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National Parents Organization (Executive Director)

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National Parents Organization (NPO) is an advocacy organization leading the nationwide movement to advance the rights of children and parents by making shared parenting the norm through reform in family courts and laws across the country. NPO believes that children have a natural right to be nurtured and guided by both parents. The organization works to improve the lives of children and strengthen society by protecting every child's right to the care of both parents after separation or divorce. It seeks better lives for children by advocating for shared parenting; meaning equal rights, responsibilities and shared custody between parents, following separation, and decreasing parental alienation.

Despite widespread public and scientific support for shared parenting, courts across the country act on an outdated parenting paradigm and stereotypes that leave countless children and parents at risk. NPO believes that courts, legislatures, and related systems must be proactive in their support for more thoughtful custody arrangements, ensuring access to both parents, and advocate for the use of thoughtful conflict resolution in the areas of financial support and visitation.

Started in 1998, NPO has grown into a network of 14 state affiliates who work at the state level on lobbying, reform, and awareness building efforts. NPO is internationally recognized for a range of accomplishments, which include:
In Missouri, a new law encouraging shared parenting which was advanced by NPO's local chapter leader Linda Reutzel. Linda and national experts were featured by print, radio, and television media outlets including NPR and CBS.
In Kentucky, a new law advancing the presumption of 50/50 custody in the case of divorce or separation.
Organizing and hosting the 2017 International Conference on Shared Parenting that brought together leading researchers and social scientists from 18 countries to share findings on the psychological, developmental, and social benefits of shared parenting.

The organization's programs focus on:
Education and Awareness Building: collaborating with researchers, thought leaders, the media and other advocacy groups; NPO seeks to build awareness of the research-supported benefits of shared parenting and other reforms.

Lobbying and Advocacy: NPO works to change the "default" position of laws, court orders, and social attitudes to support shared parenting and other related reforms.

Building Affiliates: NPO identifies and engages volunteer activists who drive reform efforts at the state level. NPO supports its affiliates with national and local media, social media tools, lobbying and organizational supports, leadership development and general guidance.

After nearly 20 years of development, the current Acting Executive Director is stepping down and the organization now seeks a new leader to advance its mission and have a unique and significant impact on society.