Activity of Foreningen Far til Støtte for Børn og Forældre (The Association Father, in support of Children and Parents)
Aims and objectives
The voluntary association was founded in 1977. It focuses on equality between parents and the rights of children to have contact with both of their parents. In practice this means supporting divorced fathers in maintaining contact with their children. The association promotes the law on parental responsibilities (2007) which introduced a more egalitarian model of visitation practices. As an additional objective, the association promotes equality in terms of parental leave (one third for the mother, one third for the father and one third for the parents to decide upon). The association has a free and anonymous counselling service regarding child custody and (conflict resolution in relation to) visitation rights, with 10 counselling centres across the country and an additional national helpline. They try to put pressure on politicians and policy-makers through consultations, contributions to public debate (newspapers and digital media) and letters to parliamentary committees and ministers.
Name: Foreningen Far til Støtte for Børn og Forældre (The Association Father, in support of Children and Parents)
Stakeholder: Civil society organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Denmark
Organisation Zip Code: 2500
Organisation Phone: 45 46 94 92 55
- General assemblies at regional and national levels;
- ongoing extension of counselling services;
- counselling courses with different themes (perspective of the child, conflicts with authorities, etc.);
- and member meetings.
Counselling courses for advisors with different themes (perspective of the child, conflicts with authorities, etc.).
Member magazine ("Parent responsibility") is issued at least twice a year. It covers issues such as harassment in relation to visitation, counselling, false violence accusations, divorces, children in the media, post partum reactions, parental leave, and activities (for parents and children). The association also elaborates guidelines on their key topics based mainly on articles from the member magazine.