Want a Family? This Dating App Is Helping Houstonians Find One – Houstonia Magazine

Want a Family? This Dating App Is Helping Houstonians Find One – Houstonia Magazine


It all began with Chas McFeely and his attempt to find a wife. In 2011 he created a dating website solely for himself to search for a woman to date, eventually marry, and start a family with, offering up $10,000 to the person who set them up. The site became a nationwide phenomenon, giving him news coverage, and, of course, thousands of women applying to his website. 

After, McFeely and friends Diko Daghlian and Rene van de Zande came together and took a look at his success (although, he didn’t actually find a wife from the site). The trio, all fathers, realized there was nothing in the dating app market that had the mission of creating families, and saw an opportunity to create a dating app with that as the sole focus. And this past summer, heybaby was born. 

On the heybaby dating app, wanting children or having children isn’t just a box you check like on Tinder or Bumble; it’s the essence of the whole app. It also isn’t just a “hookup app,” unless you eventually want to have a baby from that hookup. The app is dedicated to single parents, or singles searching for a partner to, one day, start a family with, says Daghlian.

“Fifty percent of people on dating apps now say they want kids or either have kids,” he tells Houstonia. “It just wasn’t addressed. The real goal [of heybaby] was to just
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