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October 31, 2013

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National Parents Organization Helps Found International Shared Parenting Organization
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Ned Holstein
Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization
Last July, National Parents Organization agreed to serve as a founding member of “Two Homes: The International Platform on Shared Parenting.” This is an umbrella organization with representatives from fourteen countries in Europe and North America. Of these, National Parents Organization may be the only component group with a major grassroots presence. The other organizations consist primarily of child development experts, social scientists, psychologists and lawyers who wish to promote better lives for children through shared parenting after separation or divorce of the parents. Our Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., was asked to serve on the Scientific Committee of the new umbrella organization.

Trans-Atlantic organizational discussions took place in July. An international conference on shared parenting was convened in Bonn, Germany on August 10-11, 2013. Dr. Holstein and I participated by Skype and by telephone. Dr. Holstein presented the history and the current status of shared parenting in the United States. He concluded that the issue of shared parenting is a classic case in which the general public has an overwhelming favorable consensus, but is blocked by small special interest groups that have political power. Read more...

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“As an involved grandparent, nothing gives me more satisfaction than working for the next generation of children in Connecticut. National Parents Organization brings like-minded people together to improve outcomes for the children of divorce, and unites Connecticut groups with those working on this cause in other states. Now we are proposing changes to Connecticut’s Child Support Guidelines. The proposed Guidelines empower both parents to maintain households and pay for expenses associated with child rearing. The term “empower&rd is important, since they benefit from seeing parents who have responsibility and the means to exercise this responsibility.”

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"I have been a step-parent for over 20 years and now am a doting grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. By spending time with my step-children through the years, I have seen first-hand the wants and needs of children whose parents are divorced or separated. I believe children deserve the opportunity to love and to spend time with both of their parents equally through shared parenting."

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