Wisconsin Fathers for Children and Families held their annual meeting last night at the Coliseum Restaurant in Madison.
There were about 20-25 people in attendance including most of the Dads of Wisconsin board members, myself, Joe and Ken. Laura had to work so we missed her. We all met with the new WFCF board members and while there was some spirited discussion both WFCF and DoW are rock solid in our support for the equal placement bill. We will get together more formally in the near future to discuss how we can utilize the resources of both our organizations to the greatest effect.
I was a little disappointed at the turnout. Those of you who did not attend missed out on the free beer! I thought that would draw a crowd in Wisconsin. That was a missed opportunity. WFCF has a lot to offer.
Many of our followers on the Dads of Wisconsin page are dads who are struggling with the denizens of family courts to be able to see their own children. They need to know that somebody is on their side.
WFCF offers services that are specifically designed to help guys in that position. They cannot offer legal advice but they can give advice based on years of experience going through the same sh*t you are going through. They offer support from men who have been there and done that as well as others guys who are just beginning. Many guys feel that they are (sometimes suddenly) all alone. They are not.
Once a month WFCF holds gatherings around Wisconsin called Fathers Night Out where they provide experienced advisors in a relaxed atmosphere of food and drinks. Just sitting around a table with other fathers facing the same problems and experiencing the same emotional turmoil can help one cope.
Currently there are FNOs in the Milwaukee, Dane county and Fox Valley areas and hopefully soon in Wausau. Check out their web page for locations and times.
They are aware the website looks a little outdated and they are working on it but everyone at WFCF, like DoW, are volunteers and they are busy with the 5-6 calls a day that can come into their telephone hotline 1-608-ALL-DADS.