Grants Match Child Support Funds for College Savings

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August 8, 2014

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Grants Match Child Support Funds for College Savings
DCF launching new program
By Rita Fuerst Adams, National Executive Director, National Parents Organization

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Kansas Department for Children and Families announced the creation of the Child Support Savings Initiative. It will encourage parents who owe child support to pay into education savings accounts for their children.

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For every dollar put into an account, the state will reduce the parent's debt obligation by $2. Kansas welfare officials said they will use more than $600,000 in grants from two foundations to launch it: W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Texas is the only other state, which National Parents Organization knows of, that has anything at all like this. In Texas, the Child Support for College, CS4C, is a pilot program of the Texas Office of the Attorney General and other partners aimed at linking child support customers to financial coaching institutions. The goal is to promote parent savings for their child’s future college education; but, Texas does not provide the match as is being tested in Kansas. Read more...

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Massachusetts Membership Meetings Cancelled

Summertime and the living is easy. It just leaves little time for meetings. So, enjoy the lazy days of August and be ready to work in the fall.

In the fall, our champion in the State House is introducing our shared parenting bill! And better yet, we have leaders ready to support it when it is introduced.

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Former Child Protective Services Caseworker: “I’ll be blunt: this is insane.”
August 6, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
My last couple of posts have touched on issues relating to children’s welfare and safety, and the issue of what role child protective agencies should play in that. Here’s another fine piece by Conor Friedersdorf, although in truth, it’s less his work than that of the three people he called on to comment on their experiences with CPS (The Atlantic, 7/24/14). Sometimes it’s best to just allow others to speak and listen to them when they do and, to Friedersdorf’s credit, he does just that in a sensible and balanced way. A former CPS worker, a woman who credits CPS for her removal from her family and a father who was abused by the child protection system were Friedersdorf’s choices to speak out about what to do when children may, or may not be, at risk. Read more...

Vermont AG Calls for Transparency in Child Protective Services
August 4, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The Attorney General of Vermont starts off scary, but moves on to be pretty rational and constructive. This editorial fills us in on his testimony before a legislative committee on the state of affairs in that state’s child welfare system (Valley News, 8/2/14). Read more...

Edward Kruk Reports on First International Conference on Shared Parenting
August 3, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
The First International Conference on Shared Parenting was held recently in Bonn, Germany and the National Parents Organization’s own Ned Holstein not only attended but was one of the driving forces behind the conference. The excellent Dr. Edward Kruk was there as well and here’s his article on what happened (Psychology Today, 7/28/14). Read more...

Issues Discussed at Connecticut Child Support Policy Conference Friday, June 27, 2014
August 2, 2014 by: John M Clapp, Chair, Shared Parenting Council of Connecticut and Executive Committee Member, National Parents Organization of Connecticut The views stated here are those of the author, not of any government agency.
This conference focused on the relationship between child support and effective parenting. It emphasized the importance of co-parenting and of father involvement with their children. The judicial branch, Support Enforcement Services (Charisse Hutton) and Family Support Magistrates Division (Norma Sanchez- Figueroa) emphasized the importance of parental involvement and the negative influence of excessive support orders. Read more...

New York Times On Mothers and Work Family Balance
August 1, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
I’ve written a fair amount about the phenomenon of women, often highly educated ones, hopping off the career track in favor of the mommy track. As I’ve said before, countless studies demonstrate the phenomenon. Time and again we see women who are well-educated and poised for success in the worlds of business, law, medicine, academia, etc. who opt for childbearing and childrearing instead. Read more...

Texas: Child Protective Services Regional Director Arrested, Charged in Tamryn Klapheke Death Coverup
July 31, 2014 by Robert Franklin, Esq.
As I’ve reported before several times, back in August, 2012, Tiffany Klapheke became so upset about her boyfriend’s redeployment overseas that she walked away and left her three children, all of whom were under five years old. No one is quite sure just how long she was gone, but it was long enough for her 22-month-old daughter, Tamryn to die of dehydration. Her two other children managed to survive, but barely. Klapheke was tried last February, convicted of child endangerment resulting in death and sentenced to serve 30 years behind bars. Read more...

 

 
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“As an involved grandparent, nothing gives me more satisfaction than working for the next generation of children in Connecticut. National Parents Organization brings like-minded people together to improve outcomes for the children of divorce, and unites Connecticut groups with those working on this cause in other states. Now we are proposing changes to Connecticut’s Child Support Guidelines. The proposed Guidelines empower both parents to maintain households and pay for expenses associated with child rearing. The term “empowered” is important, since they benefit from seeing parents who have responsibility and the means to exercise this responsibility.”

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"I absolutely believe, we in Missouri would not have passed our first Shared Parenting bill if it wasn't for the support and media attention garnered by NPO's Ned Holstein and his remarkable team. "

By Linda Reutzel, Chair, Missouri Executive Committee