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CPS Hides Malfeasance Behind Wall of Secrecy — and a Child Suffers

September 4, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Child welfare agencies across the country are cloaked in secrecy. Absent unusual circumstances, like a child’s death or a state investigation of the agency, what CPS officials do is mostly beyond the public’s ability to know. The press can’t obtain information on cases or the inside workings of the agency and we the people remain in ignorance of the doings of those our tax money pays.

 

Thompson: Paternity Fraud a ‘National Epidemic’

September 3, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Paternity fraud is in the news again with this excellent post by Diane Dimond (DianeDimond.net, 8/31/15). With one exception, she nails it.

The hard-charging organization, Women Against Paternity Fraud, is working diligently to bring awareness of the scourge of paternity fraud to a wider audience. Good for them and good for Dimond too. I’ve written a lot about the problem, but always, more must be said. Put simply, there is no good reason why a civilized society should tolerate paternity fraud. It serves no legitimate purpose and harms everyone it touches. When a mother identifies the wrong man as the father of her child, she sets off a ripple of effects that outrage the conscience and potentially threaten lives. As Dimond puts it,

 

Sellers Case Shows Defects in Child Support Orders

September 2, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve often reminded readers that one of the chief reasons non-custodial parents are so far behind in their payments of child support is that the original orders were set to high. I’ve referred to publications by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement that clearly ask state courts to start being more reasonable in the levels of support they set. The result of course is that, overwhelmingly, those abused by the system of child support are the poor.

 

Study Throws Light on Maternal Gatekeeping

August 31, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

There’s a new study about maternal gatekeeping that adds to our knowledge of the practice. Here’s an article about the study (Yahoo, 8/7/15) and here’s the abstract of the study itself (T and F online, 7/31/15).

 

Good on you, Danielle!

August 30, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

As I’ve reported before, Danielle Meitiv and her husband, Alexander, are suing Montgomery County Health and Human Services and the Silver Spring police department for multiple violations of their civil rights arising out of an incident this past April in which their children were detained by the police for four hours because they were playing alone in a public park. Neither police nor CPS offered the children food, a bathroom or a chance to call their parents. The two children, Rafi and Dvora, were 10 and six years old.


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