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Month: April 2019

Kentucky Governor Speaks Out on First-Ever Shared Parenting Day

Kentucky Governor Speaks Out on First-Ever Shared Parenting Day

April 29, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization At the urging of NPO’s Matt Hale, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin established April 26th as Shared Parenting Day.  He issued a proclamation saying so, but went a step further saying this: “In recognition of the passage of HB 528 into law last year, I am designating April 26, 2019, as Shared Parenting Day in Kentucky.  Kentucky’s children are the Commonwealth’s most important asset, and shared parenting benefits…

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The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

The Essence of Evil: Sex with Children Has Become Big Business in America

Comments by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News Attorney John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, has written a commentary on America’s child sex trafficking problem. It is good to see this topic, which is far more widespread than the general public knows, starting to get more exposure. However, what Mr. Whitehead fails to address in his commentary is how the vast majority of America’s children who are being sexually trafficked are coming out of our nation’s foster care…

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Texas Still Not Enforcing Visitation Rights

Texas Still Not Enforcing Visitation Rights

April 27, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization It’s sometimes amusing to watch the mainstream press grapple with family court issues.  Often enough, the MSM simply gets facts wrong.  This article doesn’t do that and it definitely tries to inform about the gravity of the situation in child custody matters (KFOXTV, 4/24/19).  Unfortunately though it reads like it was written by a reporter with too many facts and too little time to sort out what they…

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Kentucky Governor Names April 26th ‘Shared Parenting Day’

Kentucky Governor Names April 26th ‘Shared Parenting Day’

April 26, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization It was one year ago today that the Kentucky Legislature passed, by an overwhelming margin, the nation’s first equal parenting bill.  Governor Matt Bevin wasted no time in signing it into law.  Now Gov. Bevin has taken shared parenting one step further.  He’s named April 26th Shared Parenting Day.  From here on out, we’ll commemorate the importance of equal parenting on April 26th. Read More…

British Columbia Judge, Prosecutor Wink at Mom’s Fraud, Child Abduction

British Columbia Judge, Prosecutor Wink at Mom’s Fraud, Child Abduction

April 25, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The 49-year-old helicopter pilot choked up, recalling the tightness in his chest, the shortness of breath, the panic that gripped him Oct. 20, 2016, when his son was abducted from the family home in Langley. That pilot is Demetri Urella of British Columbia.  Did mysterious, black-clad strangers enter his home and make off with his child?  Did they break down the door, grab the screaming two-year-old…

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U.K.: Just 1% of New Parents Took Parental Leave

U.K.: Just 1% of New Parents Took Parental Leave

April 24, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Just 1% of British parents who were eligible to take parental leave in 2018 did so (Huffington Post, 4/5/19).  That’s according to data from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). A new study indicated that only 9,200 new parents took up the shared leave in 2018 – just 1% of those eligible to it. If this were an election, parental leave lost – big.  People “voted with their feet”…

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Michael Lamb on Fathers and Children

Michael Lamb on Fathers and Children

April 22, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Dr. Michael Lamb is possibly the most knowledgeable person about the benefits to children of paternal involvement in their lives.  He is extremely highly respected by his peers.  So it’s always a pleasure and a learning experience to read his work.  Here’s a short article of his that expounds on the effects of father-child relationships and children’s well-being, both at the time and later in life (The Good…

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NY City Council Asks Why Parents are Being Accused of Child Abuse for Simply Using Marijuana

NY City Council Asks Why Parents are Being Accused of Child Abuse for Simply Using Marijuana

Manhattan Councilwoman Carlina Rivera and Brooklyn Councilman Stephen Levin at a NY City Council hearing on how marijuana use can lead to investigations of child abuse (John McCarten / City Council – Source) City Council Asks Why NYC Is ‘Tearing Families Apart’ For Marijuana Use by Yasmeen Khan, WNYC Gothamist.com Excerpts: As New York considers legalizing marijuana, attention is also turning to how the drug plays a role in the city’s child welfare system—one that has the power to remove…

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Nebraska Courts Approve Shared Parenting Even amid High Conflict

Nebraska Courts Approve Shared Parenting Even amid High Conflict

April 21, 2019 by Rober Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Two Nebraska courts have gotten it right on shared parenting.  More importantly, the case may be a harbinger of things to come.  The case of Leners v. Leners was probably not easy to decide, particularly for the trial court, but it reached the correct decision which the state Supreme Court upheld. Sharon and Stacy Leners were married in 1997 and divorced in 2016.  They had two…

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