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This blog reports on what certain other advocacy groups (nonprofits, and professionals associated with them) won’t touch, probably because it will probably cost them their HHS or DOJ grant on how to solve the problems that these grants have helped create in the first place.  (If that shoe doesn’t fit, don’t take offence).   I’m not on that funding stream, and so less (financially, professionally) motivated to self-censor actually reporting on who did what.

Let’s talk Financial Accountability vs. Fraud on the Courts.

Most people can understand the general concept of false claims, or billings, when it comes to healthcare, Medicare, etc. — and there are major incentives to crack down on fraud upon government services.  For example, from a general search on (actually, the “Claims Act of 2010” which authorized more marriage and fatherhood funding), I found: at Thomson Reuters News and Insight featuring content from WestLaw,  3/24/11 article:

2010 year-end False Claims Act update: Part 1

(by:  By Robert C. Blume, Andrew S. Tulumello, and Jessica H. Sanderson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP)

False Claims Act litigation and enforcement exploded in 2010 with unprecedented intensity.  Indeed, the government secured more than $3 billion in civil settlements and judgments for its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010 — a 25 percent increase over the previous year, and the second-largest yearly recovery amount ever.  The Justice Department’s total recoveries in False Claims Act cases from January 2009 through January 2011 have exceeded $6.8 billion, which is far greater than any other previous two-year period.  With these new numbers on the books, the total amount recovered under the False Claims Act since Congress amended the statute in 1986 has climbed to the staggering amount of more than $27 billion.1

One of my goals is to get people to realize that the other arena that needs to have “false claims act” applied to it is the entire psychology- and quasi-religious-theory-based programs for “strengthening families,” promoting responsible fatherhood (and marriage, and abstinence education, and relationship skills education which will help prevent divorce, which of course causes poverty, and reduce poverty, — oh yes, and help enable fathers to be motivated and/or able to pay child support, which will reduce welfare, which will then just about flip pancakes and bake an apple pie in every home, primarily by putting a father (any kind will do) in there somehow.

Allegedly these programs will also prevent child abuse.

MEANWHILE . . . BACK AT THE RANCH . . . .  (Pennsylvania Avenue in D.C.) — well, let’s read it from “FATHERHOOD.HHS.GOV

Responsible Fatherhood Grants

The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 provides funding of $150 million in each of five years for healthy marriage promotion and responsible fatherhood.  Each year, $75 million may be used for activities promoting fatherhood, such as counseling, mentoring, marriage education, enhancing relationship skills, parenting, and activities to foster economic stability.

 

The Claims Settlement Act of 2010 increased fatherhood and marriage programs, profiting many programs the HHS (public money) helps set up, and almost as fast as this happens, they are showing up in news reports as “take the money and run” or simply dropping off the map as to incorporation, which I know (and you can) because I look things up.   “Show me the money” (via tax return, preferably).   Men and Brethren, Women and Sistern (?)these things ought not to be!

This, despite our nation’s debt being (hear tell) about 100% of GDP.  This was not immediately evident in the signing comments (in fact it wasn’t mentioned), but it was eagerly anticipated by people who specialize in the field and live off it, instead off of honest work producing a wanted product, or food, clothing or housing.  Groups that incorporate just to get the grants, such as NARME, which has a membership based on a sliding scale, and some members are themselves federal beneficiaries of various grants streams already.

(NARME is an association formed in Florida after Dennis Stoica, who incorporated California Healthy Marriages Coalition, had its and a few other groups he incorporated there, get suspended — probably for failure to file — in California.  This was eagerly greated by an abstinence organization of chameleon-incorporation abilities as well, from Colorado, called (depending on which year is referenced), either WAITT Training or Center for Relationship Education, I DNR exactly just now.  They all like to reference each other and get the jumpstart on the next set of grants, which is helpful if someone actually working IN the HHS is there to clue you in, such as Bill Coffin:

From: NARME <julie@narme.org>
Date: Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 5:10 PM
Subject: Dennis Stoica teaching a webinar on ACF grant announcements June 17 for NARME members
To: billcoffin[[[]]]@[[]]mail.com

On Friday June 17 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm (ET), NARME Board Member Dennis Stoica (President of California Healthy Marriages Coalition) will conduct a 90-minute webinar – for NARME Members only – comparing and contrasting the six different grant announcements which are scheduled to be released earlier that week.

Bill Coffin, (who doesn’t need his email published here), brief bio on the same site reads:

  • Working with NARME and CA Healthy Marriages Coalition on a part-time basis.
  • Was [??]]Exec Dir of IDEALS (Jan-Aug 2011)  {{IDEALS is on my site, searchable, including the HHS grants they got….}}
  • From 2002-10 [[that’s 8 years….]] I was the Special Assistant for Marriage Education at ACF/HHS

Incidentally below I mention a Unification connection to marriage promotion;  CHMC is one place it happens — see their staff.

Bill Coffin on Youtube in a controversial “Family Strengthening Summit” in Kansas . . . . He is Catholic, obviously:

His passion is marriage education and enrichment.  Years ago Bill served part time as the Marriage Preparation Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Washington and as a consultant to the U.S. Bishops Committee on Marriage and Family Life.  He co-authored a book chapter on Preventive Interventions for Couples.

Because in 2000, the US elected (??- – ??) a Bush as President, we quickly got an Executive Order ensuring the people such as Mr. Coffin, along with their program material, can now be paid for by all of us in order to market web-based (primarily), for-profit products such as are “Relationship Education” and pay for companies to be set up (nonprofit, of course) to market this, soliciting customers through most traditional public institutions AND churches, synagouges, mosques and anything remotely “faith-based” although that first sector above, describes the primary source of customers I’m sure (outside captive audiences such as, er, prison population….).
Child Support Enforcement thus becomes a very fertile ground indeed — for certain people plowing, sowing, fertilizing and reaping from the field.  Meanwhile — private corporations such as Maximus pay multi-million$$ settlements on THEIR “Fraudulent Claims” lawsuits, too (which I report on).
And yet, the yearly budget for Child Support Enforcement is around $4 billion, and has been for a while.  Of this, the Health & Human Services Auditor(HHS/OIG/OAS)  said openly (this report is from October 2007, Report# OEI-06-06-00070, on State Use of Debt Compromise

BACKGROUND

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) estimates that $100 billion in unpaid child support has accumulated since the inception of a national CSE program in 1972. In an effort to reduce or eliminate possibly uncollectible debt, some States use debt compromise, a process whereby a State settles a portion or all of the child support debt owed to the State by a noncustodial parent. . . . 

In fiscal year (FY) 2005, State CSE agencies overall collected 60 percent of the $29 billion due in current support and 7 percent of the $107 billion due in arrearages. However, 40 percent of noncustodial parents with arrearages paid nothing toward their arrearages in 2005. 2 State collection rates for both current support and arrearages are among the criteria OCSE considers in determining incentive funding to States.3 States have implemented a number of strategies to reduce arrearages, including the use of debt compromise.

Debt compromise resulted in an average of $9,383 settled per case in selected States, with lump sum payments made in 45 percent of cases and averaging $5,515. In the five States, the estimated average arrearage per case was $22,029, of which $9,383 was settled. Noncustodial parents in 45 percent of cases paid lump sums at the time of the agreements averaging $5,515, which was disbursed to States for reimbursement of public assistance and/or to custodial parents for payment of past due child support.

When sample cases remained open following debt compromise, four of five States did not routinely follow up when noncustodial parents paid irregularly.

I don’t figure those quotes were digestible at first glance.  Basically, any local child support agency (usually at county level) is really controlled at the Federal Level by a series of carrots and sticks approach — “do you want your candy?  Then collect X % of arrearages, and maintain these types of cases!!!

While it’s illegal to retroactively reduce child support, the states naturally want their funding, so a way was found to get around astounding failure of rates (would not be a pass in a math or reading test, at least I hope not, in elementary schools; either you can add & subtract (or read) or you cannot.  NOT SO when it comes to government magical accounting processes:

Title IV-D of the Social Security Act made child support payments a judgment “with the full force, effect and attributes of a State judgment.”6 Although child support debt cannot be retroactively modified, this provision allows States to settle assigned arrearages if State law allows. This provision means that States may reduce arrearages in the same manner they might settle any other debt owed the State. Depending on the policies of individual States, reductions in child support debt are determined by State or local courts, by State CSE agencies, or by a combination of the two.

CSE officials in States with programs report a largely positive view of debt compromise, although a few express concern that settling debt is contrary to the enforcement process.

 

Now whose children are at risk here?  The CSE officials’ ??  CSE officials are paid at the county level, it is their livelihood to protect their jobs and their profession, which by its own mission continues to “evolve.”  More on that in a bit…

In order to meet the percentage of arrears owed, the states (sometimes not telling the custodial parent at the time, who has mouths to feed and is probably stuck in some sort of court battle for custody, because of child support to start with) simply settle the arrearages, and figure the children will just make do.

Based on a Mythology of Staggering Proportions:

 

So Child Support Enforcement (think $4 billion per year — enforcement/administrative activities only) in the hands of the Federal/State relationship becomes the Bed of Procrustes, who was FYI a robber posing as an innkeeper.

It stretches some parents beyond their means to pay, at which time they are given various alternatives to jail, including participate in certain diversionary programs, or begin a custody motion the parent may not even want, which enables & kickstarts fatherhood program availability to whoever is managing the local programs.   At the same time, in a different room of the same inn, it cuts off needed funds for the parent who may be simply trying to survive, or at the time, fighting desperately to retain contact with children (she, typically– because of the program funds) may have given birth to and raised.

This becomes a win/win — not for the customers who were fit to the bed (or their offspring).  For the program marketers, contractors, and creators — Because (unlike in the myth of Procrustes), no Greek hero walks in to put the robber in his place — instead, more accomplices are invited to the spectacle, to comment and report back to their handlers on the condition of the stretched out and mangled wayfarers, thus justifying further product expansion – – – usually in the form of “psychoeducational classes” which have prefab curricula, a franchise people can buy into by sitting through some trainings, and then be run somewhere, including in another facility set up by other portions of federal funds to solve the ongoing “PROBLEM” of moving down the highway of life in the presence of thieves and robbers posing as the Good Samaritan.

 

In this blog, I name many of the “accomplices” and also show their behaviors, including failing to incorporate and pay taxes properly, and skipping town when caught at their business to set up shop in another state.   I did not originate this material, I followed others who unearthed it earlier, developed a personal understanding and take on it, and as a byproduct, noted how many do-gooder nonprofits ALSO take the money and run, failing to warn the unwary about this upcoming Bed that fits no one.

 

The joke is basically on anyone who earns an honest income in the private sector and pays taxes. EXAMPLE:

 

GAO 2004 report on Undistributed Collections (get used to hearing about Millions here):

Child Support Enforcement: Better Data and More Information on Undistributed Collections Are Needed

GAO-04-377 March 19, 2004  (i.e., the report is over 7 years old….)

OCSE reported that the amount of undistributed collections for fiscal year 1999 was $545 million and $657 million for fiscal year 2002; however, these amounts may not be accurate. State agencies had different interpretations of what comprised undistributed collections and data reported by several state agencies were found to be unreliable throughout this time period. OCSE revised the reporting form, but data accuracy concerns remain, in part, because OCSE does not have a process to ensure the accuracy of undistributed collections data.

Getting the general picture yet?  This is one of the most invasive programs in the US, not including unnoticed wiretapping and the income tax to start with.  It affects employers hiring anyone, it affects people divorcing, it affects anyone in need of any social services tied to food or sustenance, it affects people leaving violent relationships and enables a family court judge to put a man or woman in jail indefinitely – because this type of law is not subject to sentencing guidelines, but is rather “coercive.”    And their own (GAO = General Accounting Office, as in the USA) report is “may not be accurate”, Data unreliable, does not have a process to ensure accuracy of data.  How reassuring!

Based on state agencies’ survey responses, GAO determined the median value of the undistributed collections from joint tax refunds was about $1.8 million and the median value of four other types of undistributed collections exceeded $350,000.

I suspect this is low, based on the fact that in 1999, a Los Angeles-based Attorney, working with a father, found that $14 million of undistributed collections was being held (and accruing interest, naturally) in the L.A. District Attorney’s office.  A lawsuit ensued, and because his incessant habit of unearthing such matters, then-attorney Richard Fine (age 69, degrees:  Harvard, Chicago, London School of Economics) was led away from the courtroom in handcuffs and put in solitary, coercive confinement hoping to break him.  It didn’t work, and 18 months later he was finally released, on Yom Kippur.

Groups representing women, and domestic violence, protective mothers (etc.) reported this some — but the ones receiving federal funding these days (which have been centralized under “[name your state] Coalition Against Domestic Violence” or names like “Family Justice Centers” went deaf, dumb and silent about the elephants in the room.

SO, IN SUMMARY:

 

The next time you run into a shell-shocked Mama (she was indeed carpet bombed in the custody courts), understand where it came from — she wasn’t born that way, and it’s not a character defect.  I’ve learned to pick them out of the crowd in a crowded public place.  Some of these women are also found later, in early middle age (or before) — homeless.

The next time you run into some Dad complaining about how his constitutional rights were violated (which is probably true) — because the courts are biased against men (which is false), first, ask him how come the evil feminists outsmarted so many really smart white men in the U.S. Congress, in passing that nasty VAWA act.  Watch the reaction.  If you don’t get one, then ask him how many female mass-murderers (in the context of a “custody dispute” does he know of?  (*1)  That should get some anger, indicating you have probably got a religious zealot, someone who’s been in contact with a fathers’ rights group, or simply someone who repeats information without looking it up.

(Note:   “Looking it up” does not include quoting someone whose organization was endorsed by  the National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative-based  “College” run by the National Fatherhood Initiative as posted on fatherhood.gov, and quoting what one learned there, of from one of their recent graduates or long-term advocates.)

When we have a U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Reps that are both HALF women, and both halves of both those houses have a little more color in them, then I will listen to that “courts are biased against men” argument.  Anyone making that argument makes it from the position of a nation which is about half men, half women (see Census) and not anything close to that in its governing bodies OR religious institutions.  Women got the vote after freed male slaves, it was over 100 years from the founding of the country, which we helped settle, and plenty died in childbirth, too.

That said, let’s get honest — —

Honest fathers are being extorted as well through the child support system.  And, there is a much more serious issue here, which is that the courts have been turned into a mental health archipelago.  I was just looking at the Tadros v. Doyne case, in which a psychiatrist got severe retaliation — I mean lawsuits — for pointing out that one “qualification” of a popular custody evaluator from San Diego included a diploma also issued to a house cat.   Nor, apparently, was Stephen Doyne ever an adjunct professor at UCSD (San Diego).   See thepubliccourt.com (click on Custody Evaluators), and soon to be blogged here.  How did the courts respond to realizing the “qualifications” of one of their favorites came from one mis-statement and a diploma mill — did they repent in abject horror, and say:

“Oh?  One of our own is a fraud?  Well, let’s toss him to the wolves, let’s punish the reprehensible liar”

Hardly.

Instead (it seems) the outed diploma mill person sued Tadros for (like $1,000,000) for defamation, and the court ordered him to pay around $86,000 of attorney’s fees.  I don’t know the depth of the case, but I do know that, false credentials and exaggerated work history is pretty common for the field.  Particularly it seem sin San Diego (what IS it about that city?).   So no, it’s not only women that see the short end of the stick in Conciliation Courts, which is where people with “irreconciliable differences” go to be subjected to the gauntlet.

TOGETHER — not all, but SOME : : : :

Slowly, some men and women (without the Tea Party traits) are figuring out how to defang this beast — we may never resolve the gender issues, but we  definitely will help each other to share resources and insight to solve the financial issues, which are far more objective and harder to squabble about.   You can blame poverty on divorce, and the crime level on too many single (fertile) mothers, or abuse on religion or lack of religion, or lack of a biological father in a child’s life.  Not exactly common grounds there.  So let’s try it again — because I guarantee all of us, wars over religion (and myths) DO not cease.  So DO not let our own government play men v. women in this manner, or conservatives v. progressives, either.  Develop some boundaries, and talk sense.  Thomas Paine did

The recipe, approximately:

MIX MYTHS (about life in general) with FEDERAL GRANTS INCENTIVES, CHILD SUPPORT DIVERSION (AND FRAUD, AND BLACK HOLES OF ACCOUNTABILITY), with BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE ASPIRATIONS, WITH “FAITH-BASED” with the FAMILY COURT FLORA & FAUNA (WHO LOBBY FOR FAVORABLE LEGISLATION), PLUS A TRADE-SPECIFIC SPECIALIZED GRAMMAR AND JARGON (“relationship education” “responsible fatherhood” “strengthening families” “Parent Coordinators” “High-Conflict” AND YOU GET:

Broke & Disillusioned.  Or, as it may be, Angry, Focused, and Activist.

These financial issues relate to the nonprofits formed by public-paid employees to peddle for-profit products (and services) through the courts.  This goes so far up that the originating nonprofits (AFCC/CRC etc.) have figured out how to simply re-structure the courts to create more market niches for their colleagues.

 

Women like me (there are some) eventually do burn out, but we still represent something of a danger to the status quo for what we do AFTER we’ve lost the things we can be extorted and intimidated around, namely, access to see our own children, or in some cases, any vestiges of a work life, after years of battling — using wrong strategy, no real effective weapons (note:  truth is not a weapon in the company of liars) and not knowing the lay of the land, let alone who the natives are.  It’s surreal country — either that, or the one we were inhabiting mentally before encountering this hidden trap, spread in all 50 states – was a foggy surreal existence with an expiration date.

Context and speakers are everything when it comes to meaning.  This blog has moved from, originally, semi-therapeutic and speaking bout against (you name it) through exposing the DV agency sell-outs right alongside the FR groups.  I take on topics that colleagues won’t (such as the faith-based farce, or connections between the family court funding and the Unification Church).

 

Technical matters:  Tags are less reliable the search function.  If you want to find something (including your name I might have reported on), use the search function.  I don’t spellcheck and copyedit, and don’t care that I don’t, either.  Also this blog is probably going to stop growing (but stay up as a resource) at the end of 2011.  It has served its purpose, including to help me through a difficult time by allowing expression, Freedom of Speech — a treasure not safe to exercise during marriage or custody proceedings, which are now a moot point; my kids have “aged out” which is one of only two known exits to the system (typically) and thank God no one took the other exit and dragged one of us through that same door of no return.

 

There are few comments on here, however, the visitor stats (I have the IPs) consistently show that governments, colleges, and some courts watch this site, and at least a few of them have cleaned up parts of their act since I began naming names.

May my loss of time with my daughters, at work, and materially in the courts be someone else’s gain;

I will never be the same again and have come out better.

Let’s Kick Ass* and Take Names.   Welcome to my  Blog!

(*That’s a figure of speech, not an incitement to a physical assault, obviously!  Actually, one can kick some ass by a form of taking names called writing a “FOIA” letter.  Parents in Pennsylvania recently did this, and in gallops the FBI to scoop up evidence, outcome still TBA.)

THEME:

“No man can enter into a man’s house, and spoil his goods,

except he first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil the home.”**

(**Context – see Bible, Mark 3, what Jesus — having healed the sick, cast out devils, called the 12 disciples together to a mountain, to teach and empower them to do EXACTLY WHAT HE”D JUST BEEN DOING, and attracted a crowd.   His friend tried to have him committed, and the scribes came down accusing — “he casts out devils by the prince of devils.”

Sounds to me like Jesus, in healing and delivering people “bound the strong man” in their lives — he didn’t start initiatives, training institutes, or run batterers’ intervention programs.  And while I’m at it, in Mark 3 — Jesus got angry for the hardness of their hearts.  Whether anyone personally believes in Jesus Christ (I happen to), surely if this paragon of ethics gets angry  — without committing a crime (sin) — anger PER SE is not a crime; it may be a legitimate reaction to a circumstance of need, or danger.    What’s more guess what — Jesus had “conflict” in fact such high conflict that he was later killed, early in life, for failing to conform to expectations, and disturbing the status quo.

Apart from whether or not Jesus, God, the Prince of Devils (or devil spirits) are real or not — which in the USA is not supposed to affect whether one gets justice! — every “house” (outfit) has a strong man of some sort.  Jesus used “house” as an analogy for a person.  Let’s use it referring to the situation here.  So . . . .

 

Who is the strong man in the courts?  Who are the ‘strong men’ in the courts overall?

Visitors — Are you here to plead to authorities, find more excuses for some result you got in the courts (I won’t agree), be a spectator?

I’ll say it again:

Let’s Kick Ass* and Take Names.  Get the Lay of the Land.

Welcome to my  Blog!

 

I’m not looking for the masses (but know who is).  Just a few good men AND women who have it together to blog, report, and act on this.  How many people know how influential a single nonprofit from Denver (run at one time by six women) is in this arena?  Any idea which one and when it incorporated, what they do?

 

(*1) Seal Beach, California Fall 2011.  8 people shot to death by a disgruntled father wearing a bulletproof vest in and just outside a beauty salon.

Shortly before, a father abducted (Refused to return from visitation) the toddler of a woman who’d given birth, I think, at age 44.  She worked in the California Attorney General’s Office.  Because it was a parental abduction, Amber Alert? (per practice) was delayed several days.  The little girl was found dead, with her father, both shot and also in a car with (as I recall) exhaust fumes in it.  The paternal grandparent blamed it on the courts; he also had been under criminal investigation previously for financial fraud.  (Samaan/Fay).

The Attorney General is the TOP of the criminal enforcement heap in any state.  District Attorney’s — which is who prosecutes any criminal case — are under the AG.  If this woman, working in that office, could not get some inside help to save her little girl’s life. then I’ll have to assume that family courts have just taken priority over criminal, at least in California. However, as it happens, they often work together, it’s called “collaborating” to “help” victims.  It’s a nice retirement package (Family Justice Center Alliance), unlike many of the parents going through the court systems who may not have this afterwards.

Abuse, Violence, Batterers, Crime, and Sexism (etc.) as well as Racism all really do exist, sure, yeah.   But, as the Bible says, it’s the love of money that is at the root of all evil.  In this context, hardly anyone teaches women (in particular) to simply look things up.   Well, I do, and you had better develop that skill FAST.  I report what your nonprofit domestic violence agency didn’t tell you; and my revenge on the past is to do this for free, except for mental exercise, and it’s about time you stopped quoting & re-blogging everyone else, and started researching something you can verify on your own.  HINT:  the answer to what’s happening in the courts isn’t IN the courts, it’s OUTSIDE the courts.

 

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice.

Welcome to my Blog

 

 

 

See also:  “A Short History of How . .  “(on-line since 1993), to which I owe the start of this blog….

READ ABOUT THESE GROUPS TO COMPREHEND THE EXTENT OF THIS COLLUSION “

(by Para.3, after Paras. 1 & 2 have probably offended someone (truth often does) …start taking notes, …)

If the style is a little “In Your Face” it’s because I wish that Liz Richard’s NAFCJ site had been in mine during the previous years in the family court system. There’s also a reason it’s author doesn’t get gilt-edged invitations to “Wingspread Conferences on Domestic Violence and the Family Courts (2007 example*)” on what to do when paradigms collide (it was a crime — it was a disease — stop it — intervene — treat it — prevent it — it was a family dispute, etc.) — or invitations to add a chapter to a recent compilation of “Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Custody,” (co. 2010) namely that the book doesn’t handle the child support system, finances at all — pretty funny when one of the (well-intentioned, and decent person) lead editors had a high-profile case where the supervised visitation person (Viola Stroud) was eventually nailed by someone else, not for a poorly written review (if she wrote any) — but for financial fraud, and ordered to repay $30,000 she’d stolen from a woman blind and brain-damaged after a car crash, being her court-appointed guardian!  Meanwhile, Barry Goldstein lost his “Esq.” over the Genia Shockome case, and last I heard — that case is still open in another state.  JUST THINK what might happen if enough people, tired of “shining the light” on bad custody decisions, instead started burning the midnight oil (like I did) and studying something slightly different and much less subjective — in the matters of family court.

 

* From Wingspread 2007 conference:

“Although domestic violence is commonly recognized as a serious and widespread problem, there is a surprising lack of agreement about its nature, causes, frequency, and appropriate legal treatment.” (the paper also uses the word “triage” so I guess the preferable discussion of DV is that it’s some kind of disease).  One theme of this conference (between NCJFCJ & AFCC) is that domestic violence is really hard to discern because partners tend to conceal it when coming in for divorce (never mind that many of them first file for a protective order and show up with injuries, or it’s reported), so the experts had better get out their microscopes to screen for it…

 

(When the original analysis is good, there’s not a need for 15 more conferences to further explicate it, and 45 grants to fund “promising practices in preventing” (whatever . . . .. .)

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November 30, 2011 at 3:01 am

* * *In just two hours (9pm EST 11/29/2011), Joe Pilchesky, as in Lackawanna County Family Court Pennsylvania FBI raid, will be on blogtalk radio* * *

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 Tune in on the web live or hear recordings of previous AFU shows:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abusefreedomlive

 

GUEST CALL IN AT 

The FBI descended on this court recently, and walked out with boxes of evidence; we shall see what they do or don’t actually investigate (a lot, I hope).  However what appears to have gotten them there is NOT accounts of child custody tragedies (more common form of protest) but information, it seems, that a certain court professional was over billing or double billing.  Call in and find out yourself.

Despite since 1993ff advocates such as Liz Richards (Virginia, probably the earliest), Cindy Ross (N. California), Californians such as Marv Byer and former attorney Richard Fine, and some of the networks they have developed — have been working collaboratively, and W I T H O U T     F E D E R A L    F U N D I N G   – – – without taking salaries as Executive Directors of a Nonprofit STOP ABUSE or REFORM THE COURTS nonprofit, i.e. F O R     F  R  E  E  (to you) — (put me in that list as well, since 2009) — TO EXHORT, RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATE  — the importance of knowing WHO is paid WHAT by WHOM , in the family law system.

We do not have the PR edge, we do have the facts though — and if enough people will figure out something more intelligent to do about problem situations than complain, march, and follow their PAID PROBLEM SOLVING LEADERS — to strengthen their OWN knowledge of these systems — –  then hope may have some basis.

I am posting this last-minute add for a show I was on last week (with technical difficulties) despite misspelling of the main speaker’s first AND last names.

I will be calling in and hope you do too, although currently am working on a different post.

Joe Pilchesky and the participants in the Doherty Deceit forum — “ScrantonPolitical Times” – have been cited on my blog before, and their forum recently exceeded 18 million hits (!)   This

For example, the case of Dawn Lewis, whose husband died — and immediately Paternal Grandpa wants full physical custody of her little boy– she has to fight this in court!

Lewis v. Lewis heads back into the system for a modification request.

Dana Lewis, the daughter-in-law of Tom Lewis, Judge Minora’s tipstaff, has filed a petition for modification seeking to reduce the visitation her son gets with Tom Lewis.

Tom Lewis is represented by Atty. Nancy Barressee.  Only ten days after Dana Lewis’ husband passed away, Tom Lewis filed a petition seeking to have physical custody of her five year-old son.  A petition for physical custody is a petition seeking to take the child away from the parent. What kind of a lowlife would do that except for Tom Lewis?  Dana Lewis is nothing less than an extraordinary mother, so being on the receiving end of that petition had to be incredibly disturbing.

Moving forward, unfortunately, Dana Lewis had a corrupt lawyer who came up pretty short on good representation and Tom Lewis ended up with a visitation schedule that most fathers would envy.  He has visitation with the child four days one week and three days the following week, as recommended by Guardian Danielle Ross, now under a federal investigation.  Now that the child is in school, that visitation schedule is severely interfering with the child adopting an established pattern of eating, doing homework, relaxing and getting to bed.

There’s a hearing set for the 8th, so we’ll see if Tom Lewis has the child’s best interests at heart if he digs his heels in to keep weekday visitations that are disrupting this boy’s life.  Last I heard, Tom allowed this child to operate a full-sized Quad by himself.

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“Justice doesn’t have to be fair, equitable or honorable – it just has to be justice”

I understand the community overall has extreme courage in reporting the corruption, as so many are actually employed in school and government institutions, locally.  Family Law Judges have wide discretion, and any one caring about the kid could’ve easily dismissed this case, I’ll bet, but none did.  http://scrantonpoliticaltimes.activeboard.com/t42441326/kids-4-kash-lack-cty-second-protest-set-for-friday-december-/

NOTE — posting this announcement does not imply endorsement of the larger site of “abusefreedom.com” which is largely new to me and I have not finished exploring.

TONIGHT @ 9 EST ON Abuse Freedom Live 
THE 66/34  EFFECT SHOW, with Host Athena Phoenix : 
MONEY TRAILS-Jo Pilcheski Explains How He Helped Moms Collect Evidence For the FBI’s  Raid on the Lackawanna Family Court, How to Investigate Federal Funding Misuse  In Your Area

ABUSE FREEDOM LIVE November 29, 2011
This Week We Will Talk With Jo Pilcheski About His Role in Helping Moms Assist the FBI Investigation and Raid On the Lackawanna, PA Family Court

Last week on the show there was an amazing turn out of listeners chomping at the bit to talk about how parents in Scranton, PA were able to collect convincing evidence of financial corruption and an alleged custody industry scam ring for the FBI, then get media sunlight on it.  So I am bring on Jo this week to continue that discussion about evidence collection when your gut says something is wrong.

Find out more about the FBI’s raid on the Lackawanna Family Court’s Administrative offices here:

Sample of concepts from this webpage at AbuseFreedom.com

UNACCOUNTABLE NONPROFITS ENGAGED IN THE FAMILY COURTS, FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT, COUNTY AGENCIES (THE DA, Support ENFORCEMENT, CPS) AND WHY THEIR FUNDING MATTERS

Response:  The nonprofits are not literally “unaccountable” — but so few people have attempted to hold them accountable, they operate as if they were.  We aim to change this.  As volunteer research takes time — I believe fully in the “training concept” – but only for people who have the motivation, the stamina, and at some level the mind (really — it’s attitude, assuming your mind can connect dots and go “search -click” and mentally connect what you read with something else you read previously, till eventually an internal database of ORIGINAL_SOURCE INFORMATION can be acquired.  In other words, you are willing to if necessary learn a new skill, and fully extend the reach of former skills.  However, much of the research doesn’t require any college degree — just the heart for it, and the willingness not to let emotions drive the car of your mind too fast into “neutral” or “reverse” gear.  “Drive” is where one is actually locating and keeping valuable evidence of financial misdeeds or fraud.
Bribery has no place in a justice system, and the more of it that is removed, the closer to justice any process will become.

