HomeDadCon — the Annual At-Home Dads Convention — brings primary caregiver dads together from across the country for professional development as dads who embrace parenting as their most important job, to network with other active and involved dads… and for a well deserved chance to relax.
Founded in Chicago in 1996, 2017 was our 22nd year, and we were thrilled to bring the event to Portland, Oregon — the first time on the west coast since 2008!
HomeDadCon is brought to you by the National At-Home Dad Network, a 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing advocacy, community, education, and support for families where fathers are the primary caregivers of their children. Our purpose is to empower fathers and champion a culture that recognizes them as capable and competent parents.
If you, your brand, or organization are interested in being an official Sponsor for a future HomeDadCon, we’d love to talk! Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or request a Sponsorship Packet.
We were thrilled to have a fantastic selection of speakers at HomeDadCon this year! Here’s some of the people that attendees got to hear from at this year’s convention.
Glen “Beleaf” HenryRecording Artist, "Beleaf in Fatherhood"
Mike ReynoldsCreator, EverydayGirl Dad
Kori Reed & Mike BeckerAuthors, "Zag Zig Parenting," ReedImagine
Kathy BayertVP of Learning and Advisory Services, Network of Executive Women
Jake LeeEarly Childhood Educator, TeachingJake.com
Charlie CapenCo-Founder, HowToBeADad.com
Jonathan LuiSenior Editor, GeekDad.com
Amory JaneSex Educator & Entertainer
Olive & DingoThe People's Clowns
Sam StevensMarriage and Family Therapist
Eric SnowExecutive Director, WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)
Dr. Joseph Garcia, Ed.DAuthor/Educator, Baby Sign Language
Aaron PhillipsLife Survival, LLC / Discovery's "Naked & Afraid"
Brian HeilmanFellow, Promundo-US/MenCare
The Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship fund to help stay-at-home dads who would like to attend HomeDadCon but cannot because of financial reasons.
Scholarships are funded by sales of our Dads Don’t Babysit t-shirts, as well as by donation. If you would like to help support our Scholarship Fun please use the links to either purchase a shirt or make a donation.
The Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of our friend and fellow at-home dad Brian Dickson, of Kansas City, Missouri. Brian passed away in 2007 of cancer a year after the scholarship’s inception.
HomeDadCon is especially important for fathers looking for support from men in similar situations, and attending can dramatically improve the success and well being of at-home dads. “Men who reported high levels of social support reported higher levels of relationship satisfaction and overall were more satisfied in their lives,” according to Dr. Aaron Rochlen, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas-Austin.
The Scholarship amount varies, depending on the travel and accommodation needs of the Scholarship Recipient, but we will do our best to help as many dads as we can, according to their need. Scholarships are limited, so be sure to apply early.
More information on the criteria for the scholarship or how to donate to the scholarship fund can be found by contacting the Scholarship Committee via email at email@example.com.
“People hugged participants who showed bravery in something they shared. People scratched and clawed and slept uncomfortably to attend. People showed great generosity. When you do all of that, and witness what I saw, it is easy to see the impact and value of this convention. Many return home with new friends, skills and energy for their challenging job at home. I return with a renewed sense of purpose and affirmation. What I have chosen to do is good and important. And I am not alone in doing this.”
CHRISTOPHER P. NEW YORK, NY
“The convention meant so much to me; meeting other at-home dads and being able to develop a sense of worth outside of the 24 hour job that I love so much.”
BRANDON FREDERICKSBURG, VA
“It would have been really easy to feel like an outsider at my first convention. But I didn’t. From the Thursday I arrived … to dropping off some new friends in KC on the way home, I felt like I was part of the group.”
CHAD ST. PETERS, MO
“It was good to hear that the issues I come across here at home are issues that you all come across, but the way we handle them are different, so getting a new perspective on things was a real help.”
BOB LARGO, FL
“Going to this is the single best thing I have ever done when it comes to really thriving in the role of the stay-at-home dad.”
CHRIS R. PORTLAND, OR
“While having fun is an important part of this weekend away from our families it is more an opportunity to strengthen the bond of the brotherhood of this remarkable group of guys. I’m a better husband, dad and man for knowing them.”
CARL W. TACOMA, WA
“I’ve truly found my tribe.”
MIKE H. SAN FRANCISCO, CA
“The feeling of walking into a room full of people you never met or only met once and feeling at home. Knowing that everyone there knows what your going through and has a solution. Or doesn’t have a solution but will buy you a drink and talk about.”
MIKE SOMERSET, NJ
“I’ve been at home with my kids for 5 years, and this is the first time I made it out to to conference, and I’m so glad I did. Over the weekend I experienced an amazing sense of brotherhood and solidarity, and now I know I’m not alone. Very cool.”
JONATHAN SANFORD, NC
In a word: YES. HomeDadCon is for anyone interested in either becoming a better parent, discussing modern fatherhood, or connecting with caregiver dads.
HomeDadCon is particularly designed to be beneficial to dads who are the regular primary caregiver for their child(ren). Most often this is in situations where their partner is the primary breadwinner for the family, but certainly not exclusively, and HomeDadCon is for any caregiver dad regardless of marital or employment status, or the current age of their children. If you are a single dad, or work inside or outside of the home in some capacity, please understand that this is for you too! If you used to be primary caregiver for your kid(s) but now they are school-aged or grown, you’re still part of the tribe and we’d still love to have you.
The official dates for HomeDadCon are Thursday, September 14th, to Saturday, September 16th. Things kick of with a Welcome Party on the Thursday evening, and end with our closing Convention Dinner on Saturday evening, so we highly recommend making sure your plans have you in town to participate in those if at all possible. The majority of attendees will be arriving on Thursday (9/14) and departing on Sunday (9/17) to travel home.
However! We will also have some fun, elective Pre-Convention activities around Portland throughout Thursday, as well as a more informal “Dad’s Night Out” on the evening of Wednesday, September 13th, for those already in town a night early. Our official hotel (DoubleTree by Hilton Portland) will give you the same low room rate for Wednesday night as for the rest of the weekend.
The registration fee includes all official HomeDadCon programming, as well as meals and snacks during official activities. It also includes an exclusive HomeDadCon t-shirt, and other goodies from our sponsors.
In addition, your registration entitles you to be a Voting Member of the National At-Home Dad Network, and will have voting rights during the Annual Meeting portion of the weekend, when members of the NAHDN Board of Directors are elected. If you are interested in running for a Board position, or finding out more about what is involved, please contact us.
Like any conference or convention, some attendees occasionally bring their families to the HomeDadCon host city with them, in order to enjoy some of the sights of the city together before or after the convention as a family vacation. Due to it’s length and some content, HomeDadCon itself is generally not for children or babes-in-arms, and we cannot not provide child care. In addition, many attendees feel that some of their favorite aspects of HomeDadCon are the after-hours time spent with other dads, so the distraction of bringing your family could mean less time to just relax with your fellow fathers. We recommend planning on scheduling the most alone time possible in order to get the most out of the weekend.
That said, partners interested in experiencing HomeDadCon are certainly welcome to join us if that’s what your family would like to do.
Thank you so much for your interest in supporting us! Please reach out by emailing us to find out more and request a Sponsorship Packet.
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