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Outlining National Parent Organization's History of Advocacy

2016 Achievements

More than 250 NPO Media Placements through October 31:
  • In Missouri, a law encouraging shared parenting took effect in August. National Parents Organization was the catalyst for this law, and actively supported it in the media. Our local chapter leader (Linda Reutzel) and our national experts were featured by print, radio, and television media outlets across the state, including NPR and CBS affiliates, the St. Louis Post- Dispatch editorial board, The Kansas City Star, the Columbia Daily Tribune, and major national outlets including the Associated Press and The Washington Times. Linda writes, "I absolutely believe, we in Missouri would not have passed our first shared parenting bill if it weren't for the support and media attention garnered by NPO's Ned Holstein and his remarkable team.  We thank you all and look forward to added success next session!"
  • The Denver Post tapped Dr. Ned Holstein as a source in its coverage of the state’s proposed Parent’s Bill of Rights on April 15, 2016
  • In Florida, a strong shared parenting bill passed the state legislature and made it to the Governor’s desk in April. National Parents Organization served as a vocal proponent of the bill, with opinion pieces and news stories in prominent publications featuring our Florida Chapter leader Troy Matson and our national leaders, including the Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Tallahassee Democrat, Tampa Bay Times, and Sun-Sentinel as well as PBS, NPR and NBC affiliates. Placed op-eds supporting the bill in Jacksonville Times Union, Orlando Sentinel, and other publications.
  • The CBS station in Cincinnati, Ohio, showcased the family court reform expertise of National Parents Organization’s Don Hubin in the February 23, 2016 story “Fighting for Shared Parenting.”
  • Massachusetts: Input from NPO resulted in the Boston Globe editorial board supporting shared parenting legislation twice during 2016, with op-ed placements in 10 local and regional papers. Massachusetts local leaders also appeared on NPR and local television coverage.
  • Virginia: Averaged one published op-ed per month in favor of shared parenting.
  • Kentucky: Won NBC affiliate editorial support for shared parenting during temporary orders, as well as favorable articles in several newspapers and radio shows, and placed a favorable op-ed in a major newspaper.
Op-Ed Placements:
  • In a June 17, 2016 op-ed for The Hill titled “Hillary Fights for Fathers’ Rights – Or Does She?” Dr. Ned Holstein examined divorce litigation early in Hillary Clinton’s career in which she represented the father.
  • A Father’s Day op-ed by Robert Franklin titled “Why Texas CPS Needs Dads,” was published by The Dallas Morning News on June 16, 2016 and presented a solution to the Texas Child Protection Services crisis.
  • In a June 18, 2016 piece for WND, Dr. Ned Holstein reminded readers to remember single dads when celebrating Father’s Day.
  • In a July 24, 2016 op-ed for the Roanoke Times titled “How Virginia Can Help Children,” National Parents Organization members Christian and Kristen Paasch discussed why shared parenting is in the best interest of children.
  • The May 8, 2016 op-ed by Linda Reutzel titled “Shared Parenting Bill Supports Childrens Best Interests,” which was published by the Columbia Daily Tribune, detailed the benefits of Missouri’s shared parenting law.
  • In an April 7, 2016 op-ed for the Orlando Sentinel titled “Sign Alimony Reform, Pave Way for Shared Parenting,” National Parents Organization member Troy Matson discussed the importance of signing the state’s shared parenting bill into law.
  • Kentucky: op-ed supporting shared parenting in a prominent newspaper.
  • Massachusetts: op-ed placements supporting shared parenting in 10 local and regional newspapers.
  • Florida: numerous op-eds in major and local newspapers supporting the shared parenting bill that was ultimately passed by the Legislature.
Other Media Coverage Highlights:
  • National Parents Organization’s role in Missouri’s shared parenting bill prompted media coverage throughout the nation, including more than 30 newspapers, plus television and radio stations throughout the nation. Outside of Missouri, these included the San Francisco Chronicle, The Kansas City Star and Seattle Post-Intelligencer, as well as Fox, ABC, CBS and NPR affiliates. The media coverage also spanned multiple outlets in Canada.
  • The Huffington Post featured Dr. Ned Holstein as a source in a September 29, 2016 article titled “Involving Dads in Lives of Children Born Out of Wedlock,” which examined shared parenting and the child support system.
  • Parents magazine sought out Dr. Ned Holstein’s viewpoints for its “Parents Best of the Web Awards” feature in the magazine’s May issue.
  • Forbes tapped Dr. Ned Holstein as an expert on the benefits of shared parenting in the story, “Want to Close the Pay Gap? Call on Dad!”
  • Psychology Today highlighted National Parents Organization’s Shared Parenting Report Card, emphasizing the ”dismal” shared parenting grades throughout the nation as well as the fact that the report served as the first U.S. study of shared custody laws in the nation’s 50 states.
  • Approximately 200 Additional Media Placements Through October 31, 2016. 
Non-Media Achievements:
National:
  • E-newsletter reaches 24,000 people each edition.
  • Average of 4-7 original blog posts per week.
  • Facebook page very active with over 6,000 “likes.”
  • Tweet all e-newsletters and blog posts. LinkedIn page under development.
  • Amazon Smile recognized charity so that we receive a percentage of the orders members place when they name us as the benefactor.
National: Agreed to be primary sponsor of Third International Conference on Shared Parenting, to be held in Boston on May 29-31, 2017, to be co-hosted by Europe-based International Council on Shared Parenting. Completed hotel and other contracts for the 2017 Conference. Raised designated funds to support 2017 Conference. Obtained commitments from the leading shared parenting researchers in the world to present their research at 2017 Conference.

