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Parent support organisations

There are some other organisations who may also be able to help you in your parenting:

Dad Info gives advice for parents from a dad’s perspective, including articles and ‘dad guides’ on pregnancy, birth and financial issues.

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) is the largest UK charity for parents, giving accurate, impartial antenatal information so that parents can decide what’s best for their family, and introducing them to a network of local parents to gain practical and emotional support.

Mumsnet gives information and advice for parents, including news articles, product reviews, competitions and blogs. Also includes useful information on pregnancy and birth.

Family and Childcare Trust is an independent charity that exists to make the UK a better place for families and children. They work with charities, businesses and public services to offer practical help to families.

Parent Channel.tv offers free parenting videos and parenting advice by topic and age range.

Parenting Support Centre includes parenting articles and tips along with a useful parenting directory.

Vodaphone Digital Parenting magazine has helpful advice for parents on internet use and mobile technology.

The Working Parent offers helpful information for parents who juggle work and family life.


Lone parenting

Gingerbread provides expert advice, practical support and campaigns for single parents.

Single Parent Action Network is a uniquely diverse organisation empowering one parent families throughout the UK.

Only Dads give advice and support for single dads.

Only Mums give advice and support for single mums.


Additional needs parenting

Contact a family is a national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability.

Family Fund the UK’s largest provider of grants to low-income families raising disabled and seriously ill children and young people.

Mencap supports both adults and children with learning disabilities.

Sibs is a charity for the brothers and sisters of disabled chidren and adults.

Scope is a leading UK charity which supports both adults and children with disabilities.


Adoption and fostering

Home for Good is an initiative from Care for the Family, The Evangelical Alliance and CCPAS that seeks to build a culture in local churches throughout the UK where adopting and fostering are a significant part of their life and ministry, and where churches are equipped to recruit and support foster carers and adoptive families in their congregations.

First 4 Adoption is the dedicated information service (funded by the Department for Education) for people interested in adopting a child. The website and helpline explain the application process and provide links to adoption agencies across England.

Adoption UK is a national charity run by and for adopters, providing an online forum, support groups, family days and training.

After Adoption provides a helpline with trained counsellors, the ‘SafeBase’ parenting programme, and family days and support groups in certain areas.

CoramBAAF provides information, resources, training and family finding services, plus links to adoption and fostering agencies across the UK.

The Fostering Network has a membership scheme and provides a helpline for legal issues, medical advice, and stress counselling; advice on financial issues; a forum; resources and publications.

Foster Talk provides legal advice, accounting advice, online learning, a magazine and online forum to their members.

PAC provides advice and counselling related to pre adoption, post adoption, and permanency.

 

Stepfamilies

Happy Steps provide research and resources for those parenting within stepfamilies.

 

Grandparenting

Gransnet provides information and support for grandparents.


Postnatal depression

The Association for Postnatal Illness (APNI) is a network of phone and postal volunteers who have had – and recovered from – postnatal depression.


This information is supplied in good faith, but Care for the Family cannot accept responsibility for any advice or recommendations made by other organisations or resources.

Download this list

If you’re running a parenting course why not download and print this list of selected support organisations to share with parents.

Click here for a PDF.