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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

 

Bolch is Unaware of the Science on Shared Parenting

December 15, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

It’s just been four days since the Washington Post article I wrote about yesterday was published.  As I said, it was picked up by at least two major-circulation dailies, the Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune.  Now it’s been read by John Bolch (Marilyn Stowe Blog, 12/14/17).

My opinion of Mr. Bolch is well known to anyone who reads this blog even occasionally.  Bolch almost invariably manages to combine smugness with ignorance, a bad combination in anyone about any subject.  He routinely gets matters wrong about British family law and court practice.  This, despite the fact that he swears he used to practice family law there.  He’s claimed, for example, that recent amendments to the Children’s Act mandate some improvement in parenting time for non-custodial parents when the plain wording of the statute requires no such thing.

 

Washington Post Touts NPO and Shared Parenting

December 14, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This is another huge win for the National Parents Organization (Washington Post, 12/11/17). It’s a strongly positive article about shared parenting in a major mainstream newspaper. It specifically cites NPO as the major force behind recent legislative changes promoting equal parenting. It quotes the head of the NPO Virginia chapter, Christian Paasch, at length.

Important too is the fact that the Post has a strongly liberal readership. In the past, liberal publications were generally less open to the idea of shared parenting than their more conservative counterparts. The Washington Post’s daily circulation is the eighth largest in the country. The article was picked up by at least two other major dailies, the Denver Post and the Chicago Tribune whose circulations are, respectively, 10th and 11th in the nation. Together, those papers reach about 1.3 million readers every day. This article represents an important change in the zeitgeist regarding family court reform.

 

New Zealand: Which Judge Decides the Case?

December 13, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I have two things to say about this (NBR, 12/11/17). First, our approach to division of marital assets isn’t sensible. Second, a person’s outcome in family court reflects the proclivities of the judge in the case and little else.

The case reported on occurred in New Zealand. For reasons I can only guess at, the two spouses are given pseudonyms not only by the article, but by the various courts that ruled on their case. The two had children, but this isn’t a custody matter. So I don’t see the point of keeping the public in the dark about who these people are. In any event, the woman’s nom de guerre is Ms. Scott and the man’s, Mr. Williams.

 

Special Masters Say More Needs to be Done, More Money Spent by Texas DFPS

December 11, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Yesterday I posted a piece based on reporting by the Austin American-Statesman about improvements to the child protection system in Texas. Its message was that, with the huge influx of money budgeted by the state legislature, major improvements have been made with more likely to come.

Two days later, however, came this piece from Robert Garrett at the Dallas Morning News (Dallas Morning News, 12/7/17). Garrett has, for several years now, been head and shoulders the best reporter on the Department of Family and Protective Services, the multiple scandals surrounding it, the lawsuit against it in Judge Janice Jack’s federal court in Corpus Christi and legislative efforts to improve matters.


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