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National Search Underway for New, Professional Executive Director

A Personal Message from Ned Holstein

National Parents Organization has launched a nationwide search for a new, full time, professional Executive Director! Having an experienced, accomplished, full time, well-paid Executive Director will vastly improve our strength and effectiveness. If you like NPO now, wait til you see 2018!

At considerable expense, we have contracted with a major national executive search firm in New York City that specializes in non-profits. Known as DRG, they have successfully placed high executives ranging from non-profits smaller than ours to behemoths. DRG has thousands of nationwide contacts they can tap to locate good candidates. And they are experienced in how to use social media for maximum effectiveness in recruiting.

We hope to have chosen a candidate and reached an agreement with her/him by the end of January, 2018 We are excited that the Search Consultant we will work with at DRG already understands the family law issues and does not need an education in these matters.

We will be offering a substantial salary, because NPO’s success will hinge on the quality of the Executive Director we are able to attract. Candidates will be able to stay where they currently live, if they so desire. Our key people are already distributed around the country, and we work from a “virtual office.” With growth, we may need to establish a central office, but that is for the future.

Since I work without compensation, this change will cause a substantial increase in our expenses. So we do need you to continue and to even increase the gifts you have made to support this organization.

Imagine: many more media appearances; much more social media action; many more interactions with thought leaders in the areas of family court, child development and justice; much more lobbying; many more online and in-person campaigns; many more state affiliates getting much more support from the national organization; many more meetings and rallies; in short, much more of everything!

That is, much more of everything if you support us, which you can do by clicking here.

If you are interested to learn about this position, click here to see the job posting that has already gone out through multiple platforms. If you are personally interested in the position, please note that you should reply to our Search Consultant, Sara Lundberg, not to me.

Which brings up a personal note. I have been running National Parents Organization off and on since 1998 --- with lots of help from many others. During these years, we have also had Dan Hogan, Glenn Sacks and Rita Fuerst Adams as Executive Directors for many of those years. Now we are taking a major step upwards towards more highly paid, experienced and professional non-profit leadership. The time is ripe for renewal, new blood, and change.

I will continue on the Board of Directors for at least one year, to ensure continuity and success with our new Executive Director. I will also lead a few specific projects, with the agreement of the new leader. So you can be sure there will be continuity, effectiveness and dynamism at the top.

We ain’t seen nothing yet!

Looking forward with excitement to the next chapter…

Together with you in the love of our children,

Ned Holstein


Schaefer: Wrong on the Law, Wrong on the Science, Wrong for Michigan’s Families

November 17, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This continues from yesterday’s post.

At this point, it’s appropriate to thank John Schaefer for one thing (Detroit News, 11/13/17). His article is a mess of misrepresentations about what he does know and errors about things he doesn’t, like the science on shared parenting. But fair is fair and Schaefer deserves thanks.

That’s not because of his words, but because of his photo. The image he provided to the Detroit News fairly shouts “wealthy and prosperous!” Schaefer, in his tailored dark blue suit, bright white shirt and hankie and silk necktie, is the very picture of the well-heeled divorce lawyer. As such, his photo tells readers what his words do not – that divorce law can be very, very lucrative. So, for all the dishonesty of his words, his picture speaks the truth.


Michigan: Shared Parenting Opponents Wrong on the Law, Wrong on the Science

November 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

If there’s a shared parenting bill before a state legislature, there must be at least one family lawyer ready and willing to misrepresent it to whoever will listen. And sure enough, there’s a strong shared parenting bill with lots of support in the Michigan Legislature and divorce attorney John Schaefer to oppose it on specious grounds (Detroit News, 11/13/17).

As seems to be invariably the case when family lawyers oppose a shared parenting bill, there are two possibilities – either Schaefer has read HB 4691 or he hasn’t. If he hasn’t, he should have, because writing an op-ed on a subject about which one is ignorant does a disservice to readers. If he has read the bill, he’s intentionally misrepresenting it, an even more serious indictment of him and his article.


Missouri: Conflict Between Appellate Courts on Plain Meaning of Shared Parenting Law

November 15, 2017 by Linda Reutzel, Chair, National Parents Organization of Missouri

Many people in Missouri were very excited about passing Family Court reforms in 2016 with House Bill 1550. Many especially like the statute change that would "maximize to the highest degree the amount of time a child may spend with each parent". Also HB 1550 got rid of default parenting plans that restricted the children's access to their father to one night during the week and every other weekend, and now no court, in the entire state, can have a default parenting plan.

Since our initial excitement we have had ups and downs. First, two days after the new law went into effect, the Missouri Eastern District Appellate Court actually mentioned the new law and made some very interesting observations about it. In this case, Morgan v. Morgan, the judge said that the traditional "siegenthaler" schedule of one day a week and every other weekend was not considered joint physical custody. The parenting time allowed by this schedule was not significant. I, along with hundreds upon hundreds of Missourians that I speak with, agree with this. But then throughout this past year I have heard from many fathers that say judges are still not giving 50/50, so their lawyers tell them to settle for less and many are actually still getting the default schedule.


Putting a Gloss on CPS Taking Children from Parents

November 13, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

For reasons I can only guess at, this article paints a very anodyne picture of child protective services in the U.K (Phys.org, 11/7/17). Its primary and, as far as I can tell only objection is the portrayal of caseworkers in the popular media. It offers but two examples, one from the news and one from pop culture.

The piece’s message is roughly this:

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