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Rita Fuerst Adams Is National ED of National Parents Organization

Rita Fuerst Adams
April 22, 2013 — National Parents Organization, a Boston-based nonprofit that advocates for reforming family courts to ensure equal treatment for fathers and mothers following divorce, announced that it has named Rita Fuerst Adams as its first national executive director.

Fuerst Adams, who has more than three decades of experience in nonprofit management, organizational development, and fundraising, has advised National Parents Organization (NPO) since 2003.

Prior to her appointment she was the owner of Charitable and Philanthropic Management Counsel, serving charitable and philanthropic organizations in Canada and the United States.

Earlier, she served as director of development for the American Councils for International Education, and as an independent consultant for retail clients.

Fuerst Adams authored a book on fundraising regulations and laws. She has chaired the Government Relations Committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Massachusetts Chapter, and served on its board.

She earned BS in journalism from Ohio University and her MBA from Capital University.

NPO, formerly known as Fathers and Families, seeks to raise awareness through national, local, and social media around key challenges in family law to help people understand why reforms are needed and what is in the best interests of the child. It is embarking on a strategy of building affiliate organizations across the country to educated legislators and local media.

The organization embarked on a process last year to change its name, because, according to Ned Holstein, NPO board chair, “Our vision is gender neutral...We are not a fathers’ rights organization because we do not seek any special rights for fathers. We are a family court reform organization. We believe in shared parenting and parental equality.”

National Parents Organization is the national voice for family law reform. National Parents Organization, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization, is reforming the family courts to ensure equal treatment for fathers and mothers which, in turn, further guarantees the well-being of their children; to make shared parenting after separation or divorce the norm; and to ensure that finances after separation or divorce are distributed equitably.

He added, “More legislators, media, academics, opinion leaders, foundations, corporations, government agencies, child welfare organizations and funders will now be able to hear our message of better lives for children and justice for parents and grandparents.”

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