PORTLAND, Maine, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- We Hear The Children Inc. (http://www.WeHearTheChildren.org) founder and CEO Brian J. Tessier announces the launch of 411-4-Dad (1-855-411-4-DAD), a resource to assist single men in becoming parents to create loving homes for over 115,000 adoptable children.
411-4-Dad is a program providing toll-free support to single men who are interested in becoming a father. After years of hearing from men who gave up the dream of parenting based on false information, Tessier established http://www.4114DAD.com and the corresponding toll-free support line.
"There is far too much systemic misinformation about single parent adoption, which has become urban myth," states Tessier. "These systemic legends now are an impediment to single men who want to adopt and don't know how or think it is simply not an option." 411-4-Dad is meant to address those issues with answers from volunteer single dads who are parenting. Additionally, with legislation before at least two states seeking to ban single parent adoption, correct information is imperative.
All too often, single men discount and write off their dream of parenthood: "I gave up that dream"; "I can't adopt as a single man." 411-4-Dad is a program which aims to correct the misinformation and to provide a path, a bridge and support for single men who want children.
As gender roles and norms change, many men who are single find themselves in a position of wanting to parent but thinking they can't. Nothing could be further from the truth. There are many children awaiting loving homes. These children are of all ages, genders, races, and abilities.
Tessier acknowledges there are few, if any, resources available for single men to utilize in pursuit of adoption, let alone images. "Men's roles have changed. We are not Ward Cleaver, but we are not June either." Slowly media is changing as well to keep current with different family models and the emergent roles and issues that face fathers and men. Tessier's story is featured in one such publication, The Good Men Project Magazine (http://www.goodmenproject.com).
We Hear The Children Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to advocacy and support of children's causes related to adoption, diversity and education. Tessier is also an attorney and National Advisory Council member to the Human Rights Campaign All Children-All Families Foundation.
Tessier and his sons live in Maine after losing their home, savings and personal possessions in Massachusetts to black mold. Tessier was eventually forced to give up a career spanning more than a decade in financial services to care for his children. This experience motivated Tessier to begin charitable works. The Foundation is funded solely through the sale of Tessier's four books. Regarding his experiences and philanthropy, Tessier states, "You can lose it all but gain perspective."
SOURCE We Hear The Children Inc.