CFFPP & FVPF where the word “families” really means “fathers..”
(End of 2016 Update Section);
Begins March 3, 2010, post material
In the last blog, a FVPF (Family Violence Prevention Fund) Program targeting fathers was supported by several groups, one of them “CFFP,” a name I recognized (along with most of the others). Which prompts me to finish this draft, a few days old, which began…
“I am tired and ornery today, and instead of blogging current news, I’m going to blog “vocabulary news.” Because I believe the gap between theory and practice in the courts is a vocabulary problem. Yes, you heard me right.”
There’s an established group (since 1995) called “CFFP.” For what that acronym stood for (originally) and stands for (now), read on. It doesn’t take much scrutiny to figure out that what originally said “fathers” now says “family.” On their home page, currently, is a 40 page pdf summarizing the marriage/fatherhood movement in lay terms. Those at sea in terminology might wish to read this:
and Healthy Marriage
M A RGU E R I T E ROU L E T
This is NOT “old” but dates to June, 2009. It’s pretty _ _ _ _ current.
IntroductionCenter for Family Pol icy and Practice
FIRST, go to this page, and notice the web page’s printed logo. It SAYS:
Do you see the word “fatherhood” in this nice logo? No, I thought not. But go to the site, and click on the graphic, and you’ll see (at least until someone notices this and corrects the oversight):
Center on Fathers, Families, & Public Policy.
Is “family” synonymous with “father”? Not in dictionary definition. But in usage, you can just about “bet” that something highlighting “family” or “family and children’ these days really means, in usage, “fathers.”
OLD VERSION (graphic):
“CFF & PP”
MORE POLITICALLY CORRECT VERSION (graphic):
Move the “&,” change the meaning of the acronym, who’s to know?
Look at the web content, and it’s clearly about FATHERS. Here’s the top (home) page title, as of today:
What the heck is a “fatherhood practitioner?” Is that a man who impregnates a woman, or underage female, or donates his sperm to make a baby, or rapes her and she doesn’t get a morning after pill or abort?
Is it a married man who doesn’t beat his wife and works to support the family, allowing her to work and have a life outside the home — IF she chooses? Would THAT be “practicing fatherhood”?
Obviously not. These are “professional” people who make a living talking about fatherhood — and influencing outcomes in court cases — and making sure “female-headed households” are discredited nationally and blamed for the nation’s woes. if the females involved are both professionals and mothers, that doesn’t carry as much weight. It just doesn’t matter. More important is promoting fatherhood.
For that matter, what is an “Advocate Against Domestic Violence”??
I’m an advocate against domestic violence. Does my voice count? I don’t have a Ph.D., though, don’t subcribe to the top professional publications (can’t afford them) and am lucky when I find out about a new conference on-line, or through some referral. No, although I DO “advocate” against domestic violence (I’m HIGHLY against it, and proactive and outspoken about this), I do not quite qualify in this context for being an advocate, based on where I work.
I think that the recent events involving the governor of the state of New York, one of his top aides with a history of violence against women, and the high-profile resignation in protest at inappropriate intervention with the process of reporting a violent incident — i.e., if you READ the NEW York Times, etc. — might just call into question what it means to be an “Advocate Against Domestic Violence.”
In jargon, it means a professional who may or may not have had a history in experiencing domestic violence, or being a father, but who is paid to pronounce on how to do it right.
From that *.pdf file, above:
Fatherhood, Marriage, and Welfare ReformMuch of the support for fatherhood programs in the U.S. dates to the late 1980sand 1990s, when scholarly research, popular culture, and policy agendas conflatedto generate interest in the meaning of fatherhood and the roles fathers play in thelives of their children. This interest culminated in the development of what somereferred to as a national “fatherhood movement.” Broad-scale national organizations like the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), along with numerous state and local organizations and initiatives underscored the importance of fathers within families and identified their undervaluation as a serious cultural crisis. As former NFI president Wade Horn put it when reflecting upon the initial meeting of advocates that led to the founding of the NFI in 1994, “We realized that the growing absence of fathers was the most consequential social trend in our culture—for families and for civil society”(Horn cited in National Fatherhood Initiative 2008).
