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National Search Underway for New, Professional Executive Director

A Personal Message from Ned Holstein

National Parents Organization has launched a nationwide search for a new, full time, professional Executive Director! Having an experienced, accomplished, full time, well-paid Executive Director will vastly improve our strength and effectiveness. If you like NPO now, wait til you see 2018!

At considerable expense, we have contracted with a major national executive search firm in New York City that specializes in non-profits. Known as DRG, they have successfully placed high executives ranging from non-profits smaller than ours to behemoths. DRG has thousands of nationwide contacts they can tap to locate good candidates. And they are experienced in how to use social media for maximum effectiveness in recruiting.

We hope to have chosen a candidate and reached an agreement with her/him by the end of January, 2018. We are excited that the Search Consultant we will work with at DRG already understands the family law issues and does not need an education in these matters.

We will be offering a substantial salary, because NPO’s success will hinge on the quality of the Executive Director we are able to attract. Candidates will be able to stay where they currently live, if they so desire. Our key people are already distributed around the country, and we work from a “virtual office.” With growth, we may need to establish a central office, but that is for the future.

Since I work without compensation, this change will cause a substantial increase in our expenses. So we do need you to continue and to even increase the gifts you have made to support this organization.

Imagine: many more media appearances; much more social media action; many more interactions with thought leaders in the areas of family court, child development and justice; much more lobbying; many more online and in-person campaigns; many more state affiliates getting much more support from the national organization; many more meetings and rallies; in short, much more of everything!

That is, much more of everything if you support us, which you can do by clicking here.

If you are interested to learn about this position, click here to see the job posting that has already gone out through multiple platforms. If you are personally interested in the position, please note that you should reply to our Search Consultant, Sara Lundberg, not to me.

Which brings up a personal note. I have been running National Parents Organization off and on since 1998 --- with lots of help from many others. During these years, we have also had Dan Hogan, Glenn Sacks and Rita Fuerst Adams as Executive Directors for many of those years. Now we are taking a major step upwards towards more highly paid, experienced and professional non-profit leadership. The time is ripe for renewal, new blood, and change.

I will continue on the Board of Directors for at least one year, to ensure continuity and success with our new Executive Director. I will also lead a few specific projects, with the agreement of the new leader. So you can be sure there will be continuity, effectiveness and dynamism at the top.

We ain’t seen nothing yet!

Looking forward with excitement to the next chapter…

Together with you in the love of our children,

Ned Holstein

 

Fabricius Study Destroys Two Objections to Shared Parenting

January 19, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A soon-to-be-published survey of Arizona family court judges, attorneys, mental health providers and mediators drives a stake into the heart of two of the common objections to shared parenting laws raised by (usually) family attorneys. The survey was designed and led by Dr. William Fabricius of Arizona State University, a long-time researcher in the area of shared parenting and children’s well-being. It will soon come out in the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.

Dr. Fabricius has now weighed in on the debased and debunked editorial in the Washington Post opposing a presumption of shared parenting on which I commented here (Baltimore Post Examiner, 1/18/18). In his rebuttal to the Post editorial Fabricius explains the methodology and results of the survey.

 

Australia: Equity Requires Paternity Fraud Mother to Repay Child Support

January 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In Australia, a court has ordered a mother to repay the child support she received from the man she falsely convinced was the father of her child (Herald Sun, 1/17/18). For reasons that escape me, the mother, man and child were referred to pseudonymously by the court and therefore by the article. The judge ordered the mother, “Ms. Fielder,” to pay despite her claims of domestic abuse and being too frightened to tell “Mr. Hallis” the truth about her child’s paternity.

“Ms Fielder” — a court given pseudonym — portrayed herself as the victim of her ex-partner’s “aggressive and intimidating behaviour”.

 

Shared Parenting: What’s Not to Like?

January 17, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

All those who reflexively oppose shared parenting should read this article (ABC, 1/16/18). It tells the story of equal parenting from the perspectives of one mother and one father, each of whom has that arrangement with a former spouse. Unsurprisingly, what they report is what equal parenting promises – children’s welfare and better parenting from both Mom and Dad. What’s not to like?

When her relationship with her husband broke down five years ago, they agreed splitting the time with their two daughters 50/50 was the best option.

 

Martin Luther King Jr. a True Hero of the Twentieth Century

By: Ned Holstein, MD, MS Founder, Chair of the Board and Acting Executive Director

Martin Luther King, whose birthday we celebrate today, was a true hero of the twentieth century. He devoted his life to correcting an enormous injustice. Like George Washington during the American Revolution, he knew his life was on the line. In fact, in King’s case, it is clear that during the last few years of his life, he knew for a fact that he would be assassinated sooner or later.

Yet he persisted.

We too can win our struggle to “right an unbearable wrong.” To do so, we must avoid two errors, each the opposite of the other.

First, when King claimed that the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, he did not intend to imply that good things are predestined to occur. The good guys do not automatically win. Justice does not always prevail. Bad things happen -- all the time.

Instead, the full context of his sermon makes it clear that it requires our effort and sacrifice to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice. It will not be done for us, and we cannot sit back and do nothing.

The opposite error is to succumb to despair, to believe that the task is so hard that we cannot possibly do it. Deuteronomy 30:13-14 expresses this error with eloquence: “Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’14“But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.”

As we enter into 2018, let us remember that we must act, each of us, to right the wrongs of family law. The arc of the moral universe will not bend by itself, automatically. Yet extreme sacrifice is not required of us, to give up our lives, or our fortune (what is left of it), or to be imprisoned, nor to go “beyond the sea” for it. It is as close to you as your breath. It is easily within our power working together. All that is needed is to occasionally attend a meeting, or visit a legislator, or write a letter, or write a check to National Parents Organization.

Let us take our inspiration from Dr. King today, while realizing that we are not called upon to sacrifice so dearly as he was.

And much less is required of us


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