A Personal Message From Founder of NPO Ned Holstein

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September 5, 2014

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A Personal Message From Founder of NPO Ned Holstein
Attend the Family Law Reform Conference

Family Law Reform Conference
Dear friends,

Please join me in a rare opportunity for personal growth and social reform: the Family Law Reform Conference hosted by Divorce Corp, November 15-16, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia!

This will be an unprecedented opportunity for you to learn about family court trends, meet leaders in the reform movement, learn the latest research on shared parenting and other subjects that can help you, learn how to keep court costs down, and debate the best strategies for reforming the courts, child support agencies, and child protective services.

These conferences do not come along very often. The cost is modest, and this is the perfect time to purchase discount airfares. That is why you need to register right away.

If you are a leader of a National Parents Organization chapter or committee, it is very important that you attend. To paraphrase Woody Allen, 80% of leadership is showing up. I would like to meet you and get to know you over a beer.

When you register using the online registration form, please enter "National Parents Organization" where it asks for "Company." We need to know who among our leaders and members is coming.

See you in November!

With you in the love of our kids,

Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder and Chair of the Board
National Parents Organization

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My Speech to the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization
September 3, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This past Sunday I was privileged to give a webinar for the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization, a Canadian group whose name is self-explanatory. Listeners/viewers from all over the world tuned in and many had excellent questions at the end. Unfortunately, this written version excludes “Jim’s Saga” that’s only oral. I’ve asked the PAAO for a link to the presentation that would include that story. As soon as they get it to me, I’ll provide the link.

I’m going to talk about Parental Alienation Syndrome, how it differs from simple alienation and how to spot it. I’d like to begin by reading the story of a typical target of alienating behavior, whom I’ll call Jim. Read more...

Connecticut Lawyer: Parental Alienation is Emotional Child Abuse
September 1, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Yesterday, I was privileged to give a presentation at a webinar sponsored by the Canadian organization Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO). I’ll post my speech and a link to it soon. As luck would have it, this post to a Connecticut attorney’s website deals with Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome, and he makes some of the points I did. Read more...

UK: Liberal Democrats Want Dads to Have More Parental Leave
September 1, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In England, the Liberal Democrats have put forward an initiative to tweak parental leave law to allow fathers with a newborn to have six weeks of leave. Existing law will change next year. Read about it here (Huffington Post, 8/30/14). Current law permits mothers 52 weeks of leave, 39 of them paid, while fathers receive only two weeks. Next April, mothers and fathers will be able to split the weeks of leave. Read more...

Deleted Dads: New Film on Family Court Outrages
August 31, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
It’s all there. A new movie has been released on the many injustices of the family court system. Here’s a trailer for the film called Deleted Dads, and the trailer alone hits most of the outrages visited on dads every day in family courts across the nation and around the world (YouTube). Just last year we were treated to a similar film, Divorce Corp. Read more...

Family Courts Now Ruling on Homeschooling by Parents
August 29, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
My wife and I live in a small Texas town. Because much that gets done in our town does so because volunteers do it, I volunteer one day a week at the local library. There I meet people I probably otherwise wouldn’t.

Several years ago, three boys walked in shepherded by their mother close behind. I’d never set eyes on any of them before, but I immediately noticed how neat, tidy, respectful and generally well-behaved the boys were. I recall that they were about 11, 8 and 5 at the time. Mother and sons worked quietly and intensely at the computers and various books of history, mathematics, English, etc. Soon enough, the mother and I struck up a conversation and I learned that she home-schooled her kids. She didn’t trust the public schools to inculcate the type of values in her sons that she expected them to have, so she took matters into her own hands. Read more...

Study: Literature on Parenting Interventions Short-Changes Dads
August 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
In the “Tell Us Something We Didn’t Already Know” category comes this article (Futurity, 8/27/14). Its basic point is that social science research on parenting interventions, i.e. efforts to fix poor parenting or improve good-enough parenting strongly tends to ignore fathers and focus on the “mother-child dyad.” One result is that fathers don’t get whatever benefit parenting programs have to offer because they’re often not invited to participate. Read more...

What the News Media Think is Important about Child Support
August 28, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This is the type of article the news media think (a) is worth reading at all and (b) reveals something important about our system of child support and alimony (Jobs & Hire, 8/25/14). Read more...

Tragedy in Michigan: The Wages of Child Abuse
August 27, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
On August 4th, 12-year-old Jamarion Lawhorn stabbed 9-year-old Connor Verkerke to death on a Michigan playground. He then turned himself into police saying he wanted to die and had seen on television that, if a person kills someone he’ll be put to death in the electric chair. He had been planning his own death in that way for a year. Jamarion had never met Connor before. Here’s one article (WoodTV, 8/25/14). Read more...


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“Children deserve both parents. National Parents Organization is committed to making this common-sense concept the norm in the United States. When we succeed, children will no longer be victims of a system that fosters conflict between parents and traumatizes children in the process. No one should have to endure the experiences that I had as a child, or what my daughter has been experiencing for most of her life.”

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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 “empowered” is important, since they benefit from seeing parents who have responsibility and the means to exercise this responsibility."

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