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Welcome to Father and Child Trust

Information and Support for all Dads.

Our Vision:

New Zealand communities where fathers and mothers are supported equally and have access to the resources and help they need to work together for the welfare of their children.

Your support:

New Zealand children need more responsible parents. Empowered dads and mums who truly care for them. They are our future. Voice your support with a donation now and help kiwi dads get the support they desperately need.

Why Dads?

Why Dads

We are often asked for ideas on how and why dads can be useful, so mums and support workers can encourage fathers. Under topics like ‘Men and Pregnancy’ – ‘Dads and Babies’ – ‘Fathers and Learning’, this booklet helps explain relationship changes around baby time, early bonding and how dads play different.

Dads get to understand their own hormone swings and included is a short list of known factors due to the Absence of Dads. We know there are similar issues with many teenagers, a part of the answer may be a fully informed, involved dad. Email us for your free copy!

Teenage Fathers

Under 20 and already a dad? Not sure of your role? Unable to fulfil your parental duties? We understand young dads and their issues, we listen to your situation, help in all the ways we can or help find local young dads groups, now in most areas around NZ.
Father & Child produced one of only two studies on teenage kiwi fathers… Teen Dad Support Report here

Our direct work with teen dads includes the MSD-funded programme in Christchurch with Te Waipuna Young Mums. See more Teen Dad info here….

New Fathers

Our work with new fathers includes personal support, information on parenting theory, correspondence courses, resources to help midwives or family support organisations connect with dads and…
Special issues of our magazine for new dads.
For Trauma birth affected Dads or postnatal adjustment issues, call in or try our dads group in Auckland. We developed a Dads and Babies Resource for people working with new parents.

Solo Fathers

Did you know that one in six solo parents is a dad? They have children as young as a few weeks old and similar needs to solo mums. Read our study of solo fathers with young children (Dependent on Dad) here or see a selection of Father & Child articles on and by solo fathers through the Special Interest section.

Father & Child Magazine

Father & Child Magazine CoverPublished quarterly, Father & Child Magazine features real dads’ stories, parenting articles and ‘current affairs’.

Available on subscription.

Read more about our magazine, and access articles online: most back issues are available.

The magazine is about you – so send us your stories and pictures by mail or email and tell us which issues you want to read about:

Also check out: Motherless Girls.

And More…

Parenting: A selection of Father & Child articles by topic.

Programmes and Services: Overview of what we do.

Fathers’ Mauri Ora Circle: Our Auckland support group.

Special Interest Articles: Father & Child magazine articles by category eg. Work/Family, Separation, International Dads and more…

Papers: Our academic side including Engaging with Dads…

Seminars we can present to any audience with dad relevant content.

Membership information here. Please also consider a donation – money for this kind of work if very hard to come by.

Father & Child on ‘Marae Investigates’ TVNZ

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RSS The Fatherhood Institute

  • Please help us raise money to roll out Fathers Reading Every Day June 22, 2015
    Thanks to the generosity of some core ‘involved fatherhood’ enthusiasts, we’re a quarter of the way to our £5,000 FRED crowdfunding target. 
  • Free initial legal advice for dads June 18, 2015
    Dads who need help agreeing post-separation arrangements, including child contact, can now access a free initial consultation with qualified solicitors, barristers and mediators. 
  • Give the gift of story time with dad this Father’s Day June 18, 2015
    Reading a bedtime story with dad – a magical, powerful ritual, which also brings huge benefits to children’s education and wellbeing: their language and literacy, their behaviour, their self-confidence, and their relationships with their dads. 
  • Check out our free resources for Fathers’ Story Week June 4, 2015
    Fathers’ Story Week is just around the corner….schools and early years settings around the country will be taking part in this annual celebration of fatherhood, from 15 – 21 June 2015. 
  • Dads in the 2015 manifestos: who’s saying what about fathers? April 20, 2015
      Double statutory paternity leave and pay it at a higher rate…introduce six weeks’ use-it-or-lose-it ‘daddy leave’…reform the Family Courts to introduce a presumption of 50-50 shared parenting…who’s promising what about fatherhood in their 2015 election manifestos?