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Real help for people involved in child custody -- initial determination of custody or change of custody -- or divorce. This listing of individuals, groups, companies, services, organizations and professionals can make a difference today. Just starting or starting over -- this is the place to begin.

Single Parent Association're not alone, we're here to help!  
(800) 704-2102 or (602) 788-5511 
Get email notification of calendar events, chat with other members, add events. Join the Yahoo Group for your area.

Dear Judge,   
    This book can reassure parents doing the right things, and has opened the hearts of an angry, self-centered parents, allowing them to put the needs of the children before their own desires. Parents often think they know what is going on in the hearts of their children, and are stunned to discover how much children see, hear and know. Get this book to see how children express their concerns. Give this book to someone who needs to know how the children feel. You will see your children in these letters. The letters are funny, sad, happy, hopeful and amazing. This book is has 190 letters.  Reviews          PayPal         Google        YouTube Video Clip

Jane Addams Hull House   (312) 325-9175

1030 W. Van Buren Chicago, IL 60607

National Council of Jewish Women      (847) 853-8889

Chicago North Shore Section

1107 Central Street, Wilmette, IL 60091

There are other groups and individuals looking to start court monitoring in Illinois. Call for more information. is a unique online service that can help you win custody, change custody, or reduce child support. ParentingTime is used every day by thousands of parents and families worldwide. ParentingTime is an online custody calendar that allows you to easily schedule and track parenting time as well as monitor compliance with your custody arrangement. Find out more here, or try the Demo to experience ParentingTime for yourself.

American Society of Divorced Men 
575 Keep Ave, Elgin IL 60120-2431   (708) 695-2200

Child Custody Witness Guide for Deposition or in Court
    Essential to giving the testimony you need to give. Critical for the witnesses you are counting on. Important for all types of cases and essential for child custody and divorce cases. You only get one chance to protect your fathers rights, mothers rights or grandparent rights in court. Avoid the tricks and traps of questioning. This books fast easy solution will let you watch the effectiveness of your case skyrocket! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" with more than 230 pages.  

Mothers Without Custody
P.O. Box 36, Woodstock, IL 60098
P.O. Box 27417, Houston, TX 77227-7418
    Provides support and information on the national "Mothers Without Custody" and has information for starting support groups dealing with custody related issues. The purpose of Mothers Without Custody is: To enhance the quality of life for our children by strengthening the role of the non-custodial parent in regard to custody, child support, visitation, and parenting. To provide a self-directed network and an outlet for the sharing of experiences for mothers without physical custody of their children for any of the following reasons:

    Voluntary exchange of custody
    Coerced voluntary exchange of custody
    Court rulings
    Child(ren) being abducted by the father
    Child(ren) opting to live with the father
    State intervention

    To educate and inform the public of issues affecting the non-custodial mother and her children in order to dispel biases against children and parents who do not have physical custody. To serve as liaison between organizations and individuals that promote children's health, happiness, and well-being, and that of mothers without custody. To cooperate with local, state, and national officials to further the well-being, health, and happiness of our children. To carry out such lawful association activities as a majority of the board of directors may direct. Pamphlets, books, shirts, informational packets - please call for details! Mother-To-Mother: a 16 page, quarterly support newsletter. $25 annual membership fee.

Private Supervised Visit Program

500 42nd Street Suite 2, Rock Island, IL 61201

    Bridgeway Children Services helps anyone in an active roll of caretaker for children. Intake Procedure: Call for an appointment or walk in. Must be referred by the Court System, an attorney, or self. Private Supervised Visit Program provides supervision for the non custodial parent. The program's services are accessed through a referral from the court system, an attorney, or by a self referral.
    (309) 786-0064

National Coalition of Free Men 
Rt. 2 Box 107, Murphysboro IL 62966-9612
    The Public Hearing Room includes testimony and speeches before public bodies. This material provides excellent examples of how NCFM is representing you... And, it demonstrates how you can get involved in the political process in a meaningful way by joining in with NCFM. Publications listed and summarized here are available through the U.S. mail. Topics include effects of language on male behavior, discrimination against men in criminal court and more.    (816) 848-2600

The Hands-On Guide to Surviving Adult Children Living at Home

If you're faced with the frustration of dealing with adult children moving home -with their children and with or without their significant other, you need to know you're not alone.

