Toledo, Ohio is the newest community to have a fathers’ rights organization open its doors to single and disenfranchised fathers. Called, straightforwardly enough, “Fathers Rights Organization” (or ‘FRO’), the organization was founded to “help, support and encourage you for what is best for your situation,” adding, wisely, that “Not every situation is the same for everyone.”
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FRO says that their mission is “To encourage and empower Ohio fathers in the local community who struggle with family issues or lacking regular visitation with their kids. Our main goal is helping children grow up with fathers involved in their lives.”
While the Toledo Fathers Rights Organization does not provide legal services, they provide all sorts of other support, and fellowship, for single fathers in the Toledo area. Some of their services include, or will include, support groups, parenting classes, supervised parenting time, parenting classes, and a place to have safe drop offs and pick ups (i.e when the children are exchanged from one parent to the other).
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In a statement of belief, FRO says “FRO believes that fathers are leaders, teachers, role models, motivators, nurturers and parents to their children. Fathers are NOT babysitters or part-timers! Fathers should not be treated as such.”
Now that’s certainly a sentiment we can get behind!