Back in 1987, when the energy and activism of the Founding Fathers of our organization were being focused into a program of support services for divorced, disenfranchised fathers, the telephone helpline was one of the many invaluable resources brought to bear on behalf of fathers' rights as parents to their children. In 2010 we added an email HELPLINE capability, and that medium has now become by far the most frequently used service WFCF offers.
Over the years, this critical "help" service has provided a lifesaving communication link to thousands of loving Parents and other family members who call during the worst crisis in their lives. Because of family breakups, they fear losing custody and relationship connections with thier shared children. As WFCF members, we all know how realistic those concerns are and just how vital our organization's encouragement and involvement are at times of family failure.
The helpline frequently brings us new members, and in return for a membership, which provides our quarterly newsletter, our family law initiatives, and the social support network of Dads (and Moms) through Separated Parents Night Out meetings that often develop into lifetime friendships.
For the past several years, various WFCF Board members and committed volunteers have fielded the great majority of HELPLINE inquiries, providing a desperately needed, dedicated level of early encouragement to countless parents who love their kids deeply. By providing them with the proper state of mind, we help these parents realize that divorce or split-ups ends adult relationships but not a parent's rights and responsibilities to and for their children.
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