And on, and ad nauseam, on . . . . Blah, blah, blah — has it saved lives? Has it changed the way men behave?
Want to learn something more? (I finally did). Sign up for Guidestar.org (it’s free). Check out who’s who, and then check out the financials. In ANY nonprofit, we have a right to see the books. That’s right, folks. You have a right to look at the IRS 990s and demand an explanation of what ANY nonprofit (tax-exempt) organization is doing with its tax-exempt status.
For example, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, per USASPENDING.gov, has received over $32 MILLION in funding. You’d think that would have really reduced violence by now, right?
And yet women like me can’t get pro bono legal help, child support enforced (safely) or OUT of the family law system. Probably because some of the money just doesn’t “trickle down” far enough. Like, to street level.
More from the CFFP site:
- David Pate: Co-Director and Founder of CFFPP
David Pate has worked in the field of social work for over twenty-five years. He has experience as a practitioner, administrator and public policy advocate in the areas of low-income adolescents and adult males, fathers and families. [[Not mothers. Guess they don’t need it]] He has made numerous presentations and written articles on the issues that relate to the provision of service to minority males and the effects of social welfare policy on their day to day existence. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. He holds a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a W.K. Kellogg fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship program
- Jacquelyn Boggess: Co-Director of CFFPP
Jacquelyn Boggess has worked with the Center since its inception in 1995. She is the Project Director for the Center’s Legal Assistance Project. Her work on this project includes research of state and federal child support and paternity establishment law and policy with a particular emphasis on its effect on low-income, never-married fathers. The Project is designed to provide legal information and education about child support to low-income parents. In addition, she has developed a Q&A legal resource, and co-authored a child support manual for parents and practitioners who have questions and concerns about child support and paternity establishment.
Also, Ms. Boggess has a particular interest in the impact of non-resident father involvement on mothers and children and she represents CFFPP in a partnership (the Common Ground Project) with National Women’s Law Center. Ms. Boggess is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School.
A 2001 publication (on-line) by CFFP (in its’ “father” acronym days) admits some things about child support I know I wasn’t told initially, while leaving the violent situation, such as accepting cash aid = assignment of future child support rights, meaning, I just signed away my rights to a judge to adjust that support payment, whether honestly, or capriciously.
This became a great big closed door in leaving the abusive situation, and in introducing further instability to what was a recovery situation, with kids.
Also, they are far more honest that documents stored on the judicial site pretending that “noncustodial” doesn’t really mean “fathers” when in purpose and intent, it does:
Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy
23 North Pinckney Street, Suite 210, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
Tel 608.257.3148/Fax 608.257.4686 Web www.cffpp.org
Several bills that would make significant changes to child support policy were considered, but not
passed, by Congress during the Fall 2000 session
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Several bills that would make significant changes to child support policy were considered, but not
passed, by Congress during the Fall 2000 session
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What is the assignment of child support rights?
Under current law, families receiving TANF benefits must provide information to the state that will assist in locating the noncustodial parent in order to establish paternity and collect child support. The TANF recipient must also assign any rights to collected child support to the state, meaning that the custodial parent is no longer in a position to make decisions regarding the collection of child support from the noncustodial parent.The state is now empowered to use whatever means are legally available to enforce the payment of child support, and to retain the child support as repayment for TANF benefits paid to the family.[[So far that sounds reasonable. The state is offering to do something to help the child, right, that the mother on her own, perhaps, couldn’t do, or couldn’t do SAFELY, in the case of abuse…]]NOW, under “arrearages” comes this information, which many women learn the hard way, years later:]]
Arrearages can be owed to the custodial parent or the state. If the family has never received welfare, arrearages are owed to the custodial parent, and any decisions regarding their enforcement or forgiveness are made exclusively by her. A judge is prohibited from negotiating this debt without the consent of the custodial parent. If the family has received welfare, the debt could be owed to the state or in part to the custodial parent and to the state
The footnotes of this 2001 document reference fatherhood bills, and admit that the word “noncustodial parent” means, in essence, fathers. (better read on the original, but I post them here).