They may be taking advantage of you without even meaning to or maybe they don't care that they are using you and your resources up.

This site has great information to help you. They even have a contract for you and your adult children to sign that sets the rules and obligations that the adult child is expected to be responsible for.

While it's nice to think that families with adult children living with parents can always get along like they do on TV, the fact is that having adult children return home -- also called boomerang kids -- can put a ton of stress on you and your partner.

Department of Children and Family Services

406 East Monroe, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1498
To Report Child Abuse or Neglect, call (800) 25-ABUSE or TDD (800) 358-5117
Out-of-State, call 217-524-2606

    The Department of Children and Family Services is best known for its child protection services. The goal of the Department's child protection program is outlined in the state's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act: "The Department of Children and Family Services shall, upon receiving reports made under this Act, protect the best interest of the child, offer protective services in order to prevent any further harm to the child and to other children in the family, stabilize the home environment and preserve family life whenever possible."

Citizens for Constitutional Rights 

512 23rd Street, Rock Island IL 61201-8918   (309) 786-1478

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up     

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is a book for young children about coping with regular visitation to separate parents, especially long-distance visitation. Written in very simple language arising from the point of view of a young boy who had a hard time adjusting to the stress of traveling back and forth to visit his mother. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up offers more than just a mere advisory text - it has point-by-point observations, travel safety tips, and numerous fun activities to pass the travel time. Click here to see the Table of Contents. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is highly recommended reading, and a great resource for any parent having to take a child on a long-distance trip to visit friends and relations.  Available at By an 11-year-old Author for other kids.

Children's Rights Council of Illinois 


    Mail:  PO Box 203 , Normal, IL 61761

    The Children's Rights Council (CRC) of Illinois is a statewide non-for-profit organization that educates on the importance of adopting family-friendly approaches to the unique issues facing at-risk children. Through their advocacy network, they promote the adoption of recognized parenting best practices for separated parents and other family-friendly outcomes of the separation process.
    CRC-IL works to assure children a meaningful and continuing relationship with both of their parents and the extended family, regardless of residency status.  888-802-1110

Parent or Putative Father

(800) 232-3798 (800) 513-4980 (TTY)
Outside of Illinois (217) 524-2029 (217) 524-3715 (TTY)
Ombuds Office DCFS, 406 E. Monroe St. Springfield, Illinois 62701

    If you want to know if your child is under the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, with the child's name and birth date or age and can verify your relationship, the DCFS Ombuds office can determine if your child is in the care of our Department. They can also direct you to the Circuit Court involved with your child's case. The Clerk of the Circuit Court can provide other important information, such as the child's case number and the next scheduled court date.

Fathers' Fight for Rights

8 Peggy Dee Dr., Blue Mound IL 62513-9518    (217) 692-2871

Win Your Child Custody War 13th Edition,  2011 Shipping Now!

Over 800 triple-columned pages of vital information about fighting for custody of your children. This book is for parents facing a vicious or dangerous person on the other side. Topics include your child having an attorney of his or her own, who must listen to the child's wishes, admit-deny to pin down the lies once and for all, how to keep your job from losing your child custody case, home study, psychological evaluation, false accusations of child abuse, dealing with real child abuse, Parental Alienation Syndrome, how to turn hearsay into documented evidence, hiring a great attorney and grounds for suing a bad one, the difference between issues and non-issues, how to produce contact logs that will help rather than hurt your case and much more. In most cases the other parent does not win custody you lose custody. This book won't let that happen to you. Information about fathers' rights, mothers' rights, grandparent rights and attorneys. This manual has been on the market longer, and is updated more often, than any other available. Click here to see how parents, grandparents and professionals Praise this manual. For people going through a divorce or the never-married parent. This is not a cheap download. It is an expensive manual. It costs less than 1/2 hour with a good attorney and gives you hundreds and more topics than any other product.  Available at the biggest,  Google the fastest delivery, and PayPal the most popular. Click here to see the YouTube Clip

Illinois Civilized Divorce

What Are The Eleven Grounds for Divorce in Illinois?