Every court has a list of “preferred vendors” who they refer troubled families to for a variety of federally funded services, such as counciling, coparenting classes, divorce classes, GAL’s, parenting coordinators, rehabilitation, minor’s counsel, and of course, child support enforcement (IV-D TANF fatherhood funded and AV programs.) This is a problem because the more you fight, the more IV-D TANF incentives they get. In any gender based program (e.g. fatherhood) Federal law says that the court cannot MANDATE attendance, and they MUST inform you that you are participating in a Fatherhood program. If the entire child support enforcement program is a giant Fatherhood project, can they mandate your attendance and waive the rules??? The other problem is that since the research shows no one keeps track of the money, this provides every incentive to keep the case open and escalate conflicts.

Faith-based Offices, Initiatives, Grants, and Groups: The Handwriting is Already on the Wall*

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This post begins my trial of “citation” format — a “footnote section,” pending my ability to put this information in visual diagram format. It’s good advice.  So for any [FN#] section, references are at the bottom, under “FOOTNOTE SECTION,” separated by quotes in red font from related FN.   However, this ain’t no research paper, and won’t get several drafts either.  Footnotes may be out of order in the text (wordpress has no auto-numbering system I’m aware of).  Deal with it…

I have been looking at some of the reports coming out on the lavish parties following the Baptism of the ‘Faith-Based Office” in 2001, and its expansion throughout government (as per Bush Executive Order in 2001), and what they do with their grants, as well as what is planned (overall) to do with what’s left of the US Legislative-Executive-Judicial branches.

The speed of the spread of independent offices at the highest levels of state government (i.e., Governor’s Offices), and what they have been doing once there has astonished me.   I’m not prophet, but the handwriting is already on the wall.  Here’s what’s up ahead — without targeted & informed protest, it is going to get worse.  Most nets are set in private, and there is NO sense on relying on “MainStreamMedia” (and a good deal of Social Media too) which are owned, as a source of truth.  Look at the financial and corporate track record.  How do groups handle money, wealth, etc.

I believe the handwriting is already on the wall for this country, written by elected (or in the case of Administration 2001-2009, probably not) Presidents and others who influence them.   I heard that our country’s debt is now 100% of the GDP — where do you think the leaders will go when this collapses?  Will they be without options?  I doubt it. ..  They think and move internationally, and try to tell others how to think about their work, lives, marriages, parenting, reproduction, education of youth, and especially what to buy (consume).   People who protest can be incarcerated on frivolous causes, and are being.

Humanity

In species, the most specialized thrive in certain species niches, but humans (among the most generalized of animals — no claws, no fur, we don’t have the best sight, smell, or hearing, nor are we the strongest or fastest species around — but we know tools, language and how to use animals, environment, and other people (as animals, many times) to achieve imagined ends.  We make up gods to worship and kill others who don’t worship the same ones in the right way — habitually.  We devised money.  What a species).

What we don’t get too well is something called limits, and something called contentment — without ruling the world. . . .  And we too easily acquiesce, buying comfort for not having to continually fight the current alpha males, who seem to want (with the associated females around them) too many privileges.

The lesson of the “faith-based organization” is an important one.  Who knows what it is?  (can You define it?  There is no separate category given in the TAGGS databse (HHS) for “faith-based” all they have long lists of Grantee Types, and Grantee Classes.  “Faith-based” was not added as a field in 2001.  See?

http://www.taggs.hhs.gov/AdvancedSearch.cfm

Grantee CLASS can be:  City Government, County, Federal, Foreign Nonprofit, Foreign Profit, Individual. International (US & Foreign or 2 Foreign), Non-Profit Private Non-Government, Non-profit Public Non-Government (??), Other (Towns, Villages, American indian Tribes), Private Profit (Large Business), Private Profit (Small Business), Special Unit of Government (??), Sponsored Organizations, State Government.

Grantee Type:  [about as diverse a list, go look yourself]

At no point does it say “Faith-based organization.”  But for a decade now, the category has existed — and grants are supposed to go to them.  If the public is to know — do we have to look up every (damn) grantee and figure out who they are?  We can run all these kinds of searches — and unless there is a field to indicate “FB” or “There is no God” (:   we can’t see how many of which grants are being steered where.  These are searches one can do on the HHS database, plus there are many reports that can be run also (pre-fab searches, basically):

TAGGS RECIPIENT SEARCH
Search By Recipient Name Keyword (would work if spellcheck were run consistently, and grantees weren’t changing names every few years).
Search By DUNS and EIN  (but in detail, neither field will display; probably good as I’ve found grantees that have no EIN#!)
Search By Type and Class  (Categories I mentioned above)TAGGS AWARD SEARCH
Search By CFDA Program  (there is “marriage & Fatherhood” and “abstinence educ.” which are clues — but there is no CFDA Program “faith-based”)
Search By CFDA Program Numbers
Search By OPDIV
Search Keyword By Award TitleTAGGS LOCATION SEARCH
Search By Domestic Location
Search By Foreign LocationTAGGS ADVANCED SEARCH

In essence, “faith-based” means, either a group that has already been doing some kind of charity before 2001, or one that resulted from HHS officials (and DOJ, etc.) soliciting leaders of [name your religion, but predominantly Christian/Catholic/megachurch for sure] and helping them file for incorporation.

It also means favoritism to the point of breaking and skirting laws for application of grants, as a 2008 Investigation of the head of the “OJJDP” found out.   Justice Official Fired; Bypassed Grant Deadlines June 25, 2008 by Patrick Boyle.  Mr. Boyle’s series of articles led to a Congressional investigation of the grants process under Mr. Flores, which should be read.  In this article, McGarry (OJJDP employee) let applicants submit past the deadlines.

A federal juvenile justice official who was fired on June 24 had helped selected organizations apply for Justice Department grants past the deadline – a significant violation of department policy – and directed employees to help a favored organization win a grant, according to federal documents.

Michele DeKonty, who served as chief of staff at the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), played a central role in grant awards that are under congressional investigation. She recently took the Fifth Amendment (!!) when asked to speak with investigators from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is probing whether OJJDP awarded grants based on political favoritism and personal connections.

OJJDP Administrator J. Robert Flores offered no explanation in announcing her departure in amemo to staffers on the morning of June 25, saying, “Yesterday, [DeKonty] ended her tenure with our Office.”

Last year, DeKonty – a graduate of Regent University, which calls itself “America’s Preeminent Christian University” – helped faith-based organizations apply for mentoring grants even though the deadline had passed, prompting a senior Justice Department official to fire off an angry rebuke

You can expect more of this, and multiplying, not simply adding, players.  FYI, the OJJDP has a “Council” – -the “CJJDP” — one member of which is called CNCS, and a woman featured in today’s post, from Ohio’s “Governor’s Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives” (GOFBCI), Krista Sisterhen — went from that office to the CNCS in ITS “Office of Faith-Based” (from what I can tell).  These patterns have shown up, and are reasons to force a stop:

  • This was Bush’s first abuse of power on getting elected — it was not run by the people. For that matter, it seems his election wasn’t, either.
  • Group Incorporates for the purpose of getting grants, may not stay incorporated; may or may not file with their own state.
  • Some groups appear to be merely front groups, moving money (actually, to the contractors, for-profit).
  • Groups often “Takes the Money and Run” then leaving the next officials to pick up the pieces (frequent).
  • The sheer concept of something “Faith-Based” concept RADICALLY transformed how all government departments & agencies do business (spend money), creating more work and costing more to lay out the red carpet.
  • Does not bear up under scrutiny — what does the term mean?
  • There is no database label for the public of “faith-based” or not “faith-based” groups, meaning, we have taxation without representation.
  • It must be important — because it was the FIRST TWO Executive Orders by GWBush in 2001.  (Why are we ignoring this?).  Basically, it sets up parallel yet independent operations WHEREVER IT GOES.
  • The Offices are grants & business conduits.
  • Some of the Faith-based Organizations chosen are reprehensible to start with (especially for women) and their leaders have already been subject to lawsuits from their own members for fraud, domestic violence, molestation of young boys, and sometimes tax evasion — not to mention flat-out greed.
  • Those that don’t fall into this category still use government funds to proselytize, which is the mission or purpose of the church (i.e., Dominionism), and do not really hold allegiance to the U.S. in high regard, or its laws.
  • Some denominations or religions actually CAUSE the social service need they are relieving, and historically this has been so.  The last thing we need is uniting government and churches!  Both entities are prone to abusing the people they historically serve.
  • As with Catholic authorities that tried to cover up abuse by priests, switching them to new jurisdictions, THESE SAME GRANTS ADMINISTRATORS // RECIPIENTS, WHEN CAUGHT; SIMPLY MOVE ON TO ANOTHER STATE.  THE MOST THEY WOULD SUFFER IS A JOB LOSS, and there’s usually another crony to pick them up.

One cannot straighten out such a situation.  It’s a national network which intends to force a top-down system change through government (similar to what the National Fatherhood Initiative also did, starting in 1994).

THE HANDWRITING IS ON THE WALL – BUT WHO IS READING IT?

I don’t think enough people are reading “The Handwriting on the Wall” on this topic — and so am going to spell it out.

*RE:  HANDWRITING ON THE WALL.

*This phrase comes from a Bible passage; Daniel 5.

http://handwriting-on-the-wall.jpg

Daniel being a youth that was carried away to captivity in Babylon, rose to prominence, and lived through several different reigns.  The book of Daniel tells of his faithfulness, of miraculous rescues because of this (Daniel in the Lion’s Den) and in his longing to know what was going to become of his people, several visions and prophecies that are central to Judaeo-Christian heritage.  It’s quite dramatic, including here.

From Daniel 5.  This is a florid language, so pull up a seat and imagine you are being given an oral history, from the People of the Book, about the exile, and the heroes and forefathers.  Because (though it’s written), you are.   And afterwards, we will judge by looking, whether those on the “faith-based fast-track” are behaving more like Belshazzar the King, or like Daniel.  Look at attitude, assets, and acquisitions — where did the wealth described here come from?  Where does the wealth come from for faith-based groups nowadays, and what are they doing with it?  Do they respect its origins, or is it party time?   How current is this tale?  (Very!)

<< Daniel 5 >>
King James Version

1Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
{{Party time, with the loot… using things that were formerly sacred to the conquered country}}

5In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6Then the king’s countenance was changed  {{I’ll bet!!}} , and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

{{Trouble in Tahiti.  Maybe he had a conscience after all, and it was trying to reach him:  the man was freaking out.  IN such times, what else does the top leader do but call in the expert counsel?}}

7The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom8Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

{{“Make my problems go away, and I’ll reward you well” (with my loot).   In this version, they acknowledged they were clueless — can you imagine any of today’s experts doing the same?  Certainly not; they’d just recommend another council, commission, task force and executive office initiative, plus funds to staff it ,set it up, evaluate its own reports and publicize its own reports by a “resource center.”}}

10Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet houseand the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: 11There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him . . . 

(interesting, the queen wasn’t there to start with, but nearly everyone else was….)   and she continues saying…

Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

{{which of course he was, and I’ll spare you the repetition}}

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king,[FN2] and make known to him the interpretation. 18O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.

(== pretty much where it’s at in our justice system today, would you agree?) 

20But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: . . .

22.

And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this23But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:24Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

25And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it27TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting28PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

Whatever the hell that term means!  Ever thought about it?  I mean, is a church (mega, Catholic, or your local brick) or a synagogue or a mosque a “faith-based” group?

The 2000 Election and the 2001 Executive Orders of Pres. Bush are linked.

9/11/2001 eclipsed discussion of either and now we are stuck with the results; it has become “status quo” to even take seriously the term “faith-based” either as to the faith, or as to the corporations formed to gobble up the grants, and laws passed to change the process of government to accommodate this.

I plan to talk about WHO and WHAT we are dealing with since that man took office.

This article from Common Dreams, highlights the election of 2000 and 9/11.  I am highlighting, in that context, what came inbetween — the first and second executive orders issued on taking office, and how those horses have bolted out the gate, so far.

The 2000 Election must Not Be Forgotten (Published 11/1/2001 by John Nichols by In These Times)

Historians reflecting upon America’s rough transition from the 20th to the 21st century will identify two crises on which the nation’s future turned. Both will be recalled to have arisen with little warning, to have exposed fundamental flaws in the political, legal and bureaucratic structures of the nation, and to have demanded dramatic responses that would change forever how the United States conducts its affairs. And historians will explain, with the wisdom of time, that it is unnecessary to debate the relative consequence of these two crises; rather, they will argue, it is vital to recognize the clear consequence of both. . . .

He then relates the wish to silence the debate (because the nation is in crisis) to Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and women getting the vote, finally:

. . .But what of a debate about the very quality of the democracy for which Americans are said to be fighting? What if the debate directly challenges the man sitting in the White House? Should this debate not be put aside until a more convenient time?

Alice Paul would tell us not to make that mistake. At the opening of World War I, the women’s suffrage movement faced a critical test. Moderates argued that women would win the right to vote only by appearing to be more patriotic than men. But Paul and the radical suffragists of the National Women’s Party refused to compromise their demand that President Woodrow Wilson endorse a constitutional amendment granting women equal citizenship. They picketed the White House daily with signs that identified Wilson as a hypocrite for sending American soldiers to “die for democracy” when America was a democracy “in name only.”

The women were attacked in the streets, taunted as traitors and branded “Bolsheviks” by theChicago Tribune. Wilson ordered the suffragists arrested. More than 200 were jailed. Eventually Paul led a hunger strike so embarrassing to Wilson that he was forced to release her in December 1917. Barely one month later, under continued pressure from Paul and her allies, Wilson announced his support for women’s suffrage. The next day, the House narrowly endorsed the Susan B. Anthony Amendment. Within three years, women had the vote.

Alice Paul would tell us that, in challenging leaders in a time of war to make real their talk of democracy, we practice the truest patriotism. In an oral history, conducted toward the end of her long life, Paul recalled the “radical” sign that stirred so much controversy outside the White House during World War I. It read: “Democracy should begin at home.”

John Nichols is the author of Jews for Buchanan: Did You Hear the One about the Theft of the American Presidency? (New Press), a book on the 2000 election debacle.

©2001 The Institute for Public Affairs

I am a woman, I have been a Christian, I see what the “faith-based” executive order has done to our country and our government.  It sucks, and I’m ready to keep this debate going, fiscal crisis definitely relates to it, as does the use of the income tax.  While I was married and raising small children (and working, days, nights) Christianity was used as an excuse for abuse, while faith-based people and agnostics did next to nothing to intervene.

AFTER I got out, and was actually happy, safe, and prospering (no one was forcing me out of jobs — yet) again – the same Christianity became a liability for me, both from the useless onlookers (during years of abuse) and the husband, who tried in court to portray me as a religious zealot engaged in bizarre practices, none of which he documented or proved.   I worked for Catholics — for the purpose of work — it was used against me, although the US Government seems to get along just fine with plenty of Catholic groups.

I have come to the conclusion that, whatever my personal faith, places of worship these days are either nonprofit corporations that should be forced to manage their money as others do — or, they are informal organizations that exchange plenty of money without bothering to register with the IRS like their individual congregants have to.  After which they talk about Community, One Body of Christ, or the “Family.”

This is just the beginning of my ongoing exposure of this phenomena.  I’m going to let us know WHICH family this is all about and show groups who go for the bait from the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives (then, or now, federal, community-based, or state-level) – are indeed relatives, and behaving about the same as George W. Bush did, from the start.

There are plenty of ways to satirize the situation, but the closer one looks, it is no laughing matter.

I’m talking about, when these are in the Governor’s Offices, after invited into the White House in 2001.  Since I printed this list, Kansas (Gov. Brownback) has established a similar office, only under the SRS department — after choosing Robert Siedlicki to head up this department.  Gov. Brownback did this immediately — as a “governor-elect.”

Brownback tags SRS, KDHE heads  Siedlecki to head SRS; Moser to lead KDHE

Posted: January 3, 2011 – 1:56pm  The Topeka Capitol-Journal, by Tim Carpenter (CJonline.com

Gov.-elect Sam Brownback nominated Monday a former federal attorney assigned to faith-based programs to lead the state’s social service agency and selected a University of Kansas physician to preside over the agency responsible for environmental and health regulation.

The new secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will be Robert Siedlecki Jr., who is chief of staff with the Florida Department of Health. He is former legal counsel to the Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the U.S. Department of Justice under President George W. Bush.

. . . .

The KDHE and SRS appointments came one week before Brownback is scheduled to be sworn into office as governor Jan. 10. Brownback will officially surrender his U.S. Senate seat Wednesday.

 . . .

Siedlecki, a divorced father of two girls, said he was eager to work for a governor with “strong convictions, courage to fight for those convictions and the will to make a difference for his fellow citizens.”

SRS has 6,000 employees and operates six hospitals for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. Its budget exceeds $1.7 billion, making it the third-largest in state government, behind the Kansas Department of Education, which distributes aid to public schools, and the higher education system.

SRS oversees foster care for troubled children, with its workers assessing whether children should be removed from their families over allegations of abuse and neglect

. . .

Our administration will work for a strengthening of healthy marriages, a decrease in the percentage of children in poverty and protection from threats to our state’s families’ well-being,” Brownback said.

Sure they will …..  let’s look at what some others have been doing:

(search on grantee institutions which use the term “Faith-based” (or I gather “Faith”) in their names – which is only a fraction of the recipients).

Year Grantee Name Recov
Act?
St Grantee Class Award # Award Title Budg
Yr
CFDA # Principal Investig. Action$$
2011 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 5 93086 GREG GREG $ 0
2010 Governor`s Ofc of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives REC AL State Government 90SN0033 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 LISA CASTALDO $ 0
2010 New Jersey State Office of Faith Based Initiative NON NJ State Government 90EJ0121 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) 1 93009 EDWARD LAPORTE $ 0
2010 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 5 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $ 446,675
2009 Governors Office of Community & Faith Based Initiatives REC MI State Government 90SN0021 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 GREG ROBERTS $ 250,000
2009 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives REC IA Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90SI0016 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – NON-PROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 DARYL VANDERWILT $ 1,000,000
2009 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 4 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $ 543,371
2008 Faith-Based Solutions, LLC NV Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90EJ0108 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93009 LAUREN SOULAM $ 500,000
2008 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 3 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $ 544,140
2007 Faith-Based Solutions, LLC NV Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90EJ0108 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93009 LAUREN SOULAM $ 500,000
2007 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives IA Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90IJ0859 THE COMPASSION CAPITAL (CCF) TARGETED CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM-RURAL 1 93009 DR DARYL VANDERWILT $ 50,000
2007 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 2 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $ 150,399
2006 Alta Vista Faith-Based Initiative Corporation TX Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90IJ0624 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) TARGETED CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM – MARRIAGE 1 93009 ROBERT CHAVEZ $ 50,000
2006 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 3 93009 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $ 1,000,000
2006 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 1 93086 KRISTA SISTERHEN $ 544,140
2005 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93009 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $ 1,000,000
2004 National Center for Faith Based Initiative FL Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 3 93647 EARL W HAMILTON $ 525,000
2004 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Government 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93647 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $ 750,000
2003 National Center for Faith Based Initiative FL Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93647 BISHOP HAROLD CALVIN RAY $ 525,000
2002 Faith Based Community Development Corp. CA Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90ED0060 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING PROJECTS – PA 4 1 93570 DANIEL SCOTT $ 75,000
2002 National Center for Faith Based Initiative *** FL Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93647 BISHOP HAROLD CALVIN RAY $ 700,000
2002 PLEASANT CITY FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY DEV. INITIATIVES FL Non-Profit Public Non-Government Organizations 90ED0059 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING PROJECTS- PA 4 1 93570 EDWARD HORTON $ 75,000
Results 1 to 22 of 22 matches.
[FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY SEEING THE RIGHT $$ COLUMN, WITHOUT HAVING TO PEER THROUGH THE LINKS AND BLOGROLL, HERE THEY ARE AGAIN):
Fiscal Yr Grantee Name Recovery Act? State Grantee Class Award # Award Title Budget Yr CFDA# Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 5 93086 GREG GREG $0
2010 Governor`s Ofc of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives REC AL State Gov’t 90SN0033 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 LISA CASTALDO $0
2010 New Jersey State Office of Faith Based Initiative NON NJ State Gov’t 90EJ0121 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) 1 93009 EDWARD LAPORTE $0
2010 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 5 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $446,675
2009 Governors Office of Community & Faith Based Initiatives REC MI State Gov’t 90SN0021 ARRA-2009 SCF-STATE, LOCAL AND TRIBAL GOVT. CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 GREG ROBERTS $250,000
2009 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives REC IA Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90SI0016 ARRA – STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES FUND – NON-PROFIT CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM 1 93711 DARYL VANDERWILT $1,000,000
2009 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ NON OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 4 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $543,371
2008 Faith-Based Solutions, LLC NV Non-Profit Public Non-Gov’t Orgs 90EJ0108 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93009 LAUREN SOULAM $500,000
2008 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 3 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $544,140
2007 Faith-Based Solutions, LLC NV Non-Profit Public Non-Gov’t Orgs 90EJ0108 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93009 LAUREN SOULAM $500,000
2007 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives IA Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90IJ0859 THE COMPASSION CAPITAL (CCF) TARGETED CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM-RURAL 1 93009 DR DARYL VANDERWILT $50,000
2007 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 2 93086 ALAN BANNISTER $150,399
2006 Alta Vista Faith-Based Initiative Corporation TX Non-Profit Public Non-Gov’t Orgs 90IJ0624 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND (CCF) TARGETED CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM – MARRIAGE 1 93009 ROBERT CHAVEZ $50,000
2006 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 3 93009 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $1,000,000
2006 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90FE0109 HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 8 (TURNING THE TIDE FOR OHIO’S BLACK MARRIAGES) 1 93086 KRISTA SISTERHEN $544,140
2005 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93009 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $1,000,000
2004 National Center for Faith Based Initiative FL Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 3 93647 EARL W HAMILTON $525,000
2004 OH St Governor`s Office of Faith Based & Comm Initiativ OH State Gov’t 90EJ0037 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93647 KRISTA R SISTERHEN $750,000
2003 National Center for Faith Based Initiative FL Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 2 93647 BISHOP HAROLD CALVIN RAY $525,000
2002 Faith Based Community Development Corp. CA Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90ED0060 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING PROJECTS – PA 4 1 93570 DANIEL SCOTT $75,000
2002 National Center for Faith Based Initiative *** FL Non-Profit Private Non-Gov’t Orgs 90EJ0005 COMPASSION CAPITAL FUND DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM 1 93647 BISHOP HAROLD CALVIN RAY $700,000
2002 PLEASANT CITY FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY DEV. INITIATIVES FL Non-Profit Public Non-Gov’t Orgs 90ED0059 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT/PLANNING PROJECTS- PA 4 1 93570 EDWARD HORTON $75,000

Notice the first two were in Florida.  Keep reading, as Bush’s election was contested, and finally won, in 2000 Florida, and his brother turns out to have been on the board of the “The Project for New American Century.”

Sample — this group got awards for 2002, 2003, & 2004 and shows no “DUNS#” as all federal contractors and grantees should have to.

Recipient: National Center for Faith Based Initiative
Address: 2101 North Australian Avenue
WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33407
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: PALM BEACH
HHS Region: 4
Type: Other Social Services Organization
Class: Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations

AWARD ACTIONS

Showing: 1 – 3 of 3 Award Actions

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
National Center for Faith Based Initiative  WEST PALM BEACH FL 33407 PALM BEACH $ 1,750,000

EIN = 65-1004025  Existed as a corporation til dissolved (for nonfiling) around 2011 – but look at the IRS returns:

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

National Center for Faith Based Initiative Inc. FL 2006 $7,354 990 18 65-1004025
National Center for Faith Based Initiative Inc. FL 2005 $89,994 990 18 65-1004025
National Center for Faith Based Initiative Inc. FL 2004 * * * $250,112 990 16 65-1004025
National Center for Faith-Based Initiative Inc. FL 2003 $145,262 990 20 65-1004025
National Center for Faith-Based Initiative Inc.  FL 2002 $31,472 990 18 65-1004025

Tax Return Year 2004:

Government grants this year were $732,021, program service revenue only $19K.  Looks like a flash in the pan group, but made the list of honor at ACF’s “Compassion Capital” roster.  Program Service Accomplishments mention “welfare to work” and expenses of $585K and grant of $99k.

The Bishop Harold Ray this year earned $60K — and $28.5K “Expense account and other allowances” and this time, (unpaid) Bishop Eddie Long (Decatur, GA) was on the Board of Directors!  Plus a program director, $71K (Earl Hamilton).  His FL address apparently was typed wrong (“Rivera” for “Riviera Beach”) and has something to do with housing initiatives in West Palm Beach also.   [“Firm: REDEMPTIVE LIFE FELLOWSHIP URBAN INITIATIVES CORPORATION
Contact Name: EARL W. HAMILTON’]

Officer/RA Name Entity Name Entity Number
HAMILTON, EARL W PARADIGM COMMERCIAL FUNDING, INC. P01000050171
HAMILTON, EARL W HAMILTON FUNDING AND CONSULTING GROUP, INC. P10000089079
HAMILTON, EARL W PARADIGM COMMERCIAL FUNDING, INC. P01000050171
HAMILTON, EARL W HAMILTON FUNDING AND CONSULTING GROUP, INC. P10000089079

Looks like ALL of these were dissolved for failure to file report, some in 2006 and some in 2010, and one lasted less than a year (10/29/2010-9/23/2011).  Not the kind of pattern for someone to be managing program funds, seems to me….  Redemptive Life Fellowship Urban Initiatives Corporation bears the SAME address as “National Center for Faith-Based Initiatives” and (in 2004) has Bishop HOward Calvin Ray as the signing officer and on the Board.  I’d be curious to know whether some of the $1.75 million (of public money for the purposes — read on) of this group as “intermediary” then went to an organization on which the same original incorporator sat.    This one seems to have been around since 1992, but Florida reads that reports were filed in the years 2010 and 2011 only (?).

Bishop Eddie Long is a story unto himself and came under investigation for financial fraud, violence towards his ex-wife and accusations of molestation of young men as well. This apparently didn’t stop him from being featured as a 2009 keynote speaker at the launch of an (HHS-sponsored) enter at the “National Center for African American Marriages and Parenting” at Hampton University, Virginia, whose leader, Dr. Linda Malone-Colon also was found meeting (behind closed doors, group flown in at public expense) with the new head of SRS (I think) in Kansas, also.

By Christian Boone and Ty Tagami The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (posted in “DeKalb County News” 9/29/2010)

Bishop Eddie Long’s ex-wife claimed in divorce papers that he was physically abusive, alleging he beat her when she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s only child…

Dabara S. Houston said she was the victim of “cruel treatment” and was afraid of Long’s “violent and vicious temper,” according to Fulton County Superior Court records. She and her son “had to flee [the couple’s Fairburn home] in order to ensure their safety,” the documents say.  The couple was married in 1981 and separated after a couple years, according to the documents.

  • Sexual Misconduct with Young Men

Long was accused of sexual misconduct in September 2010 by four young men, all former members of New Birth. They filed a lawsuit against the pastor claiming that he had lavished them with gifts, trips and money while coercing them into sexual contact.

Long denied the charges of sexual misconduct and vowed to fight them, all the while maintaining that he tried to serve as a father figure to the young men and offer them support, financial assistance and guidance.

 A fifth alleged victim, Centino Kemp, tried to commit suicide after the lawsuit was announced.  He says his alter-ego helped save his life.  Can you spell “D-i-s-s-o-c-i-a-t-i-o-n” as in, split identities to preserve the original, under abuse?   Apparently the accusers were paid handsomely to shut up, broke confidentiality and so their attorneys dropped them as clients (part of settlement includes not talking about the case….)
  • Financial Fraud / Investment Scheme (seems a common thing among some groups)

Bishop Eddie Long ACCUSED Of Targeting Church Members With Ponzi Scheme  (2011)

  • Bishop paid off accusers, was not removed from his position, didn’t lose his wife, and seems virtually unscathed.  What gives? says editorial.

http://www.huliq.com/12079/bishop-eddie-longs-wife-stands-her-man-today Submitted by Roz Zurko on 2011-06-19

  • Long still has his position in the church, his million dollar mansion and two Bentley cars provided through the church and now it sounds as if his wife and family are still intact. This man has suffered no consequences from this incident. Other than a media frenzy, which is already winding down, nothing has changed for him. This is in great contrast to the Anthony Weiner scandal occurring in Washington today. Weiner had an online scandal with grown women via the Internet. His inappropriate pictures and texts have ruined his political life. He never touched these women, it was a sexual relationship of words that he is guilty of and the consequences for this has been life changing and humiliation. Not so for Long.The Bishop on the other hand, is accused of grooming young boys for sex and then engaging in sexual relations with the boys when they turn 16, which is the legal age of consent in Georgia. This appears very calculating on his part, but none of this matters anymore. The scandal is over for Long and will soon fade into history as he emerges untouched. Long will continue on as if nothing happened. The inner workings of this Mega Church appears to be more powerful than what we see in politics.
In short, what a nice character (Bishop Long) to have on the board of a “national center for faith-based initiatives” to Jumpstart the series, eh?
. . .

It received “compassion capital funding” and probably existed only to shunt grants to other groups; ACF calls it an “Intermediary Organization.”  Is it even an organization?  Who is “Principal Investigator” “Bishop Howard Calvin Ray”?  (The word “Bishop” is a clue):

kd banner

A dominionist minister — read the blurb please, and I’m really beginning to believe the legend of the stolen election, which ushered in a red carpet to:

What is the Kingdom Dominion Network? Kingdom Dominion Network of Interdependent Churches and Ministries (The Network) is an association of churches and ministries affiliated from throughout the domestic United States and foreign countries for the greater purpose of creating the synergistic interdependence necessary for empowerment of local churches for impact upon, and effectiveness in the 21st century. In Essence it is a “network” of “Apostolic Networks”: an essential ingredient for the release of authority and impartation so vitally necessary for Kingdom Dominion in the 21st century The Network provides meaningful resolution for those seeking fraternity while acknowledging the need for fathering. It is designed to foster commitment to interpersonal relationship, while simultaneously commanding interdependent responsibility.

