Single Parent Resources

Maintained by Jennifer Wolf, this site provides a variety of articles to help single parents
About.com: Single Parents

“ARISE Ministries, a national nonprofit organization co-founded by Pam Kanaly and Shelley Pulliam, finds its headquarters in Edmond, Oklahoma. Their mission involves bringing women new life, revived hope, and fresh faith through Jesus Christ. They host a statewide single mothers’ conference each June which has been featured on the 700 Club and endorsed by Governors Mary Fallin and Brad Henry.”
Single Moms' Conference
“Brighter Day Ministry provides support, encouragement, resources and inspiration for single moms and their children. Our mission, vision and very existence evolve from our desire to create a safe harbor for single moms, give them a voice, and empower them to become the women and mothers God created them to be.”
Brighter Day Ministries
The mission of this ministry, which was founded by Gary Sprague in 1996, is “To inform, equip and connect leaders in Single-Parent Family Ministry, providing information, equipment and connection to those leaders, so that they can be effective in visiting single-parent families in their distress.”
Center for Single Parent Family Ministry
“Changing Families can show you how to serve One-Parent families by providing answers to your questions about what works and what doesn’t work with single parent families. We can make your job easier as you work with this challenging population, whether you are in a faith-based setting, community setting, or dealing with the Family Court system.”
Coparenting International
“Fathers and FamiliesTM improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting the child’s right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.” The blogs focuses on stories of fathers who have been kept from their children as a result of divorce.
Fathers and Families
The mission of A Father’s Walk is “To help a generation of children grow up WITH their fathers by equipping and serving all single dads through Jesus Christ.”
A Father's Walk
This is not a traditional blog. Rather, it is an accumulation of articles from Linda Ranson Jacobs who wrote the Divorce Care for Kids curriculum and is also a regular contributor here on Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. I interviewed Linda about what Hlp4 was all about in December 2001. You can find that interview here. The site includes articles for single parents, children’s ministers, teachers, child care providers, grandparents, adult children of divorce and more.
Hlp4
Developed by Lori Little, “The 21 Principles of a Healthy Single Mom Bible Study and book for single moms / Single Mom Small Group provides a church resource for their single moms ministry that is easy to use and facilitate. The 21 Principles will also raise single moms to a new level and encourage them to flourish spiritually in every aspect of their life, leading single moms to live a life of purpose and meaning, focus and order, balance and harmony. The 21 Principles of a Healthy Single mom offers the church the best resource to start an effective, long-lasting single mom ministry.” The program is described as a “post Divorce Care” program based on 21 specific scriptures.
Hope & Help for the Single Mom
This is the blog and home page of Jennifer Maggio. Jennifer is an author and speaker who has had been pregnant three times and and was a single mom and abuse survivor by age 17. Her “passion is teaching women how she took those dire circumstances and eventually became a successful executive in Corporate America and truly found freedom from her past hurt and abuse through a relationship with Christ.” Jennifer has authored two books: Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom and The Church and the Single Mom. The blog also focuses on issues related to single parenting (particularly for mothers) and includes resources for single moms as well as information on support groups and conferences for single mothers.
The Life of a Single Mom
“Mercy Tree Ministries is a national 501(c)3 charitable organization that empowers single parents to make positive changes in their circumstances by equipping caring Christians to serve them.”
Mercy Tree Ministries
“Parenting Solo was the name of the column Doug Mead wrote for 3 years with the Oakland Tribune. He started writing the devotional in 2005. He has written more than 750 devotionals that focus on the needs of single parents and single adults who may one day marry a single parent. The devotional is biblically based and written in an easy-to-understand manner.” At last check, this blog was not kept up-to-date, but the information already posted will be helpful to single parents.
Parenting Solo Devotionals
Single & Parenting is a program offered by Church Initiative. Single & Parenting is a series of video based seminars covering topics like Wisely encourage your kids to obey, Help your hurting child, Eliminate debt, Deal with verbal onslaughts, and Figure out what your emotions are telling you. In addition, the program gives single parents a chance to develop friendships with other single parents living through similar circumstances.
Single & Parenting
This site includes sections with information for single parents and blended families. The website explains, “Our purpose is to inform, educate, and network leaders interested in Single Adult Ministry.”
Single Adult Ministries
This site is dedicated to helping single mothers meet their financial needs to allow them to spend more time being moms. It provides all types of financial information for single mothers.
Single Mom Financial Guide
This ministry seeks to help church start single-parent ministries as well as to provide resources to single parents.
Single Parent Family Life
Founded in 1995, the purpose of this ministry is to “assist pastors and leaders in building and maintaining their single’s ministry.”
The Singles Network Ministry
Founded by Gail Showalter, SMORE is “an alliance of compassionate women who see the needs of single moms. Our purpose is to encourage Single Moms to be Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, and Empowered.”  The purpose of SMORE is to “equip and help facilitate organizations and churches as they plan and host a Day of Blessings for single moms. Each Day focuses on one theme. Our themes are: Personality Predicaments, Money Matters, Job Jump Starts, Bonding with Family Fun, Setting Boundaries, Nutrition and Manners Matter, Dating Do’s, and Grieving a Loss. A group may host a Day for all eight themes over a period of time.”  In addition, Gail and SMORE are available to help churches start a ministry to single mothers.  The website also includes a blog (http://smoreforwomenblog.org/).
Smore for Women
If you know of a single parent resource that should be added to this page, please contact us at wayne@divorceministry4kids.com.
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