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Fathers and Families

It’s Your Story and We Want to Tell It
How My Sharing Account Helps Fathers and Families
August 30, 2012
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It’s Your Story and We Want to Tell It
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By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, Fathers and Families

Can you tell your story one more time? Will you share your story about how the family courts have kept you from your children? From your grandchildren? From your parents? Will you speak out about how your rights, your children’s rights, or your parents’ rights have been trampled?

I am sure you have told your story many times; how the family courts have disrupted you and your family. You have told it many times to judges and the people in the systems that are supposed to be helping you and your family. You have told it to friends who still have trouble believing this happens in the United States.

This time, Fathers and Families has a reason for you to tell it. This time, we want to gather your voice with the voices of many other fathers, mothers, grandparents and children of divorced or separated parents. This time we want to tell our legislators what they are doing to our children and families.

Raise your voice. Share how you have fought for your children. Share how much you miss your father. Share that you only have visitation when you used to be a parent. Share that when you lost your job you ended up in jail because you could not keep up your child support payments.

Tell your story so Fathers and Families may better represent you. Tell your story and believe that our voices and stories combined can make change.

Please write your story in a word document. At the beginning of the story, please include your name, email address, address, and telephone number. It would be helpful for you to tell us:
  • What you and your ex do for a living.
  • The number of years you were married or lived together.
  • The number of children that you have.
  • How long it hast been since you saw your children.
  • Whether or not you are remarried.
Send Fathers and Families your story.


How My Sharing Account Helps Fathers and Families
By Joe Phillips, Member, Fathers and Families

Joe Phillips
Joe Phillips
This year was a little different than most for our family. Times are getting a little tougher and every penny matters as we have one child in high school and another on his way to college. As a family, we have tried every form of financial planning to prepare for these important milestones. Unfortunately, because of the increase in our household spending this year, I realized I did not have the discretionary resources to give what I wanted to give to Fathers and Families. Fathers and Families is so important to our family because of our awareness that every child should have both parents in their lives.

I was thrilled to find out about a new way of sharing with Fathers and Family. I was introduced to a Charitable Sharing Account that could help me send money the way I wanted without the traditional gift that we couldn’t afford this year. A Charitable Sharing Account is where Fathers and Families receives a percentage of my return from a financial account that I already have in place at a local financial firm. This was a lifesaver for my family and our desire to contribute. It didn’t have to come out of my pocket to contribute. I enjoy the charitable contribution deduction and it was so simple to set up. You can use any financial account and it can be from any financial instrument. Fathers and Families now receives a gift from my family every quarter and I get a nice thank you letter.

I love sharing and giving with no out of pocket costs. It feels so much better to share through this vehicle. It is a true win-win for my family and for Fathers and Families!

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Printer for Sale
A member recently gave Fathers and Families a used, excellent condition Kyocera Taskalfa 550c color multifunction system with scanner, fax board, and saddle-stitch finisher. It prints, scans, copies, and faxes. Fathers and Families is selling it. We will use the money for our work.

These are the specs:
  • Print Speed: 55 pages per minute (black and color)
  • Resolution: 600 x 600 dpi (copy and print) / 8 Bit Color Depth
  • Max Monthly Duty Cycle: 225,000 pages

More information, specs, and photos are available at Kyocera’s website.

Fathers and Families is asking $5,000 for the printer. Pickup only from Manchester, NH. Please spread the word to businesses that may be interested. Contact Rita Fuerst Adams.



Mission
Fathers and Families improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.



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