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  Families Need Fathers
Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered charity providing information on shared parenting issues arising from family breakdown and support to divorced and separated parents, irrespective of gender or marital status.
For a father, family breakdown can mean the loss of his children (and in many cases his home), protracted litigation over contact - often involving substantial legal fees - and the shock of finding himself suddenly labelled an 'absent' father.
FNF seeks to address the problems faced by non-resident parents, and to influence public opinion by raising awareness of the inadequacy of the current family justice system and its effect upon divided families, both parents and children alike.
fnf-norwich.org.uk /profile.htm   (463 words)

  
  Families Need Fathers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
FNF is a self-help support group, and is involved in research into shared parenting, and political lobbying [1].
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 supports both fathers and mothers and other family who have lost contact with children, and works with MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their Children), and the Grandparents’ Association.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Families_Need_Fathers   (505 words)

  
 Fathers' rights movement in the UK - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fathers are obliged to pay means tested child support irrespective of whether they are allowed to see their children, and with no account taken of the mother's household's income.
FNF is regarded by senior family court judges as taking a commonsense approach to bringing about change in the family law system in the UK.
Since The Children Act requires that the views of the child need to be made known to the court, fathers' rights campaigners claim that the mother sometimes alienates a child against his or her father and that this then supports the mother's case in court to banish the father.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fathers'_rights_movement_in_the_UK   (4391 words)

  
 Families need Fathers?
The family gives way to families, and to a language of intimate relations as within a post-modern world there is an increased openness and awareness of diversity and plurality.
Whether we think of the 'father' as sustaining and supporting a 'primary' bond between mother and child, we still need to recognise the autonomy and separateness of the father-specific relationship with the child.
It has served to re-enforce quite traditional conceptions of the father as figure of authority and as a source of income, and has not made it any easier to rethink notions of fathering and reworking conceptions of parental responsibility so that men can be more involved in an every day way with their children.
www.achillesheel.freeuk.com /article17_2.html   (4572 words)

  
 Family Law: Goals of Fathers' Rights   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Another leading group Families Need Fathers is recognised as source of help by The Department of Constitutional Affairs, and regularly provides evidence to parliamentary sub-committees, resulting on one senior Family Court judge indicating that it was a key player in the debate about on-going contact and joint residence.
Going to a father's rights group meeting with an expectation that you will be immersed in an effective organization may be the wrong expectation to have, as the ethos of self-help espoused by these groups aims to ensure that fathers manage their own cases without expensive assistance from lawyers.
Although family courts generally do issue decrees that allow fathers to provide some parenting time, many judgements have been criticised for not allowing fathers to be as involved as they would like to be, and the courts criticised for failing to enforce their orders.
www.juiceenewsdaily.com /1105/business/goals.html?1130941851671   (508 words)

  
 Essay: “Families need fathers.” Discuss. - Coursework.Info
The debate, "Families need fathers" is one in which there are many issues that need to be considered when looking at the question.
Family poverty, domestic violence, the effect on children and family stereotypes by society all need to be considered in the debate.
Fathers still remain important in our society because family poverty is still largely prevented by the existence of a male, full time worker's wage in a household.
coursework.info /.../147_Families_need_fathers_148_Discuss_L12866.html   (257 words)

  
 Families need Fathers?
Whether we think of the 'father' as sustaining and supporting a 'primary' bond between mother and child, we still need to recognise the autonomy and separateness of the father-specific relationship with the child.
It has served to re-enforce quite traditional conceptions of the father as figure of authority and as a source of income, and has not made it any easier to rethink notions of fathering and reworking conceptions of parental responsibility so that men can be more involved in an every day way with their children.
As fathers we might well have a particular responsibility in a relationship with boys who can so easily be made to feel ashamed of their vulnerable feelings, thinking that they compromise their male identities.
home.freeuk.net /achillesheel/article17_2.html   (4572 words)

  
 Fathers' rights at AllExperts
Fathers' rights campaigners argue that their own and their children's rights and best interests are breached, they cite research [2]to argue that even after separation and divorce that children gain critical mental and emotional health benefits from continuing quality involvement by their father.
Fathers' rights argue that children tend to do better if they are nurtured by both parents, they believe children's normal cognitive development (particularly that of very small children) and identity formation are dependent on a level of relationship with traditional significant others, including their father.
Whilst for a considerable time father's rights groups were largely ignored by the mainstream media and by governments for a number of reasons, the advent of Fathers 4 Justice in 2003 brought the cause into the mainstream media for the first time, and as a result new legislation was implemented in the UK in 2005.
en.allexperts.com /e/f/fa/fathers'_rights.htm   (4120 words)

