Support For Shared Parenting From Huge, Unexpected Source; Also, News From Utah, Connecticut
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January 19, 2016

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Major Organ of Catholic Church Endorses Shared Parenting
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder, Chair of the Board and Acting Executive Director
Stunning Development May Reflect Views of Pope

The Council of Italian Bishops (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana, or CEI) has endorsed shared parenting after divorce or separation, based on a full-page spread that appeared in its official newspaper, Avvenire (“Future”) on the Sunday before Christmas. It was written by the Chief Editor of Avvenire, Luciano Moia. The article urges family courts to not only state support for shared parenting, but to also ensure the arrangement actually occurs in practice. Also, the article was supportive of legislative efforts that encourage shared parenting.

Avvenire, published in Milan rather than Rome, is considered by many to be the voice and the arm of the Pope in Italy. Many Church observers believe that Avvenire would not publish anything known to contradict the Pope’s views on a sensitive subject.

The Pope’s own statements over the past year reinforce the idea that he endorses shared parenting. In November, 2014, Pope Francis said that children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, according to the Catholic News Service. According to Catholic Radio, in January, 2015, Pope Francis “called on fathers to be present in the lives of their children,” and said that “fathers are necessary as examples and guides of our children…” In June, 2015, paraphrased the Pope as follows: “Even if couples are unable to live together, the Pope said, they must find a way to work together harmoniously. And if they get to the point where ‘separation seems inevitable,’ he said, ‘know that the Church holds you in its heart and that your educating role does not end: you are and will always be dad and mum.’ Read more...

Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder and Acting Executive Director

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Utah NPO Trains Member-Lobbyists on January 16
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder, Chair of the Board and Acting Executive Director
Building on its recent success in passing an excellent shared parenting law, NPO of Utah trained members on the basics of lobbying. This was done to power up its next legislative drive.

The free training was held Saturday, January 16 at The Safety Consortium Building on West Lawndale in Salt Lake City.

Dan Deuel, who was instrumental in passing the shared parenting bill, presented much of the training, assisted by Dave Daniels and Janet Robins.

As Janet said, “The public, the parents who have been beat up by the mis-justices in the court system are our most valuable resources. We need you to join the fight and learn how to Lobby to make a difference!”

I cannot agree more strongly. If you expect reform to happen magically without your effort, you are not a player, you are a dreamer.

The training was videotaped, and we are hoping to make it available to other chapters.

Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder and Acting Executive Director

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Shared Parenting Accomplishments in Connecticut in 2015
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder, Chair of the Board and Acting Executive Director
John Clapp, a key figure in the Connecticut group Shared Parenting Council (SPC), reports a variety of accomplishments in 2015. For more information, see their website and blog at

John discussed child support enforcement directly with the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement, which makes rules that the state offices of child support enforcement must follow. He reports that they are trying to eliminate unreasonably high child support orders.

John also met with a half dozen Connecticut legislators in December to educate them about shared parenting issues. Read more...

Ned Holstein, MD, MS
Founder and Acting Executive Director

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