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NCFM-TC Says "Study" Group Is Biased and Anonymous Memorandum Documents Bias
Lobbying Minnesota Legislators
Research Supporting Joint Physical Custody
JPC Study-Final Report
Study Group Members
Meeting Information and Minutes of Past Meetings
Shared Parenting Stories
Why Joint Physical Custody?
JPC Friendly Groups
Paul Masiarchin, Executive Director
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network
161 Saint Anthony Avenue, Suite 845
Saint Paul, MN 55103
Note: Glenn Palm, another "study" group member is on the board of Minnesota Fathers & Families Network. Note also that this group is not a grassroots fathers' organization. It is more accurately categorized as a group of government bureaucrats and nonprofits who gain funding by working with each other in the name of fathers.
Website for Fathers & Families Network:
From the website: Mission: MFFN enhances healthy father-child relationships by promoting initiatives that inform public policy and further develop the field of fatherhood practitioners statewide. (Updated Dec. 2007)
Vision: The Network's vision is represented by the image shown here. (Could not copy image.)
The Network accomplishes the mission by:
Informing community agencies throughout the state of the need and benefit of providing services to fathers as part of serving families;
Maintaining information on, promoting and encouraging fatherhood and family strengthening priorities in the state;
Providing opportunities for networking and information sharing among fatherhood practitioners, family support service providers and other interested stakeholders;
Enhancing the capacity of fatherhood practitioners and family support service providers to provide programs and services that will strengthen families across the economic and cultural diversity represented in the state;
Building the profession of fatherhood practitioners and other family support service providers working to increase the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children;
Promoting the establishment and the expansion of fatherhood programs and services;
Maintaining awareness of state legislation that affects fathers and educating legislators on fatherhood issues;
Increasing the public awareness of fatherhood involvement and family strengthening issues; and
Providing leadership and direction to the development of an active and effective statewide coalition of individuals and organizations committed to strengthening Minnesota’s families through the increased involvement of fathers in the lives of children.
What we value and believe at the Minnesota Fathers & Families Network:
MFFN embraces fathers, children, and the father-child relationship as the key beneficiaries of our work.
MFFN values fathers as an essential resource for building healthy families and for encouraging child growth and development.
MFFN believes fathers and mothers both have primary responsibility for supporting, nurturing and guiding their children’s learning and development.
MFFN believes fathers and mothers merit equal opportunities to enhance and develop their capacity as responsible, engaged parents.
MFFN recognizes diversity among Minnesotans and the different cultural norms regarding family structure and family formation.
MFFN embraces communities without regard to race, ability, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
MFFN values education as a means to counteract negative stereotypes and misconceptions about fatherhood.
MFFN believes that family service practitioners, educators, fatherhood advocates, and allied fields of professionals can enhance services to fathers and families through collaboration, training, and education.
MFFN encourages evidence based programming for fathers and families.
MFFN values the wisdom of the practitioner to carry out programming for fathers.
MFFN believes that, in order for children and families to thrive, the whole community – families, individuals, non-profits, public systems, policy makers, the private sector, and funders – needs to work in partnership.
MFFN convenes a statewide nonpartisan membership network in order to support all Minnesota’s fathers and families. (Updated Dec. 2007)
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