Not all ‘solo parents’ are female—there are more than 20,000 dads in New Zealand who raise their children mostly on their own. We know nothing about this family type. Father & Child has now made a start and released a study on fathers who raise young children entirely on their own. By Harald Breiding-Buss
In time for Fathers Day this year we have completed our study on fathers who raise young children with no or very little input by the children’s mother. This is a usually forgotten and quite ‘invisible’ family type that seems to engage little with the communities they live in. For more detail and the full […]
Dr Fran Vertue is supervising a student’s Masters thesis at the University of Canterbury. This study will explore the mental health and parenting practices of New Zealand parents who have separated in the past year or two. We decided to conduct this study online, as it is convenient for most people, and helps to maintain […]
Father’s Mauri Ora Circle Looking for support from other fathers? To lend your support to other dads? A safe place to strengthen your role as a father? Maybe a dad only zone, where you can talk freely? Our Father’s Mauri Ora Circle may be just what you are looking for. Meeting every Wednesday evening from […]
Commission Without Clout? The Families Commission, set up in 2004, was part of the Labour government’s coalition agreement with Peter Dunne’s United Future Party. As a cynical volunteer in the New Zealand family support network I can’t help but ask: what have they achieved in the last four years? And especially: what have they achieved […]
Families Commission research released today Heart and Head, showed that 60% of fathers think the media portrayed them in a poor light, and half thought that society overall does not recognise their importance.
The Families Commission is calling for four weeks paid leave for fathers with today’s release of their father research report. The report showed that fathers are asking for more time with their children.
We have been approached to help recruit especially solo fathers to this study in order to make it as representative as possible of the population. See here for details. You’re asked to use the study code SOLOD if that applies to you.
Fathers are called on to participate in a study on their experiences of a difficult birth of their baby. See here for more info.
Father & Child Trust is looking for fathers who have day-to-day care of at least one child eight years or under in either Christchurch or Auckland. The Trust is conducting what is believed to be the first study in New Zealand on the circumstances, issues and support of solo fathers and their young children.