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January 22, 2015

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Child Support Success!
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS Founder, Acting Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board

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Ned Holstein
Last week many hundreds of you submitted the National Parents Organization’s recommended changes to the child support rules to the federal office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE). This agency tells the individual states what their child support guidelines and enforcement programs should look like. I seriously doubt that they have ever before received such a large amount of input from the general public. This has been a terrific show of unity.

We are going to keep the pressure on! This week, the task is really simple, and will take you only 30 seconds.

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Dear Ms. Addison:

Please convey the following request to the Commissioner and to the Director, Policy Division: I request that the OCSE hold public hearings on its proposed rulemaking in each of the federal regions with adequate notice to the public. If you have any questions concerning this request, please contact Ned Holstein, Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization at [email protected]


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Where Are You, Martin Luther King?
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS Founder, Acting Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A few days ago we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King. We must admit that the movement to reform the family courts does not have a Martin Luther King. We do not have a person of such soaring eloquence. Someone who can place our issues on the highest moral plane. Someone who can inspire millions of people to find the strength within themselves to defy unjust authority.

It would be wonderful to have another Martin Luther King for our movement. The inspiration, the mobilization, the joy of not feeling alone.

But let’s face it, we don’t have a Martin Luther King, and we will not have one. Martin Luther King was a once-in-a-century phenomenon. If you are one of those who say to themselves, “When I get inspired by another Martin Luther King, then I will become active,” it will be a long time before you rouse yourself. Won’t happen in my lifetime.

Now here is the good news: We don’t need a Martin Luther King to win. We can win without him.Read more...

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National Leadership Opportunity: Seeking Volunteer Treasurer for National Parents Organization

National Parents Organization is a seeking a volunteer Treasurer. This is a highly influential role within the national organization. As Treasurer, your voice will be heard as the Board of Directors discusses strategy, tactics, budget and organization. You will be at the center of our growth and continued financial vitality.

Please contact Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair, to express your interest. Click HERE for more information on the position.

Since National Parents Organization operates virtually, the Treasurer may be located anywhere in the United States. We ask for a commitment to serve a minimum of one year.

This is an exciting time to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Treasurer Dan Wyand. Under his leadership, National Parents Organization has had a successful partial review and has budgeted for an outside audit for 2015. The Treasurer reports directly to the Chair of the Board of the Directors and participates in most meetings of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is an officer of the corporation and the chief financial officer.
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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.

Children: ‘We Want Real Time with Both Parents’
January 21, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Are we now actually going to start listening to children when we decide child custody issues? Oh, I know that most jurisdictions allow children over a certain age (usually around 14), to express a preference for Mom or Dad. But as this article and one at The Federalist report, that’s not the question we should be asking (Deseret News, 10/9/14). Read more...

Bergen County, NJ Prosecutor Goes to Bat Against Innocent Dad
January 19, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Only last Friday, I wrote these words: “It’s not unusual to find the criminal justice system utilized against one parent or another in family court.” That was the lead-in to a piece about the latest developments in the Vladek Filler case. I could say the same about this one (Bergen Dispatch, 1/15/15). Read more...

Maryland CPS Harassing ‘Free Range’ Parents
January 18, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Given that parents have no idea of how to raise or protect their children, it’s a good thing we have the state to do it for them. Here’s the latest (Washington Post, 1/14/15).

Pretty much daily I run across articles about CPS overreacting to some sort of parental behavior that, in any sort of reasonable world, would be considered completely appropriate or, in some cases, beneficial. Not long ago there was the Texas mother who allowed her 10-year-old son to walk to a park about half a mile from his house to play. Read more...

Vladek Filler Files Civil Rights Suit Due to False Allegations of Assault During his Child Custody Case
January 16, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
It’s not unusual to find the criminal justice system utilized against one parent or another in family court. After all, criminal courts often adjudicate claims of domestic violence that are then used to come between a parent and a child. Even now the State of Florida seems poised to settle a civil suit brought by a father who claims a Tallahassee Police Department officer threatened to arrest him if he didn’t give up his daughter to her maternal aunt (Tallahassee Democrat, 1/13/15). Read more...

Modest Improvements to Child Support Guidelines Recommended by State Commission
January 15, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
If the recommendations of a special state commission are adopted by the Nebraska Supreme Court, child support orders should come down, albeit marginally, in the future. Read about it here (Omaha World Herald, 1/13/15). That, according to such disparate forces as advocates for non-custodial fathers and Legal Aid of Nebraska, would be a step in the right direction for divorced and separated families in the state. Read more...

Texas CPS: The Story Gets Worse
January 14, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
It’s not getting any better for the Texas Department of Family Services (Fort Worth Star Telegram, 1/11/15). And that’s saying a lot since things have been bad for a long, long time.

Most recently, the agency that supposedly exists to protect children from abusive or neglectful adults has been found by an investigative report by the Austin American-Statesman to have simply refused to report a whopping 655 child deaths over a four-year period. Read more...


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Volunteer Testimonial

"For the last 10 years with help of organizations like “National Parents Organization,” parents like me, have worked against continuous opposition to reform the Hawaii Family Court away from the adversarial model toward a collaborative one. We need family courts that respect the importance of frequent, continuing and meaningful parenting time with both parents. Because effective parenting needs to have a sufficient quantity to achieve quality."

By Chris Lethem, Chair, Hawaii Executive Committee