Media Coverage Far Exceeds Expectations|
By Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Times are changing, and our message is resonating throughout the country like never before!
In years past, there were only occasional media successes by the Children’s Rights Council, by National Parents Organization, or by sporadic individual efforts. Then, beginning about six years ago under Glenn Sacks, National Parents Organization had many media placements, but too many were add-ons to sensational divorce stories about celebrities, partner murders, child abductions and the like.
Now, for the first time in the history of the family court reform movement, there is regular, recurring coverage of our ideas -- our vision of a better life for children, and of justice for adults.
National Parents Organization received high-profile media attention this spring and fall from the nation’s top news outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Daily News, and major state media, including The Boston Globe, the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Miami Herald, covered National Parents Organization news as well. In all, National Parents Organization was highlighted in more than 250 media placements within the past eight months, and the news spanned nearly two dozen U.S. states and reached across the globe to locations including Australia and New Zealand.
In April, a story in The Wall Street Journal headlined “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes” kicked off the legislative season by quoting National Parents Organization National Board Member Don Hubin, PhD, on efforts to pass legislation supportive of shared parenting and parental equality in nearly 20 states. From there, National Parents Organization members’ efforts to pass child custody reform bills in numerous states received prominent news coverage. For example, in Massachusetts, National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair Dr. Ned Holstein was a guest on several radio and TV news programs throughout the state, and his legislative efforts were a focal point of multiple Massachusetts newspaper stories. Plus, newspaper editorial boards in Massachusetts came out in support of the custody reform bill. Additionally, in Utah, National Parents Organization members’ involvement in the passage of legislation supportive of shared parenting were featured in the top print, radio, TV and online media sources throughout the state.
Father’s Day brought key media placements for National Parents Organization, with several media outlets throughout the nation publishing opinion pieces by National Parents Organization members. The Father’s Day messages held a common theme: honor Father’s Day with shared parenting.
This fall, the media highlights continued with national and state media showcasing National Parents Organization’s efforts to help combat societal problems — including the high divorce rate and youth violence — through efforts to make shared parenting and parental equality after divorce and separation the norm rather than the exception.
Here are the highlights of National Parents Organization’s media coverage since late March. Of course, there have been scores of additional media placements in addition to the highlights:
- The Wall Street Journal article “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes,” published April 16, 2015, quoted Don Hubin, PhD, National Parents Organization National Board Member, in a story revealing that nearly 20 states were considering legislation supportive of shared parenting and parental equality following divorce or separation.
- The New York Daily News article “How To Tell Your Kids You’re Getting Divorced,” published July 2, 2015, featured Dr. Ned Holstein, National Parents Organization Founder and Board Chair, as a source on how families can best cope with divorce. Additionally, the story was picked up by numerous outlets, including MSN in Australia and New Zealand.
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By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization
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Not only are we blanketing the country with our message, but we are achieving successes such as shared parenting legislation, reform of child support enforcement abuses, and lowering of child support orders where they are excessive.
We are the only national organization that is fighting for and succeeding in reforming the family courts. We would be the first to admit that we have a long way to go, but we have the best track record by far, and are the “market leaders” in what we do.
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We are winning this war. But we need your help to maintain momentum, and then to accelerate.
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