Why do we need such a network? The imminent arrival of the 21st century mandates a new level of urgency and insight by the church to exercise its dominion in the earth. Major paradigm shifts in cultural, governmental, familial and socioeconomic spheres are already well underway, regrettably too often without any meaningful influence upon or impartation by the church. While the church certainly must not abandon, forsake or neglect its primary mission of declaring the Gospel and birthing essential spiritual transformation of individuals, the Church must also awaken to its vital role and clarion call to develop practical mission fields and create economic synergy within its own ranks. The basic physical needs of our communities mandate internally controlled economic empowerment to match our spiritual fervor

But they are not above taking public funding from atheists and nonbelievers to fund this….  Apart from the gobbledygook talk, this is pretty close to Administration policy anyhow, so why not invite more dominionists on board and help them get grants

Notice — no loyalty to the US Government even required, no oath of office, is taken, nor are leaders of these groups required to file conflicts of interest forms (?) — as judges are in the U.S., and which can be used as a means to recuse or depose authority for the sake of justice.  I recommend finishing the link, to see the goals.  Let’s see how long the corporation lasted, from Florida’s “sunbiz.org” corporation search:

Corporate Name Document Number Status
NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE, INC. N99000007599 INACT/UA
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR FAMILY RIGHTS, INCORPORATED P11000081207 ACT

(I was curious about the 2nd group.  It was formed for “any and all lawful business” on 9/14/2011, with one name on it).

(“the Corp. is organized for the purpose of (i) creating 21st century economy synergy among a historically economically disenfranchised people, (ii) distributing the benefits derived from said economic synergy to facilitate comprehensive and holistic revitalization of local communities through faith-based initiatives; and (iii) any other exempt purposes.”)  Pretty good foresight, before the 2001 Office had even been invented.  Incidentally the list of 8 members doesn’t include a single representative from a female of the disenfranchised people.

http://www.racematters.org/rayofhope.htm  This line is out pretty straightforward — a March 2000 article featuring Bishop Howard Calvin Ray’s recent trip to meet with Republican Leaders in Washington (and that he is a former lawyer who founded a church in 1991).  For a former lawyer, the groups sure had serious trouble filling out basic corporation forms correctly, and keeping them current.  But this is the plan:

The month-old National Center for Faith Based Initiative would link black congregants with corporations and government, hoping to turn out savvy consumers and black entrepreneurs, and construct a black church that operates like a business.

The plan is still developing; it has no corporations signed up, and a planned $5.4 million headquarters on Ray’s 19-acre lakeside campus is still just a drawing. But Ray has attracted the support of 10 of the most powerful black pastors in the country to serve as governors for the center. It was their enormous clout and legitimacy that helped attract the interest of the Republican congressmen. The center’s governors include the Rev. Floyd Flake, former six-term congressman and pastor of Allen AME in New York; Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas and his highly successful TV and book ministries; and Bishop Charles E. Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.

With their giant churches, tens of millions of dollars in book and video sales, and huge national TV ministries, they help Ray offer access to millions of black churchgoers — and their pocketbooks.

“What they’re talking about doing is long overdue,” said the Rev. Mark Lyons of the 6,000-member Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale. “If they’re serious and sincere, they’re going to wield major power with the type of combined access and influence they control.”

With the shadow of a scandal in the backdrop, the center could face some skepticism from the troops it seeks to help. Last year the Rev. Henry Lyons, a longtime pastor in St. Petersburg, was convicted on state and federal charges of stealing $4 million from the coffers of the National Baptist Convention USA during his term as its president. Lyons was also convicted of defrauding corporations that wanted to do business with the convention’s millions of members. The Rev. A.B. Coleman, who was chairman of the Florida General Baptist Convention during Lyons’ reign, said the scandal has left him and a lot of black churchgoers wary of any large-scale, centralized effort to mix church and business.

“The concept is a laudable one, but the problem with this sort of thing is, historically, it ends up benefiting the people in control, not the people in the pews,” said Coleman, 22-year pastor of St. Andrew’s Missionary Baptist in Jacksonville and a board member of Florida Memorial College in Miami. “I need to understand how it is to be controlled, what safeguards are in place.”

Listen to how this former attorney dismisses the young man’s (legitimate) concerns.  Did I mention, before forming the church, Ray filed for bankruptcy?

Ray, a supremely confident man, is unmoved by such talk.

That’s debilitating to my time, and I’m not going to waste one minute of it on ulterior motives or speaking out of ignorance,” he said. “We cannot allow the failures of the past to prevent future success.” Ray’s plan is to hire a Fortune 500-style chief operating officer to manage day-to-day operations,** and to hire outside auditing, tax and accounting firms to do the center’s paperwork. Legions of researchers, economists and lawyers also would be hired to direct the vision laid out by the center’s governors and Ray, who will (of course) be chief executive officer.

. . .

Ray grew up a deeply religious boy in a 150-member Pentecostal “holy roller” church in Joliet, Ill., which he recalls as smaller than his office is today. It was the kind of church he tried to help with tailored legal advice in 1982 as a Notre Dame-trained lawyer in private practice in Dallas.

“I saw so much potential there if only they’d organize. But I think it was all a little scary for them,” Ray said. “They loved me, I loved them, but they weren’t ready.”

He left for the lucrative world of medical malpractice law, and was moving in social circles peopled with the successful.By 1986, he was ordained by the Church of God in Christ and married to American Airlines ticket agent Brenda Pikes. Today, his wife is known as Pastor Brenda.

He attracted the attention of super-lawyer Willie Gary of Stuart.

{{Willie Gary’s Boeing 737 “Wings of Justice II” gold ‘n all…) (at least Mr. Stuart seems to have earned the status of super-lawyer)(One of 11 children of Turner and Mary Gary, Willie Gary was born in Eastman, Georgia and raised in migrant farming communities in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.  “Attorney Willie E. Gary earned his reputation as “The Giant Killer” by taking down some of America’s most well-known corporate giants on behalf of his clients. He has won some of the largest jury awards and settlements in U.S. history, including more than 150 cases valued in excess of $1 million each. Gary’s amazing success has earned him national recognition as a leading trial attorney.”}}

Also:  Youtube Attorney Willie Gary Accused Of Sexual Assault (sounds like possible extortion by the plaintiffs, DNK),

Both adult sons (one, an attorney, the other growing marijuana) in trouble with the law, and (@ May 2011) Willie Gary and one other are on the top hit list of unpaid property taxes in the area.

The Florida Bar reprimands Sekou Gary, son of prominent Stuart attorney Willie Gary

by Nadia Vanderhoof on May 31, 2011 @ 4:53pm

 Sekou Gary, son of prominent Stuart attorney Willie Gary, was publicly reprimanded by The Florida Bar following a Feb. 17 court order. …
In April 2010, Gary’s other son, Kobie O. Gary, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge K. Michael Moore. . . . .

Sewall’s Point resident Willie Gary and digital design mogul John Textor of Jupiter Island were at the top of the list among those the tax collector recentlypublicized as having the highest unpaid property taxes in Martin county. [FN5] Some of those among the late bills, such as Textor’s, have since been paid.

Others, like Gary’s, remain outstanding.

It was a heady time, and Ray was flying all over trying cases, sometimes with Gary, speaking at conferences and spending a lot of money.

Two months before he accepted Gary’s invitation to join forces in January 1990, Ray filed for bankruptcy with debts of more than $100,000.

“We have been transparent about our financial problems, and we have worked ourselves out of indebtedness,” Ray said. “We preach about that: ‘Let’s go up. I’m going to work out of it and you can, too.’ Just be faithful, tithe and manage your finances

(**would that be Earl W. Hamilton?  See below for how that went, at a $71K salary….)

Corporation Filings for the National Center:

The churches involved (then) besides Bishop Ray’s (see above!) included “COGIC” (Church of God in Christ), Pentecostal Church of Christ, New Birth Missionary Baptist,

File notice shows that in 1999 they had not spelled name consistently throughout the document and forgotten to include a principal place of business.  However the first Governors listed include 8 “Bishops”  from various churches — in FL, GA, OK, TN, NC, OH, LA, and L.A. (Los Angeles).

The Tulsa one has an interesting Wikipedia Description for Carlton Pearson: who was from San Diego, mentored by Oral Roberts, campaigned for Bush, ran a Mega-Church in Tulsa, and eventually was thrown out for failing to believe in the doctrine of eternal hell; he said, we make hell here.  Really — read it! I also searched OK sec. of state (by this name) to find fully 23 businesses (nonprofit, most but not all) including a “Child and Family Services Development, Inc.” inc. in 2000; interesting:

Although the USA is supposed to be inclusive, some of the church groups have no such intent, particularly for homosexuals.

In March 2004, after hearing Pearson’s argument for inclusion, the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops concluded that such teaching was heresy.[1] Declared a heretic by his peers, Pearson rapidly began to lose his influence.[8]Membership at the Higher Dimensions Family Church fell below 1,000, and the church lost its building to foreclosure in January 2006. The church members began meeting in the nearby Trinity Episcopal Church as the New Dimensions Worship Center.[9]

The New Dimensions Worship Center

In November 2006, Pearson was accepted as a United Church of Christ minister.

In June 2008, the New Dimensions Worship Center moved its meetings to the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa. On September 7, 2008, Pearson held his final service for the New Dimensions Worship Center, and it was absorbed into the All Souls Unitarian Church.[10][11]

[The Christ Universal Temple (Chicago)

In May 2009, Pearson was named the interim minister of the Christ Universal Temple, a large New Thought congregation in Chicago, Illinois.[12] On January 3, 2011, it was reported that he had left this position.[13]

That’s just one of the 8 involved in the National Center for Faith-Based Initiatives, betting back to which:

By 11/1/2001, it appears they have a Washington, D.C. Attorney , Colby M. May, who helped clean up the language (after another administrative correction in filing) and specifies what to do when it’s dissolved. On 10/26/2011 Mr. May was testifying before The Judiciary Committee / Subcommittee on the Constitution (!!), in his capacity as “Senior Counsel and Director of the American Center for Law and Justice’s Washington Office (ACLJ),”** saying:  my testimony today is provided in that capacity. The ACLJ defends religious liberties throughout the world. Nowhere is our effort more profound, however, than here at home. This nation’s founders cherished religious liberty. In fact, the Founding Fathers built this nation with the assurance that an American would be free to practice the religion of his or her choice without the fear of government interference

**which just opened the year before.  For “ACLJ” think Jay Sekulow — “TIME Magazine: Sekulow is one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America; ACLJ is a “powerful counterweight to the liberal American Civil Liberties Union,” etc.

LET’s LOOK AT THE IOWA GRANTEE — does its web presence bear out in corporate filings?  Who is Dr. Daryl Vanderwilt?

2007 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives IA Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations 90IJ0859 THE COMPASSION CAPITAL (CCF) TARGETED CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM-RURAL 1 93009 DR DARYL VANDERWILT $ 50,000

and in 2009 (=from same source, cut & pasted differently)

FY Recipient City State CFDA Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date Amount This Action
2009 Iowa Center for Faith Based & Community Initiatives  W DES MOINES IA 93711 1 0 ACF 09-17-2009 $ 1,000,000 

(the 2009 grant series it got is a “Strengthening Communities” part of “ARRA” and usaspending.gov says $46 million of grants were given out …TAGGS lists all of them (I just looked) under “report” (CFDA 93711 as you see here. )  They go to cities, governor’s offices of faith-based, ministerial alliances, the Conference of Churches (?), Counties, Departments of Welfare, and a number of groups.  The 91 awards might be worth a closer look. Oh yes, and Catholic Charities.

“ICFBCI” does NOT show as a corporation under this name OR “Strengthen Rural Iowa” on the SOS Corp. search database.  Look for yourself.   Iowan  corps and nonprofits have to file in-state, just like any other states require groups to….   How did. Dr. Vanderwilt get this particular series, then?

EIN is 30-0302858

Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Inc. IA 2007 $33,728 990 18 30-0302858
Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Inc. IA 2006 $40,181 990 15 30-0302858

This Taggs.hhs.gov site indicates that the areas in yellow are the grantee’s responsibility to fill in, as to ‘ARRA’ grants (grant series cited by GAO for failures to file income taxes, etc., possibly owing the IRS more in taxes than the total amount of grants altogether).  This group’s Grant detail is filled with Yellow “to be supplied” fields throughout but at least shows a “DUNS”# 189950996.  (This is just a worksheet.)…

HHS Recovery Act Recipient Reporting Readiness Tool

Step 4. Review and Copy the Grant Awards Data

TAGGS provides some – but not all – of the data needed for the Recipient Report. Recipients are responsible for directly collecting and reporting all required data to FederalReporting.gov. Data that HHS does not currently collect are highlighted in yellow. Do not copy this highlighted information. Please enter the appropriate data for your organization in these required fields. For assistance with entering these data please contact (etc.)

The IOWA Center for Faith-Based Initiatives self-describes as a 501(c)3 supported by HHS — not a part of a Governor’s Office as some other groups (OH, NJ) seem to be.

Strengthen Rural Iowa (SRI) was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Strengthening Communities Fund – Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.    The SRI project consisted of two cycles: Cycle 1: April – December, 2010 and Cycle 2: January – September, 2011.

Collaborating partners include:

Iowa Department of Human Services

Wendy Rickman, Division Administrator, Adult, Children and Family Services

Awardees from 2010 Cycle include a Kids University Children’s Counseling Center, some anti-violence agencies, some churches, and various nonprofits

It was formed as a nonprofit in 6/2005 but is not (yet) found on the Iowa Secretary of State Corporations page.  We are in 2011.  Description from the site of Director Darryl Vanderwilt (portion relating to this group only):

As Executive Director of the Iowa Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives he has, within the past 5 years, led staff in attracting nearly $2M in grant funding for major projects designed to assist small Iowa nonprofit organizations gain greater capacity for serving the state’s most vulnerable citizens. Daryl and his wife, Suz, are avid travelers and most recently visited India, Pakistan, Tanzania and its territory Zanzibar. While in Tanzania he threatened to scale the 19,000 foot heights of Mt. Kilimanjaro, but his lemonade froze the first night out forcing bitter retreat. Things are much better now.

How cute.  The 7 staff listed are ALL MEN, in fact all middle-aged to elderly Caucasian men (while I’m on the topic) with an elderly woman volunteer at the bottom.  One of them is very interested in children’s groups, it seems. Only the ED mentions having a wife (?)

Resources Acquisition.   Since 2005, the Iowa Center and its affiliate, Prevailing Strategic Resources, have developed grant projects to assist non-profit organizations and agencies acquire:

  1. $1,850,000 to conduct capacity building for nonprofit organizations throughout the state (Strengthening Communities Fund, Targeted Capacity Building, and Compassion Capital Fund grant programs, (OCS/ACF/DHHS);
  2. $1,780,000 for mentoring children of Prisoners, Second Chance, and School-Based mentoring grant programs;
  3. $1,275,000 to fund Rural Health Care ServicesOutreach Grant Programs for health care institutions and schools;
  4. $16,230,118 to assist the Iowa Communications Network in developing partnerships and a proposal to bring Broadband capabilities to all 99 os the state’s counties (Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (NTIA/Department of Commerce).
(THAT #4 sounds like a good project for sure).

But where is its incorporation in Iowa?

OHIO Office of Faith-Based:

This one is a little sickening, and I’ll let another writer report it:  WeCare America (contractor) had ties to the Bush Administration.  After squandering grants, mis-using them (it seems pretty clear) — you follow the trail — WeCare America (Virginia group) closed up shop and now its invoices are being handled b an Assemblies of God church.  Sisterhen had already moved onto other work by the time the 2007 Ohio Governor caught up with the scandal.

Inquiry Launched Regarding Religious Social Services in Ohio (Updated)

The Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy has an important story on an investigation that Ohio governor Ted Strickland has launched into some of the dealings of the Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives under the former administration.  (As the story notes, “[u]nlike faith-based offices in other states, Ohio’s office is unique in having been established permanently by state law, rather than being the directive of a particular governor.”)   Since taking office, “Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has replaced staff in the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and ordered an investigation into a contract awarded to a Virginia-based organization called We Care America that was paid to administer a program providing grants to small faith-based and community nonprofits.”

Self-explanatory:  http://www.uaprogressiveaction.com/node/758

Sept. 12, 2007 official report of the Investigation from State Office of Inspector General: on allegations of Contract Steering Fraud.  The report was finished in four months (pretty quick):

While not allowing that claim (I think) it does note:

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) received information indicating that there may have been contract irregularities involving the contract We Care America (“WCA”) had with the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (“GOFBCI”). As a result, the OIG opened an investigation. The OIG reviewed records and conducted several interviews during the course of the investigation. The OIG also requested that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (“ODJFS”) Chief Inspector’s Office conduct an audit of the WCA contract, since ODJFS is the designated fiscal agent for GOFBCI.

As a result of our investigation, we determined that GOFBCI followed the proper procedures to secure their contract with WCA. We found no evidence to indicate that the selection of WCA was the result of political pressure or other improper influences.

We found that GOFBCI and ODJFS should have exercised more due diligence in monitoring WCA activities and in processing WCA’s invoices to ensure that WCA had actually provided the equipment and services they were billing to GOFBCI. Consequently, the ODJFS Chief Inspector’s audit revealed discrepancies in the WCA invoices that resulted in findings for recovery totaling $125,622.35, and an additional $485,094.95 in other “questioned costs.”

Our investigation found acts of omission occurred when GOFBCI and ODJFS failed to exercise proper due diligence in monitoring the WCA contract, and when contract management training was not provided to their employees.

THis nice discussion  — from the fraud investigation — shows how Like President Bush, thus goes Ohio:

III. DISCUSSION

Background In January of 2001, President George W. Bush signed an executive order establishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. As a result, Ohio became interested in creating a similar office on the state level that would marshal the assets known as Ohio’s faith-based resources.

Subsequently, State Representative John White introduced H.B. 175in the 124th Ohio General Assembly, which set up the Task Force on Nonprofit, Faith-Based, and other Nonprofit Organizations. The bill passed into law in June 2001.

To review:  The President signs an Executive Order in January 2001, and by June, a State Rep has a Bill for a Task FOrce to copy this, voted into law.

Did I mention the Year 2000 election was hotly contested, one of the most hotly contested elections since about 1888, as we know, a recount was demanded and in process in Florida, but was stopped by a 5-4 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court, making Bush president!

The Controversy Over the 2000 Presidential Election Results  “In 2000 George W. Bush eventually won the electoral college by the smallest margin ever witnessed, with 271 votes compared to 267 votes for Al Gore. The state that proved pivotal for the delayed over all outcomes of the presidential election results was Florida.”

Read more: http://newsflavor.com/opinions/the-controversy-over-the-2000-presidential-election-results/#ixzz1exhijhqs

This site (the 2000 Election Must Not Be Forgotten) describes how the Sept 11, 2011 “terrorist attacks” quenched the discussion of how Bush got elected:  And I found a chart of which states Bush crushed Gore (% of votes) and which the reverse was true.  I noticed a parallel between states with marriage movements & faith-based offices and Bush-Friendly ones.

DISCUSSION (from the investigative report of 2007), continued:

. . . In October 2003, Governor Taft selected Krista Sisterhen as the first director of the new agency. After her appointment, GOFBCI was charged with pursuing programming to address three primary social issues:

1. Ex-criminal offenders and their families, 2. Vulnerable youth, ages 16 to 20, coming out of foster care or incarceration, and 3. Strengthening marriages and preventing out-of-wedlock births.

(Ohio already had in place a “Commission on Fatherhood” specifically targeting counties with lots of single-female-headed households….)

Staffing for the agency consisted of GOFBCI employees, as well as employees on loan from ODJFS and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

In order to accomplish its newly established priority programs, GOFBCI launched two major initiatives involving different funding sources. GOFBCI initially received $625,000.00 from a federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Title 20 (“TANF”) grant for fiscal years 2004 and 2005.

As in Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, the first thing this office did was to GRAB TANF FUNDING.

GOFBCI was again awarded $625,000.00 for fiscal years 2006 and 2007, but the funding source changed from federal TANF dollars to state general revenue funds.

Note:  Ohio also has put in place (check year), a “Families and Children First” setup which specifies how much it loves flexible funding, relating to accessing money from the general fund, bypassing legislative restrictions.  (too tired to look up again just now).

GOFBCI applied for, and was awarded, a $1,000,000 grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to fund the Ohio Compassion Capital Program. 

Well, Krista Sisterhen who had previously worked with the Mayor of Indianapolis, Stephen Goldsmith, who had previously worked in Bush Admin, I suppose had nothing to do with it. ….

The report goes on — really it’s quite the read, how moderately the auditor reports some astoundingly poor practices, and endeavors to make the reader feel a little sorry for We Care America [“WCA”] (incorporated in 2001 Virginia, probably for FBO purposes to start with) and funde din large part by faith-based grants) that it had to go bankruptwhen the Ohio Department of Administrative Services (“DAS”) cancelled some contract — with very good reason!  Then a 3rd entity somehow went around the block. .  A footnote 4 says “According to individuals involved in the audit, in its bankruptcy petition, WCA claims the state of Ohio as a debtor, rather than a creditor.”  OK, so we have a GOFBCI contractor firm that can’t tell a debit from a credit? Would this have something to do with why it went bankrupt?

Anyhow:

ODJFS Chief Inspector’s Audit Shortly after his February, 2007, appointment to the position of GOFBCI Director, Eric McFadden noticed what appeared to be some questionable instances relating to the WCA contract and payments to that organization. For instance, he noticed after reviewing GOFBCI records that WCA received overpayments, duplicate payments, payments of late fees and past due charges, overhead fees for the rental of office space and parking spots for WCA’s Columbus Office, and payments for meals that appeared to be outside the scope of the contract.

One might well ask why Krista (who worked at GOFBCI 2003-2006) didn’t notice these.  Or, overlooked them.

As a result of these apparent questionable payments made pursuant to the contract, we requested that the ODJFS Chief Inspector’s Office conduct an audit of the WCA contracts, invoices, and payments. The ODJFS Chief Inspector was provided a list of the questionable transactions prepared by Director McFadden.

. . .

The Baylor University Case Study

Of the questionable expenditures uncovered, the Baylor University Institute for Studies of Religion GOFBCI Case Study Report deserves specific mention. (See Exhibit D.)

WCA contracted with William H. Wubbenhorst, a management consultant with ORC Marco International,[FN5]to provide an overview of GOFBCI since its inception. Mr. Wubbenhorst partnered with Professor Bryan R. Johnson, who is affiliated with the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. [But was in 2001 at Penn State, see FN6]

(Let’s not mention in this report that Wubbenhorst is listed as a “nonresident scholar” at Baylor, as we speak, and you gotta read his bio there [FN7])

The result of this collaboration was the Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives: A Case Study, published in January, 2007.

The 20-page case study documents the creation and activities of Ohio’s GOFBCI. The cover of the report depicts an academic building and directs any inquiries to the Baylor University Office of Public Relations, along with a Baylor University web-site, as the contact point.

However, the resulting report reads more like an infomercial for GOFBCI and WCA, rather than the independent academic case study it purports to be.

SMILE . . . .

When interviewed, Ms. Sisterhen said that the draft copy of the Baylor case study she read contained a disclosure statement revealing that GOFBCI had actually paid for the study. However, there is no mention in the final published edition that the case study was actually paid for by GOFBCI, through WCA, at a cost of $6,250.00. We are in no position to judge the academic integrity of not disclosing that the case study was paid for by the entity being studied and utilized to enhance national exposure for WCA and showcase GOFBCI. However, even a casual observer would find the case study’s staging and marketing to be disingenuous.

UNBELIEVABLE — it’s LAW:

107.12 Governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives.

(A) As used in this section, “organization” means a faith-based or other organization that is exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the “Internal Revenue Code of 1986,” 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C. 1, as amended, and provides charitable services to needy residents of this state.

INTERESTING — because religious organizations are already exempt as religious organizations — we don’t get to scrutinize their tax statements — because they are “religious.”  Such a deal.  however, we don’t get to scrutinize all the faith-based groups’ either, because they aren’t that great at staying incorporated and filing them!

Here is a nice form soliciting a SUBGRANTEE contract from Faith-based groups in Ohio, showing that another government office (OJDFS) serves as the “Fiscal Agent” of the faith-based groups:  It’s a little DENSE but shows that they are working with this office to using TANF funds and get the faith-based groups to become trainers.  Thus we have a complete circle — abuse from religious leaders leads women to flee their marriages and become dependent on welfare sometimes.  Then, seeking help, they can go back and face the same philosophies while being trained how to seek for work!

(B) There is hereby established within the office of the governor the governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives. The office shall:

(1) Serve as a clearinghouse of information on federal, state, and local funding for charitable services performed by organizations;

(2) Encourage organizations to seek public funding for their charitable services;

(3) Assist local, state, and federal agencies in coordinating their activities to secure maximum use of funds and efforts that benefit people receiving charitable services from organizations;

(4) Advise the governor, general assembly, and the advisory board of the governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives on the barriers that exist to collaboration between organizations and governmental entities and on ways to remove the barriers.

(C) The governor shall appoint an executive director and such other staff as may be necessary to manage the office and perform or oversee the performance of the duties of the office. Within sixty days after being appointed, and every twelve months thereafter, the executive director shall distribute to the advisory board and review with the board a strategic plan. The executive director shall report to the board at least quarterly on proposed initiatives and policies. A report shall include the condition of the budget and the finances of the office.

(D)(1) There is hereby created the advisory board of the governor’s office of faith-based and community initiatives. The board shall consist of the following members:

Well that’s all I feel like saying in Ohio.  By the time you catch up, the leadership will have changed and be off somewhere, replicating the process.

What’s Up

First of all, union of religion with government — and changing government to break down due process and other protections — is necessary to push certain empire plans, alas.  President Bush “reigned” from 2001-2009.  He issued 291 Executive orders [FN1] the first two of which were to bring on the religion.  He drastically restructured society after 9/11/2001 and the continuation to put up parallel systems of networking — WITHIN the executive branch of federal and state government, to pursue some very NeoCon ideas — has been widely ignored by people wishing to “reform the courts,” and by groups claiming to protect women and children, or stop domestic violence — claims that bear no more credibility than this faith-based stuff bears any resemblance to the roots in faith it claims.

Unifying phrases such as “faith-based” simply sanctifies some pretty awful behaviors in the name of “for the good of the people.”  I am female, I am mother, and over time have witnessed and experienced the wrath of the fear-based, scapegoat-talking disenfranchisement of women.

This struggle has occupied one-third of my adult life, and in retrospect, shadowed much of it, affecting who I became over time. This is not the America I was born in, or endorse. This is not a good export-culture, one that resents and flees the limits of the Constitution, while vaguely citing “American Values.” No,  it better resembles the expansion of the British Empire (or should I say previous Roman?) in goals, religion, language, and means.  I do not support this trend, and will do what I can to NOT support it financially; people are dying needlessly around even the family courts, older people, including widows, are having their real estate disenfranchised (there’s a public guardian racket too, not just family court), and there is an increased of poverty directly resulting from claims to “end welfare as we know it.”   And that’s just appetizers, apparently.   So, what about the other venues?

What the hell is a “faith-based group” anyhow?  Do you have a definition of the term?  Because I don’t, but I can watch what people do who claim funds from that grant stream, and identify certain behaviors.  I also know that what President Bush meant by “Jesus” was comfortable with starting wars based on rumor, and while the Jesus Christ of the New Testament actually required repentance and some change of behavior (including ethics), it appears that this President was fine with “Jesus and nothing else” and “the end justifies the means.”

The Project for the New American Century (“PNAC”) (cliffnotes)

I was busy getting beaten up at home and struggling to maintain a work life (and help our children in the circumstances) while this was formed.  In some ways it’s as though I missed about 15-20 years of political developments in the planned chaos of violence and custody struggles.  This PNAC group’s name (though not all of its members, or their policies) is actually new to me — how about you?

From InformationClearinghouse:  Article is 8 years old and calls for urgent “active and informed involvement of the People, all of them.”

The People versus the Powerful is the oldest story in human history. At no point in history have the Powerful wielded so much control. At no point in history has the active and informed involvement of the People, all of them, been more absolutely required.

By William Rivers Pitt

02/25/03 — – The Project for the New American Century, or PNAC, is a Washington-based think tank created in 1997. Above all else, PNAC desires and demands one thing: The establishment of a global American empire to bend the will of all nations. They chafe at the idea that the United States, the last remaining superpower, does not do more by way of economic and military force to bring the rest of the world under the umbrella of a new socio-economic Pax Americana.  . . .

PNAC’s “Rebuilding America’s Defenses” report is the institutionalization of plans and ideologies that have been formulated for decades by the men currently running American government. The PNAC Statement of Principles is signed by Cheney, Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld, as well as by Eliot Abrams, Jeb Bush, Bush’s special envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, and many others. William Kristol, famed conservative writer for the Weekly Standard, is also a co-founder of the group. The Weekly Standard is owned by Ruppert Murdoch, who also owns international media giant Fox News.

The desire for these freshly empowered PNAC men to extend American hegemony by force of arms across the globe has been there since day one of the Bush administration, and is in no small part a central reason for the Florida electoral battle in 2000. Note that while many have said that Gore and Bush are ideologically identical, Mr. Gore had no ties whatsoever to the fellows at PNAC. George W. Bush had to win that election by any means necessary, and PNAC signatory Jeb Bush was in the perfect position to ensure the rise to prominence of his fellow imperialists. Desire for such action, however, is by no means translatable into workable policy. Americans enjoy their comforts, but don’t cotton to the idea of being some sort of Neo-Rome.

On September 11th, the fellows from PNAC saw a door of opportunity open wide before them, and stormed right through it

Summary of Pitt Article, above:

All of the horses are traveling together at speed here. The defense contractors who sup on American tax revenue will be handsomely paid for arming this new American empire. The corporations that own the news media will sell this eternal war at a profit, as viewership goes through the stratosphere when there is combat to be shown.  . . .

Apparently, starting in 1997 (year after welfare reform) part of the plan, as stated by the Project for the New American Century (nonprofit formed in 1997, advocating for US Global Dominance a la Regan), was that what’s Good for America is Good for the World.[FN3] especially military dominance.  25 people signed the “Statement of Principles,” and Wikipedia says 17 had positions in the Bush Administration.  Among these 25 are Gary Bauer

  • (Reagan Undersecretary of Education, then 1988-1999 President of Family Research Council, after James Dobson; it was part of Focus on the Family til forced to separate because (probably of its lobbying) of tax-exempt status, )

and Jeb Bush (as in Governor of Florida, brother of George) and others.  This relates to today’s post.

With America as the policeman to the world, multiple wars in simultaneous theaters, actually talking about possibly winning a “thermonuclear war,” — we are talking pure insanity.  This group’s founder pushed Bush hard to invade Iraq.  What I can’t seem to persuade groups and people I work with (around “familycourtmatters”) is that there is a war to dominate cyberspace, and your tax dollars are funding the opposite side!  Yet still they want to talk psychology, reason, and unfair judges.  This shows a certain brainwashing — and for a fact, some of the advocacy groups have been paid off to shut up, or change the topic.  THAT smacks of religion, too, of cult following.

