The Best Parent is Both Parents

That's the motto of the Children's Rights Council (CRC), a national, non-profit, tax exempt, IRS 501(c)(3) children's rights organization based in Washington, DC.
CRC works to assure a child the frequent, meaningful and continuing contact with two parents and extended family the child would normally have during a marriage. We work to strengthen families through education, favoring family formation and family preservation. Unlike many other organizations with some of the same concerns, CRC is genderless; we are not a women's group nor a men's group. Rather, we advocate what we believe to be in the best interests of children including the Children's Bill of Rights

For the child's benefit, CRC: 

  • advocates a rebuttable presumption of shared parenting in divorce custody orders
  • believes in balanced and comprehensive child support: financial, emotional, and physical
  • works to transform the typical adversarial divorce process into one of conciliation and mediation
  • favors parenting education and school-based programs for children at risk
  • believes two parents and the kinship network are the best first line of defense against poverty
2 Parents by 2000 
David Levy, CRC president, announced a new CRC initiative, "2 Parents by 2000", a drive to assure that all children in America have two parents by the year 2000. CRC plans, with its chapters, to hold a series of town hall meetings to form a grass-roots effort to promote the "2 Parents by 2000" drive. 


We are not, and do not have, lobbyists but we take positions on bills before the legislature and have participated in legislative hearings. We attempt to keep state and federal legislators informed of how we believe problems related to our purpose should be solved. Our legislative pages contain information on how to find copies of bills and how to contact legislators.
CRC was formed in 1985 (as the National Council for Children's Rights) by concerned parents who have more than 40 years collective experience in divorce reform and early childhood education. We have chapters and national affiliate organizations.

The national organization coordinates the state chapters, publishes a quarterly newsletter, testifies on behalf of our positions before the U.S. Congress, communicates with the national media, provides published materials including books, briefs, and cassettes consistent with our purpose, meets with policy makers throughout the country, and generally educates people of the plight of our children due to prevalent practices in our courts and departments of human services. 

Our state chapters vary in the breadth and depth of their activities but essentially act on behalf of children in the same manner as the national organization. They coordinate formation and support of local chapters (at the region, county, or city level), publish newsletters, interact with the media, testify before state policy makers, and educate the public. 


Help us in the effort to enhance a child's chance of life with two parents and full extended family. If you or your children are in a state with a CRC chapter, join that chapter. Membership there includes full membership in the national organization. If your state does not have a chapter, please join the national organization. Your contribution is tax deductible. 

To join us, just click below, or call 202-547-6227.
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For more information about  publications, cassettes, catalogs, and services, or to make a tax deductible contribution, explore our site or write to 

    Children's Rights Council 
    Suite 401 
    300 I (Eye) Street NE 
    Washington, DC 20002
or call 202.547.6227
David L. Levy, Esq. President
John L. Bauserman, Jr., Chairman
Samuel A. Brunelli, CEO
Ingrid Bough-Bell
John L. Bauserman, Sr.
Teresa L. Kaiser, J.D.
Judge Richard A. Waldron (ret'd)
Lee Yarborough

Catherine Meyer, author,
wife of the British
Ambassador to the U.S.

Michael L. Oddenino
Arcadia, California

Alfred Ellis

Bruce Kaskubar - CRC
Lonnie Perrin, Sr. - Info4Parents

Julie Maggiacomo, M.A.

Ed Mudrak

Elizabeth Hickey, M.S.W.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Wes Unseld, VP Washington Wizards
Member, NBA Hall of Fame

Darryl Grant, Washington Redskins
Superbowl XVII and XXII Champion
Dwight Twilley, Pop Singer/Author

John Guidubaldi, D.Ed.
Richard Kuhn

Clifton Alan Clark, Sr.
former CRC Director of Development

Rabbi Mendel Abrams, M.Min
Former President, Board of Rabbis
of Greater Washington, DC

Eloise Anderson
The Claremont Institute
Sacramento, California

David Birney, Actor
Santa Monica, California

Hon. Sherwood Boehlert
U.S. Congressman (R-NY)

Jim Cook, President
Joint Custody Association
Los Angeles, California

"Dear Abby"
(Abigail Van Buren)
Los Angeles, California

Karen DeCrow
Former President of N.O.W.
Jamesville, New York

Elliott H. Diamond
Co-Founder, CRC
Reston, Virginia

Phyllis Diller, Comedienne
Los Angeles, California

Margorie Engel, president
Stepfamily Association of America

Warren Farrell, Ph.D., Author
former Member of the Board of
Directors, New York City N.O.W.
Leucadia, California

Larry Gaughan, Professional Director
Family Mediation of Greater
Washington, D.C.

Jonathan M. Goodson, President
Mark Goodson Productions
Los Angeles, California

Hon. Bob Graham
U.S. Senator (D-FL)

Jennifer Isham, President
Mothers Without Custody (MW/OC)
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Joan B. Kelly, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Northern California Mediation Center

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.
Author, Psychiatrist
Scottsdale, Arizona

Vicki Lansky, Author/Columnist
Deephaven, Minnesota

James Levine, The Fatherhood Project
The Family and Work Institute
New York, New York

Hon. Debbie Stabenow
U.S. Congresswoman (D-MI)

Hon. Fred Thompson
U.S. Senator (R-TN)

last updated 26 August 2020