WHAT IS HOMEDADCON?
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, 2020 will be our 25th year, and we are thrilled to bring the event to Greater Cincinnati!
Where to stay
Our Official Hotel is Embassy Suites by Hilton Cincinnati RiverCenter
Special HomeDadCon rate of $159/night for a double occupancy guestroom. Additional guests are $10/night per person.
Our official hotel and event venue is the Embassy Suites by Hilton Cincinnati RiverCenter. This is our third year with Embassy Suites and we are really excited to host HomeDadCon and stay with them again. Consider the following reasons why you should stay with us.
Why stay at the official hotel?
- FREE BREAKFAST! Attendees to HomeDadCon who stay at the official hotel have free breakfast available to them. Stay elsewhere, and you’re on your own for breakfast.
- It supports us as a non-profit: We are required by contract to fill a certain percentage of the rooms blocked out for our event, and if we do not meet that number then the organization is responsible to cover the cost. Staying at the official hotel helps ensure we can use event revenue towards putting on an amazing event, rather than covering such extra costs.
- It’s easier: Staying at the same hotel where the event is taking place gives you several advantages all weekend, including eliminating any travel time or expense from the hotel to venue, and additional time to network with other attendees.
- The Brotherhood of Fatherhood: Staying in the same hotel builds relationships that will last a lifetime. Many of our members organize events at the hotel (game nights, beer sharing, coffee sharing, etc) that you want to be part of.
Need a Roommate?
If the cost of a room is a concern and you would like to split the cost with a roommate but don’t have one, HAVE NO FEAR! Once you register, you will be added to our private Attendees Only Facebook group where you can connect with other attendees and find a roommate.
Reminder: Convention Rate deadline is September 14, 2020. Please be sure to book your room before then.
HomeDadCon 2019 could not have happened without our generous sponsors! Thank you!
If you, your brand, or organization are interested in being an official Sponsor for HomeDadCon 2020, we’d love to talk! Please get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com to find out more or request a Sponsorship Packet.
Have an idea?
Do you have an idea for a presentation, speaker, or breakout for HomeDadCon 2021? We’d love to hear from you!
BRIAN DICKSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
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 Fund, 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 needs. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations are now open!
Nominations for the Brian Dickson Memorial Scholarship for HomeDadCon 2020 are now open! Nominations close July 15, 2020. Winners will be contacted by August 1st.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING!
“Being introverted and shy, I was actually a little afraid I’d spend the whole con either sitting alone at breakouts or in my hotel room. But the brotherhood that we hear about is real – so many guys from different backgrounds introduced themselves and made me feel like one of them. I made great connections, got so much out of it, and came back energized and ready to be the best father I can be.”
“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
“It’s 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 you’re going through and has a solution, or doesn’t have a solution but will buy you a drink and talk with you about it.”
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 the 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.”
JONATHAN SANFORD, NC
“Going to this is the single best thing I have ever done when it comes to really thrive in the role of the stay-at-home dad.”
CHRIS R. PORTLAND, OR
“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
“HomeDadCon for me was recharging my batteries and meeting some of the best men I have ever met. So much inspiration, care, support and understanding.”
“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 is different, so getting a new perspective on things was a real help.”HomeDadCon offers realistic, practical, in-the-trenches teaching from doctors, psychologists, and authors who understand the ins and outs of fatherhood and child psychology. Pragmatic training for everyday life as a caring, active father.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- I’m not sure I am a “stay-at-home dad.” Is HomeDadCon for me?
- When should I arrive?
- What’s included in Registration?
- Should I bring my family?
- I’m interested in sponsoring HomeDadCon! Who do I talk to?
- I have an idea for a breakout session, and/or would like to be a speaker. Who do I talk to?
- How can I apply for a Media/Press Pass for HomeDadCon?