Additional Resources for Parents & Divorcing People
Given the number of divorces, it's no surprise that many thousands of
divorce organizations exist around the United States. Some are for single parents and
some just for singles. Some cater to the needs of parents without custody,
others to the political agendas of divorced moms or divorced dads. We cannot
hope to list every organization in the section, below. However, we hope that
the broad spectrum of national groups presented will enable you to link,
either directly or through referral, to the information, support, and
*Children and Divorce: Child Rights, Child Custody, Child Support, and
*National Association of Child Advocates*
According to Miriam Rollin, who works with policy and programming, NACA
strives to change policy in areas of health care, education, child care,
child support, and juvenile justice. Although NACA and its 44 member
*Children's Rights Council*
A national, nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children of separation and divorce through advocacy and parenting education.
*Association for Children for Enforcement of Support (ACES)*
A self-help, nonprofit child-support organization. Teaches custodial parents what they need to do to collect child support. Has 350 chapters all across the United States. Call, write, or fax for information on how to contact a chapter in your area.
*Committee for Mother and Child Rights*
A national organization "offering emotional support and guidance for mothers with child custody problems." The Committee is "concerned with the various abuses often associated with contested custody: mental, physical, and sexual." Says ElizazBeth Owen, "Most times, if custody is contested, the man will get custody. We are strictly advocates for women and children." This group can provide names of attorneys and other experts in child custody issues, including sexual abuse issues.
According to Miriam Rollin, President of the Board of NACC, members are
individuals who provide legal and social work help in the areas of divorce,
custody, abuse, neglect, termination of parental rights, foster care,
DADS and MOMS of Michigan
DADS and Moms of Michigan is a non-profit affiliate of the American Coalition for Fathers and Children (ACFC). Our main goal is to restore family for all parties affected by divorce, the break-up of the family, or children born to unmarried parents. With the combined effort of our organizations, and the American people, we can make a difference in the emotional and psychological well being of our children.
*Organization for the Enforcement of Child Support*
This is a self-help group that provides educational services and information on laws and proceedings regarding child support issues. "We teach people to help themselves." Will send out a packet of literature for a stamped, self-addressed envelope. If making a long-distance call is a financial problem, you can call at a reduced rate until 1 PM Eastern Standard time.
*Parents Sharing Custody, Network International*
This was formerly a national nonprofit organization, but was redefined as a national membership network for families who are involved in the cooperative raising of their children. A resource for parents searching for information and solutions, Parents Sharing Custody publishes a newsletter, called Do It With Love, and a book of the same title. They also sell video and audio tapes and sponsor periodic conferences and an ongoing network of meetings in other states.
*National Center for Missing and Exploited Children*
According to Naheed Qureshi, NCMEC gives legal and technical assistance and can look into parental abduction cases if the parent reporting the abduction has custody and if the child has been entered into their computer system as a missing juvenile. If the child has not been so entered, that should be done first, before a listing can be made. NCMEC also publishes a list of local, nonprofit organizations involved in recovering missing children throughout the the United States. To get a listing for a group in your area, call, write, or fax NCMEC.
*Find the Children*
"A national nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention, location,
and recovery of missing and abducted children." The group provides
educational materials and training, registers missing children, and manages
Resources are provided through local chapters (Call the toll-free number to
get contact information for the chapter nearest to you.) Provides
information on child support and custody issues for both custodial and
*National Organization of Single Mothers*
"We offer support by providing our members a network dedicated to helping
single parents face the challenges of daily life with wisdom, wit, dignity,
confidence, and courage," group literature explains. Also publishes a
newsletter called Single Mother, which can be ordered by sending $1 for
postage and handling to the above address. A one year membership is $12.97.
*Single Parent Resource Center*
Suzanne Jones, Executive Director
*Moms and Divorce Legal and Emotional Support For Divorced Women With
Phone: (212) 741-9480; Fax: (212) 741-6438; e-mail: HN1193@handsnet.org
A nonprofit organization that seeks "to address family law issues,
particularly those affecting low-income women." Provides technical and legal
consultation and training to attorneys, judges, mental health workers, law
*National Women's Law Center*
Works to guarantee equality for women under the law and to seek protection and advancement of their legal rights and issues at all levels. Areas of interest include child support enforcement, dependent care, and the family.
*Women's Law Project*
This non-profit feminist law firm challenges sex discrimination in the law
and in legal and social institutions. This group also maintains telephone
counseling and referral services on women's legal rights concerns and
*Women's Legal Defense Fund*
The Women's Legal Defense Fund is devoted to securing equal rights for women through litigation, advocacy and monitoring, legal counseling and information, and public education. The group advocates for women's rights in family law, employment, and education, among other areas, and publishes newsletters, handbooks, manuals, and brochures.
*Domestic Abuse: Support For Adult and Child Victims of Psychological Abuse,
Provides therapy for abusive men and advocacy for women as well as violence prevention programs in the schools. Can also provide specific information on help resources for women in violent relationships.
*Child Welfare League of America*
on Marital and Date Rape*
Provides phone consultations for the fee of $7.50 for 15 minutes. Initial annual subscription fee of $15 for individuals.
*Dads and Divorce: Legal and Emotional Support For Divorced Men With
Helps fathers who wish to remain actively involved in their children's
lives, regardless of their marital status. Membership includes a reading
list and a 150-page manual containing information on divorce, children, and
*National Fatherhood Initiative*
This organization is dedicated to improving the well-being of children
through the promotion of responsible fatherhood in society. "Working with
local media, community, church, and school," says David Blankenhorn,
Parenting is a 50/50 proposition. Fathers and mothers should share equally
in the parenting and support of their children within and outside the
institution of marriage. This is an international group with members in the
*Blended Family Support: For Stepparents and Their Spouses*
*Financial Resources: Financial Planning, Debt, Bankruptcy, And Taxes*
*Older Women's League*
*Pension Rights Center*
*National Foundation for Consumer Credit*
*Psychological Support: Emotional Help Groups for the Divorced*
*International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors*
*American Self-Help Clearinghouse*
Serves as a resource center for self-help groups in the state of New Jersey. Also lists out-of-state help lines and toll-free numbers for related organizations all over the United States.
Jeanne M. Hannah welcomes you to contact her regarding any family law lawyer issue, including, but not limited to divorce, child custody and parenting time, child and spousal support, property settlement, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity, adoption, neglect, and other family law matters. You can contact Ms. Hannah by telephone, E-mail, fax, or at the address listed below.
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