National: Continued to serve on Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Scientific Committee of Europe-based International Council on Shared Parenting.

National: Initiated first comprehensive study of the Child Support Guidelines of the 50 states and District of Columbia. Raised designated funds to support this major project. This will be the first comprehensive report to examine whether Child Support Guidelines are in some cases excessive, whether excessive child support orders can be harmful to the best interest of children, whether excessive child support orders can interfere with parenting by the payer, whether the Child Support Guidelines support or obstruct shared parenting, who is charged with developing Child Support Guidelines in each state, the degree of democratic accountability for the decisions of those who formulate Child Support Guidelines, the transparency of their deliberations and decisions, the degree of public input into their deliberations and decisions, whether members of the formulating committees have conflicts of interest, whether there are internal contradictions in the intellectual basis and philosophy underlying the Child Support Guidelines, the degree to which they reflect data on actual costs of raising children, whether they should adopt a marginal cost approach and what the effect on child support orders would be if they did so, whether separated and divorced parents are burdened with financial responsibilities to their children that are greater than those required of parents who are together, and other issues. Report to be issued in 2017.

National: Maintained and upgraded blog, newsroom, member database, compliance activities, fundraising, policies, e-newsletter, affiliate relations, administration, FB page and more. Completed top-to-bottom overhaul of website infrastructure.

Ohio: actively monitoring SB 262 (child support formula) and SB 308 (child support and paternity). Prepared to support in part and oppose in part after bills are in committee.

Ohio: Through Freedom of Information requests, determined that federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has no idea what states have failed their statutory obligation to review their Child Support Guidelines at least every four years, nor whether state guidelines comport with other requirements of federal law.

Kentucky: Introduced legislation supporting shared parenting during temporary orders, with bi-partisan support.

Kentucky: Promoted benefits of shared parenting with legislators from both parties.

Kentucky: Attended political meetings throughout Kentucky, attended numerous judiciary committee meetings, and met with committee leaders to promote shared parenting.

Kentucky: Won support of University of Louisville Sociology Department chairman for custody reform.

Kentucky: Provided face-to-face support for non-custodial parents.

Virginia: Averaged one published op-ed per month.

Virginia: Held monthly membership meetings.

Virginia: Met with 10 members of Virginia legislature through September 30, 2016.

Virginia: NPO member appointed to Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel.

Virginia: Delivered “Child Support in Virginia” presentation to Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel, as well as local media.

Virginia: Drafted four shared parenting bills, seeking legislative Patrons.

Virginia: Accepted invitations to meet with several local county Fatherhood Groups.

Virginia: Hosted speaking event with author Josh Levs, author of All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families and Businesses.

Colorado: Testified at State Legislative Committee Hearings on HB 16-1110-1 (Parent’s Bill of Rights) and HB 16-1235 (Evaluation of State Judicial Performance).

Colorado: Issued press releases and television interview on Parent’s Bill of Rights (HB 16-1110-1).

Colorado: Met with Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System and Colorado Chief Justice (ret.) Rebecca Kourlis concerning judicial performance evaluations and transparency.

Colorado: Formed coalition of citizen activist groups for various reforms of probate and family courts; also Judicial Integrity Project.

Colorado: Guest speaker at conference for judicial reforms.

Colorado: Held rallies focusing on shared parenting and other family and juvenile court reforms.

Colorado: Continued NPO Meetup Group of Colorado and pro-se workshops.

Missouri: Helped write several family court reform bills. Testified in both House and Senate hearings.

Missouri: Drafted strong shared parenting bill. Garnered media exposure and support of shared parenting bill. This bill (HB 1550) was voted unanimously out of the Senate and also out of the House 154-2. Sent to Governor Jay Nixon, who signed the bill into law on July 1, 2016, effective August 28, 2016. HB 1550 cited in Appellate Court ruling in Morgan v. Morgan on August 30, 2016, finding that parenting time of every other weekend and one evening per week for dinner is insufficient under the new law.

