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Colorado Court Reverses Fraudulent Adoption of Bio Dad’s Child

May 28, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Yet another case out of Colorado strongly suggests that committing fraud to terminate a father’s parental rights in order to place his child for adoption isn’t legally acceptable in the state. But the opinion relies to a significant degree on the particular facts of the case. That means different cases with different facts may end up placing a judicial stamp of approval on adoption by fraud. So far though, the law is holding out against the fraudsters.

 

California Department of Social Services Wants Greater Secrecy for its Actions

May 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

California’s child protective agency, the Department ofSocial Services, has long been one of the nation’s worst. Stories pouring out of the state showcaseworkers alternately ignoring serious cases of child abuse or neglect andspending inordinate amounts of time on minor cases or those in which no abuseor neglect were found. And woe betidethe parent who asserts his/her rights against the agency. Caseworkers may retaliate, using their powerto investigate families and remove children from homes, not because it’snecessary but because their authority was questioned. The DSS got so bad that at least one statelawmaker issued a public call for the agency to be scrapped and the state tostart again on its effort to protect its most vulnerable citizens.

 

Steve Hitner’s Guide to Family Court Reform

Steven Hitner spearheaded the most far-reaching alimony reform bill in Massachusetts in memory. Amazingly, his organization, Massachusetts Alimony Reform, got the bill passed by a unanimous vote of both houses of the Bay State Legislature. As such, he is uniquely well-placed to advise on how to change existing state law. The National Parents Organization is proud to have Hitner as part of our team in our efforts to reform family laws across the country. Here is Hitner’s “how to” on creating legislative change. — Robert Franklin

Trouble in the Village: A Guide to Changing Law

May 26, 2015 by Steven K. Hitner, Consultant, National Parents Organization

What does “Trouble in the Village” mean and how does it relate to changing existing law? The answer is simple — legislators do not act unless they have “Trouble in their Village.”

 

Divorce and Custody Data from Bay State County Reveals Need for Family Court Reform

May 25, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

One of the greatest dangers to the status quo in child custody cases is information. Given that the status quo has been notoriously difficult to change over the past couple of decades, it’s no surprise that information on child custody outcomes is hard to come by. Put simply, states don’t keep track of what courts actually order in child custody matters.

 

Anti-shared Parenting Blogger: ‘No Bias in Family Courts’

May 24, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

As apologists for the status quo in family courts go, John Bolch is one of the weakest and most transparent. He routinely posts nonsense that it’s hard to believe even he takes seriously. Why Marilyn Stowe gives him a forum on her blog remains a mystery. The man simply has nothing to offer except giving a bad name to the causes for which he fights. Who knows? Maybe that’s Stowe’s ulterior motive.


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