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July 25, 2014

NPO Logo National Parents Organization improves the lives of children and strengthens society by protecting every child's right to the love and care of both parents after separation or divorce. We seek better lives for children through family court reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers.
Celebrate Parents Day by Fighting for Shared Parenting
By Daniel Sabbatelli, Member, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Massachusetts

Dan Sabbatelli
Dan Sabbatelli and Daughter
The calendar declares Sunday, July 27, as National Parents Day — a day that a Congressional Resolution established for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” However, considering every single day our family courts fail to treat all parents as equal, the holiday feels contrived.

Contrary to common belief, shared parenting — where both parents are fully engaged in their children’s lives — is rarely ordered inside our nation’s family courtrooms. In reality, unequal child custody arrangements continue as the norm — despite federal statistics and research showing children are more likely to succeed when both parents, compared to one parent, play a significant role in their lives.

Concerns surrounding parental inequality in child custody arrangements are compounded by federal statistics. A rapidly increasing number of U.S. children, nearly 30 percent, are growing up in family structures where their parents do not live together. An overwhelming majority of these children live with their mothers, and the absence of shared parenting has taken its toll. The Center for Disease Control, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of the Census report that children whose lives lack the influence of both parents account for a majority of teen suicides, juveniles in state-operated institutions, high school dropouts, children in chemical abuse centers, youth in prison, children who exhibit behavioral disorders and homeless and runaway children.

In addition to statistics, social science researchers consistently support parental equality in the family courts. Take a University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center study published earlier this year by the American Psychological Association, for example. The report, “Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report,” was led by Dr. Richard Warshak, signed by 110 eminent authorities throughout the world and concluded, “A broad consensus of accomplished researchers and practitioners agree that, in normal circumstances, the evidence supports shared residential arrangements for children under 4 years of age whose parents live apart from each other.” Read more...

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Massachusetts Is Ready for Shared Parenting

This is what we have been working for! Finally, after 2 years, a shared parenting bill is at the State House. We need your help to pass it!

Learn how you can get your state senator and representative to support our bill.

Next meetings:
Worcester, Wednesday, July 30th
Reading, Thursday, August 14th
Watertown, Wednesday, August 20th
Brockton, Tuesday, September 2nd

Everyone can be a champion for shared parenting — and for our children. Read more...

About Us
National Parents Organization
PO BOX 270760
Boston, Massachusetts 02127-0760
(617) 542-9300

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Information Resources

> Share Your Story:

Members share stories of their children and families.
> Advice:
Our most frequently asked questions are posted with answers from experts.
> Forms and Documents:
Many forms and documents are common to many cases in your state or even across the United States.
> Parent To Parent:
Your opportunity to share with other parents and with extended family members supporting you and other parents.

Establish an Affiliation in Your State

National Parents Organization is working to build a strong affiliate in every state. What will it take to bring National Parents Organization to your state? Leadership. It takes a team of volunteers to organize in your state and to reach out to legislators, media, and other groups who will work with us to make shared parenting the norm.

If you are ready, please contact Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.

Japanese Supreme Court: No DNA Testing for Paternity Fraud After One Year
July 24, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The Japanese Supreme Court ruled last week that DNA test results demonstrating non-paternity on the part of a married man are insufficient to remove his parental obligations. Read about it here (Japan Today, 7/18/14). Read more...

Conor Friedersdorf’s Excellent Article on Child Protective Services
July 23, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Hard on the heels of Ross Douthat’s op-ed in the New York Times last Sunday comes this quite good piece from Conor Friedersdorf (The Atlantic, 7/22/14). At last the continuing scandal of our child protective agencies is gaining a wider audience. It’s high time. Douthat grasped the fact that CPS agencies are overreaching, intervening in families where they have no business. He also understands that we live in a culture that vastly overdoes the concept of parenting. Time and again we read of parents being jailed, their kids stashed in foster care for the slightest oversights or worse, simply for parenting in ways that are entirely responsible, but different from what someone somewhere might wish. Read more...

Ross Douthat: Defend Parenting or Face Police State
July 21, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
As with most phenomena, the New York Times was the last to learn about the burgeoning police state that’s growing up around the notion that any child who’s not within eyesight of its parent/caregiver, and preferably leashed to same is, in some way, in mortal danger. In fact, the danger is so grave as to require the intervention of the police, courts, child protective services, foster care and the like. Read more...

Motherlode Mom Wonders Why Kids Disrespect Her
July 20, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
Are most parents really this bad, this incompetent (New York Times, 7/18/14)? I hope not, but, at the same time, have a sneaking suspicion that, among the affluent at least, the sort of scene described is all too common. “Why?” would be a good question. Read more...

Washington Post Article Misses Many Downsides of Child Support System
July 18, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
This little piece demonstrates again the way fathers are marginalized by the mainstream news media. It’s an advice column with the emphasis on financial advice (The Daily Herald, 7/17/14). The writer, Michelle Singletary invites people to write in with their money-related quandaries which she then addresses. This time the woman who sought her advice had a child support problem. Her ex had fallen behind over the years so she took him to court. This apparently upset her teenage son and drove a wedge between them. Here’s what Singletary had to say: Read more...


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“I have been a step-parent for over 20 years and now am a doting grandmother to two beautiful granddaughters. By spending time with my step-children through the years, I have seen first-hand the wants and needs of children whose parents are divorced or separated. I believe children deserve the opportunity to love and to spend time with both of their parents equally through shared parenting.”

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