Given the number of divorces, it's no surprise that many thousands of divorce organizations exist around the US. 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 friendship that you need.
Children and Divorce:
Child Rights, Child Custody, Child Support, and Missing Children
Children's Rights Council
220 I Street, NE, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20002
A national, nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting children of separation and divorce through advocacy and parenting education.
National Child Support Enforcement Association
NCSEA serves child support professionals, agencies, and strategic partners worldwide through professional development, communications, public awareness, and advocacy to enhance the financial, medical and emotional support that parents provide for their children.
National Association of Counsel for Children
13123 E. 16th Avenue, B390
Aurora, CO 80045 Phone: 1-888-828-NACC
Their mission is to
- Strengthen the Delivery of Legal Services for Children
- Enhance the Quality of Legal Services Affecting Children
- Improve Courts and Agencies Serving Children
- Advance the Rights and Interests of Children
Association of Family and Reconciliation Courts
This is AFCCNET's Guide for Joint Custody and Shared Parenting
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Charles B. Wang International Children's Building 699 Prince Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-3175 USA
Phone: 1-800-843-5678 (24-hour Hotline to report missing children)
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. NCMEC handles issues related to missing children, child sexual exploitation, child safety and prevention, law enforcement training, and victim and family support.
Find the Children
Find the Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the recovery of missing children and the prevention of child abduction. The group provides educational materials and training, registers missing children, and manages specific cases, distributing photographs and descriptive information about missing children, working with other organizations in the field, maintaining a referral list of professionals all over the country who can help families of missing children, providing emotional support to families of missing children, and giving referrals for postrecovery counseling. "All services to victim families and their children are provided free of charge."
Divorce and The Law:
Matrimonial Attorneys, Mediation, Conciliation, and Dispute Resolution
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2040
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 263-6477; Fax: (312) 263-7682
Promotes "professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law."
American Bar Association
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611
Robert A. Stein, Executive Director
Phone: (312) 988-5000; Fax: (312) 988-6281
"The American Bar Association is one of the worlds largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities." Can provide a listing of state bar associations and can also provide numbers for referral services by state.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
6525 Grand Teton Plaza
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 664-3750; Fax: (608) 664-3751
"AFCC is an interdisciplinary, international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC promotes a collaborative approach to serving the needs of children among those who work in and with family law systems, encouraging education, research and innovation and identifying best practices."
It is an international association of judges, lawyers, counselors, custody evaluators, and mediators. Maintains a library of videos, pamphlets, and other publications on custody and visitation issues, child support, mediation, and more. Some titles include : Guide for Stepparents, Twenty Questions Divorcing Parents Ask About Their Children, and Preparing for Your Custody Evaluation. Call, write, or fax for an order form. This group also sponsors parent education programs and conferences on a wide range of child welfare issues.
Parents Without Partners
1100-H Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville, OH 43701-7303
"The largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children."
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 noncustodial parents.
Single Parent Advocate
Single Parent Advocate is a faith-based non-profit organization "committed to educating, equipping and empowering single parents & their children. It is based in Dallas, TX.
Single Parent Resource Center
228 E 45th St 5th Floor
New York, NY 10017 (212) 951-7030
"Seeks to establish a network of local NY single parent groups so that such groups will have a collective political voice." Provides information and support on issues important to single parents.
Moms and Divorce:
Legal and Emotional Support For Divorced Women With Children
National Women's Law Center
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202)588-5180; Fax: (202)588-5185
Promotes opportunity and advancement for women and girls at every stage of their lives.
Women's Law Project
125 S. 9th St., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Carol Tracy, Executive Director
Phone: (215)928-9801; email: email@example.com
"The Mission of the Women's Law Project is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education."
Support For Adult and Child Victims of Psychological Abuse, Violence, or Rape
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
PO Box 161810
Austin, TX 78716 (512-453-8117)
"Confidential and free of cost, NDVH provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources and ways to support the organization."
Child Abuse Listening and Mediation(CALM)
1236 Chapala Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Educates and provides programs to prevent child abuse. English and Spanish.
Child Welfare League of America
1726 M St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: Phone: 202-688-4200; Fax: 202-833-1689
CWLA is a coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families since 1920.
Dads and Divorce:
Legal and Emotional Support For Divorced Men With Children
Provides extensive links to websites for fathers going through divorce.
National Fatherhood Initiative
20410 Observation Drive, Suite 107 Germantown, MD 20876
Phone: 301.948.0599; Fax: 301.948.6776; firstname.lastname@example.org
This organization is dedicated to improving the well-being of children through the promotion of responsible fatherhood in society by "increasing the proportion of children with involved, responsible, and committed fathers in their lives".
The Fathers' Rights and Equality Exchange
Anne P. Mitchell, Esq., CEO
2525 Arapahoe Ave, Suite E4-302
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Provides support for fathers going through divorce and promotes parenting equality.
Blended Family Support:
For Stepparents and Their Spouses
National Stepfamily Resource Center
Center for Children, Youth, and Families (CCYF)
Department of Human Development and Family Studies; 203 Spidle Hall
Auburn, Alabama 36849
"The National Stepfamily Resource Centers primary objective is serving as a clearinghouse of information, linking family science research on stepfamilies and best practices in work with couples and children in stepfamilies."
The Stepfamily Foundation
310 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212)877-3244;(631)725-0911; Email: email@example.com
Provides counseling in person and on the telephone worldwide. Also offers certification seminars for professionals and coaches.
American Psychological Association Stepfamily Help
Information, advice, and professional referrals to aid stepfamilies.
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Stepfamily Resource Page
112 South Alfred Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
Phone: (703) 838-9808; Fax: (703)838-9805
Information on how to cope with the stress of a new stepfamily and tips for building good relationships among family members.
Financial Planning, Debt, Bankruptcy, and Taxes
Older Women's League San Francisco
870 Market Street #905, San Francisco, CA 94102
Older Women's League Illinois
401 S. Lassalle Street, 801U
Chicago, IL 60605
This group provides support and information on issues important to midlife and older women, including the effects of divorce on older women.
Pension Rights Center
1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 206
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 296-3776; 1-888-420-6550
Provides information concerning how divorce effects pensions. Offers free legal assistance.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling
2000 M Street, NW, Suite 505
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 677-4300; 800-388-2227. Para ayuda en español, llama al 800-682-9832.
"NFCC Member Agencies provide financial counseling and education to millions of consumers each year in person, over the phone, or online."
Emotional Help Groups for the Divorced
Phone: 800-489-7778; International: 919-562-2112; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A church-based organization that offers support groups for people going through divorce.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development
University of Colorado Boulder
Institute of Behavioral Science
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
1440 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303-492-1032; Fax: 303-492-2151
"The Blueprints Conference brings together researchers, program designers, community leaders and advocates, policy-makers, practitioners and funders to learn about evidence-based youth development programs."
"New Beginnings promotes resilience in children after parental divorce by providing mothers with group- and individual-based sessions."
Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (212) 879-4900; Fax: (212) 744-0206
Provides family and couples treatment. Helps divorcing partners resolve issues of child care.