For the dads that we have met through W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, we realize they have their own set of challenges to navigate when it comes to parenting. These dads are providers, protectors, advocates, warriors and friends for their children. Having a child with special needs means medical and therapeutic appointments that can be tough to attend for working dads supporting their family, no matter how badly they want to be there. Even if they cannot attend those appointments, they advocate for their child to insurance companies, doctors and specialists, ensuring their child is receiving the best care. The father of a special needs child might find themselves comparing their family life to what other families have going on, even when they know deep down that each child and family is unique, having their own strengths and challenges. These dads protect their children ardently, making sure they are treated fairly whether it be on the playground, at a store, or at family get-togethers. One of the main focuses for a dad of a child with special needs is to be certain their child can be as independent as they can be, setting them up for a future of possibilities.