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Three Ryerson students whose proposed men's issues campus group was denied by the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) are still shocked by the decision.
Rita has been an invaluable behind-the-scenes advisor to Fathers and Families since 2003. She knows our operations, personnel, and issues backwards and forwards. She has already proven herself a hard-driving, tireless leader, a relentless organizer, and an inspiring motivator. Now she makes the transition to Executive Director.
A native of Ohio and current resident of Boston, Rita has more than twenty-five years' experience in not-for-profit management, organizational development, and fundraising. She has served many charitable and philanthropic organizations, created and built affiliates of national organizations, and established fundraising programs. Rita also teaches a course on Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits at Wheelock College in Boston. She is the author of several articles and the editor of a book on fundraising regulations and laws. She holds an MBA from Capital University and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.
Rita has had the opportunity to work with our Directors, affiliates, contributors, and members. Rita said, "Fathers and Families has the most committed and dedicated volunteers I have ever had the honor to work with and serve. I look forward to working even more closely with them."
A Message from Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Chairman of the Board
It is with equal measures of regret and optimism that I announce Glenn Sacks’ decision to resign his post as Executive Director of Fathers and Families. Fathers and Families grew faster during the past three years under Glenn’s leadership than it has at any point since I helped found it 14 years ago. To my personal regret, Glenn has decided to move on. (see Glenn’s statement below).
Beginning five years ago, I sat with Glenn and his family in his California back yard, trying to cajole him into joining Fathers and Families. I knew I was talking to a special talent. As a journalist and blogger, Glenn had amassed the biggest audience in the world on gender-related issues as seen from the male point of view, including reform of the family courts. He wrote and spoke with precision, a solid grasp of the facts, balance, and with respect for both men and women.
It was a wonderful day for Fathers and Families when he eventually agreed to become Executive Director. With Glenn at the helm, we were able to develop a two-pronged attack on gender bias and injustice in the family courts: 1) the “air war,” using the media to create an identifiable national brand-name organization for family court reform; and 2) the “ground war,” working with volunteers and financial contributors to develop chapters in as many states as possible. As a result, we now have affiliated chapters in Massachusetts, Ohio, and California, and Working Groups in half a dozen other states, with more on the drawing boards.
Glenn, this organization will miss you, as will I. We still have a long way to go, but you have helped build the engine that will get us there.
Rita Fuerst Adams
I also approach this transition with optimism. The Board of Directors has appointed Rita Fuerst Adams as our new Executive Director. Rita has been an invaluable behind-the-scenes advisor to Fathers and Families since 2003. She knows our operations, personnel, and issues backwards and forwards. She has already proven herself a hard-driving, tireless leader, a relentless organizer, and an inspiring motivator. Now she makes the transition to Executive Director.
A native of Ohio and current resident of Boston, Rita has more than twenty-five years’ experience in not-for-profit management, organizational development, and fundraising. She has served many charitable and philanthropic organizations, created and built affiliates of national organizations, and established fundraising programs. Rita also teaches a course on Entrepreneurship for Nonprofits at Wheelock College in Boston. She is the author of several articles and the editor of a book on fundraising regulations and laws. She holds an MBA from Capital University and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.
Rita has had the opportunity to work with our Directors, affiliates, contributors, and members. Rita said, “Fathers and Families has the most committed and dedicated volunteers I have ever had the honor to work with and serve. I look forward to working even more closely with them.”
She said that one of the sweetest phrases she has heard after speaking with many people who contact Fathers and Families is “I finally saw my children.” She hopes to hear this more often.
When asked why she accepted the position as ExecutiveDirector, Rita responded, “I believe Fathers and Families is poised to bring about fundamental social change. We are opening doors with our simple message of shared parenting and gender equality, with equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers. We will make this the norm and the expectation in every state. I believe anything less penalizes innocent children.”
As we make this transition, we wish Glenn the very best in all future endeavors, while we step forward into a promising future with Rita.
