NPO news RELEASES
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER AND SHARED PARENTING ADVOCATE GINGER GENTILE JOINS NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION AS DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Gentile’s Forthcoming “Erasing Family” Documentary Focuses on
Devastating Effects of Parental Alienation
National Parents Organization (NPO), a nonprofit with the mission of protecting every child's right to the love and care of both fit parents after separation or divorce, has announced the appointment of Ginger Gentile as its new Deputy Executive Director. Gentile will lead the nonprofit in its efforts to make shared parenting the law nationwide. Currently, just one state, Kentucky, has a true shared parenting law in place.
Gentile is an internationally respected, award-winning film and television director, producer, and speaker. For more than 20 years, she has delivered thought-provoking talks at conferences, universities, political rallies, workshops, and support groups on such topics as divorce, trauma, gender, and personal growth. She believes that in 20 minutes, audiences can shift the way they view a topic and change their actions, creating new scripts for their lives.
She is confident that once people have a better understanding of how the general public supports shared parenting, as evidenced in recent national and major market surveys, that we will see a rapid succession of shared parenting laws pass across the country. She has firsthand experience with family courts depriving children of both loving parents.
GOVERNOR BEVIN PROCLAIMS APRIL 26 “SHARED PARENTING DAY” IN KENTUCKY
First Governor in the Nation to Sign a Shared Parenting Law Makes History Again with Proclamation Recognizing Kids’ Rights to Have Equal Time with Both Parents after Separation or Divorce
FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY, April 25, 2019 – It is almost one year to the day when Kentucky legislators made history by unanimously passing the HB528, the country’s first shared parenting law, allowing children to benefit fully from having an involved mother and father in their life. Now Governor Bevin has shown even greater support for Kentucky’s families by proclaiming April 26 “Shared Parenting Day,” from now into perpetuity.
“Thanks to our state legislators and Governor Bevin, Kentucky leads the nation in protecting children’s best interests,” said Matt Hale, Chair of National Parents Organization in Kentucky, who initiated and drove last year’s legislation, which was the most popular law passed last year. “The popularity of the shared parenting law passed last year has led to this proclamation, which ensures that April 26 will long be celebrated as the day our children were guaranteed the love and involvement of both parents after divorce or separation.”
A new national survey shows Americans overwhelmingly support shared parenting – yet Kentucky is the only state that has made it law. The vast majority of respondents (86%) would agree that both parents should have equal access to their children and shared responsibility after divorce. A full 86% also believe a child’s health and well-being are better met when both fit and willing parents are equally involved and share responsibility. Deep research confirms that’s the case: according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Census Bureau, children raised by single parents account for:
SURVEY SAYS 86% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT SHARED OR EQUAL PARENTING FOR CHILDREN OF DIVORCE
Yet just one state, Kentucky, has a true shared parenting law
A new national survey of Americans shows overwhelming support for shared time and responsibilities for fit and able couples that are separated or divorced. In spite of this, our nation’s family courts lay the responsibility of raising children on just one parent, which has been proven to take a damaging toll. The survey also revealed political implications, with nearly half (43%) saying they would vote for a candidate supporting shared parenting, compared with 5% who said they would not vote for an elected official supporting shared parenting legislation.
The vast majority (86%) of respondents would agree that both parents should have equal access to their children and shared responsibility. They also believe it’s a matter of children’s rights: 84% think children have a right to spend equal time or near equal time with both of their parents following a divorce or separation.
New Survey Results of Kansas Residents
KANSAS RESIDENTS, VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT
SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
A new survey of Kansans reveals overwhelming support for shared parenting, family court reform, and equal parenting rights among couples that are separated and divorced.
In this poll, Kansan residents reveal the following beliefs shared and equal parenting and legislation (Senate Bill 157) that impacts couples with children that are going through or who have experienced separation or divorce:
· 80% of respondents “support a recently proposed Kansas law that encourages courts to give fit parents equal parenting time after divorce” (only 2% “oppose”)
· 83% “think that separating parents should have equal parenting rights”
· 89% “feel that fit and willing mothers and fathers should share in the responsibility of raising and providing for children whether they are married or divorced, or not”
· 87% “believe it is in the best interests of the child to have as much time as possible with both fit parents in instances of divorce” (only 3% “do not believe it is in the best interests of the child”)
· Only 53% “feel that the family courts currently treat parents equally in instances of divorce or some”
· 87% “feel the children of the right to spend equal time or near equal time with both of their parents following a divorce or separation”
NPO welcomes Papin as chair of new Idaho affiliate
December 18, 2018
NPO WELCOMES PAPIN AS CHAIR OF NEW IDAHO AFFILIATE
National Parents Organization (NPO) is pleased to introduce Jerry Papin, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, as the chairperson of a new affiliate in the state of Idaho. With its recent additions, the nonprofit organization has grown to include affiliates in 16 states.
Papin, 52, has lived in eastern Idaho for more than 30 years and is also a retired small-business owner. He has three children and two stepchildren and is interested in using his experiences to help promote legislation in the state to encourage better outcomes in family courts.