Rooted for parents identifying as he/him/his, they/them/theirs, or anyone who feels most comfortable in this group

2nd Friday of the month: 6-8pm on the upper level of Common Ground, 2644 Branch Street, Middleton

4th Friday of the month: 6-8pm at MAPS Base Camp, 402 E. Washington Avenue, Madison

Our dads' group, Rooted, is an opportunity to socialize and support each other through the highs and lows of fatherhood. Finding a community of dads increases your likelihood of a successful and enriching fatherhood experience and can reduce stress - especially for stay-at-home dads. 

1 in 10 dads will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, and 1 in 5 dads may have a partner experiencing a PMAD. We know that dads do not receive the same resources and support that mothers do. Rooted is a safe space for dads to talk about their own personal experiences and gain some insight from others local dads. 

Group Facilitators:

Franz Varga, Rooted Peer Support Volunteer
"My family has struggled with postpartum depression. We’ve worked through a tooth at seven days old. We faced troubles breastfeeding. My wife and I cried together over our birth experience that went absolutely opposite of how we had ever hoped or planned. And yet, we survive. Eventually, we thrive. 

Rooted is a place to share your challenges and your joys. Each of us has an entirely different scope of struggles that we’ve overcome - every one of us a champion! Whether you have a specific concern in mind or come to hear and be around other accepting parents, Rooted is the right place for you. As a facilitator, my goal is to ensure fathers feel welcomed, heard, and supported, and to help build a community that dads can rely on."


Madison Area Parent Support (MAPS) provides direct support and resources to families - from pregnancy through the rest of parenthood - free of charge, with a particular focus on parents struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs).

MAPS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible. 

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Madison Area Parent Support does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.

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