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Kruk Describes and then Destroys Historical Opposition to Shared Parenting

Kruk Describes and then Destroys Historical Opposition to Shared Parenting

May 17, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Prof. Kruk’s article in the Special Issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage first details and then destroys the three waves of arguments against shared parenting.  At first, opponents simply denigrated fathers as uninterested in their children and only proponents of shared care because they wanted to reduce their child support obligations.  The problem with both was that subsequent research demonstrated that neither was true.  In fact,…

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The History of the Resistance to Shared Parenting and the Scientific Response

The History of the Resistance to Shared Parenting and the Scientific Response

May 11, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Prof. Edward Kruk’s article in the Special Issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage should be required reading for legislators, family court judges, custody evaluators, social workers, psychologists and everyone else involved in child custody decision-making. Kruk reviews the long history of resistance to the idea of shared parenting and the burgeoning science refuting that resistance. He leaves the reader with the feeling that…

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2018 Air Force Spirit of Service Award given to Virginia Affiliate Chair, Christian Paasch, for his volunteerism and leadership on behalf of NPO and the goals of shared parenting.

2018 Air Force Spirit of Service Award given to Virginia Affiliate Chair, Christian Paasch, for his volunteerism and leadership on behalf of NPO and the goals of shared parenting.

National Parents Organization is grateful for the commitment, hard work and dedication of its numerous volunteers, donors, Board members and staff to the goals of our organization. Without you, we would not have succeeded in making the considerable gains we have in recent months in reforming state legislation to ensure shared parenting for our children. We were particularly proud to learn last week that one of our volunteer Affiliate Chairs, Christian Paasch, was also recognized by the U.S. Air Force…

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Summary of the Special Issue of Journal of Divorce and Remarriage

Summary of the Special Issue of Journal of Divorce and Remarriage

May 10, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Not long ago, I did a piece on the special issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage that deals with the latest science on a number of issues affecting child custody and parenting time. The issue should be required reading for all family court judges and state legislators who are considering bills to reform family courts. Today’s blog will simply summarize the various articles…

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PA Judge Runs Amok in Child Protection Case

PA Judge Runs Amok in Child Protection Case

May 9, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Here’s a judge who needs to find another job (ABA Journal, 5/8/18). From here she looks to be part of a system that prefers foster care and adoption to parental care, pretty much regardless of how fit and loving the parents are. N.M. was an infant when her parents took her to her pediatrician because she was “fussy.” The doctor thought she had an ear…

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Adoption

Adoption

Special Needs children are often adopted out from birth or due to a parents inability to cope. Not all adoptions involve foster care placements. When devotion to your adopted children meets untrustworthy officials.

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Kidjacked Store

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Kentucky Makes it Easier to Take Children from Parents

Kentucky Makes it Easier to Take Children from Parents

May 6, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization There’s an old saying among attorneys that “bad facts make bad law.” The same is true of journalism. All too often, the press seizes on the latest scandal to demand dramatic changes in public policy without stopping to consider whether one bad case means the whole system must be scrapped. Such is the case here (Lexington Herald Leader, 5/4/18). The article is about changes made…

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Bressie Children Abused and Neglected in Foster Care

Bressie Children Abused and Neglected in Foster Care

May 4, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Continued from yesterday. Here and here are source articles for this post (Coeur d’Alene Press, 4/30/18 and 5/1/18). The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare put a target on Doug Bressie’s back. When caseworker Stacy White allegedly abused his younger child, Oscar, who was then just eight, Bressie fought back, criticizing White’s behavior. Apparently, White didn’t like that. When his oldest child, Dusty, had to…

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Idaho Dad Fought Dept. of Health and Welfare for Ten Years

Idaho Dad Fought Dept. of Health and Welfare for Ten Years

May 3, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization I often comment on child protective agencies being underfunded and understaffed, resulting in poor casework. This is not one of those times. No, this story isn’t about a tragic lack of resources resulting in abused children (Coeur d’Alene Press, 5/1/18). It’s about the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare apparently having all the resources it needed and still abusing three children and their entirely fit…

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Idaho Dad Fought Dept. of Health and Welfare for Ten Years

Idaho Dad Fought Dept. of Health and Welfare for Ten Years

May 3, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization I often comment on child protective agencies being underfunded and understaffed, resulting in poor casework. This is not one of those times. No, this story isn’t about a tragic lack of resources resulting in abused children (Coeur d’Alene Press, 5/1/18). It’s about the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare apparently having all the resources it needed and still abusing three children and their entirely fit…

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AEI Article on CPS Misses the Major Issues

AEI Article on CPS Misses the Major Issues

April 30, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Here, Naomi Schaefer Riley of the American Enterprise Institute, takes on the issue of child welfare agencies and how they disserve children, the very people they exist to benefit (AEI, 4/20/18). There can’t be too much criticism of those agencies. State CPS do, on balance, a pretty poor job of protecting or providing needed services to kids. But sadly, Riley’s take on her topic is…

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Journal of Divorce and Remarriage Summarizes Science on Shared vs. Sole Parenting

Journal of Divorce and Remarriage Summarizes Science on Shared vs. Sole Parenting

April 29, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The war among social scientists over shared parenting took on a new front recently with the publication of a special issue of the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage. Its topic is the latest research on a number of aspects of shared parenting. It was edited by Dr. Linda Nielsen and includes articles by such luminaries as Richard Warshak, Michael Lamb, Sanford Braver, William Fabricius, Malin…

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Warshak: Five Shoddy Arguments Against Parental Alienation

Warshak: Five Shoddy Arguments Against Parental Alienation

April 27, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Professor Richard Warshak has a new and thoughtful post on his Facebook page in celebration of Parental Alienation Awareness Day. He does what so many have found the need to do – address the false claims of those who seek to convince others that parental alienation either doesn’t exist or is a sinister ruse by abusive fathers to deny to “protective” mothers the custody of…

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History in the Making! Equal Parenting in Kentucky!

History in the Making! Equal Parenting in Kentucky!

April 27, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization History was made yesterday.The National Parents Organization helped make it.Kentucky became the first political entity inthe history of the English-speaking world to establish a legal presumption ofequal parenting post-divorce.From nowon, all parents who divorce in the state will know that, absent unfitness, ahistory of abuse or domestic violence, they are entitled to equal parentingtime with their children. Let me say it again:this is a first.It…

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Why Fatherlessness is Such a Scourge

Why Fatherlessness is Such a Scourge

April 26, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization And who better than Warren Farrell to explain why fatherlessness is so important (Daily Caller, 4/24/18)?  Farrell of course is the man who’s been sounding the alarm about that very topic for longer than anyone else on the planet. Farrell’s piece comes within the context of Terry Brennan’s DC series on fatherlessness.  It just so happens that Farrell’s just published a book entitled The Boy Crisis,…

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Does Parental Alienation Require Special Courts?

Does Parental Alienation Require Special Courts?

April 25, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Today is Parental Alienation Awareness Day. As such, it’s with great pleasure that I read this article by two New Jersey family lawyers about PA (New Jersey Law Journal, 4/23/18). The two grasp the fact and nature of parental alienation, understand that it constitutes a virulent form of child abuse and urge their colleagues and judges to take action to stop it when they first…

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