Useful Links

  1. Office of Marriage, Family, and Respect Life, Diocese of Arlington - sponsor of the Coping and Rebuilding Programs
  2. Rebuilding Program
    National. On-line resource for the book followed in Rebuilding, and information about seminars nationwide

    Web site:

  3. The Beginning Experience
    International. 140 teams and founded 1974. Support programs for divorced, widowed and separated adults and their children enabling them to work through the grief of a lost marriage.

    The Beginning Experience
    Int'l Ministry Ctr.
    1657 Commerce Dr.
    South Bend, IN 46628

    Call : 574-283-0279 866-610-8877      FAX: 574-283-0287       E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  4. Children's Rights Council 
    International. Chapters in 32 states, Japan, Africa, and England. Founded 1985.
    Concerned parents provide education and advocacy for reform of the legal system regarding child custody. Offers help access with visitation, mediation, custody and support groups. Newsletter, information and referrals, directory of parenting organizations, neutral drop-off and pick-up sites for children and supervised visitation in various states, catalog of resources, conferences, group development guidelines.

    c/o David L. Levy, Pres.
    6200 Editors Park Drive
    Hyattsville, MD 20782

    Phone: 301-559-3120      FAX: 301-559-2124        E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  5. CODAS (Children of Divorce And Separation)
    National. 50 states in service area. Founded 1980. Purpose is to provide consultation in areas of child custody, visitation, and child support. Initial custody, joint custody, modification, interstate custody and guardianship services.

    c/o Dr. Ken Lewis
    P.O. Box 202
    Glenside, PA 19038

    Phone: 215-576-0177      FAX: 215-576-9411           E-MAIL: 

  1. DivorceCare
    International 8000 affiliated groups. Founded 1993. Network of support groups to help people recover from separation or divorce. Information and referrals, support group meetings, literature. Assistance in starting new groups.

    Divorce Care
    220 S. White
    P.O. Box 1739
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

    Phone: 1-800-489-7778 FAX: 919-562-2114                E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  2. Ex-Pose (Ex-Partners of Servicemen/women for Equality)
    National network. Founded 1981. Lobbies for changes in military divorce laws. Disseminates information concerning military divorce. Lawyer referral. Quarterly newsletter. Publishes "Guide for Military Separation and Divorce." Membership dues $15.

    P.O. Box 11191
    Alexandria, VA 22312

    Phone: 703-941-5844 (day)           FAX: 703-212-6951                E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  3. Grandparents Rights Organization 
    National. Founded 1984. Advocates and educates on behalf of grandparent-grandchild relationships primarily with respect to grandparent visits. Assists in the formation of local support groups dealing with the denial of grandparent visitation by custodial parent or guardian. Newsletter, information and referrals, conferences. Donations $40/yr.

    Grandparents Rights Org.
    100 W. Long Lake Rd., Suite 250
    Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

    Phone: 248-646-7191 (day)             FAX: 248-646-9722              E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  4. North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics
    International. 3000+ groups. Founded 1974. Religious, educational and emotional aspects of separation, divorce, remarriage and widowhood are addressed through self-help groups, conferences and training programs. Families of all faiths are welcome. Group development guidelines. Newsletter. Membership dues $30 (includes newsletter, discounts and resources).

    P.O. Box 360
    Richland, OR 97870

    Phone: 541-893-6089            FAX: 541-893-6089 (access 51)        E-MAIL:
    Web site:
    International. 8300 affiliated groups. Founded 1983. Establishes peer support groups in churches, schools or social agencies for children and adults who are grieving a death, divorce or other painful transition in their family. Groups are led by trained adults. Online newsletter, information and referrals.

    2100 Golf Rd., Suite 370
    Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-4231

    Phone: 1-800-266-3206 847-952-1770     FAX: 847-952-1774 E-MAIL:
    Web site:
  6. New Beginnings, Inc.
    One group in Washington, DC area that was founded 1979. Self-help group for separated and divorced men and women in the DC Metro area. Discussion meetings, speakers, social events, workshops. Newsletter. Assistance available for starting groups. Dues $59/yr ($99/two yrs).

    New Beginnings, Inc.
    2711 Covered Wagon Way
    Olney, MD 20832

    Phone: 301-924-4101 Voice/FAX E-MAIL:
    Web site:

  7. The Women's Center
    The Women's Center is a counseling, education and information resource that provides psychological, career, financial and legal services to women and families regardless of ability to pay.

    In Northern Virginia
    The Women's Center
    133 Park Street, NE
    Vienna Virginia 22180
    Phone: 703-281-2657 Fax: 703-242-1454

    In Washington DC
    The Women's Center
    1101 15th Street, NW
    Suite 202
    Washington, DC 20005
    Phone: 202-293-4580 Fax: 202-293-4583

    Web site:
  8. The Catholic Single Again Council of Baltimore, MD
    The Catholic Single Again Council of Baltimore, MD  ( C. S. A. C. ) is an affiliate of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  It functions as an advocate for the needs of the separated, divorced, and widowed Catholic men and women in the surrounding area.

    Web site:
  9. Friendly Visitor Program.    In the City of Alexandria, Senior Services of Alexandria has a
    "friendly visitor" program that arranges volunteers to visit the
    elderly.   Website:
  10. Health Care Sharing Ministry.   Website:
  11. Christians Are Networking (CAN)    Helps with resumes and job searches.   Meets Thursday nights at the St. Martin de Porres Senior Center.
  12. Divorced Catholic Support Programs
  13. The Catholic's Divorce Survival Guide
  14. Divorce Preparation Checklist
  15. 5 tips to avoid a long, expensive divorce