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You see that little “feedjit” gadget on the website?  Well, we can also look at whose looking at us.  Kinda like, “we see through a glass darkly” procedure, at this level. 

Anyhow, I’m in a funky mood today and so am dedicating this post to one of the more faithful and frequent visitors to my site, alongside of San Antonio, Texas, and occasional visits from HHS, I suppose to see what we are saying.  …Oh yes, the blogsters to the right and I were going to have a Plano Day, but we got busy, what with covering the Elkins Family Law Task Force, trying to regain access to our children, and stay housed, or doing jail time, in an instance or two, for failing to get a kid to agree with the Designer Family court order (Wisconsin, Kansas), or trying to scrape together funds to pay the supervised visitation fee assigned on us for reporting abuse — or allowing a minor child to — of him or her-self by the other parent.

Or for just getting too uppity — or nosy — in general, a sin which I confess to.

Or trying to figure out how the “trickle down” theory now in place — with most of the family violence explication interventions and judicial education conventions, and nationwide demonstration programs testing one social theory, or another, or sometimes both at once — which is good business for the mental health professionals for sure — on the general population — which seem pretty dang Democrat and, well, ya’ know, “CONCERNED,” on the face of them — why this trickle down wasn’t trickling ALL the way down. 

I think that trickle down technical/educational/social change assistance help got soaked up in the printing presses, the hotel room conferences, the Technical Support for replicatable website and saleable services concepts throughout the land, and somewhere Deep in the Heart of the word “Discretionary.”  

For example:

Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Comprehensive Three Day Training, Christian Focus

This training reflects our Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter – Comprehensive Three Day training but with an added focus on working with Christian men who batter. This training is a collaboration between Changing Men, Changing Lives Ministry, the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project and the Christian faith community. [[Well, THAT’s specific, ain’t it?]] Although the tactics that men who batter use are similar across cultures, {{Oh, are they? **}} the reasons for the tactics can differ. This training takes our Duluth Model Curriculum and grounds it within a Christian cultural focus. The training focuses primarily on how to facilitate men’s nonviolence educational classes but also includes guidance on how clergy can partner with domestic violence agencies and support services for women. The training is open to batterer intervention program facilitators, women’s advocates, clergy and anyone in contact with Christian men struggling with abusive behaviors. Completion of this training will entitle participants to purchase the Duluth Model Curriculum Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter along with our Changing Men, Changing Lives supplement text and DVDs

Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin

Play song from Lala.com
Soul Queen – 2007 – 2:43

Li

 

OH, My, that would not be just another post, but another entire blog.  Call in the experts for this one — and I’m one…Can’t say more without revealing precise identity, sorry…

“Changing Men, Changing Lives Ministry?”  You mean these guys from Anderson Indiana?

Are those trainers going to overlap — same organization with these ones?  Because i assure you, there are some Christian Battered Women who might want to sign up for THIS training:

 

I assure you THAT one would go over real “big” with “the Christian community” (you mean the whole 9 yards of it?).  I have a recommended reading list, starting with “Battered into Submission,” … 

http://www.man4manministries.com/

Man4Man is a local ministry based at 1010 West 8th street. in Anderson, Indiana. Starting in 2001, we continue to seek to reach men coming out of prison and assist them in establishing new productive lives in society…

Man4Man Ministries has a vision to build a nation-wide network of Christian men to welcome, disciple, and include Men In Transition from incarceration to freedom. Establishing these men as fruitful members of the local congregations will greatly reduce the number of men returning to prison. Once these men are able to be accepted with their dedicated Christian lives they can become responsible productive members of society.

That sounds good, but I’ve also seen — in action — where this discipling teaches how to put a woman in her place…and it ain’t any prettier than whatever probably got them in prison to start with.

 

I think the line is starting to blur, but I assure you it isn’t yet, between Christian men who batter, Jewish men who batter, or Muslim men who batter. . . . . At least according to:

How Afghan Captivity Shaped My Feminism :: Middle East Quarterly‎ – Feb 23, 2009
Review of Muslim Women Activists in North America: Speaking for ‎ – Feb 22, 2009
Honor killings: When the ancient and the modern collide :: Middle ‎ – Jan 23, 2008

You know how it goes, ‘Train, Train, Train…” will stop the violence, for sure, yeah, this time.  If not, it’s good for the economy, at least parts of it.

Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin

Play song from Lala.com
Soul Queen – 2007 – 2:43

Li

Excuse me, I meant “Chain, Chain, Chain.”  Freudian slip, I guess. Sorry. 

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Anyhow, Hello, Plano, Texas (and San Antone),

Are you happy about the new mayor of Houston?

I hope my “outing” y9ur visiting here is not a problem; maybe it’s a spouse, like I used to be.  Well, not quite like.

I know I like to be recognized when present, and thought you might be also.  Since you haven’t introduced yourself through a comment, (sometimes called lurking — but I guess that’s just in on-line groups) (off-line, it’s called stalking, but in this world, it’s OK and called “surfing.”  No problem), 

I resort to Wikipedia to start:

Plano (pronounced /ˈpleɪnoʊ/) is an affluent northern suburb of Dallas, Texas. Located mostly within Collin County, the population was 222,030 at the 2000 census, . . .

In 2005, Plano was designated the best place to live in the Western United States by CNN Money magazine. In 2006, Plano was selected as the 11th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money magazine.[4] Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation. It has been rated as the wealthiest city in the United States by CNN Money[5] with a poverty rate of less than 6.4%. In 2008, Forbes.com selected Plano, University Park, and Highland Park as the three “Top Suburbs To Live Well” of Dallas.[6] The United States Census Bureau declared Plano the wealthiest city of 2008 by comparing the median household income for all U.S. cities whose populations were greater than 250,000.[7] The annual Plano Balloon Festival is the city’s premiere cultural and entertainment event.

{{Out here, we tend to Bay to Breakers, and earthquakes, and students taking over campuses protesting fee hikes, and such like.}}

By 2000, the population nearly doubled again to 222,030, making it one of the largest Dallas suburbs. The city’s population now is stabilizing. Plano is completely locked in by other municipalities and cannot expand in area. There is little undeveloped land remaining within the city limits. By 2005, its population was estimated at 250,096.

 I hear you have a terrific school district (seriously, I have heard good things about Texas public schools as opposed to, say, for example, my own Golden State’s)…        Plano schools consistently score among the highest in the nation.

Perhaps these ACF Head Start (Discretionary) grants have helped:

Award Number: 06CH6042
Award Title: HEAD START
OPDIV: ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ACF)
Organization: HEAD START BUREAU (HSB)
Award Class: DISCRETIONARY
Total of all awards: $ 12,775,137

(1995-2009, you do the math…)

The Presbyterian Hospital of Plano was a Fatherhood Resource Grant recipient (2008 site).  Congratulations.

In fact (same URL), LOOK at the wide variety of fatherhood grant recipients here — LOTS of Head Start, churches, some military, of course any organization with the word Children or Family is on there (“mother” being a sort of disappearing word, in general), Children & Family Services groups, and even the Coalition to End Domestic Violence out of Oxnard, CA.

