I was raised by a single mother — never
knew my father — and so I am personally
interested in your idea. And I know that my mother
has always felt the need to support that group
of people. Plus at Ask Amy I hear from so many
single moms— and actually what I have identified
as a huge need is helping women successfully
transition through a divorce.
In terms of starting a non-profit — I
think that you should first make sure that nothing
similar exists or see if you can become a project
of another organization — for instance
I think this would make a great partnership with
the YWCA. Starting a few group certainly requires
a lot of resources and thus I think before you
expend too much energy on starting from scratch
you should do on your own.
If you decide that you want to start something
on your own — I would recommend the non-profit
support center, based in New York City. Though
I fear they had a name change and I can't remember
their new name. But I think they would be a great
resource from you.
Besides the structural elements, I think you
have to be very clear about what your goals are
and what specific tools you are going to use.