  
 Research overview: The centrality of fathers' involvement
Children who are close to their fathers as youngsters go on to do better in exams, according to Oxford University researchers who looked at 3,303 children and noted how much involvement they received from mothers and fathers at age seven.
Fathers who devote time to their sons - even as little as five minutes a day - are giving them a far greater chance to grow up as confident adults, a parenting research project has found.
By contrast, 72% of those who felt that their fathers rarely or never did these things fell into the group with the lowest levels of self-esteem and confidence, and were more likely to be depressed to dislike school and to get into trouble with the police.
www.literacytrust.org.uk /Research/fathersinvolve.html   (2446 words)

  
 Fathers Have Feelings Too by Barbara Lewis
Fathers 4 Justice on January 18 announced it was halting activities pending enquiries into the press reports about an alleged plot to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair's youngest son as a publicity stunt, but it insisted none of its current members had been involved.
Years before Fathers 4 Justice burst on to the scene, Families Need Fathers was set up in 1974, marking the beginning of the British campaign to protect fathers' rights.
Acknowledging the need for some reform in a consultation document ahead of the draft legislation, the government stated its aim to facilitate "meaningful, ongoing relationships" between both parents and their children, provided the parents do not pose any risk.
www.boloji.com /parenting/02301.htm   (1225 words)

  
 Fathers For Justice   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
And Fathers For Justice will have done far more for fathers and their children over the past few months than have all the placid activities of scores of fathers groups that have been operating in many cases for well over a decade - in some cases for well over three decades.
Families are also the reason that the workers remain so contented and at peace with their capitalist world.
All in all, therefore, men and fathers are going to achieve precious little in their various battles against their ongoing demonisation and discrimination because the forces that militate against them are nowadays just too great...
www.fathersunite.org /New/fathers_for_justice_Impact.htm   (3906 words)

  
 Families need fathers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
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 The silence of the fathers is what really harms families | Guardian daily comment | Guardian Unlimited
There are those women who don't like fathers seeing their children, of course, but don't tell me that you have never met a divorced mother who has to beg an indifferent father to keep up some interest in his children.
Because the need for fathers to be more involved is not just about the rights of fathers who have left family homes, it is about the responsibilities of fathers who are in those homes.
And families are clearly responding to images of men who care: if you have a young child, the chances are you are reading about Bartholomew Bear, who is looked after by his father alone, or the little hare who snuggles up with his father after he guesses How Much I Love You.
www.guardian.co.uk /comment/story/0,3604,1294422,00.html   (1218 words)

  
 Family Court Advice - Justice for fathers in access and custody disputes from Family Court Advice.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Families need fathers but justice for fathers is still a good way off.
Access - or contact - for an absent parent need not be the expensive and frightening process that has been a feature of family courts for so long.
The organisations of Families Need Fathers and Fathers for Justice and similar bodies have been demanding changes in the law to make it easier for fathers to achieve justice and for dads to see their children and have parental rights.
www.family-court-advice.com / - !http://www.cf-as.co.uk   (307 words)

  
 Child custody - One Language   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Custody may not be awarded to a person other than the father or mother, except under unusual circumstances which require a hearing.
Children under the age of 21 must be supported by both parents to the extent that they are able to support the children under the provisions of the Child Support Standards Act.
Families Need Fathers (http://www.fnf.org.uk/) The UK situation is not dissimilar to that in the US.
www.onelang.com /encyclopedia/index.php/Child_custody   (507 words)

  
 BBC - Action Network - Families Need Fathers - Monthly Meeting (Farnham)
Families Need Fathers is a registered UK charity which provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.
FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown.
FNF receives no core funding and is reliant upon membership subscriptions and donations for its continued existence.
www.bbc.co.uk /dna/actionnetwork/F1635499?thread=2684540   (459 words)