Missouri: testified before Child Support Guidelines Review Committee with recommendations for changes.

Missouri: Supported numerous parents in family court.

Missouri: Supported other NPO state chapters by sending strategies and research.

Florida: As in 2015, assisted Florida Family Law Reform in promoting SB 668, a strong shared parenting and alimony reform bill. Placed op-eds in numerous major Florida newspapers and media outlets. Helped organize grassroots lobbying for this bill by our Florida members. SB 668 was passed by both chambers of the Florida legislature by an almost two to one majority. We then placed more op-eds in major Florida newspapers and media outlets, won editorial endorsements from several newspapers, helped produce five to one ratio of supporting calls and emails (vs. opposing) to the Governor’s Office and helped turn out members to support the bill in a Tallahassee rally. Unfortunately, Governor Rick Scott (R) vetoed the bill.

Massachusetts: Placed op-eds in approximately 10 Massachusetts newspapers supporting complete re-write of custody statute (SB 834). Printed and distributed 120 page accumulation of information supporting the bill to numerous legislators and reporters. Placed thousands of calls to Massachusetts members, resulting in hundreds of calls and emails to legislators in support. Obtained two favorable editorials in the Boston Globe. Met numerous times with the Judiciary Committee to hammer out amendments to the bill. Won unanimous passage in the House as HB4544. Senate failed to act on the bill.

2015 Achievements

National: 100’s of Media Placements - See: https://nationalparentsorganization.org/2015-07-16-13-55-58/media-coverage

National: Continued to serve on Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Scientific Committee of Europe-based International Council on Shared Parenting. Attended and presented at Second International Conference on Shared Parenting in December, 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

National: In 2014, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement issued a lengthy set of proposed new rules for state child support enforcement agencies. Public comment was invited. NPO provided 15 pages of detailed recommendations concerning the proposed changes to the rules. Our recommendations included that the states must publicize the membership of the committees that set Child Support Guidelines, as well as all reports of the committees. We recommended that this committee always include at least one advocate for child support payers, and one for recipients of child support. We recommended that the rules should include a requirement that child support should be based on the marginal cost of raising children. We recommended that if parental earnings are to be the basis of the Child Support Guidelines, the income of both parents must be part of the formula. We recommended that the child support burden should be shared by both parents in proportion to their income. We recommended that the child support order should be modified downward to reflect the numerous tax benefits that accrue to the custodial parent. We recommended that the Child Support Guidelines should never have the effect of causing the payers to fall below the poverty line. We recommended that the states be constrained in their power to impute income to a parent, but that to the extent this is done, it should be done in a gender-neutral way. We recommended that the power of the family courts to order “add-ons” to the basic child support order determined by the Child Support Guidelines be restricted. We recommended that child support should cease at age 19 or upon graduation from secondary school, whichever occurs earlier, in the large majority of cases. We recommended that the Child Support Guidelines should include ceilings that cannot be exceeded except in special needs cases in high income cases. We recommended that most alimony orders not be subject to enforcement by the Child Support Enforcement Agency. We recommended that there should be genetic marker testing to determine the true paternity of a child that is born out of wedlock if a child support order is rendered. We recommended that the states should be required to institute changes in child support orders promptly when there has been a significant change in circumstances. We then generated approximately 15,000 letters, emails and petition signatories supporting our recommendations to the OCSE.

National: Maintained and upgraded website, blog, newsroom, member database, compliance activities, fundraising, policies, e-newsletter, growth of state affiliates, affiliate relations, administration, Facebook page and more.

Kentucky: Introduced legislation supporting shared parenting during temporary orders, with bi-partisan support.

Kentucky: Promoted benefits of shared parenting with legislators from both parties.

Kentucky: Attended political meetings throughout Kentucky, attended numerous judiciary committee meetings, and met with committee leaders to promote shared parenting.

Florida:  Established NPO of Florida Facebook page.

Florida: Chair of NPO of Florida featured in national shared parenting story distributed by Stateline (Pew Charitable Trust).

Florida: Visited and called numerous Florida legislators, aides, and Governor’s staff in support of SB668, which called for shared parenting and alimony reform.

Virginia: Published 19 op-eds on various family court reform topics.

Virginia: Held monthly membership meetings.

Virginia: Met with 20 members of Virginia legislature.

Virginia: NPO member appointed to Virginia Child Support Guidelines Review Panel for four year term.

Virginia: Radio appearance concerning shared parenting.

Colorado: Testified at State Legislative Committee Hearings on SB 15-007 (Parent’s Bill of Rights) and SB 15-129 (Preserving Parent-Child Relationship).

Colorado: Issued press releases and television interviews on SB 15-0007 and SB 15-129.

