New Column: Father's Day 'Deadbeat Dad' Raids Unfairly Target Hard-Luck Dads

3 F & F Supporters Featured on LA Daily News Front Page

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New Column: Father's Day 'Deadbeat Dad' Raids Unfairly Target Hard-Luck Dads; 3 F & F Supporters Featured on LA Daily News Front Page
June 22, 2010
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F & F Writes Column for Cleveland Plain Dealer Criticizing 'Deadbeat Dad' Raids

The Plain DealerIn Father's Day 'Deadbeat Dad' Raids Unfairly Target Hard-Luck Dads (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/19/10), Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S. and I criticize the annual tradition among some sheriffs and attorneys general of launching "deadbeat dad" raids in honor of Father's Day.

We suggest you write a Letter to the Editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer by clicking here and also post a comment on the piece here.

F & F's Holstein Debates Our Shared Parenting Bill on NPR (Audio Available)

wburFathers and Families' Board Chairman Ned Holstein, M.D. discussed HB 1400, F & F's Massachusetts  shared parenting bill, on Radio Boston on WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate, on June 18. To listen to the show, click here.  To comment on the show, click here.

Holstein debated Suffolk University Law School professor Charles P. Kindregan, a leading Massachusetts family law authority and a defender of the status quo.

WBUR's story on the piece is Mass. Fathers Group Fights For Joint Custody Rights. There was an interesting call from a middle school teacher who, while raising some reasonable questions about shared parenting, noted that she sees kids who "long for time with the noncustodial parent."

F & F's Robert Franklin Discusses VH 1's Dad-Bashing Dad Camp on Radio (Audio Available)

whjjRobert Franklin, Esq. did an interview on the Helen Glover Show on WHJJ AM Radio 920 in Providence, Rhode Island on June 17 concerning VH 1's dad-bashing new "reality" series Dad Camp. To listen to the audio of the show, click here and go to 28:00.

To learn more about Dad Camp, see Franklin's recent post 'Dad Camp' - A New Low in Anti-Father Popular Culture.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Editorial Board Calls for More Shared Parenting
The Plain Dealer

After discussing custody and child support with Ned Holstein, M.D., M.S., Chair of the Board of Fathers and Families, the Editorial Board of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper, called for more shared parenting in a Father's Day editorial. The Board added "Most dads in Cuyahoga County are responsible men who take care of their children."

That's the good news. The less fortunate news is that the Board still doesn't really understand the "deadbeat dad" issue. The Board continues:
The same cannot be said of the 40 percent of the Cuyahoga Child Support Enforcement Agency's 147,000-parent caseload who refuse to pay despite, officials say, having the means to do so. For them--especially for the 70 deadbeat parents, mostly dads, facing felony charges for stiffing their children--jail time may well be appropriate.
The Board notes that we "adamantly disagree, saying that only a fraction of deadbeat dads deserve jail and that the majority of those hounded by officials are too poor to support their children." That sums up our view well enough–because of problems within the child support system, many low-income dads end up saddled with large arrearages they could never hope to pay off, and they are often driven underground and out of their children's lives by their child support problems.

As Holstein pointed out last month when he debated two leading Ohio child support officials on NPR, if one simply looks at the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services' "Most Wanted" list for failure to pay child support, in almost every case, the "deadbeat" fathers are low income or unemployed. This hardly square with the child support official claim that obligors are simply "refusing to pay." To view the most recent two lists, click here and here.

The full editorial is Making sense of child support in Ohio: editorial (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/19/10). To write a Letter to the Editor, click here.
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3 F & F Supporters Featured on Front Page of LA Daily News for Father's Day

Daily News"A lot of the progress is being made because guys are stepping up and doing it…fathers like Barry, Julio and Dean are driving it forward, showing the courts what a huge, positive impact fathers can have on their children's lives."--Glenn Sacks, national executive director of Fathers and Families

Renowned Los Angeles columnist Dennis McCarthy wrote a front-page Father's Day column about divorced / separated fathers featuring three Los Angeles Fathers and Families supporters--Dean Maya, Barry Shuman, and Julio Alfaro.

The column is Single superdads keep kids close to hearts (Los Angeles Daily News, 6/19/10). To write a Letter to the Editor about the column, please click here. To post a comment on it, please click here.

Most of the dads McCarthy interviewed for the story had to fight long, hard battles to remain a part of their children's lives in the face of the mothers' dedicated efforts to exclude them. For one dad, were it not for the victories Fathers and Families and its allies won on move-away legislation in 2004 and again in 2006, his children would have been moved to the East Coast for no justifiable reason.

Julio Alfaro told McCarthy:
It makes me mad when Hispanic men get stereotyped as being bad fathers…People have to know that a lot of young fathers want to do the right thing for their children and take responsibility, but it's very hard for them to fight the court system. I know it was designed to protect women and that's necessary. But it has to be fair to men, too, because being a father is the most important role life has to offer…My kids know I'm not going anywhere but home to them every day...
Read the full column here.

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