  
 Fathers within families, not families without fathers
For that, fathers must be quite clear on their goals as to what fathers are and how the public perceives them to live up to that image.
He is a fathers' rights advocate, a spokesman for fathers' rights and a professor lecturing in political science.
The political reality is that nobody in his right mind will fight for the rights of fathers who go out of their way to defend the merits of the sexualization of children through the promotion of pornography; ostensibly in the name of protecting freedom of speech.
www.fathersforlife.org /fatherhood/respect.htm   (1004 words)

  
 ipedia.com: Divorce Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In addition, acceptance of the single-parent family has resulted in many women deciding to have children outside marriage as there is little remaining social stigma attached to unwed mothers.
In most common law jurisdictions there is a presumption that the child born during the marriage is the father's child, however this presumption can be overcome by identifying the putative father and bringing a paternity or affiliation proceeding.
If a man accepts the child as his own he may be declared the father by estoppel as the parens patrie power of the court would rather the child have a male role model responsible for child support and other parental obligations rather than have the child grow up in a monoparental family.
www.ipedia.com /divorce.html   (1894 words)

  
 Do children need fathers? | Guardian daily comment | Guardian Unlimited
More careful examination, though, shows that her view is not "that children do not need a father", nor that fathers are "a bit of a nonsense".
Fathers might be there to provide 'discipline' but otherwise they just worked to pay the bills.
Families are getting wider and more complex all the time - the nuclear family is, anyway, designed to self-destruct when the children start having their own babies.
www.guardian.co.uk /comment/story/0,3604,1130139,00.html   (1569 words)

  
 youhelp   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
No child shall be denied a full and proper relationship with both of its parents unless it has been shown that such a relationship presents a risk to the child.
Gender discrimination in social attitudes towards parenting, in policy in relation to the family and the family 'justice' system should end.
Fathers' involvement with their children is increasing rapidly.
www.fnf.org.uk /manifesto.htm   (471 words)

  
 Fathers Have Feelings Too by Barbara Lewis
Fathers 4 Justice on January 18 announced it was halting activities pending enquiries into the press reports about an alleged plot to kidnap Prime Minister Tony Blair's youngest son as a publicity stunt, but it insisted none of its current members had been involved.
Years before Fathers 4 Justice burst on to the scene, Families Need Fathers was set up in 1974, marking the beginning of the British campaign to protect fathers' rights.
Acknowledging the need for some reform in a consultation document ahead of the draft legislation, the government stated its aim to facilitate "meaningful, ongoing relationships" between both parents and their children, provided the parents do not pose any risk.
boloji.com /parenting/02301.htm   (1226 words)

  
 Fathers & Families: News
Although Lord Falconer denied that fathers’ activists had forced the changes, it is hard to believe that the pressures brought by Fathers 4 Justice have had nothing to do with this.
Fathers & Families sees no reason not to jail custodial parents who deserve it, since non-custodial parents typically are perfectly fit and capable of caring for the child during the jail sentence (and thereafter).
And in cases where a divorce is contested, fathers frequently become estranged from their children, making it harder for fathers to gain custody rights once the divorce is settled, Jäckel said.
www.fathersandfamilies.org /site/news.php?id=45   (2146 words)

  
 Fathers and Families: Information Resources
Family group conferencing began in the field of child welfare and youth justice, but is now used in mental health, education, domestic violence and other applications.
Father Matters is a non-profit organization with the sole purpose of helping fathers become the best fathers they can be.
National Congress for Fathers and Children is an organization whose goal is to promote and preserve the relationship between a father and child.
www.fathersandfamilies.org /site/test.php   (2455 words)

  
 The Emperor's New Clothes - Annex
from personal contacts within the network of the father's groups; they are the narratives of those individuals with well known cases; they are typically 5-10 pages in length; later referred to under ‘personal contacts’.
The consequences for the individual, in terms of destruction of the fabric of their lives, are readily appreciated in the cases.
The analysis of the FNF survey of 1995 are presented as published in July 1996.
www.ukmm.org.uk /publics/tenc/annex.htm   (1041 words)

  
 Children need fathers too   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
She said besides the speakers, three fathers, who were and are involved in divorce and custody battles of their children will relay their experiences at the forum.
He said they need as much as possible feedback from the public on the issue as the information would be useful to them when forwarding the views to the courts and the government pertaining to the issue.
She said the presumption that mothers are a better parent compared with the fathers have been done away with in many countries as the courts and the governments realised the importance of the father's role in the upbringing and welfare of the children of divorced parents.
www.sun2surf.com /articlePrint.cfm?id=15493   (700 words)

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