Colorado: Participated in court-watch events.

Colorado: Created pro se workshops for Colorado litigants.

Colorado: launched NPO-Colorado Meetup Group.

Missouri: Central role in writing a shared parenting bill. Testified at legislative hearing.

Missouri: Formed a coalition of activists for shared parenting reform.

Missouri: Organized Fatherless Day Rally at the state capitol. Garnered media attention.

Missouri: Garnered extensive positive media coverage of shared parenting.

Utah: NPO of Utah major catalyst for passing strong shared parenting bill (HB 35). Signed into law, and took effect on May 19, 2015.

Massachusetts: NPO members appointed to sit on blue-ribbon Working Group on Child-Centered Family Law by Governor Deval Patrick. Met for 18 months and participated in drafting a complete revision of the Massachusetts Custody Statute. All members of the Working Group signed the transmittal to Governor Deval Patrick. Persuaded over 40 legislators to co-sponsor the revised custody statute, originally known as SB 834. Turned out dozens of members to testify at legislative hearing on July 22, 2015.

Pennsylvania: Met with House staffers to identify legislative sponsors for shared parenting legislation.

Pennsylvania: Supported shared parenting legislation with rally and literature distribution within Capitol.

Pennsylvania: Developed coalition with other grassroots activists.

Pennsylvania: Held Fathers Day rallies and rallies to promote awareness of Parental Alienation.

Pennsylvania: Successfully organized screening of DivorceCorp documentary film.

2014 Achievements

National: Multiple media placements itemized below under “Media.”
National: Researched and wrote ground-breaking analysis of the Custody Statutes of all 50 states, grading each state on the degree to which its statute supports or fails to support shared parenting. Obtained widespread media coverage of the resulting rankings, such as in USA Today and the New York Daily News. See:  https://www.nationalparentsorganization.org/dev3/docs/2014_Shared_Parenting_Report_Card%2011-10-2014.pdf

National: Assisted 24 states to build NPO affiliated chapters to advocate for family court reform.

National: Served on the Board of Directors of Europe-based International Council on Shared Parenting. Attended Board Meetings in Bonn, Germany. Provided financial support for First International Conference on Shared Parenting in Bonn, Germany. Presentation to the Conference via FaceTime by Ned Holstein, MD, Chair of the Board. Conference Summary included a strong research-based endorsement of shared parenting.

National: Maintained and upgraded website, blog, newsroom, member database, compliance activities, fundraising, policies, e-newsletter, affiliate relations, administration, FB page and more.

National: Publicized DivorceCorp Conference in Arlington, Virginia in November, 2014. Generated close to one-third of attendance. Sponsored reception at Conference.

National: Helped Hawaii activists draft and file a shared parenting bill in Hawaii in 2014

Kentucky: Introduced legislation supporting shared parenting during temporary orders, with bi-partisan support.

Kentucky: Promoted benefits of shared parenting with legislators from both parties.

Kentucky: Attended political meetings throughout Kentucky, attended numerous judiciary committee meetings, and met with committee leaders to promote shared parenting.

Kentucky: Won media coverage of NPO “Report Card” on state custody statutes.

Virginia: Held monthly membership meetings.

Colorado:  Formed Colorado Affiliate of National Parents Organization

Colorado:  Represented NPO of Colorado at DivorceCorp Conference in November of 2014 in Arlington, VA.

Colorado: Helped draft shared parenting legislation and lobbied state legislators.

Massachusetts: NPO members appointed to sit on blue-ribbon Working Group on Child-Centered Family Law by Governor Deval Patrick. Met for 18 months and participated in drafting a complete revision of the Massachusetts Custody Statute.

Massachusetts: Sponsored showing of DivorceCorp documentary film in Massachusetts with lively post-screening discussion.

Massachusetts: Persuaded the Boston Globe to become the first major newspaper in the country to give editorial endorsement to shared parenting in 2008 and again in 2014.

Connecticut: Two National Parents Organization of Connecticut members appointed to the Task Force to Study Legal Disputes Involving the Care and Custody of Minor Children, 2013/2014. Passed a reform bill improving the hiring and oversight of Guardians ad litem.

Connecticut: Two National Parents Organization of Connecticut members appointed to a panel to review and revise the Connecticut Child Support Guidelines during 2014.

