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ORGANIZATIONS

 

American Coalition for Fathers and Children

We, the members of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children, hereby dedicate ourselves and our efforts to the creation of a family law system, legislative system, and public awareness which promotes equal rights for ALL parties affected by divorce, and the breakup of a family or establishment of paternity. It is our belief  through our involvement and dedication, we can have a positive effect on the emotional and psychological well-being of children.
 

American Fathers Coalition

AFC's primary purpose is to promote positive father-inclusive policies on a federal legislative and regulatory level.
 

Divorce Care

a series of support groups and seminars conducted by people who understand what you are experiencing
 

Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
Office of Child Support Enforcement
 

National Center for Fathering

Insights, information and training to become a better father.
 

Parenting Coalition International

News, Information and Resources for Parenting Professionals, Families and Policy Makers.  Excellent articles and links for parents.
 

Parent's Place

iVillage's search engine clearinghouse.   Pick a topic, you're likely to find it here.
 

Parents Without Partners International

Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.
 

PWP GAZETTE

The Online Newsletter of Parents Without Partners, INC.
 

Single Fathers Lighthouse

Why a lighthouse? Well, a lighthouse is something that guides us home, right? This page is the place that I needed when I started on this terrifying and wonderful journey over eight years ago. I honor all parents, single or partnered, Moms and Dads, but Dads are my focus.    Inspiration, links, articles, etc.
 

Single Mothers by Choice

Single Mothers By Choice (SMC) was founded in 1981 by Jane Mattes, C.S.W. and psychotherapist. SMC is devoted to providing information and support to single mothers as well as those contemplating or trying to achieve single motherhood.
 

Single Parents Association Online

Single Parents Association (SPA) is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to providing educational opportunities and FUN, family activities through our, always increasing, Chapter network.
 

Texas Father's for Equal Rights

Texas Fathers For Equal Rights is a non-profit, all volunteer, civic services organization dedicated to advocacy for the rights of non-custodial parents, most of whom are fathers.
 

The Father's Right's Foundation

A Page Dedicated to the Fight For Fathers Rights, That Kids Need Dads Too.
 

The Single Rose

Mom of the Week - visit often!

 

JUST FOR KIDS

 

  KidsEdge.Com  (Knowledge Kids Network)

"Welcome to KidsEdge.com and our family of sites: KidsEdge.com, ParentsEdge.com, GrandparentsEdge.com, and TeachersEdge.com. Our mission is to help children build the fundamental skills they need to succeed in school and in life, and to provide caregivers (parents, grandparents, and teachers) with state-of-the-art tools to help children realize their potentials. What makes us special is our individualized approach combined with the fundamental belief that learning has to be fun to be effective. So, we provide children with an irresistibly fun and engaging environment where they will want to return over and over again. KidsEdge.com provides today's busy parents and caregivers with a one-stop solution that helps simplify their lives without compromising the quality of their guidance. By harnessing the power of the Internet, we help families build and maintain emotional attachments over great distances in a very busy world. "  -- 
 

  KidsOnly@parentswithoutpartners.org

A safe place for kids to meet, talk and establish pen pals.   Also, links to dozens of other kid related sites such as Bill Nye, The Science Guy, Walt Disney and Weekly Reader Galaxy.

 

INFORMATION

 

  A Mother's Web Page

As I am a single-mom of an extremely active 4 year old, I am constantly having to come up with new things to keep her entertained! Here are some ideas of fun, easy, inexpensive things to do with kids of all ages. Just remember, sometimes the fun stuff can be a little messy! Don't be afraid to join in the fun and get a little dirty, it'll be a great bonding experience for all of you!

Here's a list of things you can find on my page:   

Fun Activities to do with the Kids
International Recipes for Kids
A List of Great Ideas for Kids and Parents
Some Serious Stuff
Money?  I need some, don't you?
Child Support

 

Divorce Central

Divorce Central features four topic-specific areas that are important to you as you deal with your divorce. Within their sections you will find information, bulletin boards for posting your questions or comments, numerous articles, checklists, links, and other tools to help navigate your divorce.
 

Divorce Net

The Net's Largest Divorce Resource Since May 1995.  Many links & topics.

 

Divorce Support

This is a web site devoted to connecting you to the most valuable and comprehensive divorce related information on the internet. You will find helpful and supportive information about divorce, child custody, child support, visitation, modifications, separation, alimony - spousal support, divorce laws, statutes and much more. We hope you find what you are looking for!
 

VersusLaw - Law Library

Revolutionizing The Way America Does Law.  Much more that single parent law information. Technical but highly informative.
 

CannyLinks

Internet links for Single Family support information.
 

