February 12th, 2015

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February 12, 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.
Happenings This Week Around the Country
By Ned Holstein, MD, MS, Founder and Acting Executive Director, National Parents Organization

Tom Brady
Tom Brady

There is a lot going on around the country in our movement. Here is a sampling of activities in a few states. We would love to post information from your state too, so just let us know what you are doing!


Check out this great picture of Tom Brady and his kids on the field in Glendale, Arizona after winning the Super Bowl.

OK, OK, I’m from Boston and I love the Patriots and everyone else hates Brady and the Patriots, but seriously, as these photos and story make clear, Brady and his ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan have put aside their differences and are a great model of shared parenting. Speaking of models, Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, is a supermodel. She and Bridget have done a great job of cooperating to help make shared parenting possible for Brady and Moynahan’s son, John.

Alright, full disclosure, I guess it’s a lot easier to get shared parenting, and to do it, when you make something like $16 million and your wife earns three times that!


At last!  A judge got mad enough at Child Protective Services for riding roughshod over parental rights (translation: terrifying a couple of kids by suddenly tearing them out of their home and sticking them in a foster home with total strangers) that he fined the state $1.1 million.

It’s hard to tell how long they were gone from their parents, but still, Hooray!  About time that some of these arrogant, misguided know-it-all’s were pulled up short.

Read the details here.


National Parents Organization of Colorado, together with others, testified at a Colorado Senate Hearing on Wednesday, February 11 in support of Senate Bill 15-129. This is a long bill with many provisions. They include a section that would allow a parent who is the target of a restraining order to have an expedited hearing in order to restore parenting time. It would also narrow the scope of investigation that could be done by custody evaluators and child family investigators, known in Colorado as CFIs. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, it would require the court to assign substantially equal parenting time for both temporary and permanent orders unless doing so would endanger a child’s physical health or emotional development. The Bill was heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee last evening and, after amendments, passed committee by a vote of 3 to 2 along party lines with Republicans favoring and Democrats against. The amendments did not substantially alter the guidance to the courts to assign substantially equal parenting time unless doing so would endanger a child’s physical health or emotional development. The bill must pass through the Appropriations Committee as well as other hurdles, so your help is welcome.

If you would like to join efforts to reform the family courts in Colorado, contact National Parents Organization’s Chairman in Colorado, Gilbert Tso at
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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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Information Resources

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> Forms and Documents:
Many forms and documents are common to many cases in your state or even across the United States.

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.

Need for Fathers Becoming Universally Acknowledged, Just not by the New Statesman
February 11, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Over the years the brief for fathers has become ever more persuasive, so much so that we seldom read or hear anyone with the type of virulent anti-dad misandry that, just a few years ago was pretty commonplace. Although it’s taken absurdly long to do so, the notion that fathers benefit children and should be a part of their lives both before and after divorce has taken deep root in our social consciousness. Of course, many haven’t gotten the message yet, and unfortunately, they’re the very ones who most need to. I refer to people like the President of the United States, state lawmakers and family court judges. The zeitgeist has changed for the better; those in power for the most part have not. Read more…

Dorothy Lee Barnett to Stay in Prison for Six Months for 20-Year Kidnapping
February 11, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Want to kidnap your child? You should know that doing so is illegal, a violation of civil and criminal law. It’s also been accurately labeled ‘child abuse.’ Want to abduct little Andy or Jenny overseas for a couple of decades? That’ll require forging passports, lying to issuing authorities and the like. Those are crimes as well. Read more…

New York Times Gets a Little Right, a Lot Wrong on Early Puberty in Girls
February 9, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
That this article appeared in the New York Times was cause for mild alarm (New York Times, 2/5/15). The Times has proven itself time and again to be at best uninterested in fathers and all the many benefits fathers’ presence in the home confers on kids. That of course is when the editors aren’t being overtly hostile to the concept which is often enough. So when I read the headline “What Causes Girls to Enter Puberty Early?” I feared the worst. Read more…

NZ Dad Cares for Son with Down Syndrome
February 6, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Here’s one uplifting story about a New Zealander, Samuel Forrest, whose Armenian wife gave birth recently to their baby son (Yahoo, 2/4/15). It turns out the boy has Down syndrome. It also turns out that, in Armenia, where the birth took place, parents are given the option of simply giving a Down syndrome baby to the state at birth, no questions asked. Read more…

Utah House Bill 35 Would Increase Parenting Time, Reduce Parental Conflict
February 6, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
There’s good news out of Utah today (Deseret News, 2/4/15). A very good bill that’s been pending before the House Judiciary Committee, HB35, was approved unanimously and sent to the full house for a vote. Read more…

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Children Against Arizona Child Protective Authorities
February 5, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Finally, in Arizona, it’s come to this (Arizona Daily Star, 2/4/15). According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in federal court in Phoenix, the state’s child protective system actually has succeeded in putting vulnerable children at greater risk than they’d be in if they were just left alone. The suit is by 10 children placed in foster care by the state against two officers of the state Department of Child Safety and the Department of Health Services. It seeks certification as a class action. Read more…


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Volunteer Testimonial

“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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California Executive Committee
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