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Month: January 2019

The Atlantic’s Kid-Glove Treatment of CPS

The Atlantic’s Kid-Glove Treatment of CPS

January 30, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Here’s a soft piece on child protective services (The Atlantic, 1/27/19).  Writer Diane Redleaf knows enough about her topic to get her facts correct, but apparently not enough to pinpoint many of the problems CPS agencies create in the lives of parents and children. Her basic point is that, once CPS decides a parent may have abused a child, that parent is in for a long, uncomfortable ride…

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Michigan Parents Falsely Accused of Abusing Own Child by Child Abuse Specialist Have Case Dismissed

Michigan Parents Falsely Accused of Abusing Own Child by Child Abuse Specialist Have Case Dismissed

Photo from video at ABC 7, WXYZ.com. Health Impact News Heather Catallo of ABC7 in Detroit is reporting that a family falsely accused of child abuse by Dr. Bethany Mohr of Mott Children’s Hospital has had their case dismissed in court. A family from Westland says when they noticed a mark on their newborn’s stomach, they took him to the doctor right away. But Allie and Jimmy Parker were stunned when a University of Michigan doctor accused them of abusing their baby. Instead of…

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In Texas, Two Days are Actually Three and Two Hours is a Full Day

In Texas, Two Days are Actually Three and Two Hours is a Full Day

January 28, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Here’s a must-see video about the resistance to equal parenting in Texas.  It’s by Wayne Dolcefino, who’s never been my favorite television journalist.  Dolcefino has a track record that leans heavily on shouting and much less on principled examination of issues.  Years ago, he was a product of the television news industry in which scandal and crisis are the quick route to a successful career.  And, if the…

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U.K.: £250,000 for Paternity Fraud

U.K.: £250,000 for Paternity Fraud

January 27, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization In Great Britain, a court has ordered a woman to pay a man £250,000 for paternity fraud (The Sun, 1/6/19).  That’s great news, right?  After all, paternity fraud is illegal precisely nowhere.  In about five states in the U.S. there can be very limited financial consequences for lying about paternity, but a court’s awarding a defrauded man damages is all but unheard of.  But alas, the reality of the…

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The Importance to Kids of Fathers’ Unique Parenting

The Importance to Kids of Fathers’ Unique Parenting

January 25, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization This continues yesterday’s post on Dr. Anna Manchin’s vital and highly informative article (Aeon, 1/17/19).  Put simply, it should be required reading for anyone with an interest in fathers, children, mothers, families, etc.  To recap briefly, Manchin argues that fatherhood, the investment by males in their offspring, was critical, perhaps all-important, to our species’ evolutionary success?  That’s because our big-brain strategy for survival and our upright posture mean…

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Fatherhood ‘Necessary’ to Human Evolutionary Success

Fatherhood ‘Necessary’ to Human Evolutionary Success

January 24, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization This is a necessary article (Aeon, 1/17/19).  That is, if you want to understand fathers, their relationships to mothers and their kids, you need to read and digest it thoroughly.  The writer, Anna Machin, reprises some of what I’ve said before in this blog, but adds much, much more.  Her astonishing thesis is that it is fathers and the role they play in children’s lives that separate us…

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A Fine WaPo Article Acknowledges Men’s Problems but Never Asks Why They Exist

A Fine WaPo Article Acknowledges Men’s Problems but Never Asks Why They Exist

January 23, 2019 by RObert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Andrew Yarrow’s piece in the Washington Post about which I wrote last time has much to recommend it.  As I said last time, Yarrow grasps not only many of men’s problems, but excoriates as “morally wrong” the Left’s refusal to acknowledge, much less address, those problems.  His is a powerful article that all people who believe themselves to be liberal should take to heart. But, like most discourse…

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Top Cities with Highest Rate of Child Removals: Philadelphia Overtakes Phoenix as Most Dangerous City for State-sponsored Child Kidnappings

Top Cities with Highest Rate of Child Removals: Philadelphia Overtakes Phoenix as Most Dangerous City for State-sponsored Child Kidnappings

by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News For several years now Phoenix, Arizona has had the dubious distinction of being the #1 city in the U.S. for taking children away from their parents and placing them into state-funded foster care. Phoenix judges and CPS workers have consistently taken children out of homes and families and put them into harm’s way at a higher percentage than any other city in the U.S. for the past several years. Health Impact News started their…

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WaPo Discovers Men and Their Problems

WaPo Discovers Men and Their Problems

January 21, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization From the paper that brought us “Why Can’t We Hate Men?” comes this (Washington Post, 1/18/19).  It’s written by former New York Times journalist Andrew Yarrow and verges on the excellent.  It’s not excellent for reasons I’ll go into later, but it gets close.  Yarrow gets close to “getting it.” Unsurprisingly, Yarrow calls himself a liberal, but he means that in the classic sense. Read More…

Child Sex Abuse and Trafficking Through Foster Care Continues in the U.S.

Child Sex Abuse and Trafficking Through Foster Care Continues in the U.S.

Michael Dolce is an attorney at Cohen Milstein, and leads the firm’s Sexual Abuse, Sex Trafficking, and Domestic Abuse team. Source. by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News A year ago this month (January 2018) attorney Michael Dolce wrote an opinion piece published in Newsweek titled: WE HAVE SET UP A SYSTEM TO SEX TRAFFIC AMERICAN CHILDREN. Attorney Dolce speaks from experience from representing children abused in foster care. He wrote: Here’s the ugly truth: most Americans who are victims of…

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