{{Is it ended yet??}}

Fatherhood Recource Center Award Recipients
Posted September 5, 2008

Organization
A Father’s Place
ACTS Turning Points
Aiken County First Steps
Albemarle Smart Start Partnership
ANTHEM
Bellingham Technical College
Beta Tau Zeta ROYAL Association, Inc.
Birthline Crisis Pregnancy Center
Brothers For Change, Inc.
Buchanan County Head Start
CADA
Calvary Revival Church-Peninsula
Canton Area YMCA
Care Net Preg. Center of Southern MD
Care Pregnancy Center of the Eastern Panhandle
Cen-Clear Child Services, Inc.
Center for Family Resources
Center for Human Services
Center on Fathering
Central Missouri Community Action
Charles P. Foster Foundation
Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc.
Children & Family Resource Center
Children First
Children’s Home + Aid
Children’s Center of Surry, Inc.
Christians with Power Revival Center
Churches Embracing Offenders
City of Murrieta
Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition
CMCA Head Start
Coach Tony Pierce Outreach, Inc.
Community Care Pregnancy Center
Community Service Agency
Concerned African Men
Counseling & Empowerment Consulting Group
Craven Regional Medical Center
Cuyahoga County Fatherhood Initiative
Daddy’s Home, Inc.
Diaspora Community Services
Draper Correctional Center
Eastern Virginia Center of Hope
Erie County Department of Mental Health (WNY)
Escambia County Head Start
Fairfax County Department of Family Services
Families Forward
Families, Fathers & Children, Inc.
Family Employment and Support Program
Family Intervention Services
Family Service Agency of San Francisco
Fannin Co. Head Start
Father & Child Resource Center
Fatherhood Help Services
Fathers Against The Ropes
Fathers and Sons of Northeast Ohio
Fathers Resource And Networking Center
First Chinese Baptist Church
First Things First of Greater Richmond
FL Air National Guard
Fleet and Family Support Center
Fresno/Madera Youth for Christ
Friends of the Family
Fulton County Center for Families
Gemeinschaft Home
Generations Family Health Center
Gladden Elementary
Glenwood Family Reource Center
Goodfellow Airman & Family Readiness Center
Greater Bridgeport Adolescent Pregnancy Program, Inc.
Hamilton Life Foundation
Hawaii Coalition for Dads
Head Start
Head Start of Lane County
Healthy Families Rappahannock Area
Healthy Family Initiatives
Heart Choices/Heartbeat Pregnancy Center, Inc.
Heartbeat of Hardin County
HOLLA (NC)
Hope Pregnancy Center
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
HQS WY NG
Ira E. Slack Women’s Missionary Society
Jamestown Elementary PTA
James-York Ministry Fellowship
Jewish Board of Family and Children Services
Kids On The Move Early Head Start
KinShip Incorporated, Fatherhood Parenting Program
Lakeshore Pregnancy Center of Grand Haven
LeBonheur Center for Children and Parents
Litchfield County Head Start
Lower Sioux Indian Community
Lutheran Social Services of Indiana
Male Empowerment Network, Inc. (.e., “MEN, Inc.}
Mercy Regional Health Center
Metrohealth Medical Center
Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility
Mount Hope Church Prison Ministry
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Nazareth Outreach Services
NEMCSA Head Start
Nevada National Guard Family Programs
New Bedford Community Connections Family Resource & Dev Center
Newark Preschool Council, Inc.
North Central WV Community Action Association
NORWESCAP Family Success Center of Phillipsburg
NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Office of Parent and Family Relations – Texas Tech University
Open Arms Pregnancy Care Center
Orange County Youth & Family Services
Oregon Center for Children & Youth w/ Special Health Care Needs
Otter Tail-Wadena Community Action Council
Parkway Church of Christ
Partners In Learning Child Development & Family Resource Center
Pathways MI
Polk Family Connection
Pregnancy Center
PregnancyCare of Cincinnati
Presbyterian Hospital of Plano
Project IMPACT
Project Unity
PS 305
Quad County Partnership/Caroline Dept. of Social Services
Randolph County Caring Community Partnership
Randolph County Partnership for Children
Sacramento Job Corp
Saginaw Healthy Start Program
Santa Fe College
Smart Start Rowan
South Logan County Family Resource Center
The Coalition To End Family Violence
The Improvement Association
The Parent Place
The Virden Parent Place
The Vision Plus Church
Tri-City Life Center, Inc.
Tri-County Head Start
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc. Head Start
U Count, Inc.
U.S. Air Force
United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County
Urban Colors Arts and Mentoring
Vertex Outsourcing
Vineyard Family Services
Virginia Beach Deparment of Human Services
WestCare Foundation
Way of Life Church  [[Indianapolis, Indiana]]
WellStar Foundation
WestCare Kentucky
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National Fatherhood Initiative announces a Request for Proposals (RFP):

Fatherhood Resource Centers Now Available
(click here for more information)

APPLY HERE

Your organization may be qualified to receive almost $3000 worth of quality skill-building fatherhood resources – curricula, brochures, posters, and interactive resources!

–>http://www.fatherhood.org/RequestsForProposals/(to fill in the missing last few geographies which didn’t copy well).

Is there anyone [[any category of organization or government]] NOT in on this?

Please put this in your pipe and smoke it, the next time you hear the fatherhood whine, and Fathers4Families passing the plate to pay for their full-time lobbyist, OK?

A most definitely “under-represented” group in the family law venue.

