Families Need Fathers seeks to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children; enough for the children to realise that both parents are fully involved in their lives, The parents should be of equal status in law.Responsibilities and obligations, caring and financial, should be fairly shared between the parents.
Families Need Fathers is firstly a social care organisation, helping parents whose children's relationship with them is under threat. We offer information, advice and support services for parents on how to do the best for their children. We are the only organisation that provides these services on a national basis.
Our support services win widespread praise, from, for instance, Dame Elisabeth Butler-Sloss, former President of the Family Division of the High Court and Deidre Sanders, trustee of the National Family and Parenting Institute and Britain's most respected Agony Aunt. We also pleased and proud to have The Rt Hon David Blunkett, Dr Hamish Cameron and Nigel Planer as our patrons.
Families Need Fathers also lobbies in a professional and highly effective way for changed legal and social attitudes. We have regular contact with politicians, the judiciary and the media. Our immediate priorities are getting courts orders for shared residence, improvements in the time children are allowed to spend with their 'second parent', more effective action taken when one parent defies a court order requiring them to allow their children a relationship with the other parent, and replacing adversarial court hearings over children-matters with child-centred discussion.