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National Parents Organization Issues Statement Regarding Planned SB668 Demonstrations at Florida Capitol

April 11, 2016
With demonstrations in support and opposition to SB668 scheduled to occur at the Statehouse in Tallahassee the morning of Tuesday, April 12, National Parents Organization is issuing the following statement, encouraging all involved to gather peacefully and with respect for the opinions of others. 
“While it is understandable that this is an emotional issue for millions of people throughout the state, it is critically important that we remember the spirit of this legislation is based on equality and reforming our family courts to meet the best interests of our children,” said Dr. Ned Holstein, Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization. “As Gov. Rick Scott reviews the shared parenting legislation that has the support of the Senate and House, National Parents Organization urges him to sign the legislation into law so that Florida’s children can have what research shows they most want an need to live healthy, happy and productive lives – equal time with both their parents, especially in instances of divorce.”


Local leader: Troy Matson, Chair of National Parents Organization of Florida

National expert: Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Founder and Board Chair of National Parents Organization

A regular contributor to local and national media, Dr. Holstein is Founder and Chair of the Board of National Parents Organization. Dr. Holstein was appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to the Massachusetts Working Group on Child Centered Family Law, and he was previously appointed by a Massachusetts Chief Justice to a task force charged with reviewing and revising the state’s child support guidelines.

A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Holstein also earned a Master’s degree in psychology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His medical degree is from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he serves on the faculty.


Shared Parenting Data

  • The Journal of the American Psychological Association published a paper titled “Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children: A Consensus Report” in 2014, and the conclusions were endorsed by 110 eminent authorities around the world. Authored by Dr. Richard Warshak at the University of Texas, the paper concluded, “… shared parenting should be the norm for parenting plans for children of all ages, including very young children.”
  • The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) published the recommendations of 32 family law experts in 2014, and the group concluded, “Children’s best interests are furthered by parenting plans that provide for continuing and shared parenting relationships that are safe, secure, and developmentally responsive and that also avoid a template calling for a specific division of time imposed on all families.”

Single Parenting Data

According to federal statistics from sources including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Census Bureau, children raised by single parents account for:

•       63% of teen suicides;

•       70% of juveniles in state-operated institutions;

•       71% of high school drop-outs;

•       75% of children in chemical abuse centers;

•       85% of those in prison;

•       85% of children who exhibit behavioral disorders; and

•       90% of homeless and runaway children.


National Parents Organization, a charitable and educational 501 (c)(3) organization, seeks better lives for children through family law reform that establishes equal rights and responsibilities for fathers and mothers after divorce or separation. The organization is focused on promoting shared parenting and preserving a child’s strong bond with both parents, which is critically important to their emotional, mental, and physical health. In 2014, National Parents Organization released the Shared Parenting Report Card, the first study to rank the states on child custody laws. Visit the National Parents Organization website at


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