February — the romantic month that plays host to Saint Valentine’s Day — can be hard for single parents, but you know that task of raising children on your own is a challenge at any time of the year. With single parent homes accounting for one-third of all families in the US, the nuclear family may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean society has shifted its expectations accordingly. Many people still believe the ideal household has two parents, making those houses headed by just one deficient in some way. In one way they are right. A single mother or single father has only one income, making it harder to support their family with just one wage.
When circumstances such as divorce, abandonment, or death occur, single parents like you are forced to cope without their partner and their financial assistance. If you’re in this position, you know how isolating it can be to be your child’s sole parent. It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone. A variety of organizations are ready to offer their support to all of the single parent homes in the US, including:
- Single Parent Advocate: This is an essential educational tool for those supporting their children on their own. They’re a non-profit organization that provides informative resources, emotional and social support, and practical assistance that can help strengthen your family unit. Explore their website to see how they can help you.
- OneHarvest: When money is tight, it can be difficult to put food on the table. OneHarvest is a non-profit, non-denominational faith-based organization that delivers food boxes to local places of worship. Check out their website to see if there’s a participating church in your neighborhood.
- Support Collectors: When non-custodial parents fail to pay their mandated child support, a nation-wide child support enforcement agency like Support Collectors can help connect you with the money you’re owed. Check out Supportcollectors.com to learn about their process in more detail.
- Office of Child Support Enforcement: The OCSE collects information from the federal, state, and local government levels in one convenient place. At their website you can connect with professionals who can direct towards legal advice, financial institutions, policies, and community-based assistance that can help your family.
There are a variety of resources available to you and your family. It’s only a matter of investigating each of them thoroughly to find those that best reflect your personal situation. Don’t be discouraged by your lot in life; take advantage of every private and public assistance you can find. Between informative websites, government assistance, and child support enforcement agencies, you have a way to secure your household as a single parent.