Dr. Dan Podraza is the driving force behind the movement to CONNECT every father with their child—one child at a time. His motivation is PREVENTION that will make the world a better place for his nine grandchildren. While acknowledging that structure, discipline, learning, and bonding are critical to the wellbeing of every child, it is in connecting with a child’s thoughts that can make the difference in a child’s happiness, the child’s success, and the relationship with the parent. Dr. Dan has formulated steps, beginning with listening to the child’s thoughts, which can begin a deep and lasting relationship with the child that can begin in early childhood.
Dr. Dan’s research includes developing resilience in young children as well as parent-child connecting. His hands-on experience as a child advocate includes teaching and mentoring young children in elementary schools, junior highs, high schools, alternative schools, and youth prisons. He has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Cook County, Illinois. His greatest satisfaction comes from working with all fathers to be connected to their children.