For those of you who wish to communicate with Glenn or thank him for his service, the email address [email protected] will no longer reach him. He should be emailed at [email protected].
Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Chairman of the Board
After three years of serving as Executive Director of Fathers and Families and 11 years of working to correct the injustices of our family court system, I have decided to move on.
I am proud of what Fathers and Families has accomplished. When I became Executive Director in January of 2009, Fathers and Families was primarily a Massachusetts organization. Since then we have become a national force, with tens of thousands of supporters throughout the US and abroad.
Our accomplishments during these three years include:
Helping pass 11 family court reform bills in six states, and helping block numerous harmful ones
Garnering 350 separate media mentions, including three dozen opinion columns and placements in numerous major media outlets
Waging 15 protest campaigns or campaigns in support of legislation, the overwhelming majority of them successful
Working in the face of a terrible economy to make our 2009 and 2010 revenues greatly exceed those of 2008, and make 2011 our best fundraising year ever.
Fathers and Families is stronger than ever, and I urge all of you to continue to support its growth.
The email address [email protected] will no longer reach me — my current email address is [email protected].
Together with you in the love of our children,
Glenn Sacks, MA
National Executive Director,
Fathers and Families (January 2009-January 2012)
In pay, pensions, politics and promotion, the gender gap is a disgrace. But in justice, women face a national scandal. A report published today by the Fawcett Society reveals a justice system that is "institutionally sexist". This is of no surprise to organisations such as the Howard League, which have long campaigned against the hopeless situation of women rotting in our prisons.
05 May 09, 2:54pm (6 minutes ago)
I would like to see someone write about the current war on fatherhood that is raging almost throughout the western world. I know of a very well respected and eloquent writer in this field - he is called Glen Sacks. Here is some info from his own blog:
Glenn Sacks is the Executive Director of Fathers & Families, the nation's largest family court reform organization.
Fathers and Families, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, 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.
Glenn's columns have appeared in dozens of the largest newspapers in the United States. He regularly appears on radio and TV, and is often quoted in major publications.
GlennSacks.com was founded in 2001 and is by far the largest men's and fathers' issues blog in the world.
His email address is [email protected] - he doesn't know I have suggested him but he is sure to respect the coverage that the Guardian could give to the issues he finds so important.
I'm feel confident that when you see Glenn's writings you will be assured that you would be getting a piece of excellent thought provoking material that also fulfils high journalistic standards.
Judging by their behavior, American women appear to think that fathers are optional. According to the recently published birth statistics (Births: Final Data for 2006), the proportion of births to unmarried women has reached 38.5%, the highest rate ever recorded.
... [T]he proportion changed relatively little during the years 1998-2002, but has since climbed sharply, reaching 38.5% compared with 34.0 in 2002. While the overwhelming majority of teenage births have long been nonmarital .., these proportions have risen very steeply for women aged 20 years and over. For example, among women aged 20-24 years, the proportion increased from 37% in 1990 to 58% in 2006. Similar increases are seen for other age groups ... The proportions of nonmarital births among population subgroups ranged widely: ... 26.6% for non-Hispanic white, 49.9% for Hispanic, ... and 70.7% for non-Hispanic black births.
In other words, more than ľ of white children, Ĺ of Hispanic children, and almost ĺ of black children were born to mothers who did not feel that marriage was necessary. Since marriage reflects the commitment of mother and father to stay together permanently, it means that a large proportion of women chose to give birth without taking steps to make sure that the father would live with his child and be a permanent presence in his or her life.
Fathers are not optional, though. On almost every possible parameter of child well being, children with resident fathers are far better off than those with absentee fathers.
Single-parent households are now considered "nuclear families" as of August 2008.
A husband was conned for 17 years by his wife into bringing up her lover's child as his own, a court heard yesterday.
Mark Webb only found out the truth from DNA tests conducted after the girl turned 18, it is alleged. He has tried to sue his ex-wife Lydia Chapman for deceiving him over the paternity of her daughter.