People (too few!) who actually study some of the grants databases and grantees in the marriage & faith-based movements can see clearly that many of the programs being pushed by Bush (originated concepts) had their origins with military research and demonstration, and professors or corporations founded by people with a military background.  Any one who’s gone to war has to understand the role of propaganda and seizing control of the media to soften up the (natives, populace) so they resist less; it makes dominance easier.  This is actually a form of war on citizens, to deprive them of their rights and prepare them to support foreign wars for global dominance also.

While I’m here, WOMEN ~ Mothers & daughters ~ can be a serious force opposing war, and have to be kept in their place for things to happen (see “Pray the Devil Back to Hell“).  Your average mother doesn’t give birth to produce cannon fodder, or someone to be raped on the battlefield either.  What better way to handle this than through the “family courts”? ??  Whip up anti-female sentiment, split the country also into men/women’s camps, and perhaps they won’t notice what happened to their due process in the heat to win.  Change the value system by changing the language — that’s AFCC’s byline.  Switch from justice to therapy for profit.  Establish arbitrary and externalized definitions of “normal” behavior, and sanitize history.

Control the educational system and encourage TALK while discouraging THOUGHT and DIALOGUE.

Control ALL systems that supervise human beings from womb to tomb.  Fry brain cells through information overload, a way to paralyze action — but if not, drugging and incarceration can also be used, or threatened.  Or bankrupt people.

Change Language:  Invent new vague phrases to describe criminal activity, deactivate language by deleting the subject, verb, and direct object (acted upon).

John swung the bat and hit the ball over the fence.  (clear reference to baseball)

to

The ball was smacked over the fence. (who did it.  With what? where?)

 to

Promising Practices in achieving Home Runs (where’s the verb?)

or — truer to life

No Child Left Behind // Race to the Top (vague enough yet?)

. . .to, when it comes to the sublimely ridiculous:

“NWNW” [FN4]

The cluster — or, rather, network — of groups claiming grant upon grant, squandering it, and regrouping elsewhere  to repeat the cycle, and call others to the banquet laid out by then-President George Bush, pretty much on taking office, by issuing the Executive Orders, after an unusually contested election in 2000, to begin the reign of a king, [FN1] starting with welcoming in the same religion the founders of this country FLED a few centuries earlier.

#1 — Executive Order 13198
Agency Responsibilities With Respect to Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

  • Signed:   January 29, 2001
AND

#2 — Executive Order 13199
Establishment of White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

  • Signed:   January 29, 2001


FOOTNOTE SECTION:

[FN1]  “to begin the reign of a king”

Administration of George W. Bush (2001-2009)

Disposition of Executive orders signed by President George W. Bush:

  • 2009 – E.O. 13484 – E.O. 13488 (5 Executive orders issued)
  • 2008 – E.O. 13454 – E.O. 13483 (30 Executive orders issued)
  • 2007 – E.O. 13422 – E.O. 13453 (32 Executive orders issued)
  • 2006 – E.O. 13395 – E.O. 13421 (27 Executive orders issued)
  • 2005 – E.O. 13369 – E.O. 13394 (26 Executive orders issued)
  • 2004 – E.O. 13324 – E.O. 13368 (45 Executive orders issued)
  • 2003 – E.O. 13283 – E.O. 13323 (41 Executive orders issued)
  • 2002 – E.O. 13252 – E.O. 13282 (31 Executive orders issued)
  • 2001 – E.O. 13198 – E.O. 13251 (54 Executive orders issued)

291 Total Executive orders Issued

[FN2]  “let thy gifts be to thyself”:

Hey, I’m for legitimate hire, but Daniel here already was taken care of, he didn’t seek extra supplementary income for dispensing his wisdom.  Compare with behaviors of public professionals that also need to set up private corporations, market them through the courts, and gain multiple streams of income — from the same public ordered to consume the classes, sometimes literally extorted to do so (i.e., go back to jail if you can’t pay this arrears, or sign up for our nice fatherhood program:  Kentucky State Divorce Education program, “Turning It Around” (one of about 11 such on the page).

Among the DV advocates, I realize work is work and hard work is hard work.  But as I pointed out in “About the Blog” (recent page added, and my last post), it’s clear that being paid to speak affects one’s speech, usually in this manner:  Censorship of the truth to retain the position.  The prophet Daniel specifically declines this in the account.  He is not greedy, and his prophesy is not for sale.

[FN3]  “What’s Good for America is Good for the World…”

(some “statement of principles” signers)

The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.

Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next.

Elliott Abrams    Gary Bauer    William J. Bennett    Jeb Bush

Dick Cheney    Eliot A. Cohen    Midge Decter    Paula Dobriansky    Steve Forbes

Aaron Friedberg    Francis Fukuyama    Frank Gaffney    Fred C. Ikle

Donald Kagan    Zalmay Khalilzad    I. Lewis Libby    Norman Podhoretz

Dan Quayle    Peter W. Rodman    Stephen P. Rosen    Henry S. Rowen

Donald Rumsfeld    Vin Weber    George Weigel    Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz is credited as ideological father of THe Project for a New American Century” so here’s from 1. wikipedia and 2. nndb sites.  I’m including this for a look at some of the clout, the neocon, the causes, and (some of) the hypocrisy/cronyism:

1.  Wikipedia:

Paul Dundes Wolfowitz (born December 22, 1943) is a former United States Ambassador to IndonesiaU.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, President of the World Bank, and former dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, working on issues of international economic developmentAfrica and public-private partnerships,[3] and chairman of the US-Taiwan Business Council.[4]

He is a leading neoconservative.[5] As Deputy Secretary of Defense, he was “a major architect of President Bush’s Iraq policy and … its most hawkish advocate.[6] Donald Rumsfeld in his interview with Fox News on February 8, 2011 said that Wolfowitz was the first to bring up Iraq after 9/11 attacks during a meeting at presidential retreat at Camp David. After serving two years, he resigned as president of the World Bank Group ending what a Reuters report called “a protracted battle over his stewardship, prompted by his involvement in a high-paying promotion for his companion.”[7][8]

. . .From that fn8 here:  “

Wolfowitz exit (from world bank) seen clearing way for progress

Wolfowitz took the top post in the bank — responsible for billions of dollars in aid projects around the world — in 2005.

A former U.S. deputy defence secretary already controversial as a leading architect of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, he won praise from some in Africa and Asia for his bank policies, which included a strong campaign against corruption in aid programmes and in the governments of recipients.

UNTENABLE POSITION

For many people Wolfowitz’s role in the promotion of Shaha Riza, an expert at the bank, an involvement which a bank panel found broke several rules, had wiped out any credibility he might have had as an anti-corruption champion.

Many African governments in particular had grown used to being lectured by the World Bank about good governance and Wolfowitz’s actions raised claims of hypocrisy among some.

“The way Wolfowitz negotiated a pay rise for his girlfriend is exactly the same as the way in which President Deby has embezzled oil revenues,” said Ngarlegy Yorongar, a veteran opposition critic of Chad’s President Idriss Deby.

Wolfowitz’s father — but not his father’s relatives — escaped the Holocaust.
2.
NNDB (I’ve quoted on other posts)

Born: 22-Dec1943
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government
Party Affiliation: Democratic [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: President of the World Bank, 2005-07

Three days after September 11, it was Wolfowitz, not Rumsfeld or Bush, who first declared that America’s new policy would be “ending states who sponsor terrorism”. He was a primary advocate of the preemptive strike on Iraq, eliminating the alleged threat posed by Hussein’s frightful stockpiles of still-unseen weapons of mass destruction.
. . .
In October 2003, Wolfowitz was huddling with U.S. military commanders in Baghdad at the luxurious and heavily guarded Hotel al-Rashid when the hotel came under rocket attack. Fifteen people were killed, but Wolfowitz was unharmed. It’s the closest he’s ever come to combat. Wolfowitz was of fighting age during the Vietnam War, but studied mathematics at Cornell University, which got him a deferment from the draft.

He was also a leading participant in the Project for the New American Century. He was nominated as Deputy Secretary of Defense by Bush in February 2001, and became a strong advocate for invading Iraq in 2003.

In testimony before Congress during the run-up to that war, Wolowitz said that General Eric Shinseki‘s estimate that at least several hundred thousand troops would be necessary to capture and hold Iraq was “wildly off the mark”. Wolfowitz said that instead, fewer than 100,000 American troops would be necessary, and added, “It is hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself. . . .

As the Iraq situation deteriorated, Wolfowitz was forced out at the Defense Department, and he was subsequently appointed President of the World Bank, despite having no pertinent experience in banking, finance, or development. His tenure there came to an inauspicious end when it was revealed that his girlfriend, who also worked at the World Bank, had received rapid promotion and a favorable appointment at the US State Department. After announcing his resignation from the World Bank, Wolfowitz publicly blamed the media for creating the perception of nepotism.

Among other posts and honors. . . . and multiple degrees . . .

[FN4] No Wedding No Womb —

= a blogging campaign, one of whose originators was found at a closed-door meeting in Kansas, in the company of Wade Horn, David Blankenhorn, and others taking marriage funding with strong HHS connections.  I took time out to place comments on on-line papers documenting this, and haven’t gotten around to a full post yet.  The flip side of No Wedding = No Womb is a Wedding = a Womb (it’s an equation, basically).  That’s absolutely ridiculous and offensive to women, married or not.  A wedding should not be about purchasing a womb, but too many are, which married women find out when they sometimes, having raised children, are dumped by selfish husbands who married them for their reproduction, not for companionship.  Wombs can be purchased outside of marriage legally — it’s called surrogate mothers, when done the expensive way.

I have a womb, but I am not a womb, and any bloggers wishing to refer to me (or others of my gender) as one have something coming from the other, equally important parts of at least MY anatomy!  Like the mouth and the mind behind it!   As beautiful as this statue may be, real women come with moving parts, and more of them:

Venus de Milo (though the Greek version, Aphrodite of Milos)

[FN5] Super attorney Willie Gary trying to “weather the storms like everybody else“– that helped Bishop Harold Calvin Ray (above) after HIS bankruptcy, pulling together prominent black pastors (some recovering from recent scandals involving financial fraud themselves) learn how to be “the head and not the tail”….

(times are tough, and the Boeing 737 with the gold-plated sink can’t be run because of fuel prices; also he’s behind on his taxes:

Gary, through property owned by himself in Stuart and with his wife, Gloria, in Sewall’s Point and Indiantown, is facing late fees that total $222,965.49.

Last year, Gary owed $207,708 on his Sewall’s Point home and Stuart law office, which was down from $239,196 in 2009. Each year, Gary was late in paying.

Gary, who said his customized Boeing 737 “Wings of Justice II” remains grounded at Witham Field because of increased fuel prices and other related costs, added that he isn’t trying to hold on to the tax money he owes as an economic strategy.

“We’re trying to weather the storms like everybody else,” Gary said.

What storms?  The jet #2 is grounded.  Like everyone else?  I might take issue with the characterization…

[FN5] WeCare America (Ohio GOFBCI) contracted with “ORC Marco International” who just happened to have an alliance with Byron R. Johnson of Baylor University …

(yes I noticed “MARCO =/= MACRO” but I can’t find the Marco International either, so far)

ORC Macro logo

(ORC stands for “Opinion Research Corp.” and most of these links seem broken.)

How Odd:  ORC Macro belongs to “Macro International” which I looked up in Maryland (as google search showed several MD addresses).  IT appears to have gone through many mergers and/or acquisitions and now may be — or be closely related to — this ICF International (which I mentioned recently as receiving a $1.5 million? grant to set up a National Resource Center for Strategies to Promote Healthy Marriage (or similar long title). It is NOW called, apparently —

ICF MACRO, INC.
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE DEPT
11785 BELTSVILLE DR
BELTSVILLE, MD 20705

[FN6]  Professor Byron R. Johnson before he hit Baylor: and Wubbenhurst says “lack of reliable studies should not derail the President’s plan.*

*note it was by Executive Order — no Congress voted this into law!  But thereafter, state legislatures, such as Ohio’s, (where Bush won, right?) DID

Church-Based Projects Lack Data on Results

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: April 24, 2001

In his office at the University of Pennsylvania, Prof. Byron R. Johnson has just shut off the electronic chirp on his computer that announced every incoming e-mail message. It was chirping more than 80 times a day, joining the ringing telephone in contrapuntal distraction.

Mr. Johnson is suddenly in demand because he is among the few social scientists who have tried to measure the influence of religion on social problems. Less than a year ago, he joined the Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, the institute started by his fellow criminologist John J. DiIulio Jr. Not long after his arrival, though, Mr. Johnson was left alone; Mr. DiIulio went to Washington to lead the new White House Office on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. . . .

Notice a little friendly family relations there? about 6 years later, Byron Johnson (now at Baylor Univ, TX) will help validate the OHIO GOFBCI’s work with a nice report.

The truth, Mr. Johnson and many other social scientists say, is that there is little reliable research proving the effectiveness of religious programs. They also add that there is scant evidence showing which religious programs show the best results and how they stack up against secular programs.

”From the left to the right, everyone assumes that faith-based programs work,” Mr. Johnson said. ”Even the critics of DiIulio and his office haven’t denied that. We hear that and just sit back and laugh. In terms of empirical evidence that they work, it’s pretty much nonexistent.

”We’ve created an office out of anecdotes.”

Now, with Congress holding hearings on the Bush plan on Tuesday, Mr. Johnson is being deluged with requests for the research to support the assertions made by President Bush and other politicians that religious programs can transform the lives of drug addicts, criminals, welfare recipients and troubled teenagers, and that it can do so for less money than government programs.

. . .

A body of research is essential to the project’s success for the simple reason that it would be unconstitutional for the government to decide which religious programs to finance based on theology or favoritism or familiarity. President Bush and Mr. DiIulio have frequently said that a record of effectiveness is the only viable measure.

Judging by his track record, starting with the election and the first executive order, constitutionality to have been seems a low priority for this president.  Starting program after program, they then seek validation of effectiveness, sometimes purchasing it …

Wubbenhorst was consulted for this article too:

Even large human service organizations like those affiliated with the United Way are only now beginning to measure the effectiveness of their work, said William H. Wubbenhorst, technical director for ORC Macro International, a consulting firm in Maryland. For years, groups that did keep records tracked only how many people they had served or how much time they spent with clients.

. . .

That is likely to change. Now, Mr. Johnson said, ”we’re going to have a chance to find out how effective faith-based groups are.”

With that, he gathered up his papers and left for a meeting with a foundation that is considering giving him a multimillion-dollar research grant.

Just a little reminder — OH GOFBCI got started by taking from TANF funds…

[FN7]  

WeCare America chose Wubbenhurst of “Macro International” who worked with Byron Johnson of Baylor (not mentioned – Wubbenhurst also is listed at Baylor and references his work for OFBCI* in the biography page!)  So what’s the “We Care America” connection, then?:

* of course not that it got a “special mention” in a 2007 investigation by the Ohio State Inspector General, and that the reporter/who paid for the report noted “even a casual observer would find the case study’s staging and marketing to be disingenuous.”
WUBBENHORST, WILLIAM

Non-Resident Scholar, Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
ICF Macro International, Inc.

William Wubbenhorst Vitae

William Wubbenhorst serves both as a Coordinator of the FaithService Forum for ICF Macro International, Inc., and also as a non-resident fellow for Baylor University’s Institute for the Study of Religion.

At present, Mr. Wubbenhorst is serving as Subcontract Manager and FBCO Liaison for a[n] $8 million Pathways out of Poverty grant funded by the US Department lf Labor (USDOL).  Mr. Wubbenhorst is responsible for coordinating with project staff at four local sites throughout the country to develop partnerships with FBCOs to recruit, train and place individuals from disadvantaged populations into career track green job positions.

For ICF Macro,** Mr. Wubbenhorst recently served as project director for Training and Technical Assistance provided to 97 Promoting Responsible Fatherhood grantees funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Family Assistance.  Most recently he worked on behalf of DHHS’ Administration for Children and Families, to identify best practices associated with abstinence education initiatives provided by non-profit FBCOs to high-risk populations throughout the U.S.

Mr. Wubbenhorst also recently completed a companion project for the Administration for Children and Families that involved a review of 300-400 abstinence education curricula to assure their adherence to legislative intent for Federal funding of abstinence-until-marriage projects.

**I think we’ve established a connection between ICF Macro, and ICF that got a recent TAGGS grant for $1.5 million, although it’s not on my schedule to finish this.  Many of my searches for “ORC Macro International” pulled up ICF sites, although one is is MD and the other VA.
OK, here’s the confirmation from ICF’s site:
Aren’t we glad that the Responsible Fatherhood monies are going to such well-credentialed contractors with a lifelong interest in helping faith-based organizations?  (Mr. Wubbenhorst hails from Boston, incidentally).
I have a lingering question about I C F (other than why TAGGS put spaces in the name) – Why is it classified as “City Government” under TAGGS?  But on its website, city governments are obviously going to be clients — not itself:  SEE?
Fiscal Year Grantee Name City State Grantee Class Award Number Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90FH0002 NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER FOR STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE HEALTHY MARRIAGE 1 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CINDY CINDY $ 1,500,000
2011 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90PD0271 SELF-SUFFICIENCY RESEARCH CLEARNINGHOUSE 1 93647 Social Services Research and Demonstration DR. JEANETTE M HERCIK $ 977,256
2010 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90PD0270 SELF-SUFFICIENCY RESEARCH CLEARINGHOUSE 2 93647 Social Services Research and Demonstration DR JEANETTE HERCIK $ 500,000
2009 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90LH0001 NATIONAL CHILD CARE TOLL-FREE HOTLINE 1 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund MELISSA ZWAHR $- 702,966
2009 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90PD0270 SELF-SUFFICIENCY RESEARCH CLEARINGHOUSE 1 93647 Social Services Research and Demonstration DR JEANETTE HERCIK $ 500,000
2007 I C F, INC FAIRFAX VA City Government 90LH0001 NATIONAL CHILD CARE TOLL-FREE HOTLINE 1 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund MELISSA ZWAHR $ 882,080
Melissa Zwahr
Dr. Hercik’s study (linked to 2009 grant row) brings up a serious topic:  increase of Child-Only TANF cases.

1. ROUNDTABLE BACKGROUND

Under the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, child-only cases— those in which no adult is included in the cash grant—have become an increasing proportion of State caseloads in recent years. Child-only cases are either parental or non-parental— parental cases are those in which the parent is resident in the home, but ineligible for TANF receipt for such reasons as time limits,1 sanction, immigration status, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) receipt, or previous drug felony conviction. Non-parental cases are those in which neither biological parent is present, and another adult, usually a relative, is the primary caregiver.

Research indicates that the percentage of child-only cases relative to overall national caseloads increased 200 percent in one decade –from 12 percent in 1990 to nearly 35 percent by 2000.2 In some States, over fifty percent of their FY2002 caseloads were child-only.3

We don’t know who’s heading up the 2011 grant without further lookups because TAGGS hasn’t yet corrected their publishing the grants recipients with two first names and no last names in the “principal Investigator” field (FN FN) — hardly reassuring for reliable data reporting…
Here Dr. Hercik also collaborated — working for Virginia-based “Caliber Associates” and The Urban Institute — on another report:  This too is a consequence of the Executive Order 2001, resulting in more grants streams for more reports for WORKING individuals . . .
the “We Care” connection (see Ohio Investigative Report):
On Page 110 of the report is found We Care America as a “promising program” (#48 of 50 or so).  Reviewing the program description, it becomse clear that what WeCare mostly consists of (per this description) is of on-line services (i.e., database) connecting faith-based corporations with donors.
Caliber Associates, founded in 1988 it says, has clients mostly in the “life sciences” sector, i.e., a long list of pharmaceutical companies.  They are also diagnostic. So I am wondering what they are doing analyzing faithbased organizations for the criminal sector here….
Dr. Hercik later working for ICF International (which is a merger of Macro International and another firm) would make sense as somewhere in there having connected with Wubbenhurst, or her information did, hence We Care was hired to do this report.  (That’s circumstantial speculation, but possible. . . . . )

The author(s) shown below used Federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice and prepared the following final report:

Document Title: Author(s):

Document No.: Date Received: Award Number:

Development of a Guide to Resources on Faith- Based Organizations in Criminal Justice

Jeanette Hercik, Richard Lewis, Bradley Myles, Caterina Gouvis, Janine Zweig, Alyssa Whitby, Gabriella Rico, Elizabeth McBride

209350 April 2005 OJP-99-C-010

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Caliber Associates and The Urban Institute were awarded a contract from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop a guide to resources on faith-based organizations (FBO) in criminal justice. The impetus for the one-year task order is the need to document the wide range of criminal justice-related services provided by larger FBOs in communities across the nation. The primary purpose of the project is to assist the development of a research agenda to determine whether and under what circumstances the faith community can promote public safety via reducing crime and delinquency. Building on the extant body of knowledge, the project places innovative methodologies for acquiring information on a solid foundation of accepted research practices to meet the requirements of the task order

Again, what IS a “Faith Based Organization” — is it a bunch of ministers, regardless of the characters of their particular faiths (see views on women) — that figured out how to incorporate to respond to the new privileges?  Is it a way to push abstinence education a little further on, and help the concept of women as wombs to prevail (see NWNW — and this had a DEFINITE connection to some faith-based groups in KS — this year — )

I think the handwriting is on the wall, don’t you?  When weighed — the books don’t often balance, but gold and silver (in the form of contracts & grants) IS going to those studying and evaluating the whole mess.

The evaluations have been characterized

by one State Inspector General (OH)

as “to even a casual observer . . . disingenuous”

And the public paid for it, too.

(the glowing report was paid for by the group being reviewed, GOFBCI:  Cost $6,000 this time).


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A Few FAQs, but first

let me invite readers to something normally beyond my social media skillset: a Tuesday Night Blogtalk Radio show

My email alert said

“It’s going to be a hell of a show.”
(it was).
This is not your typical Battered Women’s Protective Mothers–Reform CPS–Involve More Fathers  show.
(Nor is my blog typical)
Like me (nowadays) I don’t want to hear it.  For one, we already tried (to cite a Bible reference) the
“widow and the unjust judge” theme, the “two women before King Solomon” theme,
and many also tried actually reporting to what we considered the proper authorities such things as:
Violations of Court Orders, Domestic Violence (or threats, stalkings, etc.) against us, violations of due process,
and in some cases, M.I.A. children the context of an ex who had threatened to run off with them.
ALSO this 64/34 effect show is NOT about
~ ~holding Congressional Hearings and Rallying in front of the White House in hopes that
the residential Change Agent (President Obama) will please help our cause ~ ~ ~  do something ~~  do anything! ~~ just make us feel heard!!
(As some have felt might be more effective the the representative form of government called one’s state & federal legislators)

NOPE.  It is different.  So I hope you will call or tune in next Tuesday at 9pm EST (til further notice):

THIS TUESDAY NIGHT @ 9pm, Abuse Freedom Presents: The 66/34 Effect Radio Show,
Funding in the Courts
With Host Athena Phoenix
November 15, 2011 at 9:00 p.m. EST
This week ABUSE FREEDOM UNITED welcomes our newest team member, Athena Phoenix to help us improve the justice system by bringing reformation to the apathetic and corrupt divisions of our state and federal governments.
Dear Abuse,
(From the Show Description, continued):
Have you ever wondered why the justice system and the media ignores some predatory CPS or child support enforcement programs which target and exploit families? Are courts and the Department of Children and Families receiving financial incentives from the Federal government to increase conflict in family court cases by awarding custody to unfit and unwilling parents, and even taking kids out of good homes and into the system?
Abuse Freedom Radio invites you to tune in this Tuesday night at 9:00 EST to welcome Host Athena Phoenix to the AFU family and support our newest program, The 66/34 Effect: Funding in the Family Courts with host Athena Phoenix.  Guests this week will be:
  • LIZ RICHARDS, Founder of National Alliance for Family Court Justice (www.nafcj.net) For over 20 years, Liz has been a pioneer in the mother’s rights movement a national expert on HHS funding research, fraud, and political reform.
  • FRED SOTTILE, President of the LA Chapter of Fathers 4 Justice, author, radio host, and a prominent TANF Title IV-D abolition activist.
  • JACK KELLY, Democratic party political activist, Boston based blogger and columnist who wrote about the Penn State scandal.

See Jack Kelly’s article here:

A Message To PennState Prez

Rodney Erickson: Clean House!

November 12, 2011

By 

Find out from special guest Fred Sottile why father’s rights groups are joining the fight to cut $5 billion in wasteful spending on IV-D TANF programs, including fatherhood programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS].  Also learn about Fred’s work on judicial reform and transparency with activists like Richard Fine, Full Disclosure Networks, and Judicial Watch.

Liz Richards will educate listeners on the politics of HHS Fatherhood and Healthy Families program funding, and how these funds are used to effect the outcome of court cases. Are grant programs administered through child support enforcement agencies, such as Responsible Fatherhood programs and Access and Visitation programs meeting their funding and accountability requirements? Is there a connection to the Penn State scandal and Occupy Wall Street?
Please join us, and feel free to call in and join the discussion as we find ways to improve the system.
Sincerely,

Jane Boyer & Josie Perez

Abuse Freedom United

IF HHS PROGRAMS ARE FAILING FAMILIES, WHY DO WE KEEP FUNDING THEM?  What can we do to reform them?
Why is child support enforcement creating TANF programs which waive due process, collecting billions in child support, then fail to disburse it to the children it is intended to benefit? How much does your judge know about HHS funding and family services? How much of your tax dollars is being used to support programs like CPS, foster care, The Second Mile nonprofit, and Penn State who failed to protect the children raped by Coach Sandusky? Tune in and find out.

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I believe this 11/15/2011 show is now available to hear, and it will be weekly (though with which guests, I don’t know).  However, the “64/34 Effect” — which has nothing to do with what most “expose the impact of domestic violence” or Train The Judges to recognize it — movements talk about.  That 64/34 effect, however, has had greater influence in preventing families from getting out of it.

You’ll also note that there are both men and women on the show, and (for the record) that’s not men and women who are all pro-feminist, or pro-father.  Rather, at least some people have started figuring out it’s time to stop playing the Good Cop Bad Cop (Men v. Women) themes that have been fed us by media campaigns — and instead look at some of what I have begun to (for some years now) report on this blog.  I report on organizations, nonprofits, foundations, and funding behind the policies that messed with my family (yes, even my ex, who was also a batterer) and compromised our futures –badly.

(I hope the show is helpful//for the record, I’m not a regular listener and don’t know about previous episodes), or the hosts Boyer & Perez)

NOW —

ABOUT ME (& the Let’s Get Honest BLOG)

I am What I am, which is changing with time. . ..  (so is the blog, only it’s an it).

  • I don’t tag consistently, so if you’re hunting for something, use the search field.
  • I don’t proofread, copyedit, and once the thing is off my chest and published, usually that’s it’s format (love it or leave it).
  • I know — and deduce, from who’s watching it — that this blog has information on it you will NOT typically find elsewhere.  I know that, because I’m a diligent person and voracious reader, and I explored the usual alternatives –consistently and hard — during a seven-year period (and thereafter) between filing a domestic violence restraining order with kickout, and watching my children have a custody-switch overnight (not getting to say goodbye to them, or vice versa) after which they basically disappeared out of my life.  This was a planned event, and an enabled event — and in this blog, I am going to talk about the CONTEXT in which planned and enabled events of this sort take place.
  • I quit dealing with nonprofits, or asking them for help, after I realized who they are actually answerable to — and that’s their funders, NOT their clients, who represent warm bodies that come and go through their doors, justifying the funding.  This includes all kinds of nonprofits.
  • The most important things needed for a mother (specifically, but it can also help nonabusive fathers) to know in the court system — to possibly stop getting screwed with (pardon the French) will NOT be found on domestic violence prevention sides, family court self-help sites (naturally), or even protective mothers sites.
  • I can document a family law case (Sacks v. Sacks) that had all of the above type groups backing it from Florida to the Supreme Court of the USA (where it was declined for a hearing) and back, which chose to ignore what I blog, and think that the case was “about” their individual judges, custody evaluators, attorneys, or situation.  It’s not.  Get over it.  Deal with it.   Grow up.  What happens in the courtroom — in the bottom line — is NOT about you, and in many cases, the outcome is often settled before you get there (if you have the privilege, which some don’t).

(Sample of the language — notice the drama — and people are supposed to write the judges about all this:)  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

WE ARE ALL WITH YOU LINDA MARIE

We thank you Linda Marie for your courage, faith, and strength to speak for those who have been silenced by their abusers and the courts.

CASE UPDATE: JUNE 27, 2011 CASE

US SUPREME COURT: “WE DONT DO FAMILY LAW”

THE US SUPREME COURT DENIED LINDA MARIE SACKS PETITION FOR CERTIORARI IN SACKS V SACKS. WE ARE DISSAPOINTED BUT NOT SHOCKED AT THE US SUPREME COURTS COMPLETE DISREGARD FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN. DESHANEY V WINNEBEGO, CASTLE ROCK V GONZALES, TITELMAN V TITELMAN ARE PRIME EXAMPLES OF OUR NATIONS HIGHEST COURT IGNORING THE PLEAS OF PARENTS TRYING TO FIND JUSTICE FOR THEIR CHILDREN WHO ARE SEVERELY ABUSED OR MURDERED. OVER AND OVER AGAIN THE STATE SUPREME COURTS AND THE US SUPREME COURT REFUSE TO PROTECT VICTIMS AND POLICE THEIR OWN. WHY HAVE SUPREME COURTS THAT ARE DEAF TO THOSE MATTERS THAT REALLY COUNT. IS BURNING OUR FLAG, STRIP SEARCHING OF SCHOOL CHILDREN, SCHOOL PRAYER, AND THE LIKE-MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE RIGHT OF PARENTS TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN FROM ABUSE AND MURDER?

READ MORE  www.CenterforJudicialExcellence.org

Write the judges in SACKS V SACKS   

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ All the groups involved should thank her for free (negative) publicity at her children’s expense.  However, ignorance — and this WAS ignorance, and pigheaded refusal to smell the coffee – – – – is no excuse, either.  (I wouldn’t say this, but tried to present information to this mother as well.) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

This  Petition for Writ of Certiori, i.e., to be heard by the US Supreme Court under “Other Authorities” cites Dr. Phil and the O (Oprah’s) magazine, a SF online weekly, a radio interview of Linda Sacks, and basically a laundry list of the nonprofits and individuals that did NOT inform this parent about what just happened to her.  Or  why a Supervised Visitation Center — or having a person on her case (Dr. Deborah O. Day) who just happened to be a founding board member of the Florida AFCC, and a Certified Family Mediator and is big on Munchhausen’s by Proxy — might relate to the problems she, like others, has been having. Instead, she focused on being “squeaky clean” and how unfair the system was to her — rather than studying the system.  The groups cited (see the writ) don’t talk about AFCC, either, nor does a recent tome called Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Custody (see the groups listed).

