Federation of Associations of Single Mothers
Who we are
Federación de Asociaciones de Madres Solteras (Federation of Associations of Single Mothers) is an independent non-profit organization funded in 1994.
It was created with the contribution of several broadly-experienced associations with shared goals like the recognition, support, promotion and visibilization of single-mother families.
Federación de Asociaciones de Madres Solteras (FAMS) seeks to give full support to the member associations through social intervention programs and activities for promoting and protecting single-mother families.
We want to…
- Improve the quality of life of single mothers and their children.
- Fight against the idea of single-mother family as feminization of poverty.
- Facilitate the reconciliation of work and family life, enjoying fee time.
- Promote actions to change and/or improve social benefits and legislation.
- Encourage the union of single mothers and single-mother families.
- Strengthening the association tissue and the already-existing networks.
Our suggestions for improvement
As it is visible in the available data about the single-mother families’ situation, we can state that they require several services and support urgently.
FAMS settles the following areas of first importance:
- Housing: favoring access to accommodation and promoting social housing, with priority for single-mother families.
- Education: larger number of vacancies for children between 0 and 3 years old and priority for the access of single mothers’ sons and daughters.
- Employment: development of measures in order to guarantee access to the labor market and economic and social development, with special focus on single maternity and child care.
- Reconciliation of work, private and family life: establishing specific measures to encourage the access to the labor market of single mothers.
- Fiscal policy: taxation is not neutral. It reflects the traditional-family society that it is based on. This is why more measures are needed to guarantee a taxation system to better serve the current familiar diversity.
- Social services: development and consolidation of social services with the purpose of assuring access to basic, individual and universal benefits on equal terms for all types of families.
- Health care: improving health care and defining specific programs to improve mental and physical health of women and children.
- Single-parent family law: FAMS, with all its associations and other similar organizations seeks the elaboration of a single-parent family law, in order to provide these families with more security, recognition and social protection.
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