The young fathers program was created by the Washington County Department of Social services, and began providing services in 1996 to young non-custodial fathers, father figures, expectant fathers, and fathers of children up to age seven . The program once known as the Fathering Program, became renamed as the DADS' Connection. The program served 186 Washington county fathers from 1996-2004, ranging from ages 16 to 30. In 2004 grant funding became scarce, forcing the program to close its doors.
In 2008 the DADS' Connection program was revived after receiving special project funding through program 10. The DADS' Connection program once again became the sole program in Washington County providing intensive case management, counseling services, parenting education, and job readiness services to fathers and those in fathering roles.