 

Meanwhile — in Lancaster, Pennsylvania very recently– a forum exists “Expose Corruption” exists, which reports on its local courts and potential corruption, and the moderator (I think it’s the moderator) simply sent off a “Right to Know” information request on one of the court personnel, and got payment vouchers,* (*it doesn’t look like Ms. Sacks ever did this) discovered no contract exists for the person in question, found out  what a nice living she is making at public expense, as either Guardian Ad Litem or Parenting Coordinator.  She sued him for inadvertently posting SS#s that the responding officials “forgot” to redact on the vouchers, and the game’s on.  But it began with someone noticing that judges were steering cases to certain profiteers, and inquiring about the profit.

FBI searches court administrator’s office

BY BORYS KRAWCZENIUK (STAFF WRITER)
Published: November 15, 2011
FBI agents executed a search warrant on Lackawanna County Court Administrator Ron Mackay’s office Monday afternoon as part of an investigation into a program that provides lawyers for children in family court cases.

Mr. Mackay declined to answer questions about the visit and answered “no” when asked if he would provide The Times-Tribune a copy of the search warrant.

The visit lasted less than an hour.  For a while, as agents worked in his office, Mr. Mackay was required to stand in a waiting room outside the suite that houses his office. An FBI agent stood near Mr. Mackay guarding the entrance to the suite.   Eventually, four men dressed in plain clothes, only one of whom acknowledged being an FBI agent, walked out, with one carrying a box with white papers sticking out of the top.

. . .The FBI has been investigating the county’s guardian ad litem system, which is in the hands of one lawyer, attorney Danielle Ross. The county court sometimes appoints a guardian ad litem to represent the interests of children in family court disputes between parents, often in cases of divorce or when custody is at stake.

Late last month, agents served subpoenas at the county courthouse and administration building as part of their investigation. In September, a federal grand jury subpoena ordered County Controller Ken McDowell to produce all bills, invoices, receipts and statements for every case assigned to Ms. Ross.

Now THAT’s how you investigate!

Read more: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/fbi-searches-court-administrator-s-office-1.1232356#ixzz1e62IvTLL

 

Funny how Sacks’ coaches and/or centers of reference:   Battered Women’s Custody Conference, Barry Goldstein, The Leadership Council, California Protective Parents Association, Center for Judicial Excellence, etc. But ordinary citizens (well, perhaps some “extraordinary” is involved here) on a forum can pick up:

(etc.)(who you know I’ve been looking at too — as I can’t see where Termini & Boyan are currently incorporated — and I don’t think they are.  Termini’s making a good living in Lancaster County at the courthouse, since (it seems) about 2008.  Coincidentally?  The “National Association for Parent Coordination” in Georgia got dissolved in about 2008 (same dynamic duo in charge).  now they run advanced parent coordination training (for a stiff price) and well they should — because in Lancaster at least, it seems to net $60/hour, plenty of referrals (and without a contract even??). . . We, too, can do “right to know” or “FOIA” inquiries, and should do more.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

On the other hand, knowledge — and knowledge you can act on locally — is empowering, even if the scenario is daunting.  I have learned so much by having all systems fail in the family law, family, (religious institutions), criminal justice system (i.e., law enforcement), and a few more along the way.  I know I am a better woman for it, though sorry it took so many years (i.e., I got older in the meantime) Forgot to add

  • I’m longwinded.  The posting has really gotten out of hand, and while it may be a warm blanket to me, I’m getting ready to let go of it and go Facebook, Twitter, or something else.  I don’t seriously believe anyone reads the entire posts.   It’s where I keep (SOME, FYI, not all), of my research, for the record.  The research has borne out, and there IS a clearer picture (in my understanding) of what to ignore and what to pay attention to in these systems.  And of the country I live in (shudder!) as a woman, particularly a woman beyond kicking out some more babies, or with an appetite for raising someone else’s.  That frees up a lot of thought time ..  … ….
  • Oh yes — there are about 9 different pages on here.  But only the main page, generally, is added to.  It’s structured like this.  I write until I’m done (and only a small portion of the screen is visible at a time; no hardcopy printouts or second drafts).  When I’m done –or sometimes several paragraphs beyond that, then I stop, and usually hit “Publish.”
Whatever I am saying, visits are steadily coming from state & county & city governments, various court systems, law firms, the California Judicial Council, 

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(I’m not going to keep posting visitors here, but the posts they chose to look at are an indicator of possibly something YOU might want to look at.  Also, I believe we should keep certain public entities on their toes (if possible), particularly ones that have been on our HEELS, dogging us, driving us — and for what?  For profit?  For someone’s career track?  To bring world peace or solve world poverty?
(besides which it was seriously difficult to get those stats into the WordPress margins… ) 
 
 
 
IN THE BOTTOM LINE, THE QUESTION BECOMES — WHOSE LIFE IS MINE?  WHOSE MONEY IS THE MONEY I EARN?  
WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?  IF A MOTHER AND FATHER HAVE CHILDREN AND A CUSTODY DISPUTE, WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THEY?    
By law, the ANSWER is here, and the answer is NOT his or hers….
 
The UCCJEA talks about which STATE has jurisdiction, when it’s a multi-state custody matter.  But what about within a single state?
 
JURISDICTION:
So what is jurisdiction?  It is the right, the power, and the control that the court will have over a certain legal issue or subject.  Thus there is geographical jurisdiction (where can the case be heard?), subject matter jurisdiction (which court has authority to hear and decide this particular legal issue?), personal jurisdiction (does the court have the power to make a person obey its orders?) and there are other jurisdictional questions. 

What we normally call FAMILY COURTS ( as I am understanding this) are actually by statue “CONCILIATION COURTS….Now the type of people going to the family law system are not typically the happily married couples, but couples with often “irreconcilable differences” this may come of a bit of a shock — while you are figuring out how to separate, the court is actually (by legal purpose) trying to get you back together, apparently (I’ll use that word a lot so no one thinks about accusing me of practicing law ….).

No, seriously …..

WHAT IS A “CONCILIATION COURT” (ever heard the term?)

Conciliation Courts

California was one of the first states to establish conciliation courts. The purpose of a conciliation court is to encourage families to attempt reconciliation and reduce litigation in family law cases. In California counties with conciliation courts, parties may petition the court for help in resolving disputed family law matters prior to, or even after, filing an action for dissolution. While the matter is under advisement by the conciliation court, neither party may file an action for dissolution without permission of the court.

(taken from Robert L. Lewis site; San Jose Family Lawyer)

How many mothers or fathers are even aware that in having ANY custody dispute and going before a judge to settle it, they have entered “Conciliation Court Land” (I think.  NOTE:  I’m not an attorney, and reader is advised to consult, law, a licensed attorney or a better source before acting on any FYI information I post, from other sites, hereon!)

Basically when there is a custody DISPUTE (parents cannot work it out separately) in — I believe most counties in the US, but don’t know for sure — that opens the doorway for all THIS:

(CALIFORNIA LAW — which may explain where all the behavioral scientists get off in studying your children and collecting data from courthouses about this or that):

 FAMILY CONCILIATION COURTS (California Code 1800ff (part, below:)

1814.  (a) In each county in which a family conciliation court is
established, the superior court may appoint one supervising counselor of conciliation and one secretary to assist the family 
conciliation court in disposing of its (ITS, not YOUR) business and carrying out its functions. In
counties which have by contract established joint family
conciliation court services, the superior courts in contracting
counties jointly may make the appointments under this subdivision.
   (b) The supervising counselor of conciliation has the power to do all of the following:

   (1) Hold conciliation conferences with parties to, and hearings
in, proceedings under this part, and make recommendations concerning
the proceedings to the judge of the family conciliation court.
   (2) Provide supervision in connection with the exercise of the
counselor's jurisdiction as the judge of the family conciliation
court may direct.
   (3) Cause reports to be made, statistics to be compiled, and records to be kept 
as the judge of the family conciliation court may direct.
   (4) Hold hearings in all family conciliation court cases as may be
required by the judge of the family conciliation court, and make
investigations as may be required by the court to carry out the
intent of this part.
   (5) Make recommendations relating to marriages where one or both
parties are underage.
   (6) Make investigations, reports, and recommendations as provided
in Section 281 of the Welfare and Institutions Code under the
authority provided the probation officer in that code.

(7) Act as domestic relations cases investigator. 
 (8) Conduct mediation of child custody and visitation disputes.
   (c) The superior court, or contracting superior courts, may also appointwith the consent of the board of supervisors, associate counselors of conciliation 
and other office assistants as may be necessary to assist 
the family conciliation court in disposing of its business.
Which, for the record, may or may not relate to YOUR business or intents in being there.
In fact, the two purposes are often at odds.  But did you know what its business was to start with?
This is not told you in the basic self-help legal center, but it appears to be so....
The associate counselors shall carry out their duties
under the supervision of the supervising counselor of conciliation
and have the powers of the supervising counselor of conciliation.
Office assistants shall work under the supervision and direction of
the supervising counselor of conciliation.
   (d) The classification and salaries of persons appointed under this section shall be determined by: 
(1) The board of supervisors of the county in which a noncontracting family conciliation court operates.

(2) The board of supervisors of the county which by contract has the responsibility to administer funds of the joint family
conciliation court service.

OK, Let’s review this:  COUNTY (financial) vs. STATE (pays judges) responsibilities and associations:

And State to Federal ….

The county commissioners (or, “Board of Supervisors of the County”) in which a conciliation court operates appoint the classification and salaries of people helping there work. Got that? (Judges, in California, are to be paid by the state — not the counties).

SO — when here comes the United States (federal) Child Support & Welfare System and says — “we will fund you, only it’s a $2/$1 relationship (or the 66/34% effect), …

provided you follow our rules — some of which includes, we want to do social studies on your families, (Just whatever the Head (Secretary) of HHS says to ….)

and we also believe that you should be running some marriage, fatherhood promotion, abstinence education, supervised visitation, mediation, counseling and parent education classes too, or other “access/visitation” programs — to reduce the overall divorce rate, which WE assert relates to the overall POVERTY RATE  for which we are (see?? ) giving your state $XX b/million per year — if you want it that is…”

— GENERALLY SPEAKING, THE STATES (AND COUNTY SUPERVISORS OF CONCILIATION COURTS) ARE GOING TO LISTEN.

AND JUDGES ARE LIKELY TO ORDER SERVICES — THAT’S HOW WE GET THE INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SOME OF THESE NONPROFITS AND INDIVIDUAL JUDGES ON SPECIFIC CUSTODY CASES THEY ARE TO HELP PARENTS SETTLE THEIR “DISPUTES,” and this JUST — PERHAPS — MIGHT INVOLVE FORCING THAT COUPLE TO GO SIT IN FRONT OF A COUNTY-PAID COUNSELOR (OR MEDIATOR), OR TAKE CLASSES BY A JUDGE- LAWYER-RUN PROGRAM THAT QUALIFIES FOR SOME OF THE GRANTS. . .

.Which may explain why American Lawyer Media — (or quite a few others visiting the same site) are somewhat interested in my post on “Kids Turn” . . . or why the California Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts (perhaps) may be interested in my reporting on the A/V grants, or OCSE — or “AFCC” which includes personnel with a penchant for ordering a whole lot of these types of income-producing programs:

(CODE, continued — but in more normal print so it will wrap to the margins right):

  1815. (a) A person employed as a supervising counselor of conciliation or as an associate counselor of conciliation shall have all of the following minimum qualifications: {{NOTICE THE FIELDS}}

(1) A master’s degree in psychology, social work, marriage, family and child counseling, or other behavioral science substantially related to marriage and family interpersonal relationships.

(2) At least two years of experience in counseling or psychotherapy, or both, preferably in a setting related to the areas of responsibility of the family conciliation court and with the ethnic population to be served.

(3) Knowledge of the court system of California and the procedures used in family law cases. {{notice this is qualification #3, not #1}}

(4) Knowledge of other resources in the community that clients can be referred to for assistance.

(5) Knowledge of adult psychopathology and the psychology of families.

(6) Knowledge of child development, child abuse, clinical issues relating to children, the effects of divorce on children, the effects of domestic violence on children, and child custody research sufficient to enable a counselor to assess the mental health needs of children.

(7) Training in domestic violence issues as described in Section 1816. {{notice this is #7, not #2, although DV issues do result in disputed custody situations that come before this court!}}

(b) The family conciliation court may substitute additional experience for a portion of the education, or additional education for a portion of the experience, required under subdivision (a).

(c) This section does not apply to any supervising counselor of conciliation who was in office on March 27, 1980.

 

Does that explain why your life as a disputed custody parent (if that’s you) are now filled with these social science, behavioral modification, psychopathology & psychology of families & psychotherapist personnel?

NOW — a voice from 1977.  I notice that it was published in the National Council on Family Relations.  
Who are they?  Well not in this post, but this is the grant they got recently from our government (HHS) to keep marriages together or help persuade more people to marry
Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON FAMILY RELATIONS  MINNEAPOLIS MN 55421-3900 ANOKA 078679974
$ 1,286,457
(click on name to see what the grant 90FM0001 was about, from 2004-2008)(then click on the grant# and see that its 2011 continuation for only $785,612 was continued at Utah State U.  Utah appears to be a very marrying state, one might think, given the prevailing religion..
 

CONCILIATION COUNSELING:  THE COURT’S EFFECTIVE MECHANISM FOR RESOLVING VISITATION AND CUSTODY DISPUTES

(excerpt)
The Family Coordinator © 1977 National Council on Family Relations

Abstract

Counseling processes utilized by the Santa Clara County Conciliation Court in in resolving litigated visitation and custody disputes are described. The responsiveness of parents and their children is discussed as are the roles of both counselor and judge in these matters. A sample case reflecting a broad range of family dynamics is presented and the procedure by which cases are received and evaluated is reported. The practical and salutary features of this court-oriented program are set forth.
 
(Excerpt):  “It has been acknowledge for some time by judges and lawyers, as well as those inviduals affected (note order — judges & lawyers 1st, affected people, 2nd) that the process by which custody and visitation issues are decided is in need of change.  With that in mind, THE CONCILIATION SERVICE OF THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY (California) SUPERIOR COURT  IN 1972 LAUNCHED A PILOT PROGRAM WHICH HAS SINCE BEEN FULLY INTEGRATED INTO ITS FAMILY COURT PROCEDURES (caps & emphases= mine).  PROFESSIONAL MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COUNSELORS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM’S IMPLEMENTATION….
 
At the calling of the Family Court Calendar each morning and each afternoon, all those awaiting hearing on visitation matters are promptly and directly referred to the court’s Conciliation Service.  (etc.)
That’s how the counselors get in there. . . .  Note the date –1972.  The AFCC (which is an association of judges, lawyers, and exactly these types of counselors — must be coincidence!) didn’t actually finish getting caught and forced to incorporate (in IL) til around 1975.  No-fault divorce was here or near, and FEMINISM was on the Ascent in America….  This caused some marital issues, obviously. ….
 
 

WHAT I WAS NOT TOLD — EVER — BY ANY COURTHOUSE I ENTERED< ANYWHERE< OR ANY MEDIATOR:

WERE YOU?  WHOSE CHILDREN ARE THEY?  

WHO HAS JURISDICTION IF YOU HAVE A CUSTODY DISPUTE?

THIS IS A 2009 blog from an attorney who works in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  It’s not hard to understand, it’s fairly clear — but were you told?

L.A. Divorce Blog (Nov. 24, 2009)

When a controversy exists between spouses, or when a controversy relating to child custody or visitation exists between parents (regardless of their marital status), and the controversy might otherwise result in divorce, annulment, legal separation, or the disruption of the household, and there is a minor child of the spouses or parents whose welfare might be affected thereby, the Family Conciliation Court has jurisdiction over the controversy, the parties to the controversy, and all persons having any relation to the controversy. Where the controversy involves domestic violence, the Family Conciliation Court has jurisdiction over the controversy, whether or not the parties have a minor child.

The purpose of filing a Petition for Conciliation is to invoke the Court’s jurisdiction to preserve the marriage, to effect a reconciliation of the parties, or to amicably settle the controversy to avoid further litigation over the issue.

While this is talking specifically about someone wishing to stop the divorce via a “petition of conciliation,” the existence of this code – has affected all “custody disputes” and also how domestic violence is adjudicated.  Cindy Ross (also of California, and who writes better) described:

(notice — this is an older post, 2/19/2003) and talks more about the impact.

AFCC was originally established in California as the means to enact Conciliation Court Law (CA Family Codes 1800-1852), an obscure set of codes used to prevent divorce in counties where the court itself deems it necessary to “promote the public welfare by preserving, promoting, and protecting family life and the institution of matrimony“. [15]  While the Conciliation Court identifies children’s rights to “both parents”, it is used only to assist fathers take custody away from mothers and/or to otherwise gain inappropriate or illegal “access” to children.

Enacting Conciliation Court Law gives the family court jurisdiction over domestic violence cases, in violation of appropriate family codes and “child’s best interests” laws. For example, in California, while Family Code §3044 establishes a presumption that sole or joint custody for a parent convicted of domestic violence is not in the best interests of children,  Conciliation Court codes are used not only to assist abusive men get custody, but to help them avoid criminal prosecution. [16] Because blame is shifted to mothers by concealing evidence of paternal crimes against women and children, in the Conciliation Court, victims of abuse (not perpetrators) get convicted in accordance with PAS “threat therapy”. [17]

PAS court-ordered threats include jail terms for mothers and institutionalization of children to convince them that the abuse never occurred, but their mothers are crazy. [18] PAS threats have been linked to the death of at least one child. When forced to “choose” between visiting his violent father in a positive frame of mind, or having his mother jailed for his refusal, Nathan Grieco chose suicide instead. [19]

The Conciliation Court uses PAS methodology to give abusive men the legal upper hand. However, “shared parenting” has become the rallying cry of the fathers’ rights movement, primarily because joint custody also means no child support obligations. When AFCC affiliates assist fathers get custody and get out of paying child support, they instigate frivolous litigation for their own financial gain. They take kickbacks and other improper payments to rig the outcomes of the cases.

She hasn’t reported on a few others factors, but at least this explains why, when coming in for a divorce, the court seems more interested in assigning you a few (dozen) experts.  As also explained (again, long ago) on

Dedicated to Exposing Illegal and Immoral

practices in the court

… Particularly the Family Law System which includes the Courts, Attorneys, Family Services, Psychologists and Therapists,Visitation Monitors, Ad-Litems, Social Workers, Child Protection Agencies and all of the agencies that support these so-called professionals.

Collusion among individuals within the family law system takes place to extract assets from troubled parents. The system is designed to increase the wealth of the family law professionals at the expense and heartbreak of families. Corrupt practices abound. This website is dedicated to exposing the corruption in detail. Areas where corruption exists are identified below.

To which I’d add — and related federal programs, as they may be available.

To people who file civil restraining orders — this information is not shown them (last I heard), but if children are involved, they are then escorted (at least in my area) to a quick run by the local family mediator –who just happens to be in this conciliation court.  The place looks, acts, and sounds like a courthouse, but in fact it is a support service, under conciliation law, to a conciliation court.  Funny that, when divorce actions sometimes read “irreconciliable differences” — and yet someone is going to give it a try, for public benefit.  Or at least pretend to.  Heck, it’s a job, right?

I know many women who filed for safety and ended up in this court before they knew what hit.  Sometimes the actions are consolidated Ex Parte to get them into this venue.  Then we wonder why, when we talk about matters of law, due process, (particularly DV law), or even crimiinal matters, the judges, GALs, and evaluators jsut cannot hear — and talk a different language (as above, see the code).

 
The entity which lobbied for conciliation code to start with, in California, is known as the AFCC (association of family and CONCILIATION courts — get it?).  Their job is to extract as much wealth as possible for as long as possible (this may include from extended family, foster care situations, adoptive families, you name it) and try to convince — or force — you to believe that this is in the best interests of what you think are YOUR children, but they know (by knowing about this section of code) are actually NOT your children — not until you and the Dad can agree.
 
Your judge or lawyer is bad?  Your ex done you wrong?  Start a blog and unload there — but I am more interest in system change and reporting how systems have changed over time.  When I feel I’ve said this well enough (or as well as I can on this blog), then I’ll stop saying it.  Don’t hold your breath.
 
 

SO, ABOUT THIS BLOG:

Scroll down to “READ THIS FIRST” page for a history of family law starting from the consequences of it, back down to the shady beginnings, one generation after women got the vote and between the world wars. Yep, that’s when the first law was passed, which eventually morphed, evolved, or as one summary puts it, “metastasized” into what we have now. And, like Hollywood, and other exports, this one seems to have originated in Sunny California, Southern part…

  • This post doesn’t contain any porn, graphic violence, or disgusting images (as I recall), but it is going to include plain talk on what comes from papering over these things.
  • [2011 update]. I investigate and report on corporations and nonprofits taking business from the court system, and taking diversionary monies from needy families through the 1996 TANF welfare reform and OCSE loopholes.
  • Originally the blog was intended to develop and report on matters covered (since ab. 1993) at http://www.NAFCJ.net and others, which at least gave a sensible explanation for weird behaviors by family court officials. I continued researching, observing, and learning.
  • A good deal also covers the “Faith-Based Behaviors” which have been enabled to expand beyond even the “Fatherhood Factor Funding” of 1994 & 1995. In 2001, GWB began office with two executive orders, 13998 and 13999, which opened the door for these (crooks).
  • Recently, articles are hitting the press about the scandalous “take the money and run” grantees, the “steer the money to our friends” process exhibited by program managers at the state level, and more. Not to mention, the black hole of undistributed child support collections, which (as reported in part by Richard Fine in 1999) shows a system of bribery and kickbacks are steering custody results, and kicking too many kids into bad situations — or state care.

I also note that tools available to the public to study these things are indequate and limited; that there exists — both on database and (some indications) literally, a dual-docketing system, such that decisions made with a parent’s or child’s name on them — which bring federal program funding opportunities — can continue without that parent or child’s knowledge. Some of these do not seem to require a judge’s signature. Others may have such signature, but litigants somehow can’t get a copy of their own files.  The database TAGGS is not set up to produce truly flexible reports which would help track down who is doing what and for whom.  It is there for an appearance of transparency, as far as I am concerned.  Before I re-read NAFCJ.net (Liz Richards’ site) and began my own research, I didn’t run into a single protective mother or DV advocate who even used this database, or told women — or men — about it.

Above all, it’s time to let the idols, the myths about justice hit the dust (which is where idols belong anyhow) and go roll up the sleeves and start looking things up.

My blog is dense to read, and shows affects of PTSD (many times) — BUT I’ll bet you will not find many others reporting what I do.

Fathers in custody battles need to know — it’s NOT about you, or your story, or a particular judge; it’s about the system. Fathers also need to know that SOME of us mothers, while we do not back up one inch on abuse is wrong, or buy your stories about how much false allegations of it exist, we do know that you, too, have been extorted by at least the OCSE system, and we will work along the non-rabid community of fathers to do something about the kickbacks and lack of accountability.

And I personally wish to tell leaders of domestic violence coalitions and certain other agencies receiving major HHS and/or DOJ funding that — we mothers exiting abuse do NOT appreciate our legitimate needs having been SOLD OUT by your groups, to take funding for speculative theories and PR/educational campaigns on what “prevents family violence” let alone “poverty.”

NOW –that’s the N.O.W. — has no excuse for basically dropping the ball, not when in 2002 an excellent Family Court Report laid out the roadmap, and 2005 your California Leader called for an investigation of HHS use of Fatherhood Funds.  (What she didn’t realize then is WE have to do this investigation, then bring it to legislators).  NOW is still active in matters of domestic violence, and has a Family Law Task Force — but other priorities. NOW has done a lot (and I think them), but here — for all to see — is a clear indication that (as with other DV groups) the “Family Law” issue is not seen as a Violence Against Women issue:

Key Issues

NOW’s Top Priority Issues: (the top 6, and the “other important issues”)

Other Important Issues:

Suffice it to say, I think a more singular focus is needed, and as NOW didn’t continue to report some of the material about Bush, Fatherhood, Welfare Reform, and other issues. I don’t even share 100% of those issues, or agree with all of them.  I want to stay alive and exercise my rights, and my kids to NEVER have to repeat what happened and what they witnessed, while growing up, half in violence, and half in a custody war with a basis in extortion from more than one sector, with them, their distress, their simply being minors, as the bait.  But we all need some NOW — because without a dose of them, it’d be The USA of Shari’a (Christian, Jewish, Muslim & Mormon versions, plus the same general themes among the agnostics and atheists).  It’d be off the deep end and in over our heads.  But they lost the focus on the HHS matters, which are also national matters because they involve the economy and systems change to push marriage and fatherhood programs (notice, I didn’t say to push marriage, or fatherhood — but to push the programs).

LIKEWISE:

The NCADV and Domestic Violence Statewide Coalitions have no excuse.  Stop SELLING stuff (including conference attendances, memberships) and start reporting — for free– on welfare reform and what it did to battered women who are also mothers’ chances of EVER getting completely free from such dangerous relationships.    You do NOT speak for mothers who have their lives or kids’ lives on their line.

Family Violence Prevention Fund is now “Futures Without Violence” (facelift, namechange, physical move to the SF Praesidio).  I went up down and around the SF Bay Area looking for help, only to find out (once I got regular internet access and knew to look) that you, too, believe that the real way to prevent violence by men against women is to take funding from wealthy foundations who believe that the way to stop violence against women is to make sure that there is a man in all their homes, and a father in every abused child’s life.  Then I learned you were a resource center for women like me, and I know lots of us in the area.

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION FUND  SAN FRANCISCO CA 94103-5177 SAN FRANCISCO 618375687 $ 22,368,114
Family Violence Prevention Fund  SAN FRANCISCO CA 94103-5178 SAN FRANCISCO 618375687 $ 31,000
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2005 90XA0109  CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 1 0 ACF 08-03-2005 618375687 $ 496,000 

That’s from Health and Human Services.  Overall (not that this site is usually complete) USASPENDING.GOV shows the OVW funding as well:

  • Total Dollars:$41,512,886
  • Transactions:1 – 25 of 92

$34 million of this was straight grants, some was contracts…..

Somehow (when I check “Grants/HHS” at USASPENDING.gov — only $13 million shows up)

so often, “Discretionary”:

Program Office Recovery Act Indicator Award Number Award Title Budget Year Action Issue Date CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
CB  90XA0109 CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT 1 08/03/2005 93670 Child Abuse and Neglect Discretionary Activities DISCRETIONARY ESTA SOLER $ 496,000
Used to write up a report on yourself?
Title: International Center to End Violence: Addressing Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Neglect. Final Report to: DHHS/Administration on Children, Youth and Families under CAPTA. Grant Number 90-XA-0109. October 31, 2007.
Published: 2007
Available from: Children’s Bureau
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Abstract: This final report discusses the activities and outcomes of the federally funded Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF), an organization committed to building safer and stronger families by ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and other forms of abuse against women and children. Major activities and accomplishments of the FVPF are described, including: the development of an Interactive Learning and Exhibit Center, the development of the International Center to End Violence,** and the implementation of training programs and experiential learning for engaging everyday gatekeepers and young students. Activities of the FVPF’s Teacher Training Academy are also highlighted, as well as public educational and engagement activities and school-based programming.
Results 1 to 1 of 1 matches.

**

by Philip V. Scribano, Pediatrician

and here:

New International Center for Family Violence Prevention Fund

Quote from Ban Ki Moon

(in case graphic doesn’t show…)

“Violence against women is an issue that cannot wait . .. and we know that when we work to eradicate violence against women,
we empower our greatest resource fro development; mothers raising children; lawmakers in parliament;
chief executives; negotiators; teachers; doctors; policewomen; peacekeepers and more.”
..Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
And we were the first to engage men – as coaches, mentors, and positive role models to boys.

New Home, new name – in the SF Praesidio  (while – in this area — I know women who went homeless after custody-switch in the family courts; I almost did.  That’s partly a child support matter, and a child support motivation.  Where’s your blog — your website — your publication of how child support and the state of the OCSE/welfare reform affects custody decisions??  Which, in the case of women leaving violence — affects their and their kids’ safety and well-being?)

Montgomery Street Barracks

Built in the 1890s, the six red-brick Montgomery Street Barracks that frame the Main Parade have become Presidio icons. All will be rehabilitated and will feature activities and services for visitors, such as restaurants, galleries, and cultural institutions. Activities will spill out on to the Barracks’ expansive front porches and the Main Parade Ground. The Walt Disney Family Museum opened in one of the barracks in fall 2009 and the International Center to End Violence will open in another in spring 2011.

(OVW grant for this center includes a 2009 one of $2,000,000)

Yes you did engage boys and men — jumped on the bandwagon:  Fatherhood as a tool to stop domestic violence.

I saw the funding surge behind the change of tune, too:

National Institute on Fatherhood and Domestic Violence

Fatherhood can be a strong motivator for some abusive fathers to renounce their violence. Some men choose to change their violent behavior when they realize the damage they are doing to their children.

 In partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, we have trained practitioners from over 40 communities across the US, including: DV advocates, supervised visitation, batterers intervention and fatherhood programs, judges and other law enforcement, and child protection workers

Did you train whoever trained Scott McAlpin?  Scott DeKraii? Cody Beemer?

(yet — no mention, for the sake of the single, female-headed households in the State of Ohio, that it has a Fatherhood Commission, Fatherhood Practitioners, Fatherhood Summits, and that a Legislator is still running around strengthening fatherhood to stop child abuse (like that’s the solution); that it had an Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, that is ripping off the public – in a large way — in an effort to turn back the clocks to the 1950s, pre-feminism and pre-VAWA?

in 2011, it’s up to $3,000,000

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2011 90EV0401  FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 2 0 ACF 08-04-2011 618375687 $ 250,000 
2011 90EV0414  FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES 1 0 ACF 09-17-2011 618375687 $ 1,100,000 
2011 ASTWH110025  PROJECT CONNECT: A COORDINATED PUBLIC HEALTH INITIATIVE TO PREVENT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN 1 00 DHHS/OS 08-26-2011 618375687 $ 1,650,000 
Fiscal Year 2011 Total: $ 3,000,000

Never-Ending Education . . .