Answer: Irreconcilable Differences, also known as No-fault, is the only ground for divorce that does not require the moving party to prove that his or her spouse is at fault for the marital breakup.

The remaining ten grounds for divorce require proof that the non-moving party, without cause or provocation on the part of the party seeking the divorce, was at fault because he or she:

  1. was naturally impotent at the time of the marriage, and continues to be naturally impotent;
  2. was already married at the time of the marriage;
  3. committed adultery subsequent to the marriage;
  4. willfully deserted or absented himself or herself for one year;
  5. is guilty of habitual drunkenness for the space of 2 years;
  6. is guilty of gross and confirmed habits caused by the excessive use of addictive drugs for the space of 2 years;
  7. has attempted to end the moving spouse's life by poison or other means showing malice
  8. is guilty of extreme and repeated physical or mental cruelty toward the moving party;
  9. has been convicted of a felony or other infamous crime;
  10. has infected the moving party with a sexually transmitted disease.

Has a new marriage suddenly thrown step-siblings into the already frenzied mix of your blended family? If so, you’re likely to have your hands full: Managing a bigger family, warding off negative emotions, and making sure all the kids get along. But fear not, help is just a click away in the form of clinical social worker Debra Burrell, who shares her expert tips with Debbie.

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence

801 South 11th St., Springfield, IL 62703
TOLL FREE: (800) 677-2830    (217) 241-0376 (TTY)   (217) 789-2830 (voice)

Chicago Abused Women Coalition

P.O. Box 477916, Chicago, IL. 60647-7916
(773) 489-9081

Forenpsych Services Phone: (818) 597-1975 Fax: (818) 597-1975
Call for the Illinois phone numbers.

Dr. Rybicki has over 25 years experience in providing evaluations and testimony in forensic matters such as child custody disputes, personal injury & PTSD cases, assessment for insanity pleas & competency to stand trial. He is licensed in Washington, California, Illinois, and Indiana. He has provided over 250 instances of trial testimony along with additional deposition testimony and offering of declarations to the Court. Dr. Rybicki can provide case-specific expert testimony as well as more generic psychological expertise testimony on a variety of topics including chemical dependency, suggestibility of witnesses, child witness testimony, issues of parent-child alienation, battered spouse syndrome, work fitness evaluation, child sexual abuse, and psychological testing. His areas of expertise include: abuse, child psychological trauma, competence for trial, criminal responsibility, dangerousness assessment, drug abuse, family issues, fitness for duty, insanity pleas, psychology, PTSD, and substance abuse.

Stone Wall Forensic Audio & Video Services 
Travis Kitchens Law Office
    Onalaska , Texas 75845
    Stone Wall offers a state-of-the-art recording studio owned by practicing attorney offers forensic audio and video services including -- transfer of micro-cassette (answering machine) to cassette tape and compact disk format transfer of cassette tape to compact disk format clean up and enhancement of recorded conversation, including removal of tape hiss, hums, background noises and transcription of conversations preparation of cassette tape and/or compact disk trial exhibits indexing relevant passages/portions of the recorded media video editing for mediation purposes video editing for trial purposes preparation of exhibits for mediation and trial.

    Extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience, both alone and as part of legal teams and both as prosecution (plaintiff) and defense, in District Courts in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Houston, Angelina and surrounding counties including cases ranging from capital murder to forcible entry and detainer, family law, collections, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice and deed restrictions.

