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Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?

The Preliminary Scientific Program for the International Conference on Shared Parenting (NPO-ICSP 2017) is Now Online!

The Scientific Committee for the National Parents Organization and the International Council on Shared Parenting is pleased to announce the preliminary scientific program for the International Conference on Shared Parenting (NPO-ICSP 2017).

The scientific faculty is widely considered to include almost all of the leading currently active scholars in the world on the subject of optimal post-divorce parenting arrangements. This group of eminent scholars may never before and perhaps never again be brought together from all parts of the developed world in the same conference.

Under the theme “Shared Parenting Research: A Watershed in Understanding Children’s Best Interest?” the experts will present their research results and practical experience at this international and interdisciplinary conference. To view the preliminary scientific program including speaker details, please click here.

Online Registration & Housing Now Open!

It is a great pleasure to announce that Registration and Housing for NPO-ICSP 2017 is now open.

Registration Now Open

Please click here for detailed registration rates.

Accommodation Now Open

Please click here for details on the Official Hotel of NPO-ICSP 2017.

Best Regards,
Dr. Ned Holstein
Conference Host

Important Dates

April 15, 2017 - Early Registration Deadline

April 15, 2017 – Accommodation Booking Deadline

May 29 - 30, 2017 - Conference Dates

About the Organizers:

The National Parents Organization (NPO), founded 1998, is a 501 (c)(3) not-for profit charitable and educational organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, focused on promoting shared parenting, where both parents have equal standing raising children after a separation or divorce. National Parents Organization recognizes that preserving a strong bond between children and their parents is critically important to children’s emotional, mental, and physical health.

Website: www.nationalparentsorganization.org

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), founded 2014 and based in Bonn, Germany, 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.

Website: www.twohomes.org

Δελτίο Τύπου

Ίδρυση του πρώτου Διεθνούς Οργανισμού για την Εξίσου Κοινή Ανατροφή (Shared Parenting) για να αναπτύξει προσεγγίσεις των Αναγκών και των Δικαιωμάτων των Παιδιών βασισμένες σε επιστημονικές αποδείξεις.

Το Διεθνές Συνέδριο για την Κοινή Ανατροφή (Shared Parenting) θα γίνει στην Βόννη το 2014 στις 9-11 Ιουλίου 2014

Βόννη, Γερμανία, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2014.

Απαντώντας στην ανησυχητική αύξηση των ψυχο-κοινωνικών προβλημάτων και αναπτυξιακών προβλημάτων των παιδιών των οποίων οι γονείς δεν ζουν μαζί, 26 εξέχοντες επιστήμονες, επαγγελματίες της οικογένειας και αντιπρόσωποι της κοινωνίας από 11 χώρες συγκεντρώθηκαν στη Βόννη, στη Γερμανία, στις 21-23Φεβρουαςρίου 2014, για να ιδρύσουν μια νέα διεθνή οργάνωση που εστιάζει στην μελέτη της κοινής ανατροφής (Shared Parenting) σαν μια βιώσιμη και ευεργετική λύση για τα παιδιά.

Το νέο σωματείο θα γίνει γνωστό σαν το Διεθνές Συμβούλιο για την Κοινή Ανατροφή - International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP). Κοινή ανατροφή σημαίνει η ισοδύναμη, εναλλασσόμενη φροντίδα για το παιδί από τους χωρισμένους γονείς του. Ο σκοπός του σωματείου είναι πρώτον, η διάδοση και προώθηση της επιστημονικής γνώσης ως προς τις ανάγκες και τα δικαιώματα (“συμφέρον - best interests”) του παιδιού του οποίου οι γονείς ζουν χωριστά, και δεύτερον, να διατυπώσει συστάσεις βασισμένες σε επιστημονικές αποδείξεις για τη νομική, δικαστική και πρακτική εφαρμογή της κοινής ανατροφής.

left to right: Yannis Paparigopoulos, Vittorio Vezzetti, Hildegund Sünderhauf, Jan Piet de Man, Angela Hoffmeyer, Josef Mohr, Giovanni Paolucci, Malin Bergström, Chantal Clot-Grangeat, Ned Holstein, Peter Tromp, Edward Kruk, Oliver Hunziker
Ο καθηγητής Edward Kruk, του University of British Columbia (Canada), ομόφωνα εξελέγη Πρόεδρος του νέου Σωματείου. Σύμφωνα με τον καθηγητή Kruk, “ το ICSP είναι το μόνο διεθνές σωματείο που είναι εστιασμένο στην έρευνα που εστιάζει ξεκάθαρα στο παράδειγμα που αναδεικνύεται, αυτό της κοινής ανατροφής. Συγκεντρώσαμε ένα μεγάλο σώμα νέων αποτελεσμάτων έρευνας που εξέτασε το παιδί και τους γονείς στις οικογένειες της κοινής ανατροφής και επιδιώκουμε να ενσωματώσουμε αυτά τα επιστημονικά δεδομένα στο οικογενειακό δίκαιο, την πολιτική και την επαγγελματική πρακτική, για το συμφέρον του παιδιού.“

Η Αντιπρόεδρος Dr. Chantal Clot-Grangeat, Chambéry (France), δήλωσε, “Ο στόχος μας είναι να βρούμε λύσεις για την μείωση των προβλημάτων των παιδιών που όπως είναι γνωστό πηγάζουν από την διάσπαση της οικογένειας, όπως η μειωμένη αυτοπεποίθηση, κατάθλιψη, πιθανή γονική αποξένωση, καθώς και μειωμένη σχολική απόδοση, χρήση ουσιών και παραβατική συμπεριφορά.”

