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Pennsylvania Capitol Event to Address 'Horrific' Parental Alienation Crisis
April 2, 2018
PENNSYLVANIA CAPITAL EVENT TO ADDRESS ‘HORRIFIC’ PARENTAL ALIENATION CRISIS
National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania Recognizes Parental Alienation Awareness Day
HARRISBURG, PA – Amid local and global concerns surrounding the devastating impact of parental alienation, National Parents Organization of Pennsylvania is organizing a rally on Parental Alienation Awareness Day – April 25 – at the Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg.
The National Parents Organization event is happening at a time when Pennsylvania legislators are considering two bills – HB 443 and HB 1349– both bills are supportive of shared parenting after separation or divorce and could combat parental alienation.
Before the bills were introduced, the Pennsylvania Bipartisan House Children and Youth Committee held a hearing on how parental alienation is affecting families.
During the hearing, Dr. Craig Childress, a licensed psychologist from California specializing in children and families, educated the committee on parental alienation – when one parent essentially erases the other parent from the child’s life, he explained, by turning the child against that parent.
“It is a horrific, intense conflict that moves through the child and destroys the family,” Dr. Childress said, adding that it is tantamount to child abuse. “And no one is doing anything about it.”
Virginia Poised to Make Family Court Reform History
March 21, 2018
VIRGINIA POISED TO MAKE FAMILY COURT REFORM HISTORY
Legislation Supporting Shared Parenting Advances to Gov. Northam
RICHMOND, VA. – National Parents Organization is pleased to announce that the Virginia bill supporting shared parenting has unanimously passed out of both the House and Senate and now awaits Gov. Ralph Northam’s signature.
“It’s encouraging to see Virginia’s legislators unified in their support for what research continuously shows is best for kids – and that’s spending significant time with both of their loving parents,” said Christian Paasch, Chair of National Parents Organization of Virginia. “Gov. Northam previously stated he would sign a shared parenting bill into law, and we hope he will soon do exactly that. As we know, he is also a pediatric neurologist – signing this bill into law would represent a historic moment for children, as it would bring the Commonwealth’s laws in line with decades of child development research.”
As The Washington Post reported, more than 20 states have recently considered legislation supportive of shared parenting – a child custody arrangement that seeks to maximize a child’s time as much as possible with each parent. Virginia’s bill supports shared parenting for fit parents in cases without a history of domestic violence. Delegate Glenn Davis, R-House District 84, is sponsoring the bill (HB 1351).
“Thanks to Delegate Davis, the Commonwealth of Virginia has the opportunity to improve children’s educational achievements, decrease their use of drugs, give them a greater sense of security, improve their overall health and adjustment, and increase the collection rate of their child support payments without any cost to the taxpayer – all by passing shared parenting into law,” said Paasch.
National Parents Organization Notes Child-Friendly Shared Parenting Legislation Advancing in Midwest States
March 16, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION NOTES CHILD-FRIENDLY SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION ADVANCING IN MIDWEST STATES
Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan Among Midwestern States with Bills
Amid this week’s news that shared parenting legislation passed the Iowa Senate, hit the Missouri House calendar, became law in Kentucky last year, and is also advancing in Kansas and Michigan, National Parents Organization applauds lawmakers in many Midwestern states.
“Thank you to the politicians that are acting on the overwhelming child development research showing children do best with shared parenting when their parents divorce or separate,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Chair of National Parents Organization. “These states will see improved children’s educational achievements, decreased use of drugs, a greater sense of childhood security, increased child support payments, and improved overall health and adjustment without any cost to the taxpayer – all by passing shared parenting into law.”
This latest legislative action is part of a nationwide trend. As The Washington Post reported, within the past year 25 states have considered legislation supportive of shared parenting – a child custody arrangement in which a child spends as close to equal time as possible with each parent.
Fatherlessness: A Common Factor in Mass Shootings
February 26, 2018
Fatherlessness: A Common Factor in Mass Shootings
Nationwide Shared Parenting Reform Works to Help Combat Crisis
In the wake of the Parkland mass shooting tragedy, it’s largely unmentioned that the Florida shooter grew up fatherless, like many of the other young men behind recent mass shootings. This has usually been due to divorce, separation or single-parenting-by-choice.
“This observation leads to a likely remedy for this alarming problem. Child development research shows that children who have shared parenting that includes fathers in their lives, instead of single parenting, have much lower rates of behavioral disorders, delinquency and lawbreaking,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
As CNN reports in its list of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history, nearly a third of these shootings have been carried out by men under 30 years of age – and a strong majority of these individuals did not have a biological father present during childhood.
“As usual, the national dialogue is again turning into a heated and stalemated debate over the limits of the Second Amendment vs. the culpability of disturbed individuals. While this is an important conversation, it has caused deadlock for decades,” Dr. Holstein said. “Implementing shared parenting instead of single parenting in the family courts can be done immediately and without cost. Benefits in education and substance abuse would begin immediately, and hopefully, a drop in mass shootings within a few years. As a society, we can no longer ignore this important factor that goes to the root of this national crisis – and that’s fatherlessness.”
National Parents Organization Calls Attention to Results of 60 Child Development Studies
February 23, 2018
NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION CALLS ATTENTION TO RESULTS OF 60 CHILD DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
Scientific Evidence Overwhelmingly Favors Shared Parenting Over Sole Custody Post-Divorce
The Journal of Child Custody recently published an update on child development research surrounding what’s best for kids when parents divorce or separate. In the update, Linda Nielsen, a Wake Forest University professor of adolescent and educational psychology, analyzed 60 studies spanning multiple decades and numerous countries. She concluded that shared parenting is better for children than single parenting on almost every measure of wellbeing.
“This presents a major opportunity for improving children’s outcomes, given that the vast majority of children whose parents have separated or divorced grow up in the sole custody of one parent and rarely see the other,” said Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization.
In the study, Nielsen wrote: “As the studies summarized in this article demonstrate, JPC (joint physical custody) is linked to better outcomes than SPC (sole physical custody) for children … ” She continued, “As researchers continue to explore the factors that might explain children’s better outcomes in JPC families, it is clear that shared parenting families are on the rise and that children are benefitting …”
The update was published in January and follows a 2014 analysis in which Nielsen analyzed 40 studies and also concluded shared parenting was in the best interest of children.
Dr. Holstein said: “It convincingly shows that shared parenting equals the best interest of the child for most children. With the scientific evidence now overwhelmingly showing children desperately need and want both parents after divorce or separation, our family courts must abandon their archaic practice of ordering sole custody.”