belief system, that is, the foundation for our Westminster style of government. The Ten Commandments form the basis for Australia’s legal system and high ethical standards of public accountability. Therefore, it is to be noted that the core beliefs of the members and board members of Dads4Kids and the constitution of Dads4Kids are by description Christian and based on a biblical worldview, which uphold the highest level of honesty, transparency, humility and accountability at all times in all business dealings and in all human relationships.
Our goal is to glorify our Father in heaven in all we do and say and inspire those around us to know His love by the example of our lives. Our mentor and example is the Lord Jesus Christ who we believe to be the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus Christ came to this earth to serve and not to be served, and we as the founding members of Dads4Kids proclaim our desire to follow in his footsteps of service for our fellow man, but at the same time we acknowledge our inability and weakness before all men. We invite comment, evaluation and scrutiny of all the activities of Dads4Kids to ensure that the highest standard of ethics in all dealings is both upheld and achieved at all times.