    Numerous video and audio presentations for mediation and trial. References of judges, clients and other attorneys available upon request.
    Stone Wall's Chief Recording Engineer brings over 16 years of recording studio experience in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas in addition to working with Travis Kitchens in forensic audio the last three years. A detailed resume is available upon request. Reasonable rates and expedited service when necessary.
    (936) 642-1818

Grandparents Winning Custody of Grandchildren: A Grandparent's Story of Success

Neil and Gail Gallagher are winners in the fight to gain custody of your grandchildren. They truly are the voice of the children. Because of their 4 year quest to protect their grandchildren, they know the legal obstacles and challenges you may encounter along the way. They have been through the process and pain and their story and struggles will inspire you to press ahead and never quit in your quest for answers. In Gail's new book Grandparents Winning Custody Of Grandchildren, you will find the information you need in your quest to rescue your grandchildren.

Parenting at a Distance   

As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book. Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher

Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do. Ken Richards --Weekend Fathers Newsletter Product Description
When the children in your heart don't live in your home, Parenting at a Distance offers you interesting ways to stay in touch and keep the lines of communication open.

Grands Place
    GrandsPlace is compiling a data base of support groups in each state. If you live in Arkansas and can contact the Department of Aging or any other resource that could send us information on Support Groups for the state....please take the time to do this. It would mean so much to the grandparents and special others searching for support and friends locally.

National Coalition of Free Men
    The Public Hearing Room includes testimony and speeches before public bodies. This material provides excellent examples of how NCFM is representing you. ...And, it demonstrates how you can get involved in the political process in a meaningful way by joining in with NCFM. Publications listed and summarized here are available through the U.S. mail. Topics include effects of language on male behavior, discrimination against men in criminal court and more.

Parents Without Partners
    The problems are many in bringing up our children alone, contending with the emotional conflicts of divorce, never-married, separation or widowhood. PWP Inc. is the only international organization that provides real help in the way of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families and adults. Through the exchange of ideas and companionship, we hope to further our common welfare and the well-being of our children.

Marriage Encounter
    Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter
    Baptist Marriage Encounter
    Episcopal Marriage Encounter
    Jewish Marriage Enhancement
    International Lutheran Marriage Encounter
    Methodist Marriage Encounter
    Roman Catholic Marriage Encounter
    Seventh-Day Adventist Marriage Encounter 

    Marriage Encounter, is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another. It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families. Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

    Engaged Encounter, is a weekend experience designed to help couples prepare personally and as a couple for marriage. The focus is on the marriage, not on the wedding. "A wedding is a day ... a marriage is a lifetime." Couples are shown communication and decision-making techniques they can use throughout their lifetime together. Engaged Encounter is specifically designed for quiet reflection and discussion by each couple. It is a positive, simple, common-sense experience between two people who are either seriously considering engagement, engaged or recently married. At no time will the couple be asked to share their private experiences with the group.

Killers & Boosters for Child Custody Cases 
(Attitude Adjustment for Child Custody Case Litigants)
    Advice is usually given by people without the real information or life experience, with the right intention at the wrong time. With this book you can take advice when you want it and ready to hear it. You can act on what you have learned, mull it over or discard the advice altogether without interference. This book will not allow you to give the opposition power you might imagine but that they do not really have or let you allow others to diminish the importance you play in your children's lives. Divorce is never easy, this will help. This book has been called 'Chicken Soup' for the Child Custody Case. It will help a lot and it certainly can't hurt. This book is 5 1/2" X 9" and has more than 1,700 entries.


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Fathers Rights Foundation              225-757-0607

1 Mimosa East Alton,Il. 62901
Nationally known fathers rights attorney's pro bono site. Information based on Illinois law. Attorneys now in Cook County.

