Families Need Fathers (FNF), founded in 1974, is a registered charitable organization in the United Kingdom that provides public awareness and support to parents who have become estranged from their children after a separation or divorce.
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Families Need Fathers was founded in May 1974 by child psychiatrist Alick Elithorn and financial consultant Keith Parkin as an organization to campaign for equal parenting rights.
FNF became a registered charity in 1979, and now has more than 50 branches across the United Kingdom and continues to advocate shared parenting with the Media, House of Commons and the Family Justice Establishment while continuing its work as a social care organization.
FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown. The charity cites a study that shows roughly a third of all children from separated parents have no contact with their fathers in the United Kingdom.
Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru (FNFBPM Cymru) is a separately registered charity that was set up to respond to changes affecting parents going through separation that may result from Welsh devolution. For example, Wales has (CAFCASS) Cymru, while England has (CAFCASS).
In 2011 FNFBPM Cymru ran a competition in South Wales looking for a "superdad", with a £500 prize for the winner. It was followed the next year by the "Inspirational Wales Dad of the Year Award" at Ty Hywel in Cardiff Bay.,
In 2013 the Charity held a Dinner to celebrate fathers with Louis de Bernieres as the guest speaker. In the last year, the Charity has hosted lectures on Parental Alienation with Karen Woodall one of the world experts in the subject in Cardiff and in Llandudno Junction for professionals working in the family law arena to attend.,
Following funding from Cardiff City Council the charity has produced a booklet "A guide for school professionals... working with fathers and other non resident parents",
There are support groups that meet once a month in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Blackwood, Merthyr, Swansea and Wrexham. A new group is due to start in St Clares this year. In Cardiff there is also a once monthly emotional support group lead by a professional counselor.