Selected Achievements by Category Prior to 2014

Campaigns

  • Took on P&G, which recognized only mothers as promoters of Olympic athletes, and Oscar Mayer, for “grilling” dads in addition to its dogs in its advertisement in 2012.
  • Forced a Massachusetts child abuse advocacy organization to withdraw a television commercial falsely implying that child abuse is committed only by fathers.
  • Promoted companies with advertisements that recognize good dads, including: Mass Mutual, VW Polo, and Dick’s Sporting Goods in 2012.
  • Joined with Jane Doe, Inc., the Massachusetts Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in successful campaign to get Jimmy Choo, Ltd to remove an ad trivializing domestic violence against men from their stores, ads, and website in 2011.
  • Spearheaded a massive national protest campaign against Florida’s refusal to reunite a fit and loving Cuban dad with his daughter in 2010-2011 (mother was deceased). Father and daughter reunited shortly thereafter.
  • Stopped Lifetime Television in 2009 from airing the anti-father reality show Deadbeat Dads.
  • Stopped FOX from airing the anti-father reality TV show Bad Dads in 2008.
  • Led successful campaign to free Brian Gegner, a father jailed because his adult daughter didn’t get her GED.
  • Helped spearhead a massive nationwide grassroots protest campaign against an anti-father PBS show on custody called "Breaking the Silence." The PBS and CPB ombudsmen agreed with us that the film is biased, forcing PBS to produce an expensive, new, even-handed documentary in which we were featured. That film, called Kids & Divorce: For Better or Worse, aired on most PBS affiliates in September of 2006. We demonstrated that we can generate over 10,000 protests of anti-father media portrayals.

Alimony

  • Passed alimony reform in Connecticut in 2013.
  • Helped to place a new limit on California spousal support in 2012.
  • Helped to promote major alimony reform in Massachusetts. Signed by the Governor in 2011.
  • Passed a family court alimony reform bill, SB 1482, in California in 2010.
  • Introduced SB 481 in California to protect high earners/business owners from alimony “double dipping” and “triple dipping.”

Child Custody

  • Developed a national network of attorneys who publicly support shared parenting
  • Protected fathers’ visitation rights in Illinois in 2012.
  • Organized a letter-writing, email and telephone campaign urging the Governor of Minnesota to sign shared parenting legislation in 2012.
  • Instrumental in passing a 2010-2011 Massachusetts law opening access to report cards and other school records to non-custodial parents.
  • Passed two child custody reform bills, AB 2416 and SB 1188, in California in 2010.
  • Amended California SB 1266, which allowed custodial mothers alternative sentences for nonviolent crimes, to also include fathers, in 2010.
  • Wrote an amicus brief in 2006 for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in A.H. v. M.P. supporting the parenting rights of a non-biological lesbian mother who was seen as “Mommy” by the child. We feared it could set a precedent breaking a child’s loving bonds and marginalizing parents who are the breadwinners.
  • Defeated a 2010 Massachusetts bill which would have further marginalized noncustodial parents in relation to their children’s medical needs.
  • Defeated an amendment to California, AB 164, which would have prevented fit noncustodial parents from gaining access to school and other records in 2007.
  • Helped pass AB 402 in California in 2006, a bill to codify collaborative law into California family law codes.
  • Defeated an amendment to California, AB 164, which would have prevented fit noncustodial parents from gaining access to school and other records in 2007.
  • Placed a non-binding shared parenting initiative on the 2004 Massachusetts ballot and led a successful campaign for its passage, winning 86% of the vote.
  • Enlisted over one-quarter of the Massachusetts Legislature as co-sponsors of our shared parenting bill.

Child Support

  • Won reductions of excessive child support orders of over $1 billion from 2001 through 2008 in Massachusetts. Experienced unwarranted increases in 2008 despite serving on the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines Task Force 2007-2008; published a Minority Report critiquing the new Child Support Guidelines in 2008. Won decreases again in 2013, correcting errors in 2008 that wrongly inflated payments to unsustainable levels.
  • Helped Ohio child support obligors by maintaining their driver's licenses in 2012.
  • Shed light on child support scare tactics in South Carolina in 2012.
  • Provided written testimony concerning proposed changes to South Dakota child support guidelines in 2012.
  • Helped gain passage of a law in Indiana capping the age of dependency for child support in 2012.
  • Helped author amicus brief to the Indiana Court of Appeals in an appeal of a half-million-dollar child support order in 2011.
  • Helped extend and expand California’s Compromise of Arrears Program in 2010-2011 by passing SB 1355, allowing parents saddled with inflated, unpayable
  • child support arrearages to settle with modest cash payments.
  • Instrumental in blocking SB 292, a 2010 bill that would increase Ohio child support orders excessively, and subject the child support order to COLA regardless of individual income.
  • Achieved a reduction in the interest rate Massachusetts charges on overdue child support from 12% to 6% in 2010.
  • Passed child support reform bill in California in 2010. SB 580 limited excessive healthcare costs charged to child support payors.
  • Supported California SB 578 legislation to limit interest on child support arrearages in 2009-2010.
  • Challenged Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2009 on separation of powers grounds (rejected).

