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International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015

Best Practices for Legislative and Psycho-Social Implementation

Bonn, Germany, 9-11 December, 2015


Thanks to all participants, we are looking forward to see you again 2017!



Program (Status 2015-12-07)

Conference Conclusions

1. As shared parenting has been recognized by the research community, as well as by legal and mental health practitioners, as a viable post-separation parenting arrangement that is optimal to child development and well-being, there is consensus that both the legal and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a presumption should proceed without delay, with the full sanction and support of professional bodies and associations.

2. As shared parenting encompasses both shared parental authority (decision-making) and shared parental responsibility for the day-to-day upbringing and welfare of children, between fathers and mothers, in keeping with children's age and stage of development, there is consensus that legal implementation of shared parenting, including both the assumption of shared responsibilities and presumption of shared rights in regard to the parenting of children by fathers and mothers who are living together or apart, be enshrined in law.

3. As shared parenting is recognized as the most effective means for both reducing high parental conflict and preventing first-time family violence, there is consensus that legal and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a presumption should proceed with the goal of reducing parental conflict after separation. There is further consensus that legal and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a presumption be encouraged for high conflict families in particular, with the full sanction and support of professional bodies and associations.

4. There is a consensus that the above apply to the majority of children and families, but not to situations of substantiated family violence and child abuse. In such cases, a rebuttable presumption against shared parenting should apply. There is a consensus that the priority for further research on shared parenting should focus on the intersection of child custody and family violence, including child maltreatment in all its forms. There is further consensus that a priority for both the scientific and the legal and mental health practice communities should be the development of legal statutes and practice guidelines with respect to safety measures in cases of established family violence.

5. As there is mounting evidence that shared parenting can both prevent parental alienation, and is a potential remedy for existing situations of parental alienation in separated families, there is consensus that further exploration of the viability of a legal presumption of shared parenting in situations of parental alienation be undertaken.

6. As therapeutic and mediation services are vital to the success of shared parenting arrangements, there is a consensus that an accessible network of family relationship centres that offer family mediation and other relevant support services are critical components of any effort toward legislative and psychosocial implementation of shared parenting. We call on governments to establish such networks as a necessary adjunct to the establishment of a legal presumption of shared parenting.

7. We call on member states to fully adopt the Council of Europe Resolution of 2 October 2015. In particular, we call on member states to adopt the following provisions:
5.5. Introduce into their laws the principle of shared residence following a separation.
5.9. Encourage and develop mediation within the framework of judicial proceedings in family cases involving children.

Fourth Announcement

Status 5 November 2015

Additional plenary presentation: Françoise Hetto-Gaasch on "Equality and shared parental responsibility: the role of fathers" (Resolution 2079 of the Council of Europe adopted on 2 October 2015)

Register now for the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 to obtain the early-bird rate of €290 (instead of the standard rate of €320)! The deadline for the early-bird rate has been prolonged to 9 November 2015 (places are limited).

Please also note that delegates booking at least two overnight stays at the conference venue can still benefit from an additional discount of up to €20.

You can view the preliminary conference program here
or download here

Contact:
Angela Hoffmeyer, Secretary General
Phone: +49-170-800 46 15
E-mail: conference at twohomes.org

Third Announcement

Status 16 September 2015

REGISTER NOW for the International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 to obtain the early-bird rate of €290 (instead of the standard rate of €320)! The deadline for the early-bird rate is 2 November 2015 (places are limited).

The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 will take place on 9-11 December 2015 in Bonn, Germany. Following the first international conference in July 2014, experts from science, family professions and civil society will gather from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn to present their research and discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart.

The event will be jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Prof. Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Chair of the ICSP Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany.

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is first, the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and second, to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting.

We look forward to welcoming you in Bonn in December.

You can view the preliminary conference program here
or download here

Contact:
Angela Hoffmeyer, Secretary General
Phone: +49-170-800 46 15
E-mail: conference at twohomes.org

Second Announcement

Status: 21 August 2015


The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 will take place on 9-11 December, 2015 in Bonn, Germany. Following the first international conference in July 2014, experts from science, family professions and civil society will gather from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn to present their research and discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart.

The conference language is English, simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French and German for all Plenary Sessions and part of Workshop presentations.

The event will be jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Prof. Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Chair of the ICSP Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany.

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is first, the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and second, to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting.

Registration – including a special offer for accommodation at the conference venue – is scheduled to start by mid-September 2015.

You can view the preliminary conference program here
or download here

Contact:
Angela Hoffmeyer, Secretary General
Phone: +49-170-800 46 15
E-mail: conference at twohomes.org




First Announcement and Call for Papers

Status: 08 August 2015


The International Conference on Shared Parenting 2015 will gather delegates from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn, Germany, on December 9-11, 2015 to discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart. This includes the following subjects:

  • Legislation required for shared parenting implementation in different legal and cultural environments
  • The formulation of model shared parenting arrangements
  • Educational programs needed for the implementation of shared parenting
  • Therapeutic programs needed for the implementation of shared parenting
  • The role of family mediation in the implementation of shared parenting
  • Best practices to reduce high conflict and family violence


The event will be jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Prof. Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Chair of the ICSP Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. jur. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany. Experts in the field of shared parenting – both from science and family professions – are invited to present their research results and practical experience by submitting a contribution to the Call for Papers. The conference language is English, simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French and German.

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is first, the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and second, to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting.

The first International Conference on Shared Parenting organized by the ICSP took place in Bonn, Germany, on 9-11 July 2014. The conference conclusions are available at the conference website .


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