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Massachusetts Governor’s Office Names Ned Holstein to Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws

Massachusetts  Governor’s Office Names Ned Holstein to Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws

By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, Fathers and Families

Ned Holstein, Chair, Board of Directors, Fathers and Families, has just been named to the Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws.  The office of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick established this Working Group  bringing together relevant expertise and representatives of a range of constituencies. 

It is, we hope, a giant step to bringing shared parenting to Massachusetts.

Its first meeting is set for Thursday, July 12th.  According to the Governor’s office, its initial charge is to “review and recommend any necessary revisions to state laws to ensure that children’s rights and interests are prioritized and protected during and following court proceedings pertaining to parental decision-making, responsibility and caretaking. 

The Working Group on Child-Centered Family Laws is comprised of:

·         Rachel Biscardi, Director of Pro Bono Projects, Women’s Bar Foundation
·         David Calvo, President and Director, A Father’s Voice
·         Chief Justice Paula Carey, Massachusetts Probate and Family court
·         Marc Cooper, Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
·         Senator Cynthia Stone Creem, Massachusetts Senate
·         Robin Deutsch, Ph.D., Child Forensic Psychologist, Directs Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
·         John Fiske, Esq., Boston Bar Association
·         Richard Fucillo, Citizen Representative
·         Gail Garinger, The Child Advocate for the Commonwealth
·         Richard Gedeon, Esq., Family Law Practitioner
·         Sheridan Haines, Executive Director, Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
·         Peter G. Hill, DC, MPA, Fatherhood Coalition
·         Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Fathers and Families
·         Joyce Kauffman, Esq., Massachusetts GLBTQ Bar Association
·         Michael Leshin, Esq., Governor’s Office Representative and Facilitator
·         Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, Massachusetts House of Representatives
·         Tina Paradiso, Senior Supervising Attorney, Families & Children Unit, Community Legal Aid
·         Denise Squillante, Esq., Massachusetts Bar Association

In light of the success of the Alimony Task Force, Fathers and Families is pleased the Governor’s office is taking the lead by establishing this Working Group.  We will report its progress.

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