Disabled Parents

  • Passed bills in Arizona, California, and Indiana in 2010-2011 implementing federal law protecting disabled parents from having disability benefits counted as income for child support purposes.
  • Passed SB 1188 in California in 2010 preventing disability from being used to deny a parent custody or visitation without a showing that the disability causes parental unfitness.

Military and Veterans

  • Instrumental in passing child custody legislation protecting active duty military from family court actions in absentia in Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, and Ohio in 2010 and 2011.
  • Supported and passed Indiana HB 1165, in 2010, providing protection against family court financial abuses for disabled veteran parents.
  • Helped pass Arizona HB 2348, protecting disabled veteran parents against family court financial abuses, 2010.
  • Worked on the 2009 National Defense Reauthorization Act (HR 2647) to include a mandate that the U.S. Secretary of Defense produce a report on child custody litigation involving members of the Armed Forces, as well as international intrafamilial abductions of service members’ children.
  • Passed Texas SB 279, a bill to protect military parents’ custody rights, in 2009.
  • Helped pass California SB 285 in 2009 to protect disabled veterans. The law prohibits family courts from illegally garnishing veterans’ disability compensation for child support in contravention of federal law, or from calculating such benefits as income for child support, or as a divisible asset.

Move-Aways

  • Defeated move-away bills in California in 2004 and 2006. The legislation would have made it too easy for custodial parents to move children to other states.
  • Wrote an amicus brief which helped win a precedent-setting Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court case protecting children in joint physical custody from being moved out of state, away from one parent.

Parental Alienation

  • Led a campaign to include Parental Alienation Syndrome in the 2013 revision of DSM-V. While not named Parental Alienation Syndrome, the concept is included under different terminology.
  • In 2010, defeated two California legislative attempts to prohibit or limit family courts’ ability to recognize and properly deal with Parental Alienation Syndrome, AB 612 and AB 2475 in 2011.

Paternity Fraud

  • Passed paternity fraud legislation, AB 252 and SB 1333, allowing California child support obligors to use DNA evidence to set aside false paternity judgments and concomitant child support orders, 2004 and 2008. Helped introduce SB375 in 2011 to provide further protections to minor boys against paternity fraud.
  • Solicited amicus letters to California Supreme Court from legislators and leading family law professionals to block attempts to depublish the crucial Navarro paternity fraud ruling.

Affiliates

  • Assisted affiliated Washington volunteers to file legislation protecting men and children from paternity fraud in 2012, and another bill encouraging shared parenting.
  • Assisted affiliated Georgia volunteers to promote grandparent visitation rights in 2012.
  • Assisted affiliated Illinois volunteers to protect non-custodial parenting time in 2012.
  • Assisted affiliated Michigan volunteers protect non-custodial parents’ parenting rights, 2012.
  • Assisted affiliated Tennessee volunteers to win passage of a 2011 law that requires the court to order a custody arrangement that permits both parents to enjoy the maximum participation possible in the life of the child. The new law explicitly connects "the best interest of the child" with the "maximum participation possible in the life of the child" by both parents.
  • Assisted affiliated New York volunteers to file SB892, a bill that replaces “visitation” in the statutes with “parenting time,” a first step towards recognizing the value of both parents.

