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Freeman Study of Children Who Were Abducted

May 26, 2016 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

A few days ago, I would have considered the incident in this article as no big deal (Chicago Tribune, 5/25/16). It’s about a mother, Michalene Melges, who abducted her three sons from their Wisconsin home and took them to Savannah, Georgia. Instead of using her own car to carry out her plan, she rented a van that was later turned in to a rental agency in Texas by someone other than Melges. That strongly suggests she had a co-conspirator involved in her crime. Thanks to the FBI and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the four were discovered after two weeks and Melges was arrested. The boys’ father is on his way to Georgia to be reunited with them.

 

Mom’s Photo of Dad Comforting Son Causes Outrage

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.

 

CA: Legislature Shoots Down Attempt at Greater Secrecy for Child Welfare Agency

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.

 

This Time Brad Wilcox Misses the Obvious

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.

 

Utah Adoption Industry Claims Another Victim

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…


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