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Another ‘Responsible Fatherhood’ Program Treats Dads Like Only Sources of Cash

January 20, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

It’s always an education to read about “responsible fatherhood” programs. They’re part of the Office of Child Support Enforcement’s effort to deal more realistically with parents who are behind on their child support payments. We hear about the OCSE’s allowing states to be more “flexible” in their approach to those parents. Stated another way, we’ve finally figured out that draconian measures like incarceration, loss of a license to drive or other occupational licenses don’t exactly make sense given that they make paying harder not easier.

 

Texas Legislature to Address Child Protective Services Crisis

January 19, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The Texas Legislature convened last week and that means reforms to the state’s child protective system will be on the agenda. Here’s a good article on what to expect (Texas Tribune, 1/14/17).

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the impending reforms is how long it took for lawmakers to acknowledge the need for them and how many people had to suffer in the process. After all, we’ve known for years that Child Protective Services was as dysfunctional as an organization can be, with stratospheric levels of employee turnover from the lowliest caseworker all the way up to directors and top management. And the press has chronicled the count of injured and deceased kids, jailed parents and foster parents, and incompetent measures supposedly aimed at reform. Finally, a federal lawsuit that resulted in the most scathing opinion by Corpus Christi Judge Janis Jack pointing out, among other things that kids typically exit the Texas foster system in worse shape than they went in.

 

U.K.: 48% of Tests Questioning Paternity Show ‘Dad’ not Actually the Father

January 18, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

My next-to-last piece was about the State of Oklahoma’s enthusiasm for paternity fraud. There, a man identified only as “Thomas” is being forced to pay child support for a child who’s not his. Why? Because the state only allows men two years from the date of the child’s birth to contest paternity. Stated another way, a mother need only convince a man he’s her child’s father for a couple of years and, regardless of everything else, he’s on the hook.

 

New Power Exercised by New York Child Protective Services

January 16, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Here’s a bit of information on the power of child protective agencies that’s new to me (Buffalo News, 1/15/17).

New Yorker John M. Mylett is divorced and has a daughter. Needless to say, he’s not the parent with primary custody. Mylett calls himself a protective parent and I’m sure he is, but, from reading the article, I’d also call him a professional pain in the butt. Mylett’s M.O. is to ring up the Child Abuse Hotline every time he suspects his daughter may be in a situation that’s less than ideal. He’s done so 15 times in 36 months. That of course involves the Erie County Child Protective Services department.

 

Oklahoma Man Tagged with Child Support for Child not His

January 15, 2017 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I think I’m finally beginning to understand. It’s taken a while. After all, I’ve been writing daily about these issues for more than eight years now, but I may finally be seeing a pattern to family court pronouncements. It’s something like this: we want fathers out of their children’s lives, but we want non-fathers in the lives of children who aren’t theirs. Or maybe it’s as simple as this: whatever the dad wants, we do the opposite.


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