May 25, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
Social media have been in an uproar ever since Heather Whitten posted a photo she took of her husband comforting their young son Fox who was ill from the bacterium Salmonella. Why the uproar? Both father and son were naked. Salmonella poisoning is serious business. Its virulent effects include high fever with long bouts of vomiting and diarrhea that have the power to kill due to dehydration. Thomas Whitten had taken Fox into the shower in the hopes of lowering the boy’s fever and for the expedient of easily washing away the vomit and diarrhea. Eventually the Whittens took their son to the hospital and all is now well.
May 23, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
For the second time in as many years, California’s Legislature has rejected efforts by Governor Jerry Brown and the Department of Social Services to hide actions of child welfare workers from public view. The Senate Budget Committee unanimously rejected the attempt to drastically overhaul a 2008 law that gives the public greater – but still limited – access to DSS documents in child welfare cases.
May 22, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
I like Brad Wilcox, who’s now a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. I liked the video he put up recently and did a piece on it here. So his article here in The Federalist comes as a disappointment (The Federalist, 5/19/16).
His video was a brief exercise in explaining how marriage is good for men and society. Data support the conclusions that married men work harder, longer and smarter than their unmarried peers. They’re less likely to engage in crime, drug or alcohol abuse and other anti-social activities. The list of benefits goes on and Wilcox did a good, succinct job of demonstrating how marriage tends to transform men into the responsible adults every society wants them to be.
May 20, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
The Utah adoption industry has claimed another victim. This time it’s U.S. Army Specialist Christopher Carlton. To readers of this blog, the facts of Carlton’s case will be all too familiar, albeit outrageous. Here’s an article about it (Seattle Medium, 5/18/16).
For the past six years, the 33-year-old veteran from Williamsport, Pennsylvania has been fighting what feels like a losing battle for a father’s rights to his biological child, who was given up for adoption without his knowledge or consent…
May 18, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization
In our imperfectly organized society, there is no provision as yet for the young woman who claims the privileges of marriage without assuming its obligations.
- Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
Speaking tongue in cheek as she was, Wharton would doubtless be appalled to find today’s society so much more perfectly organized than her own. This story is but one of many to make the point (Marilyn Stowe Blog, 5/13/16).