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One Side of Adoption

One Side of Adoption

November 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The National Review has this article on adoption (National Review, 11/17/18).  Actually, it’s less of an article than a compendium of short pieces by people with various connections to and thoughts on adoption, foster care, etc.  Adoptive parents and adults who were adopted as kids chime in with religious leaders, law professors and the like.  It’s often moving, partly because kids needing adoption are in such precarious positions…

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U.K. Sees Spike in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases; Question is ‘Why?’

U.K. Sees Spike in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases; Question is ‘Why?’

November 16, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The U.K. finds itself in the same pickle as we do in the U.S (The Independent, 11/9/18). That pickle is the one in which authorities charged with protecting children have far too little money with which to do the job.  There are too many cases and too few caseworkers to handle them.  And the number of cases is increasing, pointing to a potential crisis in the years to…

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NPO’s Linda Wright Leads on Michigan SB 4691

NPO’s Linda Wright Leads on Michigan SB 4691

November 15, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization The fight for shared parenting in Michigan will be heating up again  in the coming months and this article by NPO’s Linda Wright reprinted in a blog is the opening salvo (KiddieMom, 11/13/18).  Actually, that may have come on Tuesday, November 6, i.e. Election Day, when Jim Runestad won his bid for a state senate seat.  Runestad of course was the force responsible for SB 4691 that would…

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Has CNN Been Sleeping for Forty Years?

Has CNN Been Sleeping for Forty Years?

November 14, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization It’s hard to know how to feel about this CNN piece on fathers and the family court system (CNN, 11/7/18).  On one hand, the writer seems to be sincere about advising men, so he consults family court experts – a lawyer, a judge and a mental health expert – for their tips.  On the other hand, it’s a piece that could have been written 40 years ago, entirely…

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Carolyn Hax Supports Single Motherhood

Carolyn Hax Supports Single Motherhood

November 12, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Usually, advice columnist Carolyn Hax is the very soul of good sense.  She rarely misinforms, misleads or misadvises a letter writer.  This, however, is an exception (Seattle Times, 11/7/18).  Hax’s inquirer signs herself “Wannabe Mom, Not Wannabe Wife,” a label that, strangely enough, is only tangentially related to her, her situation and her question. WMNWW’s question – whether she should, without a partner, adopt a child – could…

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Judge Michael Schneider Scourges CPS – Again

Judge Michael Schneider Scourges CPS – Again

November 11, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Houston Juvenile Court Judge Michael Schneider has once again unsheathed his judicial sword (Houston Chronicle, 11/9/18).  And once again, Child Protective Services must yield.  I’ve written before about Schneider.  He shows every indication of being a judge who’s bent on educating CPS caseworkers and their supervisors about how to do their jobs within the confines of statutory and constitutional law.  Several years ago, when caseworkers demanded an emergency…

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The Truth Behind one NBC Bay Area Case of Parental Alienation

The Truth Behind one NBC Bay Area Case of Parental Alienation

November 9, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization In my post yesterday, I dealt with yet another strange and badly researched article that seeks to cast aspersions on the Family Bridges program.  Family Bridges is a four-day workshop that attempts to reverse the process of parental alienation, usually in kids with the most severe form of alienation.  It’s been around for 20 years and logged an astonishing record of success.  That success is both anecdotal,…

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Colorado Requiring Mothers Accused of Abuse or Neglect to Identify the Dad

Colorado Requiring Mothers Accused of Abuse or Neglect to Identify the Dad

November 7, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization In Colorado, and seemingly under the threat of a state Court of Appeals decision, state child welfare agencies are starting to try to locate fathers when mothers are charged with child abuse or neglect (Colorado Sun, 11/5/18).  That of course is a good thing, but the new development fairly screams “Why’d it take so long?” As I’ve written before, back in 2006, the Urban Institute did a study…

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Brangelina Kids Tell Custody Evaluator They Prefer Brad

Brangelina Kids Tell Custody Evaluator They Prefer Brad

November 5, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization Hi everyone.  It’s your intrepid correspondent again, this time breathlessly bringing you the latest on the most important event of the past two years – the Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie divorce and custody case (New Idea, 11/1/18).  Yes, wars are being fought, hurricanes are laying waste to entire communities and the Four Horsemen prowl the countryside, but a couple of celebrities are divorcing, so all must drop what they’re…

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Australian Police Break Up Child Abduction Ring

Australian Police Break Up Child Abduction Ring

November 4, 2018 by Rober Franklin, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization I suppose this is a case of “anything the U.S. can do, Australia can do … too.” Three men have been arrested in New South Wales and a woman is sought for arrest in connection with a long-term conspiracy to kidnap and hide children who the conspirators believe have been wrongly taken from their mothers or who are the subjects of joint custody orders.  The group…

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