The progression of the Coalition to End Family Violence in Oxnard California may be of interest.  I’m not sure (and I’m a bit concerned) about what types of programs a fatherhood funding grant would provide, or influence.  Y ou can see when this parenting program started in 2006

2006: Added Family Harmony, a comprehensive 12-week parenting program with an in-home mentoring component and chosen as the pilot program for county differential response

Well, I warned you (all) I was in a funky mood today. 

Here’s the timeline, with name changes (title is the URL/link)

     
  1976: The Coalition Against Household Violence is formed
  1977: The 24-hour bilingual crisis hotline becomes available
  1978: The Coalition is incorporated as a non-profit organization
  1978: The first women’s support group is created
  1978: Batterer’s treatment groups are formed
  1982: The Coalition opens its emergency shelter for battered women and their children
  1983: The Counseling department is established, providing family, individual and couples counseling
  1985: Parenting classes are added to later become, “Family Harmony”
  1986: Children’s programs are added at the shelter
  1991: Anger Management hotline is created
  1991: Teen Anger Management groups are established
  1992: Rape Crisis Center is formed (only center in Ventura County)
  1992: Agency name is changed to The Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
  1994: Domestic Violence Response Team is formed (one of only 12 originally in the State)
  1994: Teen Empowerment groups are added
  1999: Created the County’s (what is still today) only Spanish-language batterer’s treatment group for women
  2002: Agency name is changed to The Coalition to End Family Violence
     
  NOTE: We have operated for 7 years under our present name; it was changed to more accurately reflect our desire to treat the family as a whole to eliminate violence in the home for all family members.
     
  2003: The only Spanish-speaking certified domestic violence and sexual assault training program in the county is implemented
  2004: Added the County’s only free Legal Services specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault
  2004: Added the 52-week Child Abuse Intervention Program (one of two in the county, and the only one in Spanish)
  2005: Began working in conjunction with Juvenile Probation in their JSS and ROPP Programs
  2006: Added Family Harmony, a comprehensive 12-week parenting program with an in-home mentoring component and chosen as the pilot program for county differential response
  2007: The Adolescent Sex Offender Intervention and Treatment Program is developed
  2007: Added the Early Intervention Program through Probation
  2007: Added Youth Tutoring Services to the Early Intervention Program
  2007: Began operating the County Child and Elder Abuse Hotline
  2007: Added the Target Reentry Program through the Boy’s & Girl’s Club
  2008: Added Safe Harbor’s counseling, which is part of our Sexual Assault Service Programs

 

What I’d like to see (or do) is a timeline comparing the groups like Duluthmodel (and its parent company, Minnesota Program Development, Inc. — check out the funding of this group and DAIP (Duluth Abuse Intervention Progframs) under whom we find the well-known Battered Women’s Justice Project (“Train, train, train….), Mending the Sacred Hoop, and the Family Visitation Center (established 1989?).

Family law (think “conciliation, transformational language, (re)framing domestic violence, etc.) really got going — in California — in the 1980s.  The Center for Policy Resarch and Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC; I may have the nouns for which it stands off) go back at least that far.

1994, VAWA  (and National Fatherhood Initiative) — those all came later.  So let’s take a look at our Roots, OK?

Did I forget THIS organization?

PSI, Denver, Co.

Like Christian men who batter, this would be a separate post.  It shares personnel with Center for Policy Research (or used to, at least) — see my last post on Who’s Supervising Whom?).  It was one of the first things that helped me connect the (financial) dots in the larger picture.  After all, if HHS is going to Design our Families, SOMEONE has to do the job, right?  So groups like this position themselves to receive grants to get it done.

Of course it helps if you have personnel also advising the government which studies NEED doing (i.e., framing the questions), evaluating and reporting on the studies after they’re done, and then expanding nationwide, without telling the custodial (or now, noncustodial) moms, or necessarily all of the fathers either, what just hit them upside the head — or why he did, not getting what he wanted in family, or divorce or custody, or child support arrangements.  (sorry about that reference)…

 

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(I sure hope that terms of use includes making people aware of the organization)…

What they don’t pick up, the group in Duluth probably has already.  Both of which also had their roots in the 1980s, before NFI was dreamed of, possibly, or the word “backlash (against feminism)” was commonly understood.

That’s all I have time for today. 

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December 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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