January 8th, 2015

Rita Fuerst Adams Departs as National Executive Director

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January 8, 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.
Rita Fuerst Adams Departs as National Executive Director
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chairman of the Board, National Parents Organization

Rita Fuerst Adams

Rita Fuerst Adams

As National Parents Organization announces the resignation of its National Executive Director Rita Fuerst Adams, I would like to extend my gratitude to her for the many ways in which she helped advance our organizational mission. During Fuerst Adams’ time as National Executive Director, she has played a critical role in our efforts to improve the lives of children by protecting their right to the love and care of both parents and advocating for shared parenting and parental equality in our family courts.

Having joined our cause as National Executive Director in 2012, Rita has been a champion of children’s rights and parental equality in all that she has done for our cause. Whether managing the administrative demands and functions necessary to the job or growing our strong volunteer and membership base, she has been integral to our success during her tenure.

In her three years of service, Rita has led National Parents Organization through multiple, significant projects, including a national rebranding effort; expanding the number of state affiliates; the execution of major campaigns that have included the creation of the recently released inaugural Shared Parenting Report Card, which caught the attention of media across the nation; and our introducing Shared Parenting in Temporary Custody Orders.

“Rita’s contributions will have an impact on our cause for many years to come, and we are thankful to her for her commitment to strengthening our voice across the nation,” said Don Hubin, who is a member of the organization’s Board of Directors.

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Architect of Massachusetts Alimony Reform to Join the National Parents Organization Team
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Chairman of the Board, National Parents Organization

I am delighted to announce that Steve Hitner, the key mover and shaker behind the successful effort to reform the alimony laws in Massachusetts, is joining the National Parents Organization team, effective immediately.

At first, Steve’s main job will be to promote the new Massachusetts custody bill that was put together over the past two years by a Working Group appointed by outgoing Governor Deval Patrick (on which I served). This bill is a once-in-a-decade opportunity to improve custody decisions in the family courts. It is not often that we get such a wide diversity of interest groups signing on to the same bill; moreover, we believe we will enjoy strong support in parts of the Legislature. There is so much opportunity right now that we cannot let this pass without giving it a 100% effort. That is why we have brought Steve on board. Read more…

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National Leadership Opportunity: Seeking Volunteer Treasurer for National Parents Organization

National Parents Organization is a seeking a volunteer Treasurer. This is a highly influential role within the national organization. As Treasurer, your voice will be heard as the Board of Directors discusses strategy, tactics, budget and organization. You will be at the center of our growth and continued financial vitality.

Please contact Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair, to express your interest. Click HERE for more information on the position.

Since National Parents Organization operates virtually, the Treasurer may be located anywhere in the United States. We ask for a commitment to serve a minimum of one year.

This is an exciting time to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Treasurer Dan Wyand. Under his leadership, National Parents Organization has had a successful partial review and has budgeted for an outside audit for 2015. The Treasurer reports directly to the Chair of the Board of the Directors and participates in most meetings of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer is an officer of the corporation and the chief financial officer.

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

Canadian Father Fights to Get his Abducted Daughter Back from Mexico
January 8, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Jeff Doyle, of Campbell River, British Columbia is finding out first-hand what it’s like to have a child abducted and taken to another country, in his case, Mexico. It’s not pretty. Read about it here (Courier Islander, 1/2/15). Read more…

Pilot Program Takes a ‘Softer’ Approach to Child Support Collection
January 7, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The headline reads “One-third of Colorado child support goes unpaid.” The first paragraph slaps the reader with the horrifying facts:

The numbers alone give shape to a staggering problem in Colorado. Approximately one-third of parents with monthly child support obligations do not make their payments.

Read more…

Cameron/Clegg Government to Offer Dads Parenting Classes to Stem Tide of Family Breakdown
January 5, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In the U.K., Work and Pensions Minister, Iain Duncan Smith, is proposing that the government fix a problem government created. Now, that sounds like a responsible thing for government to do, but of course it’s not. That’s because the proposed fix has little or nothing to do with the problem. Read about it here (Daily Mail, 1/1/15). Read more…

Nebraska Stonewalls Access to Public Child Custody Records
January 4, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In tandem with an apparently anonymous and ad hoc decision to alter the data on child custody cases in Nebraska (see previous blog post), comes the refusal of the state to make public its data on those cases. Here’s one article (Omaha World Herald, 11/20/14, and here’s another (Lincoln Journal Star, 12/23/14). Read more…

Nebraska Anti-Shared Parenting Forces Look Ready to Alter Data on Child Custody Cases
January 2, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Regular readers of this blog will recall that the anti-shared-parenting crowd in Nebraska has been trying all sorts of things to avoid giving children any more time with their fathers than they currently get, which is to say, not much. That’s included outright lying by the President of the Nebraska Bar about one shared parenting bill. Read more…


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“There is nothing more meaningful that we can do to ensure that our children will flourish than to protect their relationship with both parents. The National Parents Organization focuses on significant, practical changes to family law that will protect every child’s right to the full, loving involvement of fit parents. The National Parents Organization offers the opportunity to be effective in making changes that will protect the parent-child relationship when parents live apart.”

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