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Our Impact

Welcome to Families Need Fathers (FNF), the largest National Network of Support Groups with 50 years’ experience dedicated to advocating for children in the family court and supporting families through various challenges.

With over 20,000 calls to our helpline annually and supporting an additional 30,000 parents through our national network each year, we stand as a beacon of guidance and assistance for families navigating complex familial dynamics.

One of our key achievements was to ensure that unmarried fathers obtain parental responsibility, recognizing the importance of their role in their children’s lives. Through our advocacy efforts, other key achievements include changing the language surrounding familial relationships, transforming terms like “absent parent” to “non-resident parent” and “custody” to “contact arrangements,” among others. These linguistic shifts are not merely superficial; they reflect a fundamental shift in perspective towards acknowledging the equal importance of both parents in a child’s life.

At the heart of our work lies the belief that children benefit from the involvement of both parents, provided it is safe and in their best interests. This presumption, championed by FNF, has paved the way for a more inclusive approach to parenting arrangements, one that prioritizes the well-being and emotional fulfilment of children.

By providing a platform for support, guidance, and advocacy, FNF empowers families to navigate the complexities of separation, divorce, and co-parenting with resilience and dignity. We understand the challenges families face and are committed to providing the resources and assistance needed to overcome them.

Join us in our mission to promote parental equality and support families in creating nurturing environments where children can thrive. Together, we can build a future where every child has the love, care, and involvement of both parents, ensuring their holistic development and well-being.


What Our Service Users Say

” What an amazing organisation, offering help, support and advice. A really informative and pioneering charity. Thank you! ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

“ Excellent charity, and volunteers that gives hope and support with practical information, not only to fathers but grandparents / extended family too. A lifeline in devastating situations where ultimately the children are the focus. If contact with your child or grandchild is broken, this is the organization for all relevant information, support and understanding. ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

” I don’t know how I would have coped without the Shared Parenting knowledge and empowerment from the peer support of FNF. Women are welcome in most settings. ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

” FNF taught me about the realities of the UK Family Court system at a time when I was very vulnerable and in need of guidance. Their ‘Surviving Separation’ course is excellent. ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

” The only charity to support any parent or grandparent to regain contact with their child or children, I regularly attend the Manchester group once a month to provide support. ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

” Without this group I would have been lost. I am the grandmother of a son who had his children taken away by the mother and false allegations submitted to ensure no contact. It has been heart breaking but reading the stories, being part of a community and having access to meetings gives information, advice and the hope and knowledge that it can change. I will keep supporting my son and grandchildren so they are together in the future. ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

” Families Need Fathers is an inclusive organisation that supports mothers, fathers, and ultimately children. I have personally found their support to be invaluable and truly believe it has saved my life and helped me become a stronger, resilient, and positive human being, father, and husband. They have educated and coached with my own personal development, positive co-parenting, positive parenting, and Family Court and the legal/court process. In that order. The peer-to-peer support is unmatched…I’ve never experienced a more active and supportive group of individuals brought together by a single goal – Happy Families! ”

Families Need Fathers Testimonials - What Our Service Users Say

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