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Support Group Hopes To Making Better D.A.D.S. In Caroline CO.

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FEDERALSBURG, Md. - A support group for fathers in a barbershop?

For men across the country, it's more than just a place to get a haircut.  Barber shops are where guys can talk about everything from sports to politics, but now, Caroline County is using locations like Fade 2 Black Barbershop to help keep non-custodial fathers, from becoming deadbeat dads.

The Caroline County Department of Social Services has started a group called D.A.D.S,  short for "Dads Aiming and Determined to Support".  It's the first of it's kind on the Eastern Shore. Anthony Dickerson, a Case Worker with the Depart met of Social Services says it's a support group to help individuals to be reconnected with their children.

But why hold the meetings at a barbershop?

"Most guys, they vent in the barbershop," says Dickerson, "they talk about their child support cases there, so what better place to have a support group meeting?"  The goal is to have these men gather in a place they're already familiar with, and already feel comfortable.

The idea for D.A.D.S came to Anthony Dickerson one day while he was sitting in court, "I said we need to come up with a group that will teach these guys how to initiate and really fend for themselves."

According to the National Fatherhood initiative, one out of every three children in the United States lives without a biological father, a statistic Lonell Green knows all too well.  Owner of Fade 2 Black Barbershop, Green is also a non-custodial parent.  Green says he just wants to set a good example for other fathers struggling to make ends meet.  "I guess, what I'm looking to do is inspire dads to chase the or dreams.  If you cant find employment, create employment," says Green.

For Dickerson, "I'm just hoping to change a generation of fathers one dad at a time."

Organizers say they want to see the *DADS* program in every county in Maryland, and they say they've already gotten calls from Somerset County to start the program there.

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