Η πρώτη κύρια πρωτοβουλία του ICSP θα είναι το Διεθνές Συνέδριο για την Κοινή Ανατροφή 2014 στο “Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn” στις 9-11 July 2014. Το διεπιστημονικό συνέδριο υπό τον τίτλο “Γεφυρώνοντας το κενό μεταξύ Εμπειρικής Απόδειξης και Κοινωνικής και Νομικής Πρακτικής” θα συγκεντρώσει αντιπροσώπους απ’ όλο τον κόσμο. Για να διευκολυνθεί η διεθνής επικοινωνία και ανταλλαγή απόψεων, έχει προβλεφθεί ταυτόχρονη μετάφραση στα Αγγλικά, Γαλλικά και Γερμανικά.

Angela Hoffmeyer
Secretary General
International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP)
Phone: +49-170-800 46 15
E-mail: angela.hoffmeyer at twohomes.org
Website: www.twohomes.org

Elinika Press Information International Council On Shared Parenting (pdf)

Vittorio Carlo Vezzetti

Critical Review: New approaches to divorce with children: A problem of public health

in: Health Psychology Open July-December 2016: 1 –13
Συγγραφέας: Angela Hoffmeyer - Published 21.11.2016 21:44

This broad review elaborates on the most up-to-date knowledge on biochemical and psychobiological aspects of parental loss and other childhood adversities during divorce involving minor children. So far, divorce involving minor children was unfortunately considered by authorities only as a purely juridical problem, and this approach has often allowed a completely different approach according to the Courts. Now, scientific research,also making use of animal models, is demonstrating the biological basis of the problem and the ndisputable consequences on the well-being and health of children. The innovative conclusion of this review is that this argument (because of its frequency and gravity) is primarily a question of public health and that it is necessary to further harmonize practices in this area.

National Parents Organization (NPO)

Family Law Reform Conference Gathers Leading Researchers and Practitioners

Joe Sorge opened the Divorce Corp. Family Law Reform Conference with a call for less fighting because less fighting is good for everyone. And Ned Holstein, Founder and Chair, National Parents Organization, and Joe Sorge, Director, Divorce Corps, ended the
Συγγραφέας: By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, NPO - Published 23.11.2014 18:42

With his usual flair for presenting complex data in a form all can grasp and understand, Joe Sorge quickly made the case for how home and work life in the United States have changed dramatically yet our family laws and our family law courts and child support guidelines have remained stuck in the past. Modern family roles and structures have evolved, yet the laws have not.

A highlight of the conference was Malin Bergstrom, PhD, a developmental psychologist with the Division of Reproductive Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Bergstrom and her colleagues have completed a study of the well-being of every (176,000) 12-15-year-old child in Sweden in order to ascertain the effects of family structure on the children. Children in intact families perform better on a wide variety of measures of physical health, mental health, and educational outcomes than do the children of divorce. Children of divorce whose parents share their care equally do better on all those measures than do the children of single parents.

The other striking piece of her presentation was that Bergstrom stated that the legal reform came first; followed by social change. Obviously, this confirms National Parents Organization’s work and strategy.

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The Federalist

What ‘New’ Studies Say Is Best For Children Of Fractured Homes

Trading weekends is out. Children need open access to both parents.
Συγγραφέας: - Published 06.10.2014 21:01

What is the best custody arrangement for children after divorce? Most of us outside of family lawyers and courts don’t think about that question until we are faced with it. And then adults tend to choose administrative stability, figuring the kids are as exhausted and spent as themselves. Children of divorce face such an upheaval that it makes sense to adults that the children need time to rest and recover, and so we prioritize routine.

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Platform for European Fathers (PEF)

Lithuanian International Conference on “Equally shared parenting and residence after divorce – children’s psychological stability. Legal and psychological aspects.”

Seimas, Vilnius, Lithuania, October 4th, 2013
Συγγραφέας: Editors - Published 07.11.2013 14:24

On October 4th, 2013 the conference on “Equally shared parenting and residence after divorce – children’s psychological stability. Legal and psychological aspects.” was organised at the Lithuanian Parliament Building” in Vilnius by:

1. Mrs Rimantė Šalaševičiūtė, chairmen of the Child Welfare Group of the Lithuanian Parliament;
2. Mr. Kestutis Griciunas, President of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA);
3. Mrs. Birutė van der Weg – Bražiūnienė, founder of the Lithuanian Association Against Parental Alienation (APTA), Netherlands.

The conference has resulted in the establishment of a Lithuanian taskforce preparing proposals for the reform of family law in Lithuania.

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PEF speach presented by Peter Tromp, MSc

National Parents Organization (NPO)

National Parents Organization Helps Found International Shared Parenting Organization

By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization
Συγγραφέας: Editorial Board - Published 01.11.2013 19:43

Last July, National Parents Organization agreed to serve as a founding member of “Two Homes: The International Platform on Shared Parenting.” This is an umbrella organization with representatives from fourteen countries in Europe and North America. Of these, National Parents Organization may be the only component group with a major grassroots presence. The other organizations consist primarily of child development experts, social scientists, psychologists and lawyers who wish to promote better lives for children through shared parenting after separation or divorce of the parents. Our Founder and Chairman of the Board, Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., was asked to serve on the Scientific Committee of the new umbrella organization.

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