Media

  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is highlighted in a PBS discussion “Custody Battle: Family Court System Under Scrutiny” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, speaks about the benefits of shared parenting in an NPR story “Push to Change Custody Laws: What’s Best for Kids?” 2014
  • NPR segment “New Legislation Would Even Ground Between Divorced Moms and Dads” features Ned Holstein, MD, MS, 2014
  • National Parents Organization of Hawaii is featured in NPR story “Child Custody-Parental Parity Bill”, 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is featured on Clear Channel discussing Massachusetts shared parenting legislation, 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, appears on Clear Channel to speak about the benefits children receive from shared parenting following divorce, 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, weighs in on the flawed family court system in The Federalist story, “Tales Desperate Fathers Tell,” 2014
  • Robert Franklin, JD talks with Nancy Redd on Huffington Post Live on “When the Missing Parent is Mom, Not Dad” 2014
  • Betsy Barton, PhD, gives tips in a Care.com article on “10 Tips for Working for Divorced Parents,” for babysitters and nannies who provide child care to the children of divorced parents, 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, provides tips divorced parents seeking child care help on Care.com on “9 Tips on Hiring a Caregiver When You’re Divorced” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, cites reasons for increased support for shared parenting in USA Today article, “Shared Parenting Could Be New Divorce Outcome” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is quoted in an article about states increasingly supporting shared parenting in Florida Today, “Shared Parenting Could Be New Divorce Outcome” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is quoted about the reasons for increases in support for shared parenting laws in an article in the Argus Leader on “Shared Parenting Could Be New Divorce Outcome” 2014
  • Don Hubin, PhD explains that temporary custody orders often become permanent ones in the Carolina Nickel in “Why Temporary Custody Orders Are Such a Big Deal” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, writes about the benefits of shared parenting in an op-ed featured in the Newton Tab, “Shared Parenting, the Post-Divorce Solution” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is featured in The Sun Chronicle in “Shared Parenting, the Post-Divorce Solution” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, writes about the shared parenting bill created by the Governor’s Task Force he was a member of in the Lowell Sun, “Bill Will Benefit Children”2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, has an op-ed in the Fitchburg Sentinel on a shared parenting bill in Massachusetts, “Shared Parenting Bill Will Benefit Kids” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, writes about the effects of the broken family court system in WND, “Shared Parenting, the Post-Divorce Solution” 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is quoted in a story on parental alienation in City Weekly, “Disposable Dad” 2014
  • National Parents Organization of Hawaii is featured in a Hawaii Reporter article on “Legislators Concerned About Governor’s Pending Veto List” 2014
  • Talk Shoe Connors Corner Podcast hosts Rita Fuerst Adams on It’s All About the Kids, 2014
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS is quoted in a Huffington Post article on why the status quo in family court makes men less likely to want to get married, 2013
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS is quoted in an article on parental alienation in Salt Lake City Weekly, 2013
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS weighs in on advertising that bashes fathers on 8 Bit Dad blog, 2012
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS has an op-ed in the Boston Globe in response to an editorial on child custody laws, 2012
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, is featured in a Huffington Post article on lack of gender equality in family courts, 2013
  • Talk Gumbo, Spud McConnell, on New Orleans radio station WWL—AM 870/FM105.3 interviews Ned Holstein, MD, MS, on new child support rules promulgated by the federal government, 2012
  • NPR affiliate WKSU features Don Hubin, PhD on HB 121, a bill to protect Ohio military parents' child custody rights, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks quoted on MSNBC on trend towards man-bashing Pop Songs, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses Obama's new domestic violence proclamation on the Dr. Laura Show, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses Massachusetts alimony reform on the Jeff Katz Show on AM WXKS 1200 in Boston, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS appears on nationally-syndicated Jesse Lee Peterson Show; broadcast in many major markets, including Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans, Memphis, and others, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses new study on fathers on New England Cable News, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS weighs in on Craig v. Hodge paternity fraud case in Nashville Tennessean, “TN High Court to Set Limits for Paternity Fraud Suits,” by Brandon Gee, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS quoted in Indianapolis Star on new child support enforcement policies, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks in wide-ranging one hour interview on CBS radio in Los Angeles, 2011
  • Ned Holstein criticizes new Ohio Supreme Court's lesbian partner/child custody decision in Columbus Dispatch, “Kids With Two Parents Need Both, Even in Breakup,” 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS is featured in Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, “Fighting Dad,” 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS criticizes anti-father bias in media coverage surrounding the Lashanda Armstrong triple murder case on nationally-syndicated Lars Larson Show, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks debates dad-bashing ‘Married Single Moms’ survey on MSNBC, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS condemns family courts 'special interests & archaic practices' and contrasted them with the overwhelming public support for shared parenting on The Jeff Katz Show on AM WXKS 1200 in Boston, 2011
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS is quoted on shared parenting in Boston Herald, for Chris Cassidy's “Divorcing Parents, Don’t Try This at Home”, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks discusses NV AB 313 on family law/child custody problems faced by Nevada's military members, on The Heidi Harris Show on KDWN in Las Vegas, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks appears on nationally-syndicated Jesse Lee Peterson Show; broadcast in many major markets, including Atlanta, Tampa, New Orleans, Memphis, and others, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks appeared on the Dr. Helen Show on PJTV alongside radio host Tony Katz and media commentator Alfonzo Rachel. The subject of the show was Kay Hymowitz's controversial book Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, 2011