2010 ASTWH090016  FY09 HEALTH CARE PROVIDER RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN – EDUCATION, TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 1 03 DHHS/OS 11-17-2009 618375687 $ 1,500,000 

And taking money and direction from Annie E. Casey Foundation, which virtually ensures that NONE of your media campaigns are going to tell women such as myself the relevant facts about 1996 Welfare Form, of the existence of the National Fatherhood Initiative (from the start, 1994, same year as VAWA) or how these funds have been used in family court situations.  It sure has changed the tune — if, indeed, the tune ever was anything other than media campaign, technical assistance, and training since about 1997ff…   While I am very thankful to be informed that strangulation, for example, is a high indicator of lethality, as a mother experiencing it in the home, I had that figured out (particularly in contexts of the talk that went along with it). Or that my dentist should’ve reported or further questioned (he didn’t) a certain suspicious & bloody incident involving my teeth.

Sample Annie E. Casey Fatherhood program (this is a small one)

“On Thursday, October 20th, eighteen men graduated from the Newark Y Fatherhood Program. Funded through the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 167 men have participated in our workshops during the past year. …A major highlight of theFatherhood Graduation was the presentation of  awards from President Barack Obama to the Y’s CEO, Michael Bright and the Director of the Fatherhood Program, Daryl Brown. ThePresidential Award was given in recognition of their  “devotion to service and for doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.”

FVPF Program purpose (from the tax return, the 2009 Form 990, below):

“1. TO PREVENT VIOLENCE WITHIN THE HOME, AND IN THE COMMUNITY,

TO HELP THOSE WHOSE LIVES ARE DEVASTATED BY VIOLENCE BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO LIVE FREE OF VIOLENCE.”

4.  Describe the exempt purpose achievements for each of the 3 largest program services by expenses:

  • INTERNATIONAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE – THE FVPF HAS HELPED CRAFT LANDMARK FEDERAL LEGISLATION, CO-FOUNDED A NATIONAL NETWORK TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST IMMIGRANT WOMEN , AND CONTINUES TO MUSTER THE FINANCIAL, POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE RESOURCES TO SAFEGUARD IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN – AMONG THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. THE FVPF HAS FORMED PROGRAMMATIC PARTNERSHIPS AROUND THE WORLD IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CLINICS TO EXCHANGE WISDOM, IMPROVE HEALTHCARE, AND RAISE PUBLIC AWARENESS.
  • HEALTH – THE FVPF HAS HELPED EXPOSE A CONNECTION BETWEEN HISTORY OF ABUSE AND CURRENT HEALTH,** FURTHER SPOTLIGHTING THE CRITICAL NEED FOR SUSTAINING ASSESSMENT, INTERVENTION, AND ADVOCACY IN CLINICAL SETTINGS. THE ORGANIZATION PROMOTES A HEALTHCARE RESPONSE THAT CONSIDERS THE ENTIRE LIFESPAN AND THAT INCLUDES PREVENTION. THE FVPF OPERATES THE NATION’S HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION TO THOUSANDS OF HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AND OTHERS EACH YEAR. THE ORGANIZATION HAS ALSO DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED STATE-WIDE PLANS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

**astounding.  And this was figured out when? …..

  • (this is the “We Got Fatherhood Funding” segment)  PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS – THE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED THE FIRST-EVER NATIONAL PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – THERE’S NO EXCUSE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – IN 1994. {{yes, but this is 2009!}} NOW THE ORGANIZATION IS REACHING YOUNG MEN AND BOYS THROUGH THE COACHING BOYS INTO MEN CAMPAIGN, ENCOURAGING MEN TO TALK TO THE YOUNG MEN AND BOYS IN THEIR LIVES THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IS WRONG. THROUGH MEDIA AND THROUGH WORK WITH ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS, COACHES, AND OTHERS WHO REACH MEN AND BOYS, THE FVPF IS DELIVERING THE MESSAGE THAT MEN CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE ORGANIZATION’S RELATED FOUNDING FATHERS CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES MEN TO STEP FORWARD ON FATHER’S DAY AND JOIN IN MAKING A PUBLIC STATEMENT ABOUT ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN.

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2009 $26,157,567 990 16 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2008 $22,018,363 990 31 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2007 $17,917,034 990 33 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2006 $13,612,574 990 33 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2005 $9,114,506 990 31 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2004 $7,045,197 990 24 94-3110973
Family Violence Prevention Fund CA 2002 $6,261,569 990 22 94-3110973
EIN# 94-3110973

Also described by them at

Grants — $11.5 million

Program income — $181K

Salaries this year — $4 million

One resource is ERI (Economic Research Institute or “http://www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com&#8221;) which runs comparisons on non-profit organizations salaries;

 the search I just did shows their assets about $22million — and their contributions and expenditures similar, at around $13 million.  It shows a nice chart (I searched by EIN#)and has nice summaries, bar chats, etc.

Salaries in 2009 — not that running a large non-profit shouldn’t be well-rewarded.  They have offices (it says) in Boston, Washington, D.C. & San Francisco.

Except that this group — in an area where women are still being stalked, robbed of (their children, among other things), having child support reduced to nothing or being forced to pay their former batterers (innumerable), finding next to no response with law enforcement when this occurs, women have been burnt and found hogtied around a road sign (2006, unidentified, Oakland-Temescal), kidnapped from their homes, stabbed repeatedly, then dropped off on the side of the road to bleed to death in front of motorists  (Oakland/Orinda Elnora Caldwell), shot at work while IN tollbooths (2009, Ross), shot in church parking lots on a weekday morning (2007, McCall, Oakland), doused with gas and burnt alive, murdered and put in car trunks, shot (along with 6  others in beauty salons (2011, Seal Beach, CA Fournier 8 killed, 2008 Torres, Martinez 3 killed including responding officer),. . .

killed at court-ordered weekend exchanges and buried in a shallow grave only to be found when the murderer father plea-bargained it down by agreeing to locate the body (Wife missing 2006, conviction 2008, Oakland Reiser).    Children have been also kidnapped galore, sometimes being murdered afterwards by overentitled fathers, while D.A.’s are soliciting campagns to standardize their Family Justice Center model in D.C. and in the California Legislature.    I haven’t even linked to children and bystanders in this list; nor is it complete — but  a LOT of it happened around divorce, separation and child custody — and yet where is even a mention of the AFCC, CRC, or the welfare reform that funds “increased noncustodial parenting time” and forces women to try to co-parent with their batterers under fatherhood theory — such as you also have??

Here is the California Charitable Registration results for their 2010 filing (as “Futures WIthout Violence”):

Fiscal Begin: 01-JAN-10
Fiscal End: 31-DEC-10
Total Assets: $36,603,585.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $17,118,149.00
RRF Received: 14-JUN-11
Returned Date:
990 Attached: Y
Status: Rejected

(For the record, it was incorporated as a nonprofit in California, in a simple filing with Esta Soler and a few others, in August 1989.  To get the VAWA passed in 5 years is indeed an accomplishment, or may reflect connections the women had initially, I do not know.)

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1648791 08/30/1989 ACTIVE FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE ESTA SOLER
  • September 10, 2010 notice from California Attorney General — they forgot their fee:
  • FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION FUND CT FILE NUMBER: 077397 383 RHODE ISLAND STREET, NO. 304 SAN FRANCISCO CA 94103-5133

RE: NOTICE OF INCOMPLETE REPORT

The Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report submitted on behalf of the captioned organization is incomplete for the following reason(s):

1. The $225 renewal fee was not received. Please send a check in that amount, payable to “Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts”.

  • LETTER from California Attorney General, who handles charitable registrations:

RE: NOTICE OF INCOMPLETE REPORT (August 26, 2011)

The Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report submitted on behalf of the captioned organization is incomplete for the following reason(s):

1. The $225 renewal fee was not received. Please send a check in that amount, payable to “Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts”.

In order to remain in compliance with the filing requirements set forth in Government Code sections 12586 and 12587, please provide the requested information, together with a copy of this letter, to the above address, within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter.

Must’ve just forgot — I’m sure they can afford $225.

  • Another notice says they forgot to attach a list of contributors; also 8/26/2011.

FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE CT FILE NUMBER: 077397 100 MONTGOMERY STREET, PRESIDIO – MAIN POST SAN FRANCISCO CA 94129

RE: IRS Form 990, Schedule B, Schedule of Contributors

We have received the IRS Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-PF submitted by the above-named organization for filing with the Registry of Charitable Trusts (Registry) for the fiscal year ending 12/31/10. The filing is incomplete because the copy of Schedule B, Schedule of Contributors, does not include the names and addresses of contributors.

The copy of the IRS Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-PF, including all attachments, filed with the Registry must be identical to the document filed by the organization with the Internal Revenue Service. The Registry retains Schedule B as a confidential record for IRS Form 990 and 990-EZ filers.

Within 30 days of the date of this letter, please submit a complete copy of Schedule B, Schedule of

Contributors, for the fiscal year noted above, as filed with the Internal Revenue Service. all correspondence to the undersigned.

I think that along with this many people earning over $100K per years, someone should’ve taken – I did — maybe an hour of their precious PR time to read some of the material put out by UNpaid mothers who have watched and documented what the family court systems is doing to their current safety levels.  It’s not as though we aren’t on the web and aren’t talking !!!

2009 SALARIES OF FVPF, or, currently the ICEV:  (Salary to left, “estimated other compensation from other organizations”) to the right of each name

$234,229 ESTA SOLER PRESIDENT + $71,069

$168,216 THOMAS FERGUSON CFO,CAO + $14,717

$ 166,265 DEBBIE LEE SR.VICE PRESIDENT + $34,928

(also a program director for a joint project with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “Start Strong, Building Healthy Teen Relationships”)

Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in collaboration with Futures Without Violence, formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Blue Shield of California Foundation* are investing $18 million in 11 Start Strong communities across the country to identify and evaluate best practices in prevention to stop dating violence and abuse before it starts.

Or — take a look at the assemblage of personnel on the campaign to end teen pregnancy, underneath this study of “What Research Tells Us about Latino Parenting Practices and their Relationship to Teen Pregnancy” starting with Thomas Kean, Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (and former Governor of NJ). These are, basically, the rich studying and categorizing the poor — by ethnicity and about every other category — in order to better manage the population.  They are particularly interested in breeding habits, which I think is borne out of fear of being outbred (take a look at the U.S. Congress by ethnicity and gender, and make an educated guess why….)

$ 163,251 LENI MARIN SR.VICE PRESIDENT + $50,806.  (That would probably, with creativity, feed & house 3 families in the Bay Area on those benefits alone….)

$ 196,620 RACHAEL SMITH DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR + $21,418

$ 148,996, BRIAN O’CONNOR DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC COMMU + 13,426

$ 148,841 MICHAEL RUNNER DIRECTOR OF LEGAL PROGRA + $20,176

$ 136,681 KIERSTEN STEWART DIR OF PUBLIC POLICY PRO + $18,891

$ 125,685 LONNA DAVIS DIR OF CHILDREN’S PROGRA + $16,601

$ 112,139 COLLIN CASEY DIR OF ADMINISTRATION  + $29,491  (any relationship to the Annie E. Casey people?)

In addition, contractors over $100K included:

LAURA HOGAN,  PETER D. HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC., (WASHINGTON, DC),  DEBORAH KARNOWSKY

@ $144,737. $143,855. $139,731. == for respectively:  Project Building, Project Building, and Campaign Building.

Other projects on the 990 — grandiose in scope — described on Schedule O:

FORM 990, PART III, LINE 4D, OTHER PROGRAM SERVICES:

WORKPLACE – THE NATIONAL WORKPLACE RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE FVPF, EMPLOYERS, AND UNIONS AROUND THE NATION THAT HAS REACHED MILLIONS OF AMERICANS. THIS PROJECT MAKES POSSIBLE EMPLOYER AND UNION DISSEMINATION OF HELPFUL, EASY-TO-FOLLOW INFORMATION TO EMPLOYEES AND UNION MEMBERS ON PREVENTING AND REDUCING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DEVELOPMENT OF WORKPLACE POLICIES ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, AND WORKPLACE SUPPORT OF EMPLOYEES WHO ARE VICTIMS. THE ORGANIZATION PROVIDES RESOURCES ONLINE THAT GIVE WORKPLACE LEADERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE CLEAR AND IMMEDIATE EXPERT ASSISTANCE.

EXPENSES $ 110773.

and for   “CHILDREN / YOUTH / YOUNG FAMILIES:  EXPENSES $709,895 (no description) and “PUBLIC POLICY / NEW PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT” exp. $80,900.

and the plan to end all plans:

  • INTERNATIONAL CENTER TO END VIOLENCE – THE ORGANIZATION IS CREATING AN INTERNATIONAL CENTER IN SAN FRANCISCO AS A HUB OF EDUCATIONAL AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY TO ADVANCE US TOWARD A VIOLENCE-FREE SOCIETY. THE CENTER SEEKS TO PROMOTE THE VALUES OF RESPECT, EMPATHY, AND RESPONSIBILITY; EXPOSE THE CYCLE OF VIOLENCE AND ITS IMPACT ON FAMILIES AND SOCIETIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD; ASSIST THE PUBLIC IN EXAMINING ROOT CAUSES OF VIOLENCE AND ITS INTERCONNECTIONS TO BIGOTRY AND HATE; AND ROUSE INDIVIDUALS EVERYWHERE TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE, HATRED and BIGOTRY.   

EXPENSES $ 220,101

and of course:  another expense was “LEGAL  $501,366

Well, I’ll find some of the descendants, if any, of the women mentioned above and tell them they didn’t die in vain, the 

International Center to End Violence has a plan...

I believe a better use of time would for be for these directors to go hang out in homeless camps and at soup kitchens and ask the people how they came to be homeless, and in need of eating at soup kitchens.  In the years that FVPF funds were doubling and increasing, I have noticed more and more women in those lines.  Preach for hire  in an open marketplace– not at their expense!  While this group is not actually (that I can see) taking money direct from money dedicated to welfare, they ARE taking a helluva a lot from the HHS pot to forward the fund’s personal (shared by others, but it is personal to the fund) belief (or assertions) that more training will stop violence.  Really?   You just want my children and future grandchildren, currently this is in the USA, to fund your vision about fixing the WORLD?  While in the entire time of their childhoods here, I can’t identify ONE thing that this group did to stop the battering in my home, or the family court gauntlet that followed.  (And under what name is it doing business in San Francisco, anyhow?)

Incidentally (see TAGGS grants) — many of the grants which would otherwise go to shelters are going to this type of “training and technical support” activity – it’s lumped under the same labelThen.

To be fair, here is a 2010 statement with a California Assemblyperson naming FVPF (Futures without Violence) founder Esta Soler his 2010 Woman of the Year.  It also says the organization was started — with a federal fund — in 1980 30 years ago.  Perhaps in DC or Washington – the charitable and sec of state records in California both say about 21 years ago (as of 2010), i.e. 1989 – 1999 – 2009 -that’s 20 years.

Contact: Quintin Mecke @ (415) 557-3013

Sacramento, CA – Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) chose Esta Soler, the head of the Family Violence Prevention Fund, as his 2010 Woman of the Year.

“I am proud to announce Esta Soler, one of the world’s foremost experts on violence against women and children, to be Woman of the Year for Assembly District 13”, said Ammiano. “Esta is a pioneer who founded the Family Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) nearly 30 years ago and made it one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies.”

Under her direction, the FVPF was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 – the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues our families and communities. Congress reauthorized and expanded the law in 2000 and again in 2005.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award from Assemblymember Ammiano, a wonderful friend to all of us working to end domestic, dating and sexual violence and help victims,” said Family Violence Prevention Fund President and Founder Esta Soler. “At a time when state funding for domestic violence programs is in peril, we especially appreciate champions like Tom Ammiano.”

Esta Soler first established the organization with a federal grant in 1980.

This 1980 is commonly cited — BUT unless it’s in Washington, D.C. (a corporations search page I can’t seem to sign into yet), the SF one was definitely 1989 — and thus the 1980 statement is an exaggeration.  If the grant was received in 1980, I’d like to know how much, from which department and under what name.  Most on-line databases don’t go back that far.  I hope to research this a little further perhaps to better understand this organization.

It has become the nation’s leading expert on violence against women and children, the source of numerous trailblazing prevention and intervention campaigns, and a major force in shaping public policies that prevent violence and help victims in the U.S. and worldwide.

Soler, along with the honorees, was recognized today in the 2010 Woman of the Year ceremony. Each year, members of the California State Assembly and California State Senate honor a woman from their district who has distinguished herself in service to her community.

MINNESOTA-STYLE DV ORGANIZATIONS

The Minnesoh-tans (DAIP, MPDI, BWJP, Praxis, et al.) have done heroic things — but that’s no excuse for ‘taxation without representation” and the early-on insistence that your model CCR and its institutional ethnography become a nationwide model, without proof it works.  And, it doesn’t.  I hit on this particular set of nonprofits pretty hard throughout this blog, s am giving them a break today, except to mention that it took me a long time to realize that what “MINNESOTA PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT INC.” was actually about — (and which its name says) — developing (and selling) programs, 

Not stopping domestic violence

and some pretty good grants behind that business, too….

STATEWIDE COALITIONS AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:  Standardized & co-opted, used as heat shields for marriage entitites, didn’t include enough mothers leaving violence in their plans.  DIDN’t PUBLICIZE FATHERHOOD COMMISSIONS, FAITH-BASED OPERATIONS, IN THEIR RESPECTIVE STATES.  Didn’t teach women the 1996 welfare reform information in its context.

This sounds harsh, so here’s an example:

Tim Carpenter reportedrecently some juicy details about a secret April meeting to design Brownback’s marriage agenda. The Topeka Capital-Journal uncovered some information on Brownback’s plans  through a Kansas Open Records request.

The Kansas government spent $13,000 to bring together 20 mostly far-right marriage “experts” for the closed door meeting.

Organizations represented included the Heritage Foundation, Institute for American Values, Georgia Family Council, National Center for Fathering, Stronger Families, Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, Marriage Savers, Kansas Healthy Marriage Institute, and National Center for African American Marriages and Parenting.

Thanks to information from Carpenter and sources, we know something of what Brownback has in mind, even though the details of the meeting remain confidential.

And (from a link in this article to another one) — ALL of these characters should be knowledgeable, household names, to anyone sitting under CADV state teachings or in their meetings. They deserve to know how things got started, and where they are going now, above the din of same-sex marriage and abortion rights issues.  This affects mothers AND fathers:

Brownback program promotes marriage

July 2, 2011, Tim Carpenter, the Topeka-Journal

(listing attendees)

Wade Horn, who redefined President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, preached a gospel that encouraged poor women to marry their way out of poverty.

Marriage Savers creator Mike McManus said clergy members typically did a lousy job preparing couples for marriage and secular therapists were more likely to increase divorce among spouses in crisis.

This threesome was among 20 people who met behind closed doors in Topeka to share marriage program ideas with Brownback and executives at the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

…In his follow-up letter to Brownback obtained by The Topeka Capital-Journal, [[Mike]] McManus said Kansas should prohibit no-fault divorce unless there was proof of physical abuse or adultery. A Kansas law ought to be passed, he said, allowing judges to select a “responsible spouse,” which would always be the person opposed to divorce. The statute would allow the responsible adult to receive up to 66 percent of child visitation and 100 percent of family assets in the divorce.

Any idea what this exposes women to?   (read on).  They are already being used as disposable wombs in too many marriages; if the beatings or abuse or virtual slavery (it happens!) can be severe enough that SHE wants out, then in Kansas he doesn’t even have to go through the motions of fighting for most of the kids and ALL of the assets!  This does not protect women or children!

Horn, who resigned from HHS to take a job with Deloitte Consulting, departed the Bush administration amid reports of cronyism in awarding federal grants to the National Fatherhood Initiative he founded.

Helen Alvare, a member of the law faculty at George Mason who also was invited to Topeka, said she admired Sarah Palin’s devotion to family and professional achievement. In 2008, Alvare said Palin was “what a lot of women aspire to be on their best day.”

California writer Christelyn Karazin, who had a child out of wedlock before marrying, believed so strongly in the power of a man and woman to raise children she organized an event called “No Wedding, No Womb.”

This is portrayed as spontaneous blogging “NWNW” — so what was she doing in a secret meeting in Kansas?  Flown in at Kansans’ expense, and in the company of people such as David Blankenhorn and Wade Horn? !!   She saw the light (is now married) and so everyone else must see it the same way?  Listen to some ex-married women, girl!

It was primarily a call to the black community to take action against the birth of children without the “physical, financial and emotional protection” of a father and mother, she said.

Joyce Webb, who works with Catholic Charities’ Kansas Healthy Marriage Institute, recommended SRS divert $1 million from federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to pay for a new marriage program. TANF money is earmarked for families living in poverty.

Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher, who was included in one published list of participants but didn’t attend, said during a speech about the pro-marriage movement that Catholics and Christians had to be the “visible light” for people failing to grasp intricacies of the institution of marriage.

SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki, responsible for implementing the governor’s marriage initiative, said thousands of Kansans who divorce each year lacked the skills and knowledge to form sustainable relationships.* Brownback wants SRS to help fill that information gap, he said.

*that “lack the skills” phrase is a buzz word to bring on the marriage educators, which is also a growing HHS trend and probably public law by now.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat who voted against confirmation of Brownback’s choice of SRS secretary, said he was intrigued by the governor’s simultaneous talk about removing government from the lives of the average Kansan and creating a state marriage program drenched in faith-based advocacy.

Siedlecki hired Richard Marks, the Jacksonville, Fla., director of the Marriage for Life, to join SRS and be involved in the initiative

(A little QUICK research on my part here   See the URL above:  He’s Baptist, Regent University, a Minister, adapted the PAIRS (which I think got HHS funding) curriculum for Christians, and just changed the FLorida nonprofit’s name to “CONNECTUS4LIFE, INC.” in 2002 (per Florida corporations search page called “sunbiz.org.”     EIN#562283483.  This is specifically incorporated as a “faith-based organization” and talks about the preachers involved.  This one (I just looked) seems a tidy little income — $60K raised, he gets $16K as head of the nonprofit, and gets to write off $42 of expenses running marriage enrichment seminars.

“Believing that marriage is a covenant relationship ordained by God,

we as pastors and ministers in the Greater Jacksonville area are committed

to ensure that these marriages (WHICH ones?) will endure til death.”

That’s a creed — not an incorporation!

“we are dedicated to strengthening marriages as we seek to”

I attended domestic violence support groups, being a Christian, towards the end of my “cohabitation” (with my spouse).  Getting there was not easy; they were night-times.  Want to know what % of the women there were pastor’s and deacon’s wives?  I can’t name names, but the answer is — PLENTY.  At least one had tried to kill his wife; the deacons knew, and it was a LONG time before he lost that position….

He also had a role in Florida Government:  Served “four years on FLorida’s Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives.”  That commission name was a new one on me, so I just looked up, to find out, from “www.Floridafathers.org” that:

Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives

The 2003 Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 480, replacing the Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood with the Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives as of July 1, 2003.

FamilyThe new commission will take a broader approach to strengthening families by detailing comprehensive statewide strategies for Florida to promote safe, violence-free, substance-abuse-free, respectful, nurturing and responsible parenting; including connection or reconnection of responsible parents, both mothers and fathers, with their children.

From the Kansas article, above, we now know what is meant by “responsible” parent.  It means the one that, if he resists divorce, will get 100% of the assets and (at least) 66% of the children.  Mom can struggle to enforce 34% of her visitation after she’s kicked out of the house with 0% of the assets, which has already been the case when women FLED the home for safety (with or without kids).  So, is this progress?  But the CADVs should’ve been monitoring and reporting on these things — although I know that FL CADV had their hands full with FL-AFCC on “parenting coordination” matters, around this time as I recall.

The Governor, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives will each appoint six members to the commission by August 1, 2003, with at least half of the commissioners representing the private sector

The wording starts like this – and yes indeed, Florida did vote this Commission into existence in 2003:

383.0115 The Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives.

(1) LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. The Legislature finds that:

(a) Families in this state deserve respect and support. Children need support and guidance from both mothers and fathers, and families need support and guidance from community systems to help them thrive.

(b) There are many problems facing families.

(and it gets even more brilliantly deductive from there.  I provided the link).

. . .

(e) Assisting states to end dependence of low-income parents by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage and assisting states in encouraging the formation and maintenance of two-parent families are the two of four stated purposes of federal welfare reform enacted in 1996 which have been largely neglected by states and for which states are now urging Congress to designate 10 percent of all welfare funds, specifically for relationship education and skills development, responsible fatherhood programs, and community support as it seeks to reauthorize the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Act in 2002.

. . .

(2) ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMISSION.

(a) There is created within the Department of Children and Family Services, for administrative purposes, a commission, as defined in s. 20.03(10), called the Commission on Marriage and Family Support Initiatives. The commission is independent of the head of the department. The commission is authorized to hire an executive director, a researcher, and an administrative assistant. The executive director shall report to, and serve at the pleasure of, the commission.

This “independence within a department” is key to steering grants to cronies.  I’ve seen it in Ohio and we’re (above) witnessing it in Kansas, 2011, as we speak.

To understand some of this subculture — and after I’d been looking at the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative website for a good long while I finally noticed who was pushing the statewide Marriage Initiative, starting with at GRAB of TANF funds, and this was held up to other states as an example . . . .

I noticed “Jerry Regier” — and, for an example, here is the Wikipedia Timeline of his Job Descriptions.  He came from OK in 2002, and by 2003, Florida is voting for a Commission on Marriage and Families within the Children and Family Services.  (Mr. Regier eventually had to quit this post in FL under some scandal about steering grants to his, as I say, cronies — but ended up, for our purposes, in yet a worse place — back at HHS as Assistant Secretary of the ASPE (evaluates things) where he presided over glowing reports about his former work in Oklahoma.  That’s how the Bush-based Babies Cookie-cutter commissions (etc.) generally crumbles.  Scandal, scoot to another state, repeat…  So look at this chart with some care, OK?

Jerry Regier
Florida Secretary of Children and Families
In office
2002–2007
Preceded by Kathleen A. Kearney
Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services
In office
April 6, 1997 – January 16, 2002
Governor Frank Keating
Preceded by Ken Lackey
Succeeded by Howard Hendrick
Executive Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
In office
April 6, 1997 – January 16, 2002
Governor Frank Keating
Preceded by Ken Lackey
Succeeded by Robert E. Christian
President of the Family Research Council
In office
1984–1988
Preceded by Post created
Succeeded by Gary Bauer

So, Jim Marks’ “Marriage for Life” organization was formed (I just learned) in 2002 as a “faith-based” organization — i.e., in the wake of GWBush’s open door executive orders for faith-based organizations of 2001.  Many of these groups form to get the grants, spend the money, and then RUN, disbanding, or being dissolved for failure to file with the IRS (or their state).

In Kansas (this is yet another article on the same issue):

SRS says Faith-based initiatives are still around, just not getting as much attention**

Oct. 23, 2011 by Scott Rothschild in “LJworld.com”

**I have 1 or 2 comments on there on these matters.  You’ll recognize which ones (just submitted another).

In a pre-Memorial Day (2011) announcement, Siedlecki reorganized SRS, which included putting Anna Pilato in a new position called Deputy Secretary for Strategic Development and Faith-Based Community Initiatives.

Are you getting a feel for this yet?

Pilato had served for five years in the Bush administration, including as director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

But Pilato, who is making $97,500 per year, says that in her job she wears two hats — strategic development and faith-based initiatives — and that the strategic development part of her job, which includes overseeing the design and development of staff for SRS, is by far the larger of the two.

. . .

Recently, SRS applied for a $6.6 million grant to pay for either faith-based or secular counseling that encouraged unwed parents to marry. Under the proposal, if the couple completed counseling, the state would pay the $86.50 marriage license fee.

But the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rejected the grant.

Kansas Health Initiative published the list of who attended.  Recommend Memorizing.  Coming to your state (or what’s left of it) soon.  What’s kind of funny — Occupy Wichita made an appearance in the middle of a speech by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation.   (Protestors Disrupt Governor’s Poverty Forum (apparently, today 11/16/2011, KHI News service.  I’m starting to like KHI…)):

A Wichita police officer tries to restrain a member of Occupy Wichita who protested at a town hall meeting on poverty Wednesday in Wichita.

Protesters interrupted the second of Gov. Sam Brownback’s town hall meetings on childhood poverty Wednesday, standing up during the keynote speech and reciting some of their objections to Brownback’s policies.

One of the 14 protesters was arrested and another was detained for a short period.

The protest began as Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation fellow invited to give the keynote speech, delivered his remarks advocating marriage as a key way to end poverty. Protesters, most of them members of Occupy Wichita, stood silently with their backs to Rector for about 10 minutes, then began chanting their grievances once he completed his speech.

Organizers stopped the meeting for about 15 minutes, resuming after the protesters had left the downtown hotel where it was held.

That Rector should’ve had the podium at this second town hall, or the first, is a dire sign for Kansas:  (article links to this):

By Jim McLean
KHI News Service
Nov. 14, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Reducing the number of children born to single mothers is the most effective way to combat childhood poverty.

That’s according to Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundation fellow picked by Gov. Sam Brownback to keynote the first of his administration’s three planned meetings on childhood poverty this week.

. . .

Strong reaction

Shortly after Rector finished his remarks, Kari Ann Rinker, Kansas coordinator for the National Organization for Women, left the meeting room in anger.

“I was offended in there,” Rinker said. “The things he said, the inferences he made about women and women’s worth were offensive. As I looked around the room, I saw many other people looking to each other in shock and amazement.”

Rinker said the steady increase in births to young, single women was a cause for concern. But she said making available low-cost birth control and improving the women’s self-esteem and education would more effectively address the problem.

“The silver bullet is not wedded bliss,” she said.

Ms Rinker (appears very young, no?) should — with Kansas NOW — have been on top of this situation, should be teaching women about welfare reform and how the fatherhood movement got its two bits in on the situation diverting programs to promote fatherhood and marriage.   (The information has been available on the web since 1993).  For example, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation (the article says) was instrumental in Welfare Reform.  The Congressional Record debates ON this welfare reform are framed in concern about too many women of color having babies !  (in other words, it has severely racist overtones).   To let him get up there and spout off, the same rhetoric — which is PAID FOR INFORMATION!

The number one factor behind poverty here in the state of Kansas is the death of marriage,” he said, noting that 38 percent of children in Kansas today were born to unmarried women, compared to about 5 percent in the 1960s. “This is the most dramatic social transformation in the 20th century.”

OH?  How about a few world wars (creating untold orphans) and women getting the vote, the creation of the personal income tax, taking currency off the gold standard, and the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr.?   How about the advent of the internet, the decline of public education,  — and how about the 2001 enablements of people like Robert Rector to get up and speak at government functions and expect faith-based organizations to drive the primary institutions around?

