Mission: Parents Without Partners provides single parents and their children with an opportunity for enhancing personal growth, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others by offering an environment for support, friendship and the exchange of parenting techniques.
Parents Without Partners was founded in 1957 in New York City by two single parents: Jim Egleson, a non-custodial parent, and Jacqueline Bernard, a custodial parent. As concerned parents, they felt isolated from society because of their marital status, and decided to form a mutual support organization. Following their first newspaper advertisements directed to ""Parents Without Partners"", 25 single parents attended the first meeting in a Greenwich Village church basement. Later, media attention brought inquiries from all over the country.
Parents Without Partners, Inc. is now the largest international, nonprofit membership organization devoted to the welfare and interests of single parents and their children. Single parents may be male or female, custodial or non-custodial, separated, divorced, widowed or never-married.
Programs: All chapters, to comply with their PWP charters, run programs balanced among three areas:
educational activities, Family activities and Adult Social/Recreational activities. Educational Activities may be group discussions, lectures by psychologists, lawyers and other professionals, study groups, training seminars, leadership and personal growth opportunities. Family Activities may include holiday activities, potluck suppers, fun and educational outings, picnics, hikes, camping, bowling, etc. for children and their parents. These activities may be unique in that they are the one place where children can be alone with other single parent children. Adult Social/Recreational Activities help single parents learn to relate again with other adults as single persons.
Chapters may also conduct community service programs. These include community outreach (speakers for seminars and workshops in the community), fundraising for national or local charities, or cooperative exchanges (such as baby-sitting, clothing, or toy exchanges). Chapters are organized under Regional Councils, which coordinate programs and sponsor conferences. Chapters and Regional Councils are organized into Zones, which elect directors and hold conferences. Additionally, the International Organization holds an annual conference for all members and their children to attend, with workshops for training, motivation, personal growth for parents and a youth program for members' children.