About Dads MOVE
Dads MOVE was established in Washington State in 2011 to serve fathers raising children with behavioral health needs.
Dads M.O.V.E. seeks to provide every parent/caregiver (especially dads) with the tools, support, and training needed to be fully engaged in the recovery of their children.
Dads MOVE’s Mission is to strengthen the father's role in raising children with behavioral health needs through education, peer support and advocacy
Dads MOVE is seeking to open a full-service Equestrian
Center with the goal of serving the therapy needs of Special Needs Children. We
also are looking to work with Selected Incarcerated Parents to Train, Educate
and assist in the operation of the Equestrian Center.
We seek to train parents on how to deal with their special
needs children. The special needs children get the equine therapy they need
with the animals by building relationships and learning to care for the
animals. To rescue animals in the area and use the rescued animals that are
trainable for the therapy and ones that are not found a suitable home for them.
The center would provide a substantial amount of food for the bigger animals.
The parents and children would have the opportunity to work in the gardens to
help with crop growth for food which would build relationships between parent
and child. The parent and child would have the opportunity to spend nights to
help with therapy as a family. This would provide jobs and services for the
community which would be run by donations and grants, volunteers, and peer
Dads MOVE Equestrian Center is located 27 miles outside of
Omak Washington in the Eastern slopes of the North Cascade Mountain Range on
The parents will have the option of becoming Dads MOVE
employees at the Equestrian center and Dads MOVE Presenters and Trainers.
Dads MOVE currently employs 2 full-time employees and 7 part-time employees. We are working on recruiting more volunteers to help with this project.
Dads MOVE and our partners will provide high-quality, relevant, and varied services and opportunities to keep and enhance the quality of life for our citizens with special needs and other challenges. Engaging them to become as self-sufficient and independent to every extent possible while cultivating cooperative relationships with their community.
Year one would be to have a coral set up for horses which we already have to start the therapy. The training center is to be started to start training the parents. start marketing the center. Building up the infrastructure adding stables and housing for animals and overnights stays for children and parents within the first year. Start applying for grants to help with the center
Where we are at:
Year one would be to have a coral set up for horses, which we already have to start equine therapy. Another year one goal will be to construct the training center to be started for educating the parents. Start marketing the center. Start building up the infrastructure by adding stables and housing for parents and staff. Meet with potential funders and partners for sustainable funding.
Dads MOVE already has 40 acres and Hoses donated for the project.
You can help us make this center a reality. Our organization needs help in the following areas to make this a reality: