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Resources for Families of Divorce

Divorce is hard on everyone involved, especially the children.

The following list of services and resources, many of them offered by non-profit organizations and free of charge, is intended to help ex-spouses and children of divorce put their lives back together: 

Fatherhood Educational Institute
19 South LaSalle, Suite 450, Chicago
(312) 795-9060
Committed to helping develop a world where indigent fathers are involved in the lives of their families and to help develop families that are a united, healthy, and vibrant entity. 

Illinois Collaboration on Youth
200 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 400, Chicago 60601
(312) 704-1257
Fax: (312) 704-1265
A statewide membership organization, advocates on behalf of young people and their families, and provides support for organizations and individuals that serve them within their communities. Provides information and education to individuals and organizations that serve young people and their families at the local level. 

Parents Without Partners
(847) 817-5687
Email: [email protected]
Parents without Partners (PWP) is an international, non-profit, educational organization of custodial and non-custodial parents. Its objective is to provide understanding and mutual support to single parents, and help them deal with the problems of raising children in a one-parent household. 

(800) 266-3206
Email: [email protected]
Rainbows offers training and curricula for establishing peer support groups for children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced loss due to divorce or death. 

Divorce and Annulment Support
Family Ministries Office, Archdiocese of Chicago
(312) 751-8353
Fax: (312) 751-3858
Email: [email protected]
Small groups of peer support are offered in a variety of locations in Cook and Lake Counties. Each group sets its own meeting time and agenda. Open to both men and women, these groups offer coping sessions for the newly divorced, group discussions, and presentations by qualified speakers.

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
(703) 838-9808 Fax: (703) 838-9805
Email: [email protected]
The professional association for the field of marriage and family therapy, representing the professional interests of more than 23,000 therapists throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. 

American Coalition for Fathers & Children (ACFC)
(800) 978-DADS
Contact: Susan Antomarchi
ACFC's aim is to restore equal rights for those affected by divorce, family breakup, and childbirth out of wedlock. 

Beginning Experience
(866) 610-8877 or (574) 283-0279
Email: [email protected]
Provides support and programs for separated, widowed, and divorced people and their children. 

Center for Divorce Education
340 West State Street, Room 135C / Unit 8, Athens, OH 45701
(877) 874-1365 or (740) 597-2736
Fax: (740) 594-1724
Email: [email protected]
A non-profit corporation created to educate the public, the court system, and law and policymakers about divorce-related issues, with a goal of minimizing the negative impact of divorce for families.

National Coalition for Family Justice
(914) 591-5753
Fax: (914) 591-6981
Email: [email protected]
Provides information, counseling, and referrals for people involved in divorce or domestic-relations matters.

National Family Resiliency Center
2000 Century Plaza, Suite 121, Columbia, MD 21044
(410) 740-9553
Fax: (301) 596-1677
Email: [email protected]
The National Family Resiliency Center offers pre-marital, reconciliation, mediation, separation, and divorce counseling and educational programs for adults. Children's programs include individual and group counseling, KidShare and TeenShare educational programs.

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