International Platform on Shared Parenting (twohomes.org)
(since 23rd of February 2014 ‘International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP)’ )

Kick-off Workshop
Bonn, Germany, 10-11 August 2013

Press Information

Two homes work better for children after separation
Shared parenting is a win-win-win situation

Bonn, Germany, 13 August 2013.
Shared parenting, with an equal standing of both parents, has been proved to be in the best interests of children, because they can stay in a meaningful relationship with both their mother and their father after separation or divorce. Shared parenting reconciles family and work. Shared parenting provides benefits to society.

Experts from numerous countries met for the launch of twohomes.org in Bonn, Germany
Experts from numerous countries met for the launch of twohomes.org in Bonn, Germany

“We must extinguish the flames of conflict between separated parents so that children can benefit from the support of their mothers and fathers. There must be more widespread awareness, acceptance and implementation of shared parenting as a viable and preferred solution among the public and involved professions.”

This resolution was adopted at the Kick-off Workshop of the International Platform on Shared Parenting (twohomes.org) held in Bonn, Germany, on 10-11 August 2013. This new organisation brings together the best of evidence-based research and modern best practices on shared parenting.

Parents organisations, family professionals and scientists from 14 countries in Europe and North America called upon governments, judges, lawyers, mediators and social workers to promote peace between parents and to develop new ways of helping families to operate better after separation.

Angela Hoffmeyer, initiator of the international cooperation, underlined: “Across Western societies there is increased enthusiasm for shared parenting. Our aim is to raise awareness of the benefits of this living arrangement for children and to overcome reservations still prevailing in the legal system.”

Recent Swedish research revealed that children in separated families with shared parenting experienced less bullying than those with only one involved parent. Previous research from three continents had already shown that after parental separation, children long for both parents and suffer when they have only little contact with one of them. Those with shared parenting do better in school and have lower rates of psychological problems, child abuse, substance abuse, behavioural problems, developmental problems, delinquency and teenage pregnancy.

Contact: Angela Hoffmeyer, tél. +49-170-800 46 15, angela.hoffmeyer@twohomes.org
Site web: www.twohomes.org

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List of Participants



Introductory Session
Greeting Hans-Christian Prestien, retired family court judge, Germany
Hans-Christian Prestien - Grußwort
Introduction to the Kick-off Workshop Angela Hoffmeyer, Väteraufbruch für Kinder (VAfK), Germany
Angela Hoffmeyer - Introduction
Shared Parenting – Time for a change of ideas Prof. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg, Germany
Hildegund Sünderhauf - Keynote Speech
Part I: Country Perspectives on Shared Parenting
Shared Parenting in Belgium Jan Piet H. de Man, European Institute for the Best Interests of the Child, Belgium
Jan Piet De Man - Shared Parenting in Belgium
Shared Parenting in France Prof. Gérard Neyrand, Professeur à l’Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier (UPS), France
Gérard Neyrand - Shared Parenting in France
Shared Parenting in Italy Dr. Vittorio Vezzetti, Associazione Nazionale Familiaristi Italiani (A.N.F.I.), Italy, represented by Michael Bockhorni, Väter aktiv, Italy
Michael Bockhorni / Dr. Vittorio Vezzetti - Shared Parenting in Italy
Shared Parenting in Spain Prof. Lluís Flaquer, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
Llouis Flaquer - Shared Parenting in Spain
Shared Parenting in Greece Ioannis Paparigopoulos, Associaton in favour of the parental equality for the children (GON.IS), Greece
Ioannis Paparigopoulos - Shared Parenting in Greece
Shared Parenting in Austria Anton Pototschnig, Platform doppelresidenz.at, Austria
Anton Pototschnig - Shared Parenting in Austria (deutsche Fassung)
Shared Parenting in Switzerland Oliver Hunziker, Swiss Association for Joint Parenthood (GeCoBi), Switzerland
Oliver Hunziker - Shared Parenting in Switzerland
Shared Parenting in Germany Prof. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg, Germany
Hildegund Sünderhauf - Shared Parenting in Germany
Shared Parenting in the Netherlands Peter Tromp, Dutch Father Knowledge Centre (VKC), Platform for European Fathers (PEF)
Peter Tromp - Shared Parenting in the Netherlands
Shared Parenting in the USA Dr. Ned Holstein, MD, MS, National Parents Organization (NPO), USA
Shared Parenting in Canada Edward Kruk, M.S.W., Ph.D., The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada
Edward Kruk - Shared Parenting in Canada
Shared Parenting in the United Kingdom Ian Maxwell, Families Need Fathers (FNF) Scotland, UK
Ian Maxwell - Shared Parenting in the UK
Attachment: Ross Jones, Policy & Communications Manager, Families Need Fathers (FNF), UK
Ross Jones - Shared Parenting in UK (Attachement)
Part II: Scientific, legal and societal issues related to Shared Parenting
Age and time perception of the child as a determinant for parenting arrangements – proposals for a child-oriented practice and legislation Jan Piet H. de Man, European Institute for the Best Interests of the Child, Belgium
Jan Piet De Man - ChildTime
Shared Parenting and human rights Martin Widrig, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
Martin Widrig - Shared Parenting and Human Rights
Work-life balance and Shared Parenting Cornelia Spachtholz, Verband berufstätiger Mütter (VBM), Germany


International Platform on Shared Parenting twohomes.org
Kick-off Workshop on 10th and 11th of August 2013 in Bonn, Germany

In the context of international cooperation and networking, the “Project Group Shared Parenting”, which was initiated by the German organisation Väteraufbruch für Kinder e.V. (VAfK), hosts a kick-off workshop in Bonn on August 10-11, 2013. Our cooperation partners who participate in this workshop are scientists, family professionals and representatives of European and American parent organisations.

The kick-off workshop is meant to implement an exchange of experience and research as well as a cooperation at a new international level.

After a brief overview on the state of research and legal as well as practical implementation of Shared Parenting in the different countries (parts I and II), two issues represent the central subjects of part III:

  • the webplatform “twohomes.org” which is still under ongoing development
  • the structure and organisation of the future collaboration at an international level

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