Kari Ann Rinker, President of the Kansas Chapter of NOW,

on how the Budget Cuts have Affected the Justice System

 Kari Ann Rinker, President of the Kansas Chapter of NOW, on how the Budget Cuts have Affected the Justice System

Kari Ann Rinker is the President of the Kansas chapter of NOW and she joins us to talk about the budget problems in Topeka that led to end of prosecuting domestic violence cases.

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The protests illustrated how serious the issue of poverty is, said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita.***

“These people are using this as an avenue to voice their opinion and exercise their freedom of speech,” she said.

(***search her name on my blog.  She supported the last round of fatherhood initiatives in Kansas….  I commented on this).

The Heritage Foundation in Kansas is neither surprising, nor to be ignored.  It explains a whole lotta backwards movement when it comes to safety for women and freedom for Americans — both genders, all ages.

I remember this site from a long time ago on the Heritage Foundation.

POWER ELITES: THE MERGER OF RIGHT AND LEFT

A. K. Chesterton once said: “The proper study of political mankind is the study of power elites, without which nothing that happens could be understood.”

He added: “These elites, preferring to work in private, are rarely found posed for photographers, and their influence upon events has therefore to be deduced from what is known of the agencies they employ.”

Chesterton described those agencies: “Their goal was to work through such agencies, and financial support received from one or other or all three big American foundations–Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Ford — provides an infallible means of recognizing them.”

The Rockefellers made $200,000,000.00 from World War I. Henry Kissinger’s brother Walter heads the Allen Group. The super-wealthy (with the exception of some Du Ponts and the Fords) have long supported the Republican Party — the party of plutocratic oligarchy. “If not kings themselves, they are king-makers.” They have quick access to the White House no matter who is President. Other super-rich, such as the Rockefellers, affiliate with the Democratic Party. Politics in the U.S., no matter what party, is under the control of the super-rich, large corporations and the international bankers.

A 1995 Wall Street Journal observed the formidable influence of the Heritage Foundation on government policies since the Reagan era:

“WASHINGTON — With the Republicans’ rise to control Congress, think-tank power in the nation’s capital has shifted to the right. And no policy shop has more clout than the conservative Heritage Foundation.

“When GOP congressional staffers met in June with conservative leaders to help map current legislative efforts to cut federal funding for left-leaning advocacy groups, the closed-door meeting took place at Heritage headquarters. The group’s involvement wasn’t unusual. ‘Heritage is without question the most far-reaching conservative organization in the country in the war of ideas.’ House Speaker Newt Gingrich said early this year.

“Think tanks have long churned out studies that have wound up in official policy proposals. During Democratic times of power, the more liberal Brookings Institution has been a leading player here. Now, the 21-year-old Heritage Foundation, which rose to prominence in the Reagan years, is taking academic involvement to a new level.

“Over the first 100 days of the current GOP Congress, Heritage scholars testified before lawmakers 40 times–more than any other organization, Hill staffers say. Its scholars are credited by congressional members and staff as key architects of the House-passed welfare-overhaul plan and with inspiring some provisions in the GOP balanced-budget plan. ‘They talk to me sometimes 12 times a week,’ said Heritage budget analyst Scott Hodge earlier this year, explaining his ties to the staff of the House Budget Committee. ‘We–I mean House members–are putting together a final list of cuts.'”(5)

FACIST CONNECTIONS
Paul Weyrich – considered the architect and mainstay of the conservative revolution – calls for “reclaiming the culture” and a “second American Revolution.” A look at the inflammatory, extremist rhetoric with racial and Inquisitorial overtones on the Free Congress Foundation web site should alarm Christians as to Weyrich’s real intent:

(etc.)

I encourage people to read this write-up on The Heritage Foundation from “SourceWatch.org” and understand (as I am beginning to)its relationship both financially and in purpose (ending TANF completely and eliminating the public education system in the United States) follows up on some serious international influence in the 1980s and 1990s.  It took me a while to keep running across the information and understand it — but the Heritage Foundation, The Unification Church and its leaders’ intent to establish  ONE world religion with him at the top (yep!) and the means by which the “faith-based operatives” (as I call them) move in and out of state-level, national-level posts and agencies, restructuring them IMMEDIATELY upon being hired (as happened with the Kansas SRS, above) – these are related.  The fight is on.  Read a segment — but don’t forget to go to the site and consider the international influence in covert wars by the US as well:

HERITAGE FOUNDATION – SOURCEWATCH

The Foundation also leaped to the defense of Ronald Reagan’s description of the former Soviet Union as an “evil empire,” a description that generated wide global rebuke as potentially inviting nuclear conflict and, at the very least, further poisoning East-West relations. But with strong support by Heritage and other influential conservatives, Reagan stood by the statement, refusing to retract it until the Soviet Union began to crumble.

In an attempt to build on its foreign policy influence, the Foundation also engages in domestic and social policy issues, but its effort in these two areas has never quite matched the influence it wielded (in the late 1980s and early 1990s) in altering the debate over American foreign policy. Yet, the Foundation continues to weigh in on these topics with varying levels of success. One of its undeniable successes has been serving as a breeding ground for many of the nation’s leading neo-conservative activists and intellectuals.

The following comments by former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey, published in the summer 1994 issue of the Heritage Foundation’s Policy Review, exemplify the Heritage philosophy:

 (Dick Armey being a Texas Republican during the “Contract with America” years.   Below this quote…**)

Liberation is at hand…. A paradigm-shattering revolution has just taken place. In the signal events of the 1980s – from the collapse of communism to the Reagan economic boom to the rise of the computer – the idea of economic freedom has been overwhelmingly vindicated. The intellectual foundation of statism has turned to dust. This revolution has been so sudden and sweeping that few in Washington have yet grasped its full meaning…. But when the true significance of the 1980s freedom revolution sinks in, politics, culture – indeed, the entire human outlook – will change…. Once this shift takes place – by 1996, I predict – we will be able to advance a true Hayekian agenda, including…. radical spending cuts, the end of the public school monopoly, a free market health-care system, and the elimination of the family-destroying welfare dole. Unlike 1944, history is now on the side of freedom.”

(**Contract with America

In 1994, Armey, then House Republican Conference Chairman, joined Minority Whip Newt Gingrich in drafting the Contract with America. Republican members credited this election platform with the Republican takeover of Congress, rewarding Gingrich with the position of Speaker and Armey with the number two position of House Majority Leader. Gingrich delegated to Armey an unprecedented level of authority over scheduling legislation on the House floor, a power traditionally reserved to the Speaker. Armey has been accused of being involved in a 1997 attempt to oust Gingrich as Speaker,[7] something Armey has strongly denied. In 1995 Armey referred to openly homosexual Congressman Barney Frank, as “Barney Fag“. Armey said it was a slip of the tongue.[8] Armey and his staff, especially spokesman Jim Wilkinson, took the lead in spreading the idea that Al Gore claimed to have “invented the internet.”[9][10][11]

then-President CLINTON had to do something to respond to the Republican “Contract with America”  — and 1996 TANF (Welfare Reform) was what he did — or at least signed.  This 1996 TANF is a major topic of the post and has affected custody situations for years in “Conciliation Court.”  It is also affecting the economy, diverting welfare money to support needy families into more and more brutal and upfront declarations that women should marry their way out of poverty — when many women are poor and single because they fled domestic violence in the home, which might have resulted in their deaths (and sometimes still does, after separation) had they stayed, valuing “marriage” good enough to satisfy these people.    So, important to understand some of the context.  More on Armey from Wikipedia (as the above segment was):

Focus on the Family

According to Armey, he also sparred with Focus on the Family leader James Dobson while in office. Armey wrote, “As Majority Leader, I remember vividly a meeting with the House leadership where Dobson scolded us for having failed to ‘deliver’ for Christian conservatives, that we owed our majority to him, and that he had the power to take our jobs back. This offended me, and I told him so.” Armey states that Focus on the Family targeted him politically after the incident, writing, “Focus on the Family deliberately perpetuates the lie that I am a consultant to the ACLU.”[20]Armey has also said that “Dobson and his gang of thieves are real nasty bullies.[21]

Yes they are!  Of course, here’s how they describe themselves:

Focus on the Familyhelping families thrive

They are just — and this whole divert welfare into marriage promotion and abstinence education and “responsible fatherhood” etc. — are just “helping families thrive.”

(The individual, especially not the individual female or mother,  does not exist.…)

Whereas the truth is a lot closer to this:

2009-02-2

God’s Batterers: When Religion Subordinates Women, Violence Follows

 The Washington Post | On Faith blog
by Rev. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Evangelical Christian ministries such as those run by Rev. Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church or James Dobson of Focus on the Family all stress “submission” as the Christian family role for wives. At the same time, these Christian Evangelical ministries staunchly deny that submission is a cause of violence against wives.

Some Evangelicals strongly disagree and have explicitly charged that it is submission that is responsible for wife battering in the “Christian” home. James and Phyllis Alsdurf, in Battered Into Submission: The Tragedy of Wife Abuse in the Christian Home, have noted that conservative Christian women can’t even get help because of this religious ideology of submission. “When she [the battered wife] musters up the courage to go public with ‘her’ problem (very likely to her pastor or a church member), what little human dignity she has retained can soon be ‘trampled underfoot’ with comments like: ‘What have you done to provoke him?’ ‘Well, you’ve got to understand that your husband is under a lot of pressure right now,’ or ‘How would Jesus want you to act: just submit and it won’t happen again.'”

In fact, Jesus gets invoked a lot to justify wife battering, especially as a model for suffering.

2006 Budget

In calendar year 2006 the Heritage Foundation spent over $40.5 million on its operations. That year the foundation raised over $25 million from individual contributors and $13.1 million from foundations.

While corporations provided only $1.5 million – 4% of Heritage’s contributions in 2006 – they none the less have significant interest in the foundations policy output. There’s defence contractors Boeing and Lockheed Martin, finance and insurance companies such as Allstate Insurance, Mortgage Insurance Companies of America, and American International Group (AIG), auto company Honda, tobacco company Altria Group (Philip Morris), drug and medical companies Johnson & Johnson,GlaxoSmithKlineNovartis, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, oil companies ChevronTexaco and Exxon Mobil, software giantMicrosoft, and chipping in over $100,000 each, Alticor (Amway), PfizerPhRMA, and United Parcel Service (UPS). [2]

Historical funding

Between 1985 and 2003, Media Transparency reports that the following funders provided $57,497,537 (unadjusted for inflation) to the Heritage Foundation [4]:

It goes on — but these are foundations that are to be found behind (funding) so many fatherhood and responsible marriage studies, “Fragile-families” “Strengthening Families” etc. type projects.Whether or not these projects produce as they are supposed to, they continue getting funding and supporting Ph.D.s (Sarah McLanahan of Princeton? comes to mind) to justify more of the same.

When Dobson told Dick Armey that Focus on the Family (& friends, no doubt) “Delivered” the Christian conservatives, now they want something in return — he was probably telling the truth:  Look at the amounts:

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

Focus On The Family CO 2006 $94,999,184 990 45 95-3188150
Focus On The Family CO 2005 $97,414,767 990 59 95-3188150
Focus On The Family CO 2004 $107,423,724 990 38 95-3188150
Focus On The Family CO 2003 $102,442,464 990 35 95-3188150
Focus On The Family CO 2002 $98,175,843 990 37 95-3188150
Focus on the Family CO 2010 $79,825,383 990 53 95-3188150
Focus on the Family CO 2009 $90,996,703 990 61 95-3188150
Focus on the Family CO 2008 $93,072,558 990 45 95-3188150
Focus on the Family CO 2007 $92,427,223 990 43 95-3188150
Focus On The Family Action CO 2008 $3,565,169 990O 23 20-0960855
Focus On The Family Action CO 2007 $2,452,377 990O 20 20-0960855
Focus On The Family Action CO 2006 $3,035,923 990O 21 20-0960855
Focus On The Family Action Inc. CO 2009 $3,953,111 990O 39 20-0960855
Focus On The Family Action Inc. CO 2005 $4,286,071 990O 19 20-0960855 

RIGHTWING WATCH partial bio of James Dobson gives an idea of the scope of influence and pull:

  • Dr. Dobson has been heavily involved with Republican administrations as an expert on the “family.” Dobson was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Advisory Commission to the office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1982-84. From 1984-87 he was regularly invited to the White House to consult with President Reagan and his staff on family matters. He served as co-chairman of the Citizens Advisory Panel for Tax Reform, in consultation with President Reagan, and served as a member and later chairman of the United States Army’s Family Initiative, 1986-88. Dobson served on Attorney General Edwin Meese’s Commission on Pornography, 1985-86.
  • Dobson also consulted with former President George H.W. Bush on family related matters.
  • In December 1994, Dr. Dobson was appointed by Senator Robert Dole to the Commission on Child and Family Welfare, and in October, 1996, by Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.
  • James Dobson also founded and helped establish another successful conservative group, Washington, DC’s Family Research Council. Established in 1981 by Dobson, the group was designed to be a conservative lobbying force on Capital Hill. In the late 1980’s the group officially became a division of FOF, but in 1992, IRS concerns about the group’s lobbying led to an administrative separation.

  • James Dobson has a PhD in child development from the University of Southern California.
  • Read PFAW’s in-depth report on James Dobson.

The Family Research Council (nndb listing of who’s on the board.)

Erik Prince Business 6-Jun-1969   Founder of Blackwater Worldwide

Erik Prince

Military service: US Navy (SEAL Team Officer, 1993-96; Bosnia, Haiti)

Erik Prince is a multi-millionaire fundamentalist Christian, who co-founded the security and mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide in 1997 with Gary Jackson, a former Navy SEAL. He is a major Republican campaign contributor, who interned in the White House of President George H.W. Bush and for conservative congressman Dana Rohrabacher, campaigned for Pat Buchanan in 1992.

His wealth came from his father, Edgar Prince, who headed Prince Automotive, an auto parts and machinery manufacturer. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos is a powerful conservative in her own right — married to the son of Richard DeVos(Republican bankroller and co-founder of Amway), she served as chair of Michigan Republican Party in the 1990s.

Father: Edgar Prince (d. 1995, billionaire)

Dobson’s family background (He’s on the board too, obviously) included:

Dobson’s own family was a bit out of the ordinary. His father was a preacher who often told the story that he had tried to pray before he could even talk. His mother routinely beat their son with her shoes, her belt, and once, a 16-pound girdle. His parents somehow instilled so much guilt in young Dobson that he answered his father’s fervent altar-call, weeping at the front of a crowded church service and crying out for God’s forgiveness for all his sins, when he was three years old. “It makes no sense, but I know it happened,” Dobson still says of being born again as a toddler.

Families will fall apart, Dobson argues, if homosexuals have the right to marry, adopt, or raise children. For this reason, Dobson and FOTF support a Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between one man and one women. Dobson and FOTF are also against abortion, against feminism, against pornography, against the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, against Oregon’s law allowing euthanasia, against Take Our Daughters to Work Day, etc.

(yes, women should stay home, that’s their business, really….)

He has proposed an innovative end run around “liberal” judges. The Republican-controlled Congress should, Dobson suggests, simply stop funding courts where judges make too many “liberal” rulings — stop paying salaries, stop sending security guards, stop paying the electric bills. “Very few people know this, that the Congress can simply disenfranchise a court,” Dobson says. “They don’t have to fire anybody or impeach them or go through that battle. All they have to do is say the 9th Circuit doesn’t exist anymore, and it’s gone.”

Well, he was raised with abuse at home, and bullying, and has grown up  basically the same, as Dick Armey said.

or ….

Kenneth Blackwell Government 28-Feb-1948   Ohio Secretary of State, 1999-2007
Elsa Prince Broekhuizen Relative c. 1932   Conservative financier, mother of Erik Prince
Kenneth Blackwell
Under Blackwell:

  State Treasurer Ohio (1994-98)

  Council on Foreign Relations
Family Research Council Senior Fellow for Family Empowerment
Federalist Society
Freemasonry  (!!!)
The Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow
(etc.)

Well, in case you want to know why I’m becoming more and more activitist — these are the stakes.  The principles of

  • LIFE
  • LIBERTY
  • PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Bear a slightly different tone when one is dealing with the corporate giants and conservatives complaining that the republican congress and presidency they’d helped deliver weren’t delivering their constituency enough of the “goods” they wanted.  While these people (most of the time) themselves have become unbelievably wealthy through corporations, foundations, or simply being born into it (Erik Prince, for example) — the society they are structuring is how to create “responsible fathers” who are willing (like them) to tweak the judicial AND legislative process, go get jobs — most likely low-paying ones — in (whose???) corporations and make sure they don’t let their females get too uppity.   When legislative restrictions get in the way, they figure out an end-run around them.  I have been seeing this in state after state (thanks to the internet, and networking with others).

I also witnessed this philosophy completely destroy 3 generations of my family line when I fought for the right not to be battered in the home AND the right to work independently to support what was left of this household in a profession of my choosing and for which both my own parents sacrificed to get the college training in.  Throughout the court craziness — that would put any normal business underground within a year, without being propped up artificially — I had situations where a 20 minute hearing, or a short rubberstamping by an official who didn’t know our family, obviously hadn’t read the court record, and didn’t respect the existing laws (or court orders), even ones in his own hand — would completely restructure my, and my children’s lives.

We should be aware that the act of going before a “Conciliation Court” is going to expose people — your family & friends — to this treatment.

We should be aware that the act of taking ANY form of welfare (whether for food, cash aid — or, Moms, child support) is also exposing you to the same thing.  I tried to get out – -and was pulled back in, as are others.  We need forms of living which enable us to fight back against the complete undermining NOT of “Family Values” but of the US Constitution (which is probably in suspension by now, but it should not be so easily forgotten).

The public pays — and I have blogged this, after becoming aware — for public employees to pay membership in private nonprofits designed to help them run the child support business.  At these meetings — in my state it calls itself a “COALITION OF EXPERTS COLLECTING BILLIONS FOR CALIFORNIA’S CHILDREN” — the collaborate and plan how to EXPAND the welfare state, not reduce it.  They look for ways to have more families become “Title IV-D” families, which brings on the programs, brings program funding to the counties, and etc.

It’s a ridiculous state of affairs — and as far as I can tell the groups in this chart below have not been reporting on it or doing anything about it:

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
ALABAMA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  MONTGOMERY AL 36101 MONTGOMERY 004344078 $ 3,793,073
ARIZONA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Phoenix AZ 85012-1263 MARICOPA 867401366 $ 3,204,336
CONNECTICUT COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  EAST HARTFORD CT 06108 HARTFORD 088978429 $ 3,204,334
D.C. COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  WASHINGTON DC 20013 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA $ 35,000
DC COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  WASHINGTON DC 20001 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 942435124 $ 3,204,341
DE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  WILMINGTON DE 19899 NEW CASTLE 025256293 $ 5,391,930
FLORIDA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  TALLAHASSEE FL 32301-2756 LEON 053274101 $ 7,878,370
HAWAII STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  HONOLULU HI 96819-2391 HONOLULU 160292587 $ 3,214,275
ID COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL ABUSE AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  BOISE ID 83712 ADA 129850590 $ 4,104,341
ILLINOIS COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  SPRINGFIELD IL 62703-1716 SANGAMON 168547040 $ 3,204,337
INDIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INC  INDIANAPOLIS IN 46202-1002 MARION 024387230 $ 1,184,809
INDIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INC  INDIANAPOLIS IN 46205-2460 MARION 105913375 $ 2,019,532
IOWA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Des Moines IA 50312-5259 POLK 942559469 $ 3,204,336
KANSAS COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Topeka KS 66603-3706 SHAWNEE 179971957 $ 5,646,199
LOUISIANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  BATON ROUGE LA 70879-7308 EAST BATON ROUGE 837763630 $ 3,204,339
MICHIGAN COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  OKEMOS MI 48864-4209 INGHAM 027986889 $ 7,025,767
MISSISSIPPI COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  JACKSON MS 39296-4703 HINDS 927529420 $ 3,204,340
MISSOURI COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Jefferson City MO 65101-7801 COLE 184477318 $ 2,438,927
MISSOURI COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Jefferson City MO 65101-7801 COLE 868492646 $ 718,239
MONTANA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  HELENA MT 59624 LEWIS AND CLARK 036541035 $ 5,648,340
NEW MEXICO COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Albuquerque NM 87102-3842 BERNALILLO 847508405 $ 3,274,336
NEW YORK STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INC  ALBANY NY 12206 ALBANY 009343934 $ 5,453,061
NEW YORK STATE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, INC  ALBANY NY 12206 ALBANY 790031702 $ 1,814,609
NH COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE  CONCORD NH 03303 MERRIMACK $ 35,000
NORTH CAROLINA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  DURHAM NC 27701 DURHAM 957020266 $ 5,926,704
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.  HEMPSTEAD NY 11550 NASSAU 947923397 $ 381,000
OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE  PORTLAND OR 97202 MULTNOMAH 790033500 $ 2,921,826
PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  HARRISBURG PA 17112-2669 DAUPHIN 156527558 $ 39,965,461
PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  HARRISBURG PA 17112-2669 DAUPHIN 166527558 $ 945,000
RHODE ISLAND COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  WARWICK RI 02888-1539 KENT 025869715 $ 5,688,523
SOUTH CAROLINA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  COLUMBIA SC 29202-7776 RICHLAND 035406367 $ 3,204,339
SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Sioux Falls SD 57103-7029 BROWN 556435980 $ 718,239
SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  Sioux Falls SD 57103-7029 BROWN 614771058 $ 2,486,098
SOUTH DAKOTA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  PIERRE SD 57501 HUGHES $ 34,271
TENNESSEE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE  NASHVILLE TN 37212-0972 DAVIDSON 787712454 $ 3,204,339
WASHINGTON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  OLYMPIA WA 98501 THURSTON 059534409 $ 3,254,000
WEST VA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  CHARLESTON WV 25302 KANAWHA 192491629 $ 3,204,338
WISCONSIN COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE  MADISON WI 53703-3517 DANE 171537392 $ 6,931,703

(this has been rather an exhausting page to put up… but… it may prevent some detours in understanding the FAMILY courts specifically — which, after all, are really conciliation courts.)

Just a few words on the NCADV which is a Denver, Colorado-based nonprofit, and what they are marketing:

http://www.ncadv.org/membership/MembershipBenefits.php




  (http://shop.ncadv.org/)

It is a membership organization (you don’t see it on the above states list, right?).  It has sliding scale membership fees — but the public IS paying its dues, because the state organizations pay by % of their budget or   — well, as it goes:

State Coalitions and National Organizations—0.1% of your annual budget, ($500 minimum) . . .

I think you can deduce at least some things they are selling, along with memberships — and it’s information and conference attendance, plus some other perks:

Programs and Agencies:

Non-Profit DV, SA or Dual Program—0.1% of your annual budget, ($250 minimum)

  • 15% discount on NCADV products and merchandise
  • Special discounted registration rates to NCADV’s national conferences and trainings
  • NCADV electronic newsletters
  • Access to NCADV special publications such as The Voice: The Journal of the Battered Women’s Movement
  • One National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs for $84.95 (reg: $99.95)
  • Savings on Mutual of America’s Hotline Plus Retirement Plans
  • Discounts on ReadyTalk audio and web conferencing rates
  • Discounts and savings on AmCheck payroll processing services
  • Unlimited job and event postings on NCADV’s website

Other Non-Profit* or Government Agency** (includes law enforcement and military)—$250*/$300**

  • 10% discount on NCADV products and merchandise
  • Special discounted registration rates to NCADV’s national conferences and trainings

(etc. etc.)  Great deals — if you’re in the business.  As you can see, they are marketing to DV PRACTITIONERS. .  They also do the conferences, where more speakers can also cross-market to attendees.  Here’s 2012:

NCADV’s 15th National Conference Domestic Violence
and
NOMAS’ 37th National Conference on Men and Masculinity

Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future

July 22-25, 2012
Denver, CO

Special Keynote Speaker: Ellen Pence 

The fact that Ellen Pence is speaking (who is a Duluth person) shows the similarity of approaches.

Denver Registration:  NCADV has been around since 1992 in Colorado (as a “foreign” corporation):

Found 1 matching record(s).  Viewing page 1 of 1.
# ID Number Document Number Name Click here to sort in ascending order. Event Status Form Formation Date
1 19921036251  19921036251 NATIONAL COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Application for Authority/
Entity Name
Good Standing FNC 04/07/1992

and in 2008 picked up another trade name (good to check out where one can):

# ID Number Document Number Name Status Form Effective Date Comment
1 20081544805  20081544805 Domestic Violence Protection & Prevention Coalition Effective FNC 10/13/2008 03:53 PM

I found a group called “CFC” which lists (that new name) as “Best of the CFC” and links to an automated payroll deduction for contribution to it.

WHAT I WiSH TO SAY:

Our kids were not your kids to bargain their rights away for supervised visitation, batterers intervention, parent education classes, or for that matter the more recent “Family Justice Centers.” I personally am recommending a boycott of Verizon (which helps fund these) for that very reason, after a season of being unable to even obtain a single cell phone to help replace the last lost job through the “HelpLine” or anywhere locally that promised this.

I am not very hopeful for the USA, but I live here, so this is part of my contribution as a citizen to report, and part of the legacy I could NOT leave my daughters because they were taken overnight, illegally, and with no remedy: primarily to satisfy someone’s too-large ego, and enabled by what law enforcement, in our case, was not. What was the price? They don’t even have all the facts in their own case, yet, or why society wouldn’t let me simply live and let live after throwing out, or why pro bono legal services for women basically won’t touch this with a 10-foot pole; they are focused on the low-income noncustodial males, and their career tracks, while enabling the rich ones to torture insubordinate exes through the courts. (Note: not my situation, but I see the cases).

Yet another AFCC-style wet dream… Someone needs to mop up around here. [‘Conflict Happens'[like in the Seal Beach massacre?]/High-Conflict Institute’, Publ. Nov. 16, 2011]

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This Image from Oct. 2011 AFCC Regional Training Conference (“Pdf” of full conference brochure from AFCCnet.org website~~>)Working with Violent and High-Conflict Families: A Race with No Winners” in Indianapolis added during May 2018 post update. The phrase “high conflict” (no hyphen, only) used 18 times in the brochure. For a change, the word “alienation” was used only twice…

Yet another AFCC-style wet dream… Someone needs to mop up around here. [‘Conflict Happens'[like in the Seal Beach massacre?]/High-Conflict Institute’, Publ. Nov. 16, 2011] (Case-sensitive shortlink here ends “-UD”)

(Some format & minor amount of content updates (such as the image to the right and some others and post title extension starting at the ‘[” added May 14, 2018: I had occasion to reference this post on Twitter). Almost 24,000 words, but still important basic reading though originally written barely two years into this blog:

HAVE YOU HEARD THE LATEST LANGUAGE BLIP FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF FAMILY & CONCILIATION COURTS CULT?

From the “High Conflict Institute”

CONFLICT HAPPENS

 

No longer are DIVORCEs or FAMILIES “high-conflict” but “People” are.  In fact, the issues are not the issues either.

When someone comes up to you with an issue — he or she (<=the usual application) doesn’t really mean what s/he says and is not to be taken at face value (ask the forensic psychologists).  The REAL problem with family courts isn’t the family courts, and it isn’t even high-conflict families, or high conflict all by its rocky-mountain-high* self.  The REAL problem is high-conflict people.  Buy this book [“Splitting”] to know if you’re dealing with one:

AFCC 47th Annual (2010, Denver), Traversing the Trail of Alienation

<=**AFCC 47th Conference, Denver, CO, June 2010 (“Traversing the Trail of Alienation,” a trail with “Mile-High Conflict and Mountains of Emotions”)

[BELOW: Image link from 2011 broken, update provided 2018 from New Harbinger Publications 5/14/2018, of Mr. Eddy who I notice is also law professor at Pepperdine University (Conservative Christian, has a Pat Boone Center for the Family promoting marriage & relationship classes (the kind run through nonprofits that get HHS grants), etc….]. I also added image of the other author, “Walking on Eggshells” Randy Krieger.  Notice (it’s small print, but visible) “Splitting” as a book says it offers “the legal and psychological information you need.”  Coincidentally, AFCC composed (essentially, if judges are included under “legal”) of lawyers and psychologists/behavioral health practitioners, etc.). ]]

Promo for “Splitting” from New Harbinger Publications

Bill Eddy image from publications page, Click image to enlarge. Note his affiliations.

Randi Krieger, from publications page (for “Splitting” book out 2011)

 

 

 

Splitting
Protecting Yourself While Divorcing Someone with Borderline or Narcissistic Personality Disorder

This book is advertised with others on alienation at the NCRC (more, below), as they are in the same professional circles.  In fact, it appears he’s on the payroll here (2018 comments: link was to Canadian Bar Association.  Search of “high-conflict” brought up just 3 articles, but not accessible without sign-up, which I didn’t at this point).  (or is “Senior Family Mediator”) as well as his own split-off “High conflict institute” (see last sentence at the link I just provided).

Books by William Eddy, LCSW, Esq.

Bill Eddy provides Divorce and Family Law Mediation at NCRC as well as training for family law attorneys and other professionals at the High Conflict Institute. Please visit HCI atwww.highconflictinstitute.com for more information on Mr. Eddy’s trainings. He has written numerous books on the subjects of families and high conflict personalities, listed below.
  • High Conflict People in Legal Disputes
  • Splitting: Protecting Yourself While Divorcing a Borderline or Narcissist
  • Understanding & Managing High Conflict Personalities (DVD Set)
  • Don’t Alienate The Kids! Raising Resilient Children While Avoiding High Conflict Divorce
  1. It’s All Your Fault!

Bill sure was ahead of his AFCC time.  While others were simply developing and lobbying for more parenting coordinator rights in Florida, Texas, and wherever — he was writing this book explaining that the Issue is not the Issue, and all the conflict in the family law venue really comes from disordered personalities in the court system.

Protect Yourself from Manipulation, False Accusations, and Abuse

Divorce is difficult under the best of circumstances. When your spouse has borderline personality disorder (BPD), narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), or is manipulative, divorcing can be especially complicated. While people with these tendencies may initially appear convincing and even charming to lawyers and judges, you know better—many of these “persuasive blamers” leverage false accusations, attempt to manipulate others, launch verbal and physical attacks, and do everything they can to get their way.

Splitting is your legal and psychological guide to safely navigating a high-conflict divorce from an unpredictable spouse. Written by Bill Eddy, a family lawyer, therapist, and divorce mediator, and Randi Kreger, coauthor of the BPD classic Stop Walking on Eggshells, this book includes all of the critical information you need to work through the process of divorce in an emotionally balanced, productive way.

