Parenting is a challenging task; parenting alone is even more challenging. Check out the resources below to connect with other single parents and to help you tame your little tyke when you’re flying solo. – Allie Moore
SPARK (Single Parents Raising Kids)
This not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization’s mission is to provide a supportive and informative community for single parents. To promote this mission, SPARK plans family, educational and social activities, which are communicated through its monthly calendar. Social activities include potluck dinners, outings to museums and concerts, and parenting discussions.
Day 1 Single Mothers Protection Center
P.O. Box 132
Spencerville, Md. 20868
Day 1 Single Mothers Protection Center provides educational resources, referral services, and general support and hope to single mothers. Workshops focus on creating resumes, preparing for interviews, family development, computer information and community networking events. Day 1 brings in professionals to speak to single mothers and encourages them to stick with their personal and professional goals. At Day 1, single mothers can meet and relate to other single mothers while building marketable skills that will help them find employment to support their children.
This nationwide resource offers a plethora of information for single moms. SingleMom.com provides guides on health care, financial planning, housing programs, job search assistance and parenting advice. The Web site also features articles on healthy eating, recipes, book reviews and dating, as well as games, puzzles and quizzes for kids. Join the discussion forum to share stories and advice with other single moms.
Parents Without Partners
Chapter: Carroll County No. 935
P.O. Box 282
Westminster, Md. 21157
Chapter: Baltimore No. 1
P.O. Box 4392
Baltimore, MD 21263
Chapter: Dulaney Valley No. 705
P.O. Box 9877
Baltimore, MD 21284
Parents Without Partners, part of the Chesapeake Regional Council, offers outreach to single parents in the Carroll County area of rural and suburban Maryland. Run solely by volunteers, PWP serves single parents with group discussions, professional lecturers, training seminars and study groups. Aside from educational opportunities, PWP also plans social activities for both parents and children, including picnics, potlucks, play groups and more, which allow single parents to meet other single parents. Some chapters also participate in or plan community service projects. PWP hosts an international convention each year, and it also speaks and presents on behalf of advocacy efforts at national conferences and in legislative settings.