Grandkidsandme                               651-695-1988

1764 Hampshire Ave, St. Paul, MN 55115                

GrandFamilies of America                      866-203-8926 x 8103

6525 Fish Hatchery Road, Thurmont, MD 21788             

Grandparents R Us                                            909-885-1324

1748 Argyle Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92404         

Grandparents Parenting Association                           678-293-5810

1181A Concord Road, Smyrna, GA 30080    

USDA Food and Nutrition Service                            800-221-5689

3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 2230

Thelma Lewis Foundation/GrandMa's Hands                       770-256-0207

Address: 994 Trestle Drive, Austell, GA 30106

Penn State Intergenerational Program               814-863-7871

7A Ferguson Building, University Park, PA 16802                 

The National Institutes of Health                         800-729-6686

6001 Executive Blvd, Room 5213, Bethesda, MD 20892

National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights

School of Social Welfare,

HSC L2 Rm093, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8231


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren                404-413-1074

Georgia State University

P.O. Box 3995, Atlanta, GA 30302-3995

Nar-Anon Family Group Headquarters             310-534-8188

22527 Crenshaw Blvd, Suite #200 B, Torrance, CA 90505

Grandpaternity Testing   619-588-0362

DNA and Drug Testing Services

8280 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941          

NO BULLY website
    This site is part of the Telecom/Police STOP BULLYING Campaign. Spot and Bo are here to show you around the site. You can hang out with Bo and his friends and play the No Bully game, and he's got lots of other useful stuff for kids. Spot can help you to find out about support services in your community and ways that adults can help kids to deal with bullying. This site originates in New Zealand but addresses a world wide problem. Telecom is the major sponsor of Police programs which help young New Zealanders to avoid becoming offenders or victims of crime. The programs encourage children and young people to act safely and confidently to protect themselves and their property, and avoid drug abuse. Telecom supports the Police because we recognize it is the responsibility of all New Zealanders to allow our children and young people to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

IRS Forms & Publications
    The latest IRS publications and forms with instructions for download in the various formats.

Law Enforcement Agencies
    The Police Officer's Internet Director

American Psychoanalytic Association
    The American Psychoanalytic Association is a professional organization of psychoanalysts throughout the United States. The Association is comprised of Affiliate Societies and Training Institutes in many cities and has about 3,000 individual members. We are a Regional Association of the International Psychoanalytical Association.

Sunrise Institute of Human Development  773-472-7221
P.O. Box 578570
Chicago, IL 60657-8570

Collaborative separation, divorce and post-divorce counseling. Divorce and post-divorce relationship, custody, parenting agreements, and relationship contract mediation services. Collaborative team approach with emphasis on solution-focused, life-enabling resolution to an oftentimes difficult life challenge. Couples of all lifestyles and relationship structures welcome.

American Society of Addiction Medicine 
    4601 North Park Ave, Arcade Suite 101, Chevy Chase, M.D. 20815 "The nation's medical specialty society dedicated to educating physicians and improving the treatment of individuals suffering from alcoholism or other addictions." 
    (301) 656-3920

Center for Mental Health Services
    Site includes; Search, What's New, Newsroom, Funding, Kids Area, Español, Databases, Mental Health at HHS, Calendar, Publications, Catalog, Mental Health Information, Professionals, Links and About CMHS

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder 
    8181 Professional Place, Suite 201, Landover, MD 20785 CHADD Works To Improve the Lives of People With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Through Education, Advocacy, and Support. We the People, Building Partnerships Through Education, Advocacy, Support and Research.   
    (800) 233-4050 or (301) 306-7070

Children Now
    We work to improve the quality of news and entertainment media both for children and about children's issues.

Court Appointed Special Advocates
    A safe, permanent home isn't something a child should only dream about. Almost half a million children in the United States live in foster care, meant to be a temporary haven. They have been removed from their homes, not because they did anything wrong, but because they've been abused or neglected.
    One judge had an idea to help these children find a way into safe, permanent homes more quickly. His idea was CASA.

National Association of Social Workers

IL-Inmate Population Search

IL-Sex Offenders  


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