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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE

February 8, 2016

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS MISSOURI’S SHARED PARENTING LEGISLATION
PROPOSAL FOLLOWS RESEARCH ON CHILDREN’S BEST INTERESTS

National Parents Organization applauds Missouri legislators who are acting on the growing research showing shared parenting is in the best interest of children in most cases when parents divorce or separate.

Missouri legislators joined the national movement to reform the family courts and support shared parenting – a flexible arrangement in which children spend as close to equal time as possible with each parent after separation or divorce – with the filing of identical bills, HB 2055, and SB 964. These two bills are sponsored by Representative Kathryn Swan, R-Cape Girardeau, and Senator Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau, respectively. The Senate bill will be heard at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, by the Seniors, Families and Children Committee. Supporters are urged to testify.

The legislation proposes adding language to the state’s child custody law to emphasize that the best interest of the child is equal access to both parents – a change that would encourage judges to pay more attention to research on the best interest of children. The move could be a significant change, considering shared parenting occurs less than 20 percent of the time after separation or divorce, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Thank you, Missouri lawmakers, for standing up for what children most want and need. I urge all state legislators to waste no time in moving this historic proposal forward,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “Millions of American children are suffering from the outmoded practices of the family courts of awarding custody to just one parent, with only a few days per month of parenting time with the other parent. This custody model is not in the best interest of most children. It causes heartache for children, who ardently desire the love and guidance of both parents. And such children do more poorly in school, have higher rates of substance abuse, drop out more frequently, and have higher rates of delinquency, gang activity and trouble with the law. ”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE 

January 27, 2016


INTERNATIONAL AUTHORITY: SHARED PARENTING POST-DIVORCE A SOLUTION TO FAMILY VIOLENCE, HIGH PARENTAL CONFLICT
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SHARED PARENTING ENDORSES SHARED PARENTING FOR PARENTS LIVING APART


BOSTON -- National Parents Organization welcomes important breakthroughs announced at the 2015 International Conference on Shared Parenting, a conference of about 120 research scientists and other experts from over 20 countries who met in December 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

The Conference participants concluded that “…shared parenting [after parental separation or divorce] is recognized as the most effective means for both reducing high parental conflict and preventing first-time family violence…” [material in brackets added] This is in stark contrast to the practices of most family courts in the Unites States, which have assumed that shared parenting between high conflict parents after separation or divorce is dangerous and should not be tried.

The Conference also concluded that “… there is mounting evidence that shared parenting can both prevent parental alienation [in which the child is taught to hate a previously beloved parent], and is a potential remedy for existing situations of parental alienation in separated families…”  [material in brackets added] These findings greatly increase the number of families who qualify for shared parenting, which the ICSP defines as “equivalent, alternating care of children whose parents are living apart.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE 

January 14, 2016
COUNCIL OF ITALIAN BISHOPS ENDORSES SHARED PARENTING AFTER DIVORCE
MAY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE POPE

BOSTON – National Parents Organization welcomes the stunning news that the Council of Italian Bishops (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, or CEI) has endorsed shared parenting after divorce or separation, based on a full-page spread that appeared in its official newspaper, Avvenire (“Future”) on the Sunday before Christmas. The article was written by the Chief Editor of Avvenire, Luciano Moia. The article urges family courts to not only state support for shared parenting, but to also ensure the arrangement actually occurs in practice. Also, the article was supportive of legislative efforts that encourage shared parenting.

Many Church observers believe that Avvenire would not publish anything known to contradict the views of the Pope on a sensitive subject.

While research favoring the two-parent solution is now overwhelming, this is the first time a major religious body has taken a stance on shared parenting - where children spend as close to equal time as possible with both parents after divorce or separation.

“This article follows a series of statements by Pope Francis over the last year emphasizing the critical importance of two parents for children, and specifically of the father, because of the problem of fatherlessness,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “This is an additional reason to believe that the December 20, 2015 article in Avvenire reflects the vision of the Pope. Given the historical reluctance of the Church to involve itself in matters of divorce, this is a striking development.”

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NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION
PRESS RELEASE 

December 22, 2015

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION KICKS OFF 2016 FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
NONPROFIT LOOKS TO BUILD ON FAMILY COURT REFORM SUCCESS IN 2016

BOSTON -- National Parents Organization announces the culmination of its 2015 fundraising campaign – an effort aimed at consolidating the nonprofit organization’s presence as the leading force for family court reform in the United States.

“2015 has been a break-out year for National Parents Organization’s efforts to repair the disasters of the family courts, and the organization needs – and very much appreciates – renewed support so that it can continue to make shared parenting the norm after separation or divorce, instead of sole custody to one parent,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair.

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December 4, 2015

NATIONAL PARENTS ORGANIZATION'S DR. NED HOLSTEIN TO SPEAK AT LEADING GLOBAL FAMILY COURT REFORM EVENT

HOLSTEIN TO PRESENT ON SHARED PARENTING AS IT RELATES TO 'BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD' AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SHARED PARENTING

BOSTON -- National Parents Organization is pleased to announce that its Founder and Board Chair, Dr. Ned Holstein, has been selected to speak at the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 in Bonn, Germany, Dec. 9-11.

The second annual conference, hosted by the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), will feature research scientists and experts from the family professions and civil society throughout the world. The experts will gather at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI) in Bonn to present their research and discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart.

Dr. Holstein, who serves on the Board of Directors of the ICSP, will present at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, during a session titled, "Implementation of Shared Parenting in Different Legal Systems." During his presentation, Dr. Holstein will share data on whether shared parenting undermines the legal concept of "best interest of the child," as is often claimed by its opponents.

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