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June 18, 2014

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It’s All About the Kids on Connor’s Corner Podcast
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Mike Connor
Mike Connor
National Parents Organization member Mike Connors has developed a following on TalkShoe for his regular podcast, Connor’s Corner. Using his success in this medium, Mike is hosting several podcasts about National Parents Organization’s issues and work. Mike is volunteering his expertise to promote National Parents Organization and to engage new members.

To kick it off, Mike invited me to speak with him about National Parents Organization’s key successes and our work on shared parenting and parental equality within family law. Our discussion is an overview of where National Parents Organization is in its goals; how I got involved; and where we are heading. Of course, my time with National Parents Organization has been marked with drastic change.

With founder and chair Ned Holstein, MD, MS, determined to develop a name and brand that communicates our mission, vision, and core principles, I identified two members with the professional credentials to lead us in the naming and branding of National Parents Organization. Dan Enthoven and Tim Gelling provided their expertise pro bono.

Their work was the beginning of the transformation. The next step was working with another member, Kevin Hughes, who developed our new website. From that, Tim created our e-newsletter format. Our technical needs have also been served by another dedicated volunteer, Paul Mickens. His knowledge of Salesforce. org has been invaluable. You may remember Paul from his video.

As we work with our affiliates to prepare to introduce shared parenting to Temporary Custody Orders in 2015, Mike and I will speak again. This is the beginning of us rallying our committed volunteers who are building affiliates in their states and bringing new members into the organization. Read more...


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Greater Boston, WGBH: Family Court System Under Scrutiny in Massachusetts

Emily Rooney, Host and Executive Editor, Greater Boston, WGBH, interviewed Ned Holstein, MD, MS, founder and chair, National Parents Organization; and Carolyn Van Tine, a divorce attorney with the Boston firm of Burns and Levinson about the changes proposed to child custody legislation by Governor Deval Patrick’s task force. Two years ago, the Governor appointed a task force to revamp the Massachusetts child custody law.

Both Ned and Carolyn addressed the important changes proposed and how these will help the children of the Commonwealth. Watch their discussion with Emily Rooney.

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If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.

A Tale of Two Countries Continued
June 16, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In this piece I discussed the nuanced and pro-father stance of an article out of New Zealand. There, a 36 year old woman raped an 11 year old boy repeatedly over several months, eventually became pregnant by him and bore a child. As I said, there he’s entitled to go to court and seek parental rights if he wishes, but if he doesn’t, he’s under no obligation to her to pay support. All things considered, that’s as it should be. Read more...

Happy Father’s Day!
June 15, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s that time of year again when we set aside a single day to celebrate fathers and all the things they do for their kids and families. It’s harder than ever to be a father these days what with increased demands of childcare that fathers everywhere are shouldering, plus the usual requirements to work and earn. That’s meant fathers, even more than mothers, are reporting greater stress in trying to balance work and family. And of course they do it all against a backdrop of virulently anti-father messages in the news media and popular culture. Most remarkably, they do it in the face of a family court system that daily consigns fathers to visitor status in the lives of their children all the while claiming to do so in “the best interests of children.” Read more...

A Tale of Two Countries When Boys Father Children
June 13, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s a tale of two countries and how each treats sexual abuse of boys by women. More to the point, it’s a tale of the parental rights and duties each country accords boys and women when the rape of a boy by a woman results in a child. Read more...

Connecticut Law Tribune Wrong on Child’s Best Interests
June 12, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I write often enough about the dogged resistance to the concept of shared parenting on the part of family lawyers. We see it every day, particularly when state legislatures are in session. Then family lawyers troupe in to committee chambers across the country to inveigh against shared parenting, usually with trumped up excuses, misleading claims and sometimes outright falsehoods. One example of the last was Nebraska Bar President Marsha Fangmeyer openly lying about the clear, simple terms of a shared parenting bill before the state Judiciary Committee. Read more...

In Appreciation of Karen DeCrow
June 11, 2014 by Warren Farrell, PhD, Member, National Parents Organization and Author, Father and Child Reunion; and Creator of the Commission for a White House Council on Boys and Men
Karen DeCrow and I were friends for more than 40 years. In the early 70’s, when she was President of NOW (the National Organization for Women) and I was on the Board of NOW’s NYC chapter, she asked me to run NOW's Task Force on the Masculine Mystique. When others protested my incorporating expanding liberation toward men, Karen supported me. Read more...

Jessica Valenti: Still as Anti-Dad as Ever
June 11, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Poor Jessica Valenti. Even when she gets it right, she gets it wrong. As she does here (The Guardian, 6/9/14).

Now, some have gone so far as to suggest Valenti’s actually trying to go straight, i.e. that she may be setting aside the virulent misandry of her past, and I can certainly see some indication of that in the linked-to piece. She tries — really tries! — to play nice, to keep her usual anti-male/anti-father venom under wraps. Even her accompanying photo seems to say she’s trying to start coming across as an adult. But alas, old habits, like not telling the truth, die hard. Read more...


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“There is nothing more meaningful that we can do to ensure that our children will flourish than to protect their relationship with both parents. The National Parents Organization focuses on significant, practical changes to family law that will protect every child's right to the full, loving involvement of fit parents. The National Parents Organization offers the opportunity to be effective in making changes that will protect the parent-child relationship when parents live apart.”

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Volunteer Testimonial

"Facts show those younger children whose parents have equal shared custody are doing better emotionally, psychologically, academically and socially. Unfortunately, the Connecticut family court system has always been about one parent winning, and the other losing. Working with National Parents Organization we can help create an Equally Shared Parenting Task Force in the Connecticut Legislature. The purpose would be to create a law that would improve the lives of our children by experiencing direct support, love, and care from both parents and extended families."

By Paul Schaffer, Member, Connecticut Executive Committee