THESE show that what supposedly is NOT “about the money” quite probably IS. Mothers are not told this when they apply for child support. They are not told it in the family court arena, and they are simply just not informed of the consequences of accepting help when they most need help, often after leaving relationships which involved economic abuse to start with.
(1) In May 2000, Representative Nancy Johnson (R-CT) introduced the “Child Support Distribution Act of 2000” that included some provisions regarding the distribution of child support as well as some access to child support enforcement tools to private collection agencies and the text of the Fathers Count Act that was passed by the House in the fall of 1999. Senator Bayh also sponsored the “Responsible Fatherhood Act of 1999”, with a counterpart House bill introduced by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. on June 15, 2000. These bills would also have affected the distribution of child support.
All of the bills were not acted on in the Senate, so have been reintroduced this session in various forms.
(2) To date, legislation introduced this session includes Senate Bill 685, Child Support Distribution Act of 2001, sponsored by Sen. Bayh (D-IN) and co-sponsored by 11 senators from both parties, with a companion bill, H.R. 1300, in the House. The (H.R. 1471), The Strengthening Working Families Act of 2001, sponsored by Representatives Johnson (R-CT) and Cardin (D-MD), has also been introduced. Both bills have a significant focus on marriage promotion contained in the fatherhood provisions, and similar child support distribution changes.
(3) Since most custodial parents are mothers and most noncustodial parents are fathers, they will be referred to by gender in this policy brief.
Here’s that pdf again: http://www.cffpp.org/publications/pdfs/childPolicy_Impact.pdf
Now, the common thread between FVPF and CFFP — which does exist:
(photo not too current…)
How Esta is a changemaker:
One of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, Esta Soler is a pioneer who founded the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) 26 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. With offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. and partners around the world, the FVPF develops innovative strategies to prevent domestic, dating and sexual violence, stalking and child abuse. Under Soler’s direction, the FVPF was a driving force behind the Violence Against Women Act – the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues our families and communities. She has led the FVPF as it developed trailblazing public education campaigns, and innovative policies, advocacy, prevention, education and training programs that help lawmakers, health care providers, judges, employers and others stop violence and help victims. Soler is a trustee for the Blue Shield of California Foundation. Her numerous awards include a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, and she has an honorary doctorate from Simmons College. She co-authored Ending Domestic Violence: Changing Public Perceptions/Halting the Epidemic.
Here also is a 2003 pdf (I googled “Esta Soler CFFPP”) which shows Ms. Soler, founder of FVPF, also on the Board of Directors of this organization, still bearing its’ “fathers” label.
The Center on Fathers, Families, and Public Policy seeks to create a society in which low-income parents – mothers as well as fathers – are in a position to support their children emotionally, fi nancially, and physically. CFFPP addresses the unique barriers affecting low-income noncustodial parents [[Translation: FATHERS]] and their families through the provision of technical assistance, policy research, and public education, and develops public awareness of their needs.
