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Month: March 2019

Texas Privatizes CPS

Texas Privatizes CPS

March 29, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Texas is privatizing its child welfare system (Texas Monthly, 3/6/19).  It’s a change that makes many child advocates uneasy. As readers will remember, the Texas system has for years been a shambles.  It’s been found by a federal judge to violate children’s civil rights and by an independent auditor to be chronically understaffed, overburdened and underfunded.  Caseworker turnover approached the astonishing rate of 30% per year.  And then…

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Is Oregon Trafficking Children out of State via Their Foster Care System?

Is Oregon Trafficking Children out of State via Their Foster Care System?

Left: Oregon Child Welfare Director Marilyn Jones (Image source), Right: Oregon State Senator Sara Gelser (Image source.) “Oregon does not have too few foster parents. Oregon has too many foster children.” Richard Wexler, National Coalition for Child Protection Reform. by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News Oregon has a foster care problem. Too many foster children, and not enough foster homes to put them into. A 2016 lawsuit was filed against the state for housing foster children in hotels and offices. Richard Wexler,…

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LA Times Op-Ed Calls for Child Support Reform

LA Times Op-Ed Calls for Child Support Reform

March 28, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Anne Stuhldreher gets it (Los Angeles Times, 3/27/19). She’s something called the director of financial justice for the City of San Francisco.  I have no idea what that position’s job description is, but Stuhldreher’s writing about child support and specifically that paid to mothers who’ve received some form of public assistance such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  As we all know, when Dad pays child…

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Suit Filed Against Missouri for Driver’s License Suspension in Child Support Cases

Suit Filed Against Missouri for Driver’s License Suspension in Child Support Cases

March 26, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Recently, I reported that a judge in New Jersey had declared unconstitutional its child support enforcement scheme that automatically suspended the driver’s license of anyone owing back child support in a given amount.  Now it appears Missouri is doing much the same thing. And the organization Equal Justice Under Law doesn’t like it one bit.  It’s suing the state for suspending the license to drive of anyone owing…

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BREAKING: Rockland County NY Becomes America’s First Vaccine Police State – Bans Unvaccinated Children from Public Places – Health Dept. Goes Door to Door

BREAKING: Rockland County NY Becomes America’s First Vaccine Police State – Bans Unvaccinated Children from Public Places – Health Dept. Goes Door to Door

Rockland County Executive Ed Day holds a press conference to announce an emergency ban on children not vaccinated for measles from appearing in any public place, the “first of its kind” ban in the nation. by Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News Rockland County Executive Ed Day held a press conference earlier today to announce that he had declared a “state of emergency” regarding the New York state county’s 153 cases of measles over a 6-month period, and placed a ban…

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Mississippi Considers Lawyers for the Poor When Facing CPS

Mississippi Considers Lawyers for the Poor When Facing CPS

March 25, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Certain Mississippi lawmakers, one state Supreme Court justice and the commissioner of Child Protective Services are all going to bat to provide attorneys for parents who find themselves in juvenile court facing charges of parental unfitness, child abuse or neglect (News Observer, 3/10/19).  So far, in at least certain counties, those parents haven’t had access to state-supplied lawyers. Of course, the vast majority of parents in juvenile court…

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Public Statement:

Public Statement:

To All My Family and Friends, and Mankind: The truth is forsaken, a misrepresentation and perversion, a fraud, a false cause to condemn a good man, to destroy good lives. My life has meaning and value. I empower help, stand for others with love and kind consideration, I do not and would never cause or intend harm. Please do not allow my life to fall in ruin to save face, do not be complicit in fraud and do not succumb…

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Final Victory for Vladek Filler!

Final Victory for Vladek Filler!

March 22, 2019 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Call it Everyman’s “Shawshank Redemption.”  Vladek Filler has won again (Bangor Daily News, 3/16/19).  His victory is now complete.  On March 12, federal Judge John Woodcock issued his ruling awarding Filler $1.77 million in damages for his illegal and immoral persecution by various authorities of the cities of Gouldsboro and Ellsworth, and Hancock and Washington counties.  (The award is against a single person, Linda Gleason.  Filler previously settled…

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Idaho Lawmaker: Know Your Rights! Do Not Let CPS Into Your Home!

Idaho Lawmaker: Know Your Rights! Do Not Let CPS Into Your Home!

Know your rights or lose your rights by Rep. Heather Scott, Idaho House of Representatives Bonner County Daily Bee Excerpts: Last year in Idaho, 23,599 families were reported to the Idaho Health and Welfare Child Protective Services. Idaho law requires mandatory reporting by all persons suspecting abuse. Reporting can be anonymous and may be done by anyone. While anonymous reporting might encourage broader involvement by the public, it can also be abused by others such as an angry ex-spouse, a disgruntled…

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Dr. Anna Machin on Parent-Child Attachment.

Dr. Anna Machin on Parent-Child Attachment.

The National Parents Organization is hugely pleased and privileged to feature a blog by Oxford Behavioral Anthropologist, Dr. Anna Machin.  She’s recently published a book entitled “The Life of Dad.”  I’ll be reviewing it soon encourage and strongly encourage readers to buy it and read it.  Put simply, it’s the most up-to-date analysis of the biochemistry of father-child attachment as well as that of the countless benefits of paternal love to children.  It is both indispensable and easy to read. …

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