Family Resources: Parents, Links/Articles
AAML This is the national website for the nonprofit American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. You can read or reprint the booklet Stepping Back From Anger, which is a guide for divorcing parents, read the Children’s Bill of Rights, order other publications, or find an family law specialist attorney through the site. This site has excellent information about the legal process of divorce as well. There are AAML chapters in Northern and in Southern California.
Divorce ABC The website of the Children of Separation and Divorce agency has good reading for kids. Excerpts from COSD’s books feature children telling about how they felt when their parents separated. From a book for parents, there are excerpts which provide advice on telling your child about divorce and how to decide if a child needs professional help.
Divorce Central This site offers fairly extensive information about legal, financial, parenting and other aspects of divorce. It also offers a list of related books which can be reviewed or purchased from the site. The Expert Online area offers weekly in-depth explorations of specific topics by professionals; past appearances have been archived and can be read. The Total Parenting Handbook section of the site offers sound advice on parenting as a divorced parent.
Divorce Net This site offers daily and weekly Q&A sessions with legal and mental health professionals, as well as interactive bulletin boards/chat rooms. Resources are listed by state.
Divorce Online This web site provides numerous articles, some better than others, about the impact of divorce on children and parents. It also has a book review section, question/answer area (which includes legal, financial, psychological, and real-estate information), and a chat area.
Divorce Support This site offers state-specific guidebooks, a large divorce-related bookstore, links to resources and message centers, and, for a fee, child support calculations for your state.
Support for Fathers
Bay Area Male Involvement Network This is the web site for the Bay Area Male Involvement Network, which is dedicated to getting and keeping men involved with children. It describes local programs and events as well as providing links to several other father-related sites and articles.
Fathers This is the website of the National Center for Fathering, which aims “to inspire and equip men to be better fathers.” They offer practical tips on various topics such as step-dads, single dads, disciplining teens, and more. There is also a mechanism for contacting other fathers for fathering support, or finding out about fathering research.
Fathers Are Parents Too This site, Fathers Are Parents Too, is a coalition of family members working to encourage both parents’ participation in kids’ lives. There are some financial and legal articles and links to other father-related sites. You can also subscribe to Fathering Magazine.
Fathers World This site has lots of good links to father-related research, policy and practice. Offers live chat area/discussion groups, tips for fathers on parenting, leisure, health and more, as well as a Q&A section on legal matters.
National Fathers Resource Center This is the site for the National Fathers’ Resource Center, which provides information about father-related issues, including divorce, step-parenting, parental alienation, and child support. The site offers lots of good links to other organizations, and also chat rooms
Support for Mothers
Moms Online This site contains a variety of resources for woman who are experiencing seperation or divorce. You will find comprehensive information on the legal, financial, and emotional aspects, as well as articles for starting over.
Single Mothers For over 16 years, the National Organization of Single Mothers has been dedicated to helping single moms by choice or chance meet the challenges of daily life with wisdom, wit, dignity, confidence and courage.
Support Group for Mothers This site offers information about Berkeley- and Oakland-area groups for mothers, as well as links to classes around the Bay Area for a variety of parenting needs (e.g., breast feeding, CPR, sibling preparation, separation and divorce, support groups, and more.
Children and Adults with ADHD
This is the site for Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. It provides information about the organization, AD/HD, school discipline, and locating local chapters.
Family Education, LNPC This site is part of the Learning Network Parent Channel and has multidisciplinary (education, medical and psychological professionals) expert information on how to help your child get the most out of his/her educational environment. You can brows by your child’s age. This is not a divorce information site.
I Am Your Child This organization (I Am Your Child) offers bilingual English/Spanish parenting information on raising young children along with a list of books, articles and resources. There is an “expert advice” section as well.
Our Family This Bay Area organization for gay and lesbian families offers regular family gatherings and support groups. The site has information about the organization as well as links to other sites specifically related to LGBT families an general parenting issues.
Parenthood This broad site can be searched for information about a particular topic; it covers everything from marital advice to health issues. An extensive array of childhood health experts and articles are listed. There is also a live chat section.
Parenting Online Parents Encouraging Parents offers free parenting classes on the Internet. Different modules address different issues, from divorce/separation and stepparenting through discipline and adolescents.
Look under the Family section for a listing of topics including divorce, single parenting, bereavement, etc. Chats and message boards on specific topics are listed in this area. Parents can search for information on a particular issue and a list of previously answered questions will be listed. Therapists answer the questions. Many other health-related news articles are reprinted here.
Stepfamily-Single Parent Sites
Bonus Families Website for stepfamilies, renamed ‘bonus families’ to convey concept that each new member or the reorganized family is a bonus, a gift that enhances. Includes many articles including a ‘bonus teen’ section: articles by and for teens. Support groups and workshops.
CoMamas The CoMamas site is directed toward stepmothers and “original” mothers/ex-wives. They coined the term “stepwives” to describe the relationship between these two mother figures. They offer some tips for being co-parents, information about support servies, and a book about learning to be “co-mamas” instead of “stepwives”.
Making Lemonade A single parenting site. Offers links to other sites, chat rooms on specific topics, social-dating connections and book recommendations.
Parents Without Partners This site offers a limited amount of information about Parents Without Partners, a national organization offering a community for single parents. It does include some research and some single parenting tips, and directs readers to PWP chapters in their area.
Second Wives Club The site for the Second Wives club: articles that cover stepparenting, family law, marriage, divorce, co-parenting, dealing with the ex access. Also provides access to stories written by second wives, professional advice, tips, advice columns, newsletters, weekly contests, links, current news feeds, free email courses, interactive diaries, photo album, the step moms bill of rights, the “other mother” art galleries, private messaging, free email accounts, book reviews, polls, over 35 discussion boards, and offline social gatherings.
Step Ducks Families come in all forms and realize many levels of change. Lives are impacted by these changes. Changes are often uncomfortable but with proper adjustments they can be beneficial. Stepducks offers a resource for people who seek information about family, education, and change.
Step Together This web-based chapter of the Stepfamily Association of America offers chat rooms and well-organized message boards for peers to provide support and advice to one another. It also offers resources, related web-links and information about retreats.
Stepfamily Foundation This is the site for the Stepfamily Foundation. If you click for “Free Information” it lists 10 steps for step-dads and step-moms, kids, young mothers, and grandparents (among others) to help form healthy stepfamilies. It offers online counseling, questions and answer areas, and other links.
San Francisco Bay Area Resources
A.P.P.L.E. Family Works Founded in 1978, A.P.P.L.E. FamilyWorks® offers a wide range of courses, consultation, counseling, and support services for individuals, couples, children, groups, and families. For information about programs throughout Marin County and Bay Area communities, call (415) 492-0720.
La Casa De Las Madres
This is the bilingual Spanish/English website for a San Francisco agency which provides help for victims of domestic violence. The page on “Warning Signs” can help you figure out whether you-re at risk for abuse, and what to do if you are being abused. It also lists their 1-800 number.
Support Groups for Mothers
This site offers information about Berkeley- and Oakland-area groups for mothers, as well as links to classes around the Bay Area for a variety of parenting needs (e.g., breast feeding, CPR, sibling preparation, separation and divorce, support groups, and more.
The Crisis Center
Provides information and referral services for Contra Costa County as well as several 24-hour crisis hotlines.