Who We Are: The voice for family law reform

National Parents Organization,a charitable and educational,501 (c)(3), organization, is focused on promoting shared parenting, where both parents have equal standing raising children after a separation or divorce. National Parents Organization recognizes that preserving a strong bond between children and their parents is critically important to children's emotional, mental, and physical health.

Gender equality and a strong presumption of shared parenting embraces every issue separating children from loving fathers and mothers, grandparents, and other relatives: alimony, child custody, child support, disabled parents, domestic violence, military child custody, move aways, parental alienation, and paternity fraud.

 
How We Work: Building a community of activists

National Parents Organization is building a community of activists to:

  • Reform the family courts to treat fathers and mothers as equally important to the well-being of their children.
  • Make shared parenting after separation or divorce the norm, and
  • Arrange finances after separation or divorce equitably.
 
What We've Achieved: Preserving Our Bond with Our Children

National Parents Organization is the leader in family law reform. It is developing affiliates in every state, promoting its message through national and local public relations and education, and engaging volunteers in advocacy and lobbying in every state.

 


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Our Mission - ADVOCATING FOR CHILDREN'S TRUE BEST INTERESTS

Our Mission

National Parents Organization, a 501 (c)(3), improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.

OUR goal


National Parents Organization’s goal is to make shared parenting the norm by reforming the family courts and laws in every state.  

our vision

National Parents Organization' vision is a society in which:
  • Children are happier and more successful because their loving bonds are protected after parental separation or divorce;
  • Children have a natural right to be nurtured and guided by both parents;
  • Society treats fathers and mothers as equally important to the well-being of their children;
  • Shared parenting after separation or divorce is the norm;
  • The courts arrange finances after separation or divorce so that both mothers and fathers can afford to house and care for their children and themselves; and
  • Our society understands and respects the essential role of fathers.
 

Core Principles

Our core principles are:
  • Shared Parenting: Shared parenting protects children's best interests and the loving bonds children share with both parents after separation or divorce.
  • Parental Equality: Equality between genders has been extended to every corner of American society, with one huge exception: family courts and the related agencies.
  • Respect for Human and Property Rights: The Supreme Court of the United States has found that "the interest of parents in the care, custody, and control of their children… is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental liberty interests recognized by this Court."

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Our strategy 

Lobby, Educate, Build

Society supports shared parenting in theory, but the practice is suffering from a lack of proactive support by our courts, legislatures, and systems. Our objective is to change the "default" position of laws, court orders, and social attitudes in general to see shared parenting as the best possible outcome for raising all children – whether or not the parents are together.

Lobbying and Advocacy

  • Reform state and federal laws and court processes to encourage shared parenting.
  • Drive this social change by working with legislatures, thought leaders, the media, the courts, other advocacy groups, parents, and children's extended families.

Educate

  • Raise awareness through national, local, and social media around key challenges infamily law, helping people understand why reforms are needed, and what is truly in the best interests of the child.
  • Support, compile, and promote published research around parenting and shared parenting, with the goal of replacing stereotypes and myths with facts.

Build Affiliates

  • Develop strong volunteer leadership and powerful affiliates, and grow our national membership across the United States.
  • Provide our affiliates the resources to educate key legislators and local media.

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Volunteer Testimonial

"I absolutely believe, we in Missouri would not have passed our first Shared Parenting bill if it wasn't for the support and media attention garnered by NPO's Ned Holstein and his remarkable team. "

By Linda Reutzel, Chair, Missouri Executive Committee