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HERE ARE SOME MORE OF THE EXPERTS:
Margaret Stapleton, J.D. (Secretary) • National Center on Poverty Law
Adrienne Brooks • Private Consultant
Carole Doeppers • Consumer and Health Privacy Consultant
Earl S. Johnson, Ph.D. • California Health and Human Services Agency
John Rich, M.D., M.P.H. • Boston Public Health Commission
Beth Richie, Ph.D. • University of Illinois at Chicago
Gerald A. Smith • IBM
Oliver Williams, Ph.D. • University of Minnesota
ORGANIZATIONS WITH WHOM CFFPP HAS COLLABORATED, PER THIS 2003 PUBLICATION:
- Organizations with whom CFFPP has collaborated
- ABC for Health (Madison, WI)
Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers (Atlanta, GA)
Alliance of Concerned Men (Washington, DC)
Building Partnerships for Comprehensive Solutions
(Hartford, CT and Des Moine, IA)
Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development (Baltimore, MD)
Center for Impact Research (Chicago, IL)
Center for Third World Organizing (Washington DC)
Con Los Padres (Los Angeles, CA)
The Employment Project (New York, NY)
Family Violence Prevention Fund (San Francisco, CA)
Legal Action Center of New York (New York, NY)
Men Overcoming Violence (San Francisco, CA)
Midwest Center on Workforce and Family Development (Racine, WI)
Minnesota Community Action (Minneapolis, MN)
National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (Washington DC)
National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (New York, NY)
National Women’s Law Center (Washington, DC)
Next Door Foundation (Milwaukee, WI)
NOW Legal Defense Fund (Washington, DC)
Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law (Chicago, IL)
Southeast Ministries of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC)
Urban League of Greater Madison (Madison, WI)
Vera Institute for Justice (New York, NY)
Wisconsin Council Against Domestic Violence (Madison, WI)
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (Madison, WI)
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
This 2003 annual report relates how many collaborations are going on between all the organizations, and between them they are going to help eradicate poverty and stop domestic violence, change men’s behaviors, and make life better for women and children.
Throughout all of these, there is a SUBJECT/OBJECT relationship between the low-income (supposedly that’s mainly who’s involved) and the professionals (whether DV or Fatherhood, or Foster Care, or stopping Child Abuse, and so forth) discussing what to do about whoever the “them” is.
PIONEERS for sure, also ELITISM:
Meanwhile, the family law system professionals ALSO collaborate, among each other, and again, not seeking litigant input. That’s AFCC and friends.
[[Post incomplete, portions were lost: to be finished later. FVPF is also, FYI, collaborating with AFCC: search the site for “family law” and a link will come up. Makes you think!]]
Again, Simple Solutions are often the best: I still think Jack Straton’s idea that abusive fathers just shouldn’t be around kid, is a great one. The whole concept of trying to reconcile “fatherhood” with “protection from violence against women and children” is just trying to straddle things that don’t belong together.
Come to think of it, if there are “IR-reconciliable” differences (a term common to divorce situations), why stick an organization that is the brainchild of something with the word “Conciliation” in it? Not to mention, the clear financial history of the group (AFCC, I mean) goes back to fraud based in the L.A. County Courthouse (from what I’ve read: See CANOW.org, family law page, 2002 Court Report, see Marv Bryer’s JohnnyPumphandle.com site, see Liz Richards’ http://nafcj.net site, or just look for yourself).
The other common thread of the history of these groups includes social acceptance of pedophile behavior, not only with Richard Gardner, but others also. Good grief. We’d definitely be better off solving our own problems with less government interference, and fewer excuses for this use of tax money!
But that requires a high level of commitment, nationwide, to do so.
It is, however, what the founders of this country did…. Now, when they begin to (a) recognize all colors as full humans and (b) include women as full-status humans, and the corollary of this is that we cannot have a slave caste, THAT will be a new day.
As Reconstruction did post-civil war, the same thing is happening post-feminism. We have to deal with this, and look at the money trail if we are going to stop this kind of exploitation.
Hope I said that OK.
Written by Let's Get Honest
March 3, 2010 at 12:35 pm
Posted in AFCC, Cast, Script, Characters, Scenery, Stage Directions, Designer Families, Domestic Violence vs Family Law, Funding Fathers - literally, History of Family Court, My Takes, and Favorite Takes, OCSE - Child Support, Organizations, Foundations, Associations NGO Hybrids, Who's Who (bio snapshots)
Tagged with Access-Visitation, CFFPP, David Pate, domestic violence advocates, Esta Soler, fatherhood practitioners, FVPF, Jacquelyn Boggess, obfuscation, Social Issues from Religious Viewpoints, Studying Humans, U.S. Govt $$ hard @ work..
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