Making Lemonade  --  The Single Parent Network

Making Lemonade is a single parent community for single parents of all kinds. Created by Jody Seidler, a single mother with a sense of humor, it is THE single parenting portal on the internet. On the site you'll find articles, links, poetry, write-in stories for children and adults, topics-driven links and a strong interactive/community section.
 

Single Moms

Find all of the best single mom information on the web right here in one place, categorized and updated regulary to include all of the best single mom and single parent advice on the web.
 

SingleMothers.org

Since 1991, The National Organization of Single Mothers, Inc., has been the nation's leading resource center for MOMs (Mothers Outside of Marriage), and moms by choice or chance: Divorced, widowed moms, adoptive and donor inseminated mothers will find answers here. NOSM is committed to helping single mothers meet the challenges of daily life with wisdom, wit, dignity, confidence and courage. Whether you once were, will be, work with, live near, are related to, love,or simply know a single mom, NOSM provides upbeat parenting education and is the leading source of single parenting information and statistics to the media and general public.
 

Single Parent Reading Room

Articles relating to single mothers, single fathers and single parenting in gereral.  A few examples:

Working moms: Get rid of the guilt
Boyfriends as substitute for father's love?

Single Fatherhood/Double Parent

 

Single Parent Resource Center

a  non-profit Florida organization dedicated to providing educational information and resources to meet the needs of single parents. We serve as a forum in which single parents can interact with providers of child related services on both the professional and personal level. 
 

Addison Public Library's Parenting Sites

Kids' stuff, Single Parenting and much more.
 

Single Parents World

Online/Email Newsletter for all types of Single Parents.
 

Teach With Movies

A new tool for parents and teachers.   Introduce children to:
  • major events of history
  • great achievements of civilization
  • extraordinary men and women who have shaped our world
  • works of music, dance, drama, literature and the visual arts
  • ethical, cultural and social issues facing children as they mature.
 

American Women's Self Defense Association

AWSDA promotes greater awareness about women's self-defense and rape prevention through its quarterly newsletter and conferences. AWSDA members are encouraged to explore new teaching techniques and concepts, and share strategies for promoting women's self-defense in their communities through the newsletter and at the annual training seminar.

AWSDA is also in the process of developing a communications network to spread information about organizations that assist women in handling assault, such as rape crisis centers, victim assistance programs, and neighborhood watch programs
 

Women Warriors Self Defense

This site is dedicated to the women warriors of the world who have been wounded and fallen in the battle of the sexes
 

PUBLICATIONS & ARTICLES

  
 

10 Reasons to enjoy being a single mom this holiday

"There is no time like the holidays to bring out a list of "how things should be." These "shoulds" are formed by our own pasts, particularly our childhoods, and as we plan holiday memories for our children, they ring out louder than the bells on Christmas morning. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind as you plan your family Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas. . ."
 

Women's Self Defense  (READ THIS!!)

An article by a criminal investigator who provides great tips for women regarding avoiding sexual abuse.
 

Reuniting Fathers With Their Families

"85% of prisoners, 78% of high school dropouts, 82% of teenage girls who become pregnant, the majority of drug and alcohol abusers - all come from single-mother-headed households. Less than 1% of any of these categories come from single-father-headed households. . ."
 

Fathers perceived as detached or uninterested tell their stories

In response to a letter asking why a father would choose to become distant from his children, Anne Mitchell replied:

This is just a guess, but one thing which may be operating here is guilt...he may be feeling guilty on some level that he's been so out of touch, that he hasn't made good on the agreed to support, etc etc..

Awhile ago F.R.E.E. polled it's membership, asking them for their stories as to why at some point they may have been perceived as detached from or uninterested in their children, when actually they wanted very badly to have contact with their children. Here are some of the responses, perhaps you may find something within which clicks:. . .

 

How divorce affects children

A series of articles on the subject.
 

Observed effects of removing a Father to the position of "Visitor"

Here are some of the observed effects of removing a father to the position of a visitor in a child`s life.

"Based on our clinical experience with a number of latency aged and adolescent girls whose parents divorced during their oedipal years, we postulate that particular coping patterns emerge in response to the absence of the father, which may complicate the consolidation of positive feminine identification in many female children, and is observable during the latency years. We illustrate both the existence of these phenomena and implications for treatment:. . ."

 

The effects of divorce on middle class U.S. children

In repsonse to the post:
You are grouping all non-traditional families into one large group. There are many models for families that don't fit the conventional model. If you choose to pick one particular family model and correct for economic class then, by all means, prove that that form of non-traditional families do fail their children at significant rates.
Patrick Crotty ( prc@physics.physics.wm.edu

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