Make room, Mickey — City Dads Group has come to Orlando, Fla.
The hometown of Disney World recently became the 29th U.S. city to set up a chapter of our national fatherhood support network. The Orlando Dads Group joins the Miami Dads Group as our second Florida chapter.
The Orlando Dads Group will be led by:
- Marlon Gutierrez, a work-at-home digital marketing manager and married father of a 1-year-old girl, and
- Joe Sparks, a paramedic and married father of two.
“I’m the first of my friends to be a dad and it was difficult for me to find people who would relate to the challenges of being a dad,” Gutierrez said. “My wife found many mom groups in our area, and I was surprised that there weren’t any groups in my area that were inclusive of all dads. I am very excited at the opportunity to be able to connect with other like-minded fathers who really believe in the mutual benefit that being an involved father has on both themselves and their children.”
City Dads Group is a dynamic and diverse community of fathers redefining, by example, what it means to be a dad in the 21st century. Our national support network has more than 9,700 members based in and around major metropolitan U.S. cities. These include Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City.
Founded in November 2008 in New York City as a way a handful of fathers could arrange playdates and outings with their children, the organization went national as City Dads Group in 2014.