  • Glenn Sacks quoted on divorce in Huffington Post, “If You Were More Religious, Would You Have Stayed Married?” by Jill Brooke, 2010
  • Ned Holstein’s op-ed in the Newton Tab, “Senator Creem and Mr. Rudnick, Help our Children,” promotes NPO shared parenting bill, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS and NPO member Brian Ayers are quoted in Boston Globe story on shared parenting, “Fathers Back Bill on Rights of Parents, Say Judges Must Consider Joint Physical Custody,” 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses NPO’s shared parenting bill HB 1400 on ABC's Boston affiliate WCVB, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses NPO’s shared parenting bill HB 1400 on ABC's Boston affiliate WCVB, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS debates NPO’s Shared Parenting Bill on Radio Boston on WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses child support on The Curtis Wright Show on several North Carolina radio stations, 2010
  • Glenn Sacks interviewed on male victims of domestic violence by NBC Louisiana affiliate KPLC, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS squares off against leading child support officials on NPR in Cleveland, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS op-ed, ‘Time for Shared Parenting’, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 2010
  • Glenn Sacks Discusses custody legislation on Outside the Box with Mitch Henck on News/Talk AM 1310 WIBA in Madison, WI, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, and two National Parents Organization members appear on Boston Fox Television Child Support Special on Massachusetts' new child support guidelines, 2010
  • Glenn Sacks discusses Lesbian Custody Battle on the Bill Cunningham Show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses “Sudden Divorce Syndrome” on John Tesh Radio Show syndicated on 360 stations with John Tesh,  longtime host of the television program Entertainment Tonight, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses the high-profile Miller-Jenkins lesbian custody battle on the Mike McConnell Show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati and on the Cumulus radio network, 2010
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, discussed the need for family court reform and the importance of fathers on Phyllis Schlafly’s nationally-syndicated Eagle Forum radio show, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS on NPR's Marketplace---“Fathers, Child Support & the Recession,” 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses paternity fraud on the Mike McConnell Show in Cincinnati, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS gives an extended interview on NPR's national show Talk of the Nation based on Baltimore Sun column ‘The Violence We Ignore,’ 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses murder of former NFL star Steve McNair at the hands of his 20-year-old girlfriend on the Afternoon News on KFBK AM 1530, Sacramento, 2009
  • Glenn Sacks discusses “Men, Fathers & the 'He-cession'” on KGO in San Francisco, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MS, MS comments on Obama's Father's Day Speech on the Samantha Clemens Show, Sporting News Radio AM 1510, The Zone in Boston, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS is quoted by David Yas, publisher of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on restraining orders in his recent column "Domestic Violence: Out of the Frying Pan,” 2009 Glenn Sacks quoted in Amy Alkon’s new Syndicated Advice Column, Harried, with Children, which appears in 100 newspapers, on work-family balance for dads, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses the highly-publicized lawsuit against Massachusetts' child support guidelines and the problems faced by child support obligors during the recession, Tom and Todd Morning Show on WRKO AM 680, Boston, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, “When Fathers Suffer Financial Reverses, They Need to be Treated Fairly,” CBS Radio, 2009
  • Glenn Sacks discusses Parenting magazine's new 'Mad at Dads' study on the Kathryn Zox Show on WMET AM 1160, Washington DC, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses domestic violence restraining order bill on The Ron Smith Show on WBAL AM 1090 in Baltimore, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, “The Child Support System Turns Low-Income Fathers into Criminals.” The Springfield Republican, 2009
  • Glenn Sacks discusses the Chris Brown/Rihanna domestic violence incident on Rover's Morning Glory radio show in Cleveland, Memphis and other cities, 2009
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, “Not Your Dad's Divorce: How Changes in Child Support Laws, and a Push by Fathers for Equal Time, are Transforming the Way This Generation of Ex-Spouses Raise Their Children,” Newsweek Magazine, 2008
  • “Stimulus Checks Boost Child Support”, quotes Ned Holstein on child support controversy, AP, 2008 Ned Holstein, MD, MS discusses child support controversy on CNN Radio “Iron Fist Collection Policies Turn Fathers into Fugitives,” 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Good Ruling on Jailing CS Debtors, KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary: Devoted Dad Paul Goncalves, for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Joe Biden vs. Dads, KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary: Loving Father's Baby Put up for Adoption, for KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Pitfalls for Child Support Obligors Who Launch Their Own Businesses, KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS on women who pay alimony—“Some Ex-Wives Have to Pay 'Alimony'” for CNN Radio, Atlanta, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, A Victory for Military Parents, KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS debates Nancy Grace on The Nancy Grace Show on CNN Headline News, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Roger Clemens in Family Court Hell, KLAA AM 830 in Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Christian Conservatives & Shared Parenting, KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, Dissident Domestic Violence Authorities Sponsor Historic Conference, KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2008
  • Glenn Sacks: “Army Dad Comes Back from Iraq to Visit Kids, Is Jailed for Child Support,” Radio Commentary, KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2007
  • Glenn Sacks: “Single Motherhood by Choice.” KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2007.
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, “Missouri Child Support Audit Finds Fathers Wrongly Punished,” KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2007
  • Brandweek Magazine discusses 'Dad as Idiot' advertising, says 'It’s hard to argue that guys like Sacks don’t have a point,' “The Surviving Dads Of Ads,” 2007
  • Glenn Sacks Radio Commentary, New Yankee Rookie Phenom's Heroic Father, KLAA AM 830, Los Angeles, 2007
  • Ned Holstein, MD, MS, co-authors a piece on the Mary Winkler custody case, “No Child Custody for Husband-Killer Mary Winkler”, World Net Daily, 2007

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