|Newsletter 30 June 2022|
Happy Father's Day
Today we wish all dads a very happy and joyful Father's Day. We know many of you will have been on a terrible journey to be able to mark this special day that is designated to focus on fathers.
For those who are still on that journey and who are unable to see their children today, this is a particularly difficult time. Stay strong and do what you can to stay healthy. Your children will need you that way for when you are re-united. We hear of success stories all the time, even if it takes many years to get there. Celebrate with your parents, do something positive with friends and/or resolve to help us to do something to change the system for the better - to keep people out of courts, to speed up the process and to remove systemic biases throughout all areas of fatherhood (see the sample below). Why not resolve to write to your MP, share your story and ask them to meet with us and to raise the issues with relevant ministers? The same applies if you had a good outcome, but the journey was awful - resolve to help us achieve the changes for all children and parents affected.
Here is a sample of recent stories of dads reunited with their children... even after a long time.
Thomas "Thank you FNF, you helped me when I had no idea what to do and now I see my kids every week."
Carl, says: "The last time I hugged my daughter, she was tiny…… this Easter… we found each other!"
Paul says: "My son and I found each other six years ago when I was 50 and he was 25. I hadn’t known him until then."
Ross: "You can never get those missed years back, but after 15 years of fighting we connected in 2020. And next month she is a bridesmaid at my wedding. To anyone reading NEVER stop fighting"
We hear everyday of dads getting positive outcomes, even in within the unfit-for-purpose family justice systems. Hopefully these stories will strengthen your resolve.
Never forget that your children need you now and in the future.
Challenges and Biases Fathers Face
The systemic anti-father bias starts at birth
Systemic anti-father bias upon family separation
Three is a public health crisis being caused by the failure of government policy to reflect family life as it is today, the lack of a strategy for separated families and the failure to promote responsible parenting – indeed with outdated policies that have the opposite effect and drive family conflict and the exclusion of fathers from their children’s lives.
Here is a link you can share to this message for Father's Day 2022
Please also assist with Research into Parental Alienation Under Covid-19
Dr Ben Hine's team at the University of West London, are carrying out an academic study into parental alienation and disruption of parental relationships during Covid-19. If you have not seen this on our social media and it affected you, then please do it now and help with the understanding of this phenomenon - it should take 10-20 minutes.
Click here or on the image below for details.
Once again, we wish you a very happy Father's Day and whether you are able to fully enjoy it or not, we ask you to resolve to make a difference - contact your MP, ask them to speak to us, complete the short questionnaire on Parental Alienation under Covid-19 and consider making a donation, joining or re-joining FNF using the links below (almost all of our funding comes from individuals like you).
With best wishes,
23rd April 2022
Families Need Fathers - because both parents matter - 2022 - Our 48th year
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