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U.S. Incarceration Rate Contributes to Fatherlessness

March 6, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Here’s a good article that adds to the mountain of literature on the seemingly countless ways in which public policy disserves children (PS Mag, 3/3/15). It’s about this country’s incarceration practices and how they damage not only inmates but their children as well. As I said, it’s a good article, but it could be much better, missing, as it does, much of the larger picture.

By now it’s common knowledge that the United States incarcerates more of its people than any country in the world. Some might assume that’s just on a percentage basis. After all, countries like China and India have populations many times larger than ours, so surely they jail greater numbers of people, if smaller percentages, right? No. Despite having less than one-fourth the number of people as the People’s Republic of China, we imprison more of ours than they do of theirs.


Institute for Family Studies: ‘Adoption’ Can ‘Result in Serious Emotional Problems for Adoptees’

March 5, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

The Institute for Family Studies offers us this thought-provoking short article (IFS, 3/3/15). It’s about adoption and the problems adopted children face. The author, Naomi Schaefer Riley, cites a couple of articles by adoptees that appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Times. They raise the intriguing and mysterious issue of just what the ties of blood — those between biological parents and their children — are, if anything.

A piece in the Washington Post by Shaaren Pine called “Please Don’t Tell Me I Was Lucky to Be Adopted” chronicles the struggles of the author who was born in an orphanage in India but raised by a well-off family in Massachusetts. “Can you imagine being the only person in the world you know you’re related to?” she asks, describing the deep depression and suicidal tendencies she has felt since adolescence.

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