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Families Need Fathers

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Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.

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Overview

FNF is a self-help group, and is involved in research into shared parenting and political lobbying.

FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown, and has acquired over 10,000 members in its 30-year history. Undoubtedly, the majority of parents apart from children are fathers, but the charity support both fathers and mothers and other family who have lost contact with children, and works with MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their Children), and the Grandparentsí Association.

The group's volunteer members offer advice to parents, which aims to be child-centred. Hence the advice here originally worked out by children who took part in a divorce survival class:

  • Don't ask us what happened while with the other parent
  • Don't ask us to keep secrets
  • Don't put us in a position where we have to tell lies
  • Don't ask us to take sides
  • Don't take out your anger on us
  • Don't get into competition with one another
  • Do allow us to love both parents without being got at by either
  • Don't ask us to choose between you

By encouraging its members to take a non-adversarial stance with their ex-partners and without expensive legal representation in court, FNF has attained considerable success in meeting its objective of ensuring that both parents remain involved in their children's lives in spite of one parent (usually the mother) being against it. Rt Hon Lord Justice Wall, a senior family court judge, has said, "Families Need Fathers has become a key player in the debate about on-going contact and joint residence." [1] (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200304/cmselect/cmconst/uc1247-i/uc124702.htm) Many have found that an FNF McKenzie Friend has made all the difference to their and their children's lives.

See also

Research

List of family separation research articles

Organizations

External links

Other organisations in this field

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