September 12th, 2014

Is Cinderella a Stepmom Today?

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September 12, 2014

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.

Is Cinderella a Stepmom Today?

By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

This Sunday, September 16, is National Step Family Day. Christy Borgeld of Michigan founded the day in 1997 that is now celebrated every year. Her goal is “to support the stepfamilies of our nation in their mission to raise their children, create strong family structures to support the individual members of the family, instill in them a sense of responsibility to all extended family members.”

One in three Americans lives in a stepfamily and 30% of our children are currently growing up in a stepfamily, sometimes referred to as blended families.

While National Parents Organization is working hard to promote shared parenting and gender equality in family law, we understand that many of our children and members are part of blended families. In addition to raising your children you may also be raising the children of your new spouse or partner. Or, your new spouse or partner may be playing a major role in raising your children.

National Parents Organization applauds all opportunities to recognize families and parents of all kinds loving and raising their children. Yet, in our society our diversity and our commitment to our children is not universally applauded.

The US Census Bureau provides a few statistics on blended families in the United States:

  • 1,300 new stepfamilies are formed every day.
  • Over 50% of US families are remarried or re-coupled.
  • One out of two marriages ends in divorce.
  • 80% of remarried, or re-coupled, partners with children both have careers.

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Family Law Reform Conference

A Personal Message From Founder of NPO Ned Holstein

Attend the Family Law Reform Conference

Dear friends,

Please join me in a rare opportunity for personal growth and social reform: the Family Law Reform Conference hosted by Divorce Corp, November 15-16, 2014 in Alexandria, Virginia!

This will be an unprecedented opportunity for you to learn about family court trends, meet leaders in the reform movement. Read more…

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Information Resources

> Share Your Story:

Members share stories of their children and families.
> Advice:
Our most frequently asked questions are posted with answers from experts.
> Forms and Documents:
Many forms and documents are common to many cases in your state or even across the United States.
> Parent To Parent:
Your opportunity to share with other parents and with extended family members supporting you and other parents.

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.


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In Nebraska, the Realization of the Need for Family Court Reform

September 11, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The excellent Chris Johnson is back on the pages of the Lincoln Journal Star here trying to get a reasonable shared parenting bill passed in Nebraska (Lincoln Journal Star, 9/4/14). Read more…

Non-Custodial Fathers Are Second — No, Make That Third — Class Citizens

September 10, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

In case we didn’t think non-custodial parents are marginalized enough in their children’s lives, this case makes the point even more clearly (New York Law Journal, 9/8/14). Read more…

Mallory Millet Reminds Us of the Origin of the Destruction of the American Family

September 8, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Back in July, I had occasion to interview a feminist journalist regarding a particularly scurrilous article she’d written. She turned out to be nice enough (I’m certain she believes to this day that her intentions are good), but utterly clueless about feminism’s historical opposition to shared parenting. Read more…

Australia Extradites Kidnapper Dorothy Lee Barnett

September 7, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Remember Dorothy Lee Barnett? She’s the woman who kidnapped her daughter Savanna 19 years ago when the child was just 10 months old. Read more…

Time: Don’t Reform Alimony

September 5, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Noam Chomsky famously declared years ago that one of the primary functions of the mainstream news media is to “manufacture consent” for elite policies.
Read more…

Arizona Man, Raped as a Boy, Ordered to Pay Support for Child Plus Interest

September 4, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Once again a man is being required to pay child support for a child he fathered when he was a minor. But there’s more to this story than just the outrage of a rapist receiving child support from her victim (USA Today, 9/1/14). Read more…




Volunteer to help NPO achieve our objectives in numerous legislative,legal and media campaigns by organizing at a local level, making change happen on the ground, in your State.

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Volunteer Testimonial

“I am very proud to be part of the National Parents Organization, helping to make shared parenting a reality. Children should have equal access to both parents whenever possible. It makes their lives better, and it ensures a brighter future for everyone in this country. Equal rights for both parents, regardless of gender, is today‚Äôs most pressing social issue.”

Alan Cooke
Alan Cooke, CFA, Co-Chair, Massachusetts Executive Committee


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