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, 2018 will be our 23rd year, and we are thrilled to bring the event to Orlando, Florida!
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.
We’re thrilled to have our convention venue, the Embassy Suites Lake Buena Vista Resort Orlando, also be our official hotel for HomeDadCon 2018. Not only is their service second to none, but they’ve also given us an exceptional rate on rooms for our event at only $125/night.
If the cost of a room is a concern, you would like to split the cost of a room with a roommate, but don’t have one, please check out our Facebook group dedicated to that purpose here!
If you, your brand, or organization are interested in being an official Sponsor for HomeDadCon 2018 in Orlando, we’d love to talk! Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or request a Sponsorship Packet.
Our team is busy putting together a fantastic selection of speakers for HomeDadCon this year in Orlando. Watch this space for more speaker information and announcements!
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 fund used to help at-home dads who would like to attend HomeDadCon but cannot because of financial limitations.
Scholarships are funded by sales of our Dads Don’t Babysit t-shirts, as well as by individual donations. 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 13th, to Saturday, September 15th. Things kick of with a Welcome Party on Thursday evening, and we close the convention festivities on Saturday evening. The majority of attendees will be arriving on Thursday (9/13) and departing on Sunday (9/16) to travel home.
The registration fee includes all official HomeDadCon programming, as well as meals and snacks during official activities, 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 its length and some content, HomeDadCon itself is generally not for children or babes-in-arms, and we can not provide childcare. However, Orlando is obviously a great place to bring the family and enjoy the many theme parks in the area. So, if you want to turn your HomeDadCon experience into an entire family vacation, we would love for you to do that. We even have a fellow at-home dad that can help with planning your entire trip including your visits to the parks.
Please contact us for more details if you would like help planning your travel to and stay in Orlando.
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.
We’d love to hear from you. Please fill out our HomeDadCon Speaker, Breakout, or Panel Submission form.
If you represent a commercial news outlet and are interested in reporting on HomeDadCon, Media/Press Passes are available in coordination with the organizers only and are limited in number. Passes are subject to the agreement to follow our guidelines in order to ensure privacy to our attendees. Please email us for more information.
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