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Families & Children Resources
A Kid's Right to Both Parents They are an 'action' group with a focus on Federal Civil Rightsprotections for families. Their goal is to help parents who have lost contact with their children through divorce/separation or the actions of 'social services.' They believe there ought to be a "significant barrier" the system has to cross before they can interfere with family life. Alliance for Children Concerned About Move- Aways The Alliance for Children Concerned About Move-Aways (ACCAMA) believes that children"s need for frequent and meaningful contact with both parents after a divorce is paramount. ACCAMA was organized on July 11, 2004 for the purpose of defeating SB 730, which would have abrogated the California Supreme Court"s decision in In re Marriage of LaMusga (2004). Under SB 730, it would be very difficult for a non-custodial parent to prevent his or her children from being moved hundreds or thousands of miles away. In LaMusga, a custodial mother sought to move two young boys 2,400 miles away from their father. In a wise, moderate, and eminently sensible decision, the Supreme Court ruled for the father, stating "the likely impact of the proposed move on the noncustodial parent's relationship with the children is a relevant factor [among others] in determining whether the move would cause detriment to the children…' ACCAMA's campaign was successful, and SB 730 was withdrawn on August 16, 2004. The campaign also drew wide media coverage. ACCAMA recognizes that there are some situations where custodial parents should be allowed to move, particularly in cases of dire economic need or domestic violence, or when noncustodial parents show little interest in their children or do not avail themselves of their visitation time. What ACCAMA opposes are frivolous, selfish, vindictive, or bad faith moves which tear children away from loving noncustodial parents. American Family Rights Association American Family Rights Association is an organization which provides a national directory of existing groups and individuals who are working on issues concerning the rights of families, parents, and children. Bonus Families Bonus Families, an non-profit organization, promotes a positive image for stepfamilies and prefers the word bonus rather than the word step. They recognize how important it is for all the parent figures, both bio and bonus, to work together to raise healthy, well-adjusted kids after their parents split up. Bonus Families® believes that parents have a moral obligation to put their own interests aside for the sake of their children--or their partner's children. On the web-site is a Q and A column that addresses problems often faced when dealing with an ex or an ex"s new partner. They also teach stepfamily and co-parenting after divorce workshops around the country. Break Through Parenting: Build a Bond with Your Child that Will Make You Proud! Breakthrough Parenting Services, Inc. (BPS) is a non-profit family service agency whose purpose is to protect children and strengthen families by teaching optimal parenting skills. The BPS curriculum provides parents with advanced and proven child-rearing methods that encourage and promote psychologically sound ways to raise children. Jayne A. Major, Ph.D. is the founder of Breakthrough Parenting Services, Inc. and the author of Breakthrough Parenting: Moving Your Family from Struggle to Cooperation. She is nationally recognized as an award-winning expert in family education, a dynamic and inspiring speaker, author and consultant on optimal family relationships. Center for Research on Child Wellbeing The Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) conducts research on children's health, education, income, and family structure. The faculty is made up of economists, sociologists, demographers, psychologists, and political scientists. The Center hosts visitors, supports postdoctoral fellows, and students at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The goal is to promote basic research on children's wellbeing and link research to practice and public policy. Child Trend Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families. In advancing its mission, Child Trends collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field. Children's Justice This site, and the policies that are promulgating through it and other activities, including legislative and political activism, as well as legal challenges, are intended to support the rights of children to be raised by both of their natural parents. Children's Rights Children's Rights is the nation's leading organization promoting and protecting the rights of abused and neglected children in failing foster care systems, using policy analysis, public education and the power of the courts. Children's Rights Council Children's Rights Council (CRC) works to assure a child the frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with two parents and extended family the child would normally have during a marriage. CRC works to strengthen families through education, favoring family formation and family preservation. CRC is genderless; they are not a women's group nor a men's group. Rather, CRC advocates for what they believe to be in the best interests of children. Council on Contemporary Families The Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the national conversation about what contemporary families need and how these needs can best be met. CCF has a membership consisting of national noted family researchers, mental health and social work practitioners, and clinicians. Dads & Daughters This is probably the outstanding organization in the country dealing with fathers and their daughters. They are proactive on all major issues. Enter the Freudianslip This website is aimed at helping children and others cope with feelings through the power of music. Equal Justice Foundation The Equal Justice foundation advocates the preservation of families and strengthening the institution of marriage as a contract between two individuals when raising their children. Equal Parenting organization The Equal Parenting organization protects the child's right to both parents through news and updates, essays and a 24-hour help line. Families Worldwide Families Worldwide's mission is to strengthen families around the world through supporting and unifying family-friendly programs and organizations. The website is designed to be the center for the most current scholarly work and news on the family and provides hundreds of articles and news for family unity and strength. Family Group Conferencing Worldwide Family Group Conferencing (FGC), a restorative approach to problem-solving that involves the children, young persons and adults within families in making their own decisions. 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. Focus On The Family Advice and guidance for husbands and wives, teens and kids. KidsNCommon KidsNCommon seeks to provide ideas to successfully manage the pressures of divorce, work, and, most importantly, raising healthy and happy kids. National Center for Youth Law The National Center for Youth Law uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of children living in poverty. National Council on Family Relations The National Council on Family Relations provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships and works to promote family well-being. Parents Forum Parents Forum is a grass-roots organization concerned with family life issues. Their mission is to bring together groups of parents and others to practice effective communication skills in order to be more responsible in raising their families and more involved in their communities. Parents Forum offer opportunities for networking, skill development and support, managing the day-to-day challenges of family life. Parenting Mentors Parents Mentoring Parents. Parenting can be lonely and frustrating. It can sometimes feel as if no one knows what a parent is going through and no one has any helpful advice or can offer any hope. This site is aimed at enhancing the parent as well as helping the parent to develop his/her own skills to face the difficulties that arrive. Parenting Mentors is a new place to get the helpful, hopeful and reassuring feedback that a parent may need from time to time. This site offers a complete 9 week parenting course called the Family Development Course. They give you a basic step by step process to help a parent grow long-term even the parent is seeking advice for the things that are happening right now. They charge a one-time membership fee of $12.00 for use of the site's member only special offers, awards and rewards. The benefits to becoming a member of Parenting Mentors™ are : (1) A Community free of banner and pop up advertising (2) Member Weblogs for more interaction and support (3) Online Research and Up-to-date Parenting Information (4) E-Mentor Listings to Connect you one-to-one with other parents (5) Private Message Board Communities(6) Monthly E-Zine (a $25 per year value - yours free)(7) Unlimited Access to the Family Development Course (a $35 value - yours free) (8) Further discounts on upcoming courses and programs. SPARC The Separated Parenting Access & Resource Center (SPARC) strives to ensure that children of divorce continue to have meaningful relationships with both parents, regardless of marital status. SPARC advocates on behalf all non-custodial parents (especially fathers) to ensure they get equitable treatment in court and continued access to their children. Universal Child Inc. Their mission is to support young adults in transition, to assist with their healthy adulthood responsibilities, and to provide educational resources. They help with building economic stability, acquiring higher education, purchasing homes, and most of all, abstaining from substance abuse. The services are primarily focused on young adults, aged 17 thru 25 yrs. Welcome to Your Love for Children: Your Site for Free Graphics and Succinct Public Information This web-site provides graphics and succinct messages to use to help raise public awareness of the crisis confronting our nation's children, in the hope of fixing it.