Children's Aid Dads Pledge Their Best at Daddy Pick Up Day

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“Let it be known on this day that my job as a Dad is never done.” This is how dozens of fathers ended their pledge on Wednesday, April 25th at The Children’s Aid Society’s Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem. The center held its inaugural Daddy Pick-Up Day in which fathers picked up their children promptly as 5:45 p.m. Dads, step-dads, grandfathers, children, friends and staff collectively marched around the neighborhood chanting “5:45, my daddy picked me up!”

The center put together this creative and engaging event as part of “Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention” month to raise awareness about the positive impact fathers and/or father figures have on the lives of their children. The large group took up almost the length of one block but their voices could be heard for more and their smiles gave the sun a run for its money. I am sure that all dads out and about that afternoon were inspired by the unity displayed by the Milbank families. View the photogallery here.

Daddy Pick Up Day Pledge

We come here today as men to help our children become productive citizens in our society.

We will do this by:

Showing respect for the mother of our children.

Spending quality time with our children in and outside of the home.

Reading to our children to help achieve their learning goals.

Conducting ourselves in a positive manner in the eyes of our children.

Providing a safe and secure upbringing full of affection.

Teaching life lessons to help our children make proper choices.

Let it be known on this day that my job as a Dad is never done.

Fatherhood is forever!!