April 22nd, 2015

White House Council on Boys and Men
20 States Currently Considering Shared Parenting Legislation

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April 22, 2015

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.

White House Council on Boys and Men
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

In this issue of the newsletter, we are honored to have a piece by Warren Farrell. Warren describes the efforts he has led to create a White House Council on Boys and Men. Warren is the noted author of numerous influential books, including Father and Child Reunion  (here). This is one of the best exposes of the problems we are fighting in the family courts. If you have not read it, now is the time.

Warren is advocating that President Obama create such a Council to address five main issues affecting males: family court practices that cause fatherlessness, emotional health of boys, physical health of boys, education of boys, and work lives of boys and men. I am honored to be a member of Warren’s Council. To see the terrific job the Council has done in presenting the unmet needs of boys and men, see

In this newsletter, Warren describes how you can help bring these issues to the attention of Presidential candidates in Iowa.

“Occupy Iowa”: National Parents Organization and the Creation of a White House Council on Boys and Men
By Warren Farrell, Ph.D

Warren Farrell

Warren Farrell, Ph.D.

“Occupy Iowa”? Well, an updated version. Step One is next weekend. Nine of us will meet potential Republican candidates (Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, and Lindsey Graham) and/or their staffs at a reception for the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Iowa on April 25. Videographer Steve Brule will film our progress for social media, and ultimately a documentary. You can contact Steve Brule at to get clips for your social media.

On the Democratic side, we are working with Jennifer Granholm to connect with top policy advisers of the Clinton campaign. (Ann O’Leary and Jake Sullivan have already been contacted by Jennifer.)

Some background. It’s 2009. My phone rings. It’s the White House. “You were recommended to be on an advisory committee to the White House Council on Women and Girls. Interested?” I followed my affirmation with a query about also creating a White House Council on Boys and Men. “OK. But no guarantees.”
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20 States Currently Considering Shared Parenting Legislation
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

In a major coup for the shared parenting movement, The Wall Street Journal published a prominent article on April 17 (here) highlighting that approximately 20 states are currently considering shared parenting legislation. National Parents Organization was pleased to bring this important legislation to the Journal’s attention and grateful that the publication responded with national coverage that included a print story and WSJ video.

Entitled “Big Shift Pushed in Custody Disputes,” the article ran in a highly prominent position above the fold on page A3 with a large color photograph of Colorado activist Carl Roberts and his sons.

Reporter Ashby Jones quoted National Parents Organization member of the Board and Ohio State faculty member Don Hubin, Ph.D. He also quoted Roberts (and his ex-wife), and pro-shared parenting child development researcher Linda Nielsen, Ph.D. of Wake Forest University.
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Paul Mickens Video

According to Paul Mickens, member and one of our key national volunteers.

Shared Parenting…
it’s Obvious

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David Brasington, Member, Board of Directors, National Parents Organization, shares his thoughts on the importance of shared parenting.

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If you are ready, please contact Ned Holstein, National Interim Executive Director. Together we can build an affiliate in your state.


The Guardian Addresses False Claims of Abuse — Sort Of
April 20, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Leave it to The Guardian. The British paper is well-known for its routine ignorance of the issues children face in family courts in trying to maintain relationships with both their parents. Along with that comes an unwillingness to acknowledge the reality of things like parental alienation, since the great majority of that is perpetrated by custodial parents the great majority of whom are mothers. Closely related is the issue of false claims of abuse (which often make up part of the alienating strategy), which are also mostly made by mothers according to much social science. Read more…

‘Free Range’ Parenting Better for Kids than ‘Helicoptering’
April 19, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In the wake of the most recent harassment of Sasha and Danielle Meitiv and their two children by Silver Springs police and Child Protective Services, comes this fine article by Ross Pomeroy who, remarkably enough is a zoologist, environmental scientist and assistant editor of RealClearScience (RealClearScience, 4/2015). Read more…

Frank Bruni’s Dad: Being All the Father He Could Be
April 17, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s a fine and touching tribute to his father by Frank Bruni of the New York Times (New York Times, 4/15/15). It’s well worth the read for a number of reasons. One is Bruni’s love and respect for his father and his ability to see him clearly. Another is his dad’s many fine qualities. But, all that said, I wonder if Bruni sees exactly what he’s saying. Read more…

Meitiv Children Busted Again; Kept from Their Parents Over Five Hours
April 16, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Today we begin with a test. You the reader must decide, in the following scenario, who is the responsible adult. By “responsible,” mean which adult treated the children in a manner that traumatized them the least. Are you ready? Here we go: Read more…

ABC News Australia Advocates for More Children to be Taken from their Parents
April 15, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
ABC News in Australia has gone to bat for greater numbers of children to be taken from their parents and adopted out of foster care.  Read about it here (ABC, 4/10/15). In her rather lengthy article, writer Candice Marcus quotes extensively from those in favor of increasing adoption rates but never gets around to asking for an opposing view. This is journalism? The upshot is an article with no balance to obstruct its frank bias in favor of taking kids from parents. Read more…


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“Children deserve both parents. National Parents Organization is committed to making this common-sense concept the norm in the United States. When we succeed, children will no longer be victims of a system that fosters conflict between parents and traumatizes children in the process. No one should have to endure the experiences that I had as a child, or what my daughter has been experiencing for most of her life.”

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