Families Need Fathers

Families Need Fathers (FNF) is a registered UK charity, founded in 1974. It provides information and support to parents, including unmarried parents, of either sex.


FNF is a self-help support group, educates the public on research into shared parenting, and is involved in political lobbying. It produces a regular newsletter, McKenzie, which is sent out to members of the charity and to people whom the charity considers influential. It has over 30 self-governing branches throughout the United Kingdom and provides other services to members.

FNF is chiefly concerned with the problems of maintaining a child's relationship with both parents during and after family breakdown, and has acquired over 10,000 members in its 30-year history. Undoubtedly, the majority of parents apart from children are fathers, but the charity supports both fathers and mothers and other family who have lost contact with children, and works with MATCH (Mothers Apart from Their Children), and the Grandparents' Association.

The group's volunteer members offer advice to parents, which aims to be child-centred. Hence the advice here originally worked out by children who took part in a divorce survival class:

By encouraging its members to take a non-adversarial stance with their ex-partners and without expensive legal representation in court, FNF has attained considerable success in meeting its objective of ensuring that both parents remain involved in their children's lives in spite of one parent (usually the mother) being against it. Rt Hon Lord Justice Wall, a senior family court judge, has said, "Families Need Fathers has become a key player in the debate about on-going contact and joint residence." Many have found that an FNF McKenzie Friend has made all the difference to their and their children's lives.

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