FRISTERS Brings Families Together with Its First ‘Couples Night Out’

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Special Guest Speaker, Ed Tandy McGlasson, A Former Professional Football Player, Helped Make the Event a Huge Success

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Fristers is dedicated to strengthening families—to date that has included mothers and children—but, we are expanding our services to include the dads, step dads, and significant others who have an influencing role in the lives of the children.

FRISTERS (fristers.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting teenage mothers and their children, just announced that it held its first ‘Couples Night Out’—March 17th, 2016 at Anaheim First Christian Church—because children do better in supportive, two parent families. “Statistically, only a small percentage of teen mothers stay in a relationship with the father of their child, however, many young mothers are dating or living with someone,” said Ali Woodard, President and Founder of Fristers. “Fristers is dedicated to strengthening families—to date that has included mothers and children—but, we are expanding our services to include the dads, step dads, and significant others who have an influencing role in the lives of the children.”

Studies show that the presence of a father figure is extremely important in the healthy development of children and that fathers influence their children in large part through the quality of their relationship with the mother of their children. A father who has a good relationship with the mother of their children tend to be more involved and spend more time with their children, and therefore have children who are psychologically and emotionally healthier. Also, a mother who feels affirmed by her children’s father and who enjoys the benefits of a happy relationship is more likely to be a better mother. One of the most important benefits of a positive relationship between a mother and father is the behavior it models for the children. Numerous studies have also found that children who are raised by both a nurturing mother and father figure have superior verbal skills, enhanced cognitive abilities, more educational achievements, a healthier psychological well-being, and better social behavior. “This ‘Couples Night Out’ is an opportunity for Fristers to support the health of the family, which includes the father,” added Woodard.

If you know of a teen mother in need, please urge her to contact FRISTERS president and founder, Ali Woodard, or any of her wonderful staff at 949-387-7889 or info(at)fristers(dot)org. For more information about FRISTERS and for a complete list of FRISTERS locations, visit fristers.org.

About FRISTERS

FRISTERS is a nonprofit organization, founded and operated on Christian principles, and is dedicated to supporting teenage mothers and their children. Every year over 400,000 teens give birth in the United States. Many lose the support of family and friends. Most have no high school diploma, no job, no driver’s license or car, and statistics show that nearly 70% live at the poverty level.

FRISTERS is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and abuse among teen moms. Since its inception, the organization has helped hundreds of young women graduate high school, enroll in college and vocational training schools, get drivers’ licenses, find employment, get off of welfare and become loving, caring, responsible parents and role models to their children.

FRISTERS offers LifeCoach, a weekly program for teen moms, pregnant or parenting, within the ages of 13-24, and Kidsters Childcare and School Readiness Program for their children, ages 0-5. These programs and services are provided to the community free of charge, regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity and there is no religious requirement for participants. For more information, please visit fristers.org.

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