I find it odd that he’s working with the author of “Stop walking on Eggshells” which someone gave me about halfway through the divorce fiasco, post-restraining order.  They meant well, but like Lundy Bancroft’s “Why Does He DO That” — and regardless of some truths it may have held, neither one (conveniently) mentions the custody racket, financial incentive, fatherhood funding, welfare reform or in short anything which would give me a concise narrative of why the courts don’t take death threats followed by family suicide, or a stalking combined with previous death threats and violence, seriously — and insisted on psychologizing all terms.  

People who have lived with this (and I acknowledge it exists) don’t need guides — they need out of the relationship.

Which is precisely what people working with the organization Mr. Eddy helps market through, are not going to let happen.  Nope.  If we wish to detach from a borderline personality, abuser, or simply an ex (and birth happened in there somewhere), we WILL be forced, most likely, to deal with an AFCC-devotee somewhere along the way — or most of the way along the way.

 

I have the book “Stop Walking on Eggshells” and it didn’t take to long to recognize it was an updated rebuttal of a 1970s feminist classic, (shown in 2005 version) Women and Madness (by Phyllis Chesler, PhD)

(Link expired: but see 12/31/1972 Review by Adrienne Rich.  Reading it again now (2018) with my perspective, both experientially in the American family courts (post-battering interventions, 21st century) and having read so much anti-woman, anti-mother, values-driven (garbage) from the same sources she critiqued originally in this book, I have to basically agree. (I also FYI had this book as a young woman).

It asks:

Why are so many women in therapy, on psychiatric medication, or in mental hospitals? Who decides these women are mad? Why do therapists have the power to deem a woman mentally ill when she asserts herself sexually, economically, or intellectually? Why are women pathologized, but not treated, when they exhibit a normal human response to abuse and stress – including the lifelong stress of second-class citizenship?

Phyllis Chesler confronts questions like these and persuasively argues that double standards of mental health and illness exist and that women are often punitively labeled as a function of gender, race, class, or sexual preference. Based on in-depth interviews with patients and an analysis of women’s roles in myths and history, Women and Madness is an incomparable work.

Originally published in 1972, this classic has sold over two-and-a-half million copies. Passionate and informative, with a new introduction that examines the trauma of psychiatric labeling and envisions a psychology of liberation for the ages, this special twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Women and Madness remains frighteningly up-to-date.

By now there should also be one called “Children and Madness,” for the labeling children get when they report abuse, when they are active and assertive, and when they need to be controlled after any of the above.   That’s been documented elsewhere, and comes under

Psychotropic Drug Abuse in Foster Care Costs Government Billions  :

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November 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

Wisdom, Moderation, and Justice, or is it just Commerce? (Or, I’ve Got Georgia on my Mind)

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What IS it about this State?

Wisdom, Moderation and Justice

Great Seal of the State of Georgiaseems to be the Georgia State motto, which I just looked up,

and unlike other states, is part of the State Seal.  The other side shows:

Great Seal of the State of Georgia

Actually, that’s just an excuse to bring Georgia up — but, however, a visitor from Georgia apparently had my Michael Anthony Nelson post  on his/her/its [if a business] mind today.    Michael Anthony Nelson appears to be a talented con-man who missed his calling, possibly by circumstances of birth, and got caught.  He has nothing on some of the groups I’ve seen running to and fro around the halls of justice, government, and commerce, these days, and in the past few decades.  It’s getting harder and harder to distinguish the commerce from the justice.  But so hard to figure what (or who) is the commodity, and who is buying and selling.

Also, Georgia must produce wisdom, because I learned recently that one of its former? judges from Cobb County, Georgia now sits on the Coordinating Council of one of the top national centralized justice systems in the country. . . Judge Adele Grubbs, of the Superior Court of Cobb County Georgia.  

This council has 18 members:  9 “Ex Officio” members headed up by Attorney General Eric Holder and heads of major US Agencies within the Executive Department, and 9 Practitioner members appointed by:  Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.  You can imagine what a powerhouse that is, and out of all 50 states and territories, a Superior Court Judge from Georgia was one of three personally chosen by the CEO of the United States of America.

This gets interesting to me, because on a recent radio show called “abusefreedom.com” listeners heard the story of (yet another) divorce/custody case where the mother was jailed for, it seems, 18 months based on something relating to bankruptcy sale of the house.  Within the first month of being jailed without cause (and obviously without a warrant, so how to defend from nonextant charges?) she obviously lost her job, and (as I recall) obviously custody, although it appears that the charges related to what happened to the family home AFTER it had been removed from both parents’ control. Perhaps check out:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/abusefreedomlive.

Maternal Nightmares in Georgia (I have heard of three cases personally so far; two court veterans who don’t feel safe from their ex in the state (after custody actions) and the other mother who did jail time.  At least one of these was in Cobb County.   I can’t give details because cases are still open.

PARENTING COORDINATION CORPORATIONs less than COORDINATED (in Georgia):

I already knew about Georgia that the entirely obnoxious (to mothers at least) field of parenting coordination (training) — run by the AFCC crowd, and coaching court professionals how to get paid to remove children from biological mothers based on alienation  — which I ran a four-post series on — has two major “practitioners” one of who was from Georgia, and I’d heard horror stories from this one as well.  The pair Susan Boyan and Anne Marie Termini are now practicing elsewhere I guess, and I sort of gave up on finding out where (in which state) they are legally incorporated:

(These two women are not the largest fish in the pond, or the biggest blip on my radar, but a persistently annoying one, in what it represents, and the principles that are being broken.  As with Oklahoma Marriage Initiative & how the Bush appointee/FRC man functions, Jeffrey Reiger (last post, bottom) I’ll figure it out one of these days.)

Parenting Coordination Training

                 The FIRST and ONLY Comprehensive Parenting Coordination Training Program!

The Cooperative Parenting Institute (CPI) – – – –

WHO?  See below these paragraphs….

is an internationally recognized leader providing high quality parenting coordination training programs.  Since 1997, the CPI has dominated the field of parenting coordination by creating the only comprehensive step-by-step PC training model. The Institute offers 20-24-26 hour parenting coordination/facilitation training opportunities each year.  A 12-hour advanced training is available for the experienced parenting coordinator. The training programs meet the requirements established by state statutes.  In addition, the presenters are available for custom designed training in your local area.

Susan Boyan, LMFT and Ann Marie Termini, LPC are recognized leaders and innovative trainers.  {{and modest, too!}} As skilled parenting coordinators, since the early 1990’s, Ann Marie and Susan have facilitated many complex and highly conflictual divorce cases  {{With what results?  Highly conflictual [is that even a word?] = Probably many including domestic violence and/or child abuse, probably some with some serious money on one or both sides, too}}  They have drawn on their extensive experience, research and interactive approach to prepare professionals for the challenging {{But financially and very emotionally rewarding if you are into power over others}} role of a parenting coordinator {{a field created by AFCC for their non-judge members’ benefit, fought for in legislatures by their lobbying groups, etc.}}

(Also from the site:)

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE:  The first parenting coordination standards were written in 2003* by the Cooperative Parenting Institute as part of their training model for parenting coordination. The AFCC recognized the importance of developing their own guidelines and did so with the assistance of parenting coordinators in 2005. For more information on the AFCC standards visit http://www.afccnet.org.

(Georgia Corporations Search records:)

COOPERATIVE PARENTING INSTITUTE, INCORPORATED 08010511 Non-Profit Corporation *Formed 2/6/2008, Admin. Dissolved 9/26/2010

Georgia Corporations search by “officer name” on “Boyan” shows these:
Susan Boyan BOYAN & BOYAN, INC.
SUSAN BOYAN BOYAN & BOYAN, INC.
  NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC.

The “National Parent Coordinators Association, Inc.” was formed in Feb. 2002 and Admin. Dissolved in May 2008, with officers Boyan & Termini (you can look yourself at Georgia’s Secretary of State site which (unlike California’s) at least allows a search by Officer or Registered agent, too.  They are doing this business in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Texas and have in Illinois, and apparently churning out people (on a referral list) with the label “LPC” behind them — yet, where is a single 990 tax return (if nonprofit, an EIN#) or if not a nonprofit but some sort of corporation or LLC, or LLP — in which state?  Notice the training fees.

If CPI or ParentCoordination Central is a registered name owned by a different company, which one? Reader Comment invited. They “dominated the field of parenting coordination” since 1997, which had no standards of practice til 2003?  Those standards were allegedly written up by a corporation which didn’t exist at the time.  The National Association was functional in 2008, and (like CPI) dissolved probably for not filing.  And people trained by them are paid to control the futures of kids??   But never mind – -not today’s main points.

 

 

1. The OFFICE:  Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Serving Children, Families, and Communities

Serving Children, Families and Communities” — isn’t that what the local, county & state courts are already supposed to be doing, plus our legislators, governors, and county commissioners, etc.?  The motto sounds like something out of a healthy marriage grantee  playbook:

Mission:  The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

AMBER Alert | National Sex Offender Public Web Site

(sounds like diversionary type programs — prevent & intervene, yet hold offenders accountable, provide treatment and rehabilitative services).

LEGISLATION:  Congress enacted the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act (Pub. L. No. 93-415, 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq.) in 1974This landmark legislation established OJJDP to support local and state efforts to prevent delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system.    {{Why were local and state efforts failing or in need of support?}}  On November 2, 2002, Congress reauthorized the JJDP Act. The reauthorization (the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, Pub. L. No. 107-273, 116 Stat. 1758) supports OJJDP’s established mission while introducing important changes that streamline the Office’s operations and bring a sharper focus to its role. The provisions of the reauthorization took effect in FY 2004 (October 2003).

Not to the topic of my post except to note that the reauthorization happened during the administration of Pres. George W. Bush and a year after 9/11.

2.  The Coordinating Council of this Office:  “CJJDP”

Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The Coordinating Council—an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government—coordinates all federal programs and activities related to juvenile delinquency prevention, the care or detention of unaccompanied juveniles, and missing and exploited children. It has a number of other mandated responsibilities and also engages in activities such as building collaborations and disseminating information. Part of the Council’s mandate is to make annual recommendations to Congress regarding juvenile justice policies, objectives, and priorities. To help shape these recommendations, the Council holds quarterly meetings open to the public that provide a forum for the exchange of information, ideas, and research findings.

The Council has nine members representing federal agencies and nine practitioner members representing disciplines that focus on youth. The Attorney General serves as chairperson and the Administrator of OJJDP as vice chairperson. For additional information, visit the Coordinating Council’s Web site.

When I hear the word “practitioner” coming from an official source any more, I just about shudder.  Is a judge a “practitioner? now?  Anyhow, here are the 3 CJJDP members

Appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives

Adele L. Grubbs 
Judge
Superior Court of Cobb County, Georgia

Pamela F. Rodriguez
President
TASC, Inc. (Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities)

Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Associate Justice
Massachusetts Trial Court

It turns out Judge Grubbs is British and has a British law degree!  This is about half her bio, and if I had a custody case in Georgia, I’d look up every single one of these organizations:

The Honorable Adele Grubbs began serving as a Superior Court Judge for Cobb County in January 2001.

Coinciding with the inauguration of President George Bush and his signing of the first two executive orders, inviting in the Faith Based Orgs.

Prior to her election to the Superior court Judge Grubbs served as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Cobb County for 5 years. She handled delinquent and troubled juveniles, heard custody cases, and assisted the Superior Court of Cobb County. She presided over criminal and civil jury trials, including domestic, family violence, and custody cases; divorces; and civil and criminal motions. She was previously copartner in a private law practice for 26 years and served as Assistant District Attorney of Cobb County. Judge Grubbs was elected to the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia, where she has served for 11 years on the Consumer Assistance Program, Children and the Courts, and Child Support Committees.

… continued:

She is past president and current trustee of the Cobb Bar Association and past president of the Cobb Division of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers. Judge Grubbs has served as a volunteer juvenile probation officer and as an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police. She helped establish the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Cobb County. Judge Grubbs lectures at the State Family Seminar, the Indigent Defense Seminar, and the Cobb County Guardian Ad Litem Seminar. She is founder of the Cobb Justice Foundation, in which more than 100 lawyers offer legal aid to residents of Cobb County. She has served on the boards of Cobb Children’s Centers, Inc. the Marietta High School Foundation; and the American Heart Association. She received the 1997 Cobb County Woman of Achievement award. A native of England, Judge Grubbs holds a British law degree, L.L.B. from the University of Manchester, England.

I would get — definitely — a printout from the county of payroll, statement of conflict of interest (with so many corporations and boards she’s on involved), and as a matter of fact, across the nations, GALs, though I can see the need, have been problematic for women attempting to leave abuse.  Just a minor reminder — Georgia is Bible Belt, it still has issues with racism, and no doubt sexism.  Moreover, I would like to know when this judge began to reside in Georgia, or the US — just for a little reminder, the USA was originally colonized by Great Britain and there remain certain constitutional differences, like the Bill of Rights.

Cobb Children’s Centers, Inc.  (I cannot find this name in the Corporations Search)

I looked up these three also:

Appointed by the President of the United States

Laurie Garduque –
Director, Juvenile Justice
MacArthur Foundation

Byron Johnson
Professor
Baylor University – a Texas Baptist University.

Trina Thompson
Presiding Judge
Juvenile Justice Center

GEORGIA & BRUCE & NANCY SCHAEFER:

The commodity is human lives (and the real estate and assets formerly attached to them), particularly children.  The commodity is in talk which pries loose kids from parents for a fee, which former (late) Senator Nancy Schaefer was dilligently addressing shortly before she became a murder victim.  Allegedly (I don’t believe it for a moment, and am not alone in this) of her husband.

Her report, from “fightcps.com”

Report of Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer on CPS Corruption  (posted Feb. 2008)

Links to similar reports & discussions

From Wikipedia on “Nancy Schaefer

She had also sought to wrest the Republican nomination forGeorgia’s 10th congressional district from Paul Broun in 2008, but withdrew her candidacy before the primary election.[7] Throughout her career as an activist and politician, she was a champion of Christian conservative causes, opposing abortion and gay rights and promoting the display of the Ten Commandments in public places.[3][2] Upon her death, fellow State Senator Ralph Hudgens eulogized her as “almost like a rock star of the Christian right”.[7] She was a senior official in the Baptist church, having served as a First Vice President of the Georgia Baptist Convention.[3]

Schaefer died at her home near Turnerville in Habersham County on 26 March 2010 with her husband of 52 years, Bruce Schaefer. Police concluded the deaths to have been a murder–suicide perpetrated by her husband.[8][9][2]

Not everyone buys the “murder-suicide” (which brings into question, should we buy others that show up so much?).  She had been exposing the federal incentives to the states to traffick in separating children from their parents.

The Strange Death of Nancy Schaefer (2 items), from which:

I feel led to make an exception and bring to your attention another non partisan subject: The high profile investigation that has been initiated into Friday’s death of a former Georgia state senator.

Garland

Saturday March 27, 2010

On Friday, former Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband were found dead in their home in Habersham County. Even before a GBI investigation could be initiated, media outlets began pronouncing that their death was a “murder-suicide” and shut off most public comment posting on their web sites. The “murder suicide” theory implies that Sen. Schaefer’s husband shot her and then killed himself (or vice versa). Both Habersham County and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began investigating the case as a “murder suicide” rather than the more obvious murder made to look like suicide”. Like so many people, I have known former Sen. Nancy Schaefer for 15 years and spoken to several people who know her better than I do. They believe that the “murder suicide” theory is highly unlikely for any one of the following reasons:

I never knew this woman, nor heard any of her short, concise videos (I hope still available) on the child trafficking through DCFS topics.  Yet mothers from around the country — and yes, fathers — know that there is indeed a going business in children for sale — and more, or less, literally, depending on the circumstances, and yes, absolutely — by virtue of the courts and judicial systems as we know them.  As bribery, extortion and slavery often go together (and require a similar mentality, a “user” mentality), this is one reason I am so hot under the collar about FINANCIAL improprieties as evidence and tracks often (not always, but often) pointing to serious human rights abuses.  I mean, do people abuse others just for fun, or is there usually some profit in it?

So, now there is a one-year follow up on this death, and I believe we (meaning WE — you here?  You can tolerate my writing?  then check this out, whether you are a perp, participant, or protester) should look at it, and think about this — it was a U.S. Senator.    There have been Presidents assassinated and shot at; we have also had – this past year — another (female) Senator shot and seriously wounded.  These are not all by crackpots loners.  What was the reason for them?

This 15 minute YouTube (I haven’t watched it, but saw the first frames) and another apparently respond to “Nancy Schaefer High-Level CPS Crimes Investigation,” and are the context for what’s below:

From “POLITICAL VINE – Insider Politics in Georgia.  A dose of political caffeine   with no sugar added” (I like the banner)

One Year Follow-up on the Death of Senator Nancy Shaefer & Bruce Shaefer

by PV

Introduction

It has been one year and one day since Former State Senator Nancy Schaefer and her husband Bruce were found shot to death in their Habersham County home. Now, Garland Favorito has written a report that follows-up the investigation by the GBI into the claimed “murder-suicide” causation of the Schaefers’ deaths.

NOTE: Normally, Garland Favorito covers issues of voting machines and elections in Georgia through his 501-c-3 organization called VoterGA. However, in this case, Garland knew Senator Schaefer personally. And, as he did last year, he has put together a report laying-out the GBI investigation (or, perhaps, lack thereof) into the deaths of the Shaefers.


Release Date: March 26, 2011

SCHAEFERS KILLED WITH MYSTERIOUS GUN, GBI DESTROYS EVIDENCE, CLOSES “SUICIDE” CASE

THE GBI INVESTIGATION

It has been exactly a year since former Georgia State Senator, Nancy Schaefer, and her husband Bruce, were found shot to death in their bedroom. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) completed its work in December and recently made the case file summary available under Georgia Open Records Request laws.   The conclusion was based primarily on extensive suicide notes that contained specific instructions to the family and could have only been produced by Bruce or someone with first-hand knowledge of the family. There were also no visible signs of forced entry. The hand printed notes that were found in the bedroom indicated that financial problems were a motive…

THE MURDER WEAPON

The findings in the case file would be highly convincing except for one major problem never before reported. The Schaefers were not killed with the small caliber gun that the family knew they owned. They were killed with a higher caliber, untraceable weapon that no family member had ever seen before. The weapon was originally shipped to a dealer in a remote part of southern Florida in 1982 and the ownership records have since been destroyed, possibly as a result of a natural disaster. The case file was unable to establish how the Schaefers, who lived in Georgia during the 1980s, acquired the murder weapon . . .

HE AUTOPSY REPORT

The GBI autopsy report found that the wounds of Bruce Schaefer were consistent with a suicide finding but the report was unable to rule out the possibility that he was murdered. The autopsy report and initial investigative case summary did not find any difference in the times of death for the couple. They imply that that the times of death were the same, which is a virtual impossibility. The notes show that Bruce wrote them after shooting Nancy and it would have taken hours for him to write and assemble the material for the notes before he shot himself.

THE SUICIDE NOTES

The final investigative summary cites the extensive, detailed suicide notes found at the scene as the most overwhelming evidence of suicide. But the case file shows that the GBI performed no handwriting analysis to authenticate those printed notes as originating from Bruce Schaefer. The multi-page, extensive suicide notes are also strange in the sense that there is no mention of the 13 grandchildren who Bruce loved so much.

THE ALLEGED FINANCIAL MOTIVE

The suicide notes contain a foreclosure letter and precise details for settlements involving over $25K of credit card debt, but they provide little or no information on the Schaefers’ assets and income. Although containing many other instructions there are no instructions on how to liquidate any retirement accounts, stock investments or uncollateralized property that the Schaefers owned. Only a couple of insurance policies are present but it is unclear what value, if any, that they would have in a murder-suicide. The Schaefers already had put their house on the market and showed virtually no concern about any pending foreclosure right up until the night before their death. They still had roughly $100,000 of equity in the home even after reducing the sale price. They were advised by one of their sons, who is in the real estate business, that it was unlikely they would lose the house.

In other words, the “financial motive” was on shaky ground.  Perhaps someone is projecting their own motive onto the Schaefers and hoping it would stick.  I wonder who owns their house now. (It could be looked up).

This is going to relate more to my post, below (i.e., assets transfer in Georgia circles)

THE VIDEO

Most Georgians are unaware that the metro Atlanta area has been nationally ranked as the largest center in the country for child sex trafficking. Most are also unaware that Sen. Schaefer was a national leader in the fight against related child abuse and perversion in government run, Child Protective Services (CPS). The GBI was repeatedly informed that Nancy was wrapping up a video documentary, a possible book and other supporting references on the subject. She told friends that this work would expose corruption in Georgia’s Department of Family and Child Services (DFACS) and that several high profile, powerful Georgia politicians would be implicated. These people would have the means and incentive to prevent her work from being produced. While the GBI documented case inquiries from the general public there is no documentation of the inquiries received from government officials.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation, any Bureau of Investigation.  Moral? Think — and get your information into other (unknown if possible) hands before you talk.

The GBI collected little information about the work that Nancy Schaefer had done. They interviewed only one person who was involved in helping to produce the video documentary. They did not obtain a copy of the video or interview its producer, William Fain. They also did not attempt to retrieve the documentary from the producer even though the Schaefers had arranged funding for the video and the producer was not necessarily entitled to ownership rights.

THE THREATS

The GBI was aware that Mrs. Schaefer had received threats and warnings as a result of her work. She had already begun taking security precautions. The information she collected was believed to be so sensitive that she could be targeted for professional assassination. Close friends still fear that someone befriended her and committed the crime. The GBI investigation did little to rule out that possibility.

A former federal investigator I contacted told me that a double killing with an untraceable gun should have automatically triggered a normal murder investigation that would have considered all possible scenarios. But, In spite of the threats, Mrs. Schaefer’s high profile work and the mysterious gun, the GBI made an immediate initial conclusion that the couple committed a murder-suicide. . . .

DESTRUCTION OF EVIDENCE

During the time from June to December of 2010 individuals, including myself, filed open records requests for reports but the requests were denied because the case was still open. When Special Agent Whidby wrote the Final Investigative Summary in December of 2010, t he GBI had destroyed all items that were seized or created at autopsy. They then completed closing the case in February of 2011 and made the file available.

Garland then lists 13 unanswered questions, and I’ll end with #13 and thank him for some fine work. As I say, we know that the family law system – not just the CPS — also separates children from one — or sometimes eventually both — children, and that the system which then would support them — namely the child support one — has a reputation now for huge “black holes” of expenditures and increasingly expansive (and evolving year by year) “diversionary” programs, which aren’t monitored properly.  Thank you sir (I assume it’s a he) for the work, and know that one mother I spoke with (one of those who had to pay to see her sons) called me in alarm originally at the news and wanted a nationwide day of recognition from our blogging circles; i.e., women whose children have been given to their former batterers or the children’s molesters, and are still fighting in the courts to stay housed, fed and in contact with those kids.  I would not often go all out for someone of such conservative (let alone Baptist) persuasion (see blog), but this couple seems to have been the genuine article.  I hope people read this site often and think about what their own priorities are — entertainment, or stopping child trafficking with their own taxes they provide the IRS to distribute to the states (etc.).  I wouldn’t have posted this much (today), but am moved by it, which a proper investigation or report will often do.

13. Why would the GBI be unwilling to properly investigate and rule out the possibility of a professional assassination given the circumstances and high profile nature of the case?

CONCLUSION

GBI spokesperson, John Bankhead, initially promised Fox 5 News “there will be a thorough investigation” given the high profile circumstances of the case. That thoroughness obviously never materialized. The Final Investigative Summary contains only one paragraph to summarize the findings of murder-suicide, relying on the suicide notes for that conclusion. There is no rationale in the summary to explain how the conclusion was reached, what other scenarios were considered or how other scenarios were ruled out. While the GBI may have come to the correct conclusion, the only thing consistent with a “thorough investigation” seems to be the amount of time that the case was left open.

The limited investigative scope is appalling considering the high profile circumstances surrounding the Schaefers’ deaths. Case file evidence mentioned in this report illustrates that the GBI was unwilling to investigate the case to the point where they could rule out professional assassination. They also destroyed all items seized or created at autopsy so now their actions can never be reviewed or questioned. Their conduct raises a legitimate question as to whether or not they could have been compromised or manipulated by officials implicated in former Nancy Schaefer’s documentary and materials. Their investigation may even become more questionable than the killings themselves.

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REFERENCES

Regardless of how the couple may have died, former Senator Nancy Schaefer lived the last couple of years of her life dedicated to helping children and families who were victimized by the very government agencies that were supposed to be helping them.

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GEORGIA & THE PHOEBE FACTOIDS

Georgia is where the Phoebe Factoids came from — and the publication of which was used to set up two men who were exposing the corruption in “Nonprofit” hospitals which had huge offshore profits  –and overcharged uninsured customers.  I blogged this (“The Profit in Nonprofits, and 2 Men in Georgia“) , as my understanding of the word “nonprofit” and “set-up” increased in depth.   Actually — this case  just recently hit the Supreme Court:

Phoebe Factoid Suit Argued in Highest Court

(by By Jennifer Emert – bio | email posted 10/31/2011, updated 11/04)

[[a video shows here ]]

WASHINGTON, D. C. –

The U. S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Today in an Albany case that could decide whether government officials are entitled to absolute immunity from civil lawsuits if they knowingly provide false testimony to a grand jury.

Charles Rehberg was charged with assault, burglary, and harassment for sending anonymous faxes known as Phoebe Factoids that criticized how Phoebe Putney Hospital conducted business.

Then District Attorney Ken Hodges and Chief Investigator James Paulk subpoenaed phone records to figure out who sent the faxes.  Rehberg filed suit saying they violated his constitutional rights and accusing Paulk of lying to the grand jury.

The suit against Hodges was tossed out, but the suit against Paulk is going before the nation’s highest court.

(It is offensive for any one to provide false testimony to a grand jury, but particularly offensive if a District Attorney does, as they are to prosecute criminal behavior, not engage in it!)

To bring a false indictment, people kind of think well that’s not that big of a deal, but I can assure you it’s a big deal. It costs a lot of money to defend criminal cases and we don’t have insurance for that kind of thing and in my case I spent a lot of money putting those charges aside and proving them to be false as did Rehberg, so bringing an indictment has consequences for the defendant,”  said Palmyra Surgeon Dr. John Bagnato.

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.  {{NOTE:  My understanding is, this is Fair use, see below link}}

These appear to me to be two VERY brave men, and honest ones — and we need to have a culture and legal climate that supports, not attacks, this.  Clearly, we don’t.

GEORGIA LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.  REMIND ME TO VISIT SOMEDAY:

 
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GEORGIA AND ITS FATHERHOOD PROGRAM:

It was created as a division with the DCSS in 1997:

(from “Redwardslaw.com“)

In 1997, the Division created its Fatherhood program to further that mission. Through this initiative, parents unable to meet their court-ordered child support obligations are provided with employment assistance.

The largest state-run program of its type in the nation, the Georgia’s Fatherhood Program has served more than 15,000 non-custodial parents {{yet, it’s called a FATHERhood program}} in the past decade. It takes three to six months to complete the program; it helps parents {{fathers, principally}} receive vocational training, obtain General Education Diplomas (GEDs), and acquire full-time employment.

The Georgia initiative is similar to other programs in sister states. District of Columbia and Rhode Island programs work with non-custodial parents, mainly fathers, to obtain job training and placement. In Alabama’s incarnation of the Fatherhood Initiative, parents are provided counseling, education and training, as well as employment opportunities.

Child support obligations can create frustration and stress for unemployed non-custodial parents. However, many states, like Georgia, have found a way to help. Initiatives like the Fatherhood Program do more than save taxpayer dollars: they help break the cycle of poverty that threatens our nation’s children.

(sure … towards end of post we look at a state auditor of another fatherhood program)

From “Fatherhood.Georgia.gov” you can get a fine description:

Where fatherhood program customers come from:  under threat of, or having been, jailed for failure to be able to pay child support:

From a Cobb County Divorce firm, “Marsh & Wolfe” posted Sept. 2011:   Georgia Fatherhood Programs Suffering Due to Budget Constraints:

A prominent Georgia-based fatherhood program will be discontinued after 15 years of operation due to decreased funding from the Department of Labor. The program was meant to help fathers obtain an education, a job and success in their career. It was originally implemented to help fathers who were delinquent on child support payments or had lost visitation rights, but the program eventually opened registration to mothers as well.

This is the eleventh such closure of a fatherhood program in Georgia due to decreased funding, including one at Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta.

The public side:

Resources

The following links contain interesting and informative materials which are related to the efforts of the Georgia Fatherhood Program:

Child Support Enforcement
The mission of the Child Support Enforcement (CSE) is to reduce the public and private burden of raising financially abandoned children to adulthood. Its goals is accomplished through the location of absent parents, the establishment of paternity, the establishment and enforcement of support obligations, and the distribution of payments. In collaboration with the Department of Technical and Adult Education, Special Services Division, CSE began the Georgia Fatherhood Program to enhance the recovery of child support from non-custodial parents by offering education and skills training to the parents.

Recent modifications to Child Support in Georgia show complex formulas, which basically show that yes — children are a commodity and a parent’s time with his/her own offspring post-separation is a marketable timeshare, pro rata (shared income model).  Then again, whatever the court says is in the best interests of the child.  Or any other number of formulas which the court may — or may not — choose to apply.

National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership
NPCL is a nonprofit organization created for charitable and educational purposes. The mission of NPCL is to improve the governance and administration of nonprofit organizations and strengthen community leadership through family empowerment. It assists community-based organizations in better serving young, low-income single fathers and fragile families.

Sounds nice.  The President of this Washington, D.C. nonprofit, Jeffrey M. Johnson, runs “Master Trainer Institutes” on fatherhood; such licensed trainings for proprietary curricula are all over the field.    I’m getting tired of this — fatherhood is an ideology.  Run these classes as a for-profit, and don’t engage people who prey on captive (sometimes, in the case of prisons) audiences, literally.    Make’em pay taxes!

 He is regularly invited to testify before the United States Congress on matters pertaining to low-income fathers and strengthening families. He played a principal role in passage of the first national fatherhood legislation in Congress, The Fathers Count Bill Dr. Johnson is also the author of several publications including Fatherhood Development: A Curriculum for Young Fathers.

For thirteen years Dr. Johnson was an adjunct professor of Educational Administration and Leadership at Trinity University (formerly Trinity College) in Washington, D.C.

He is also the 1999 and 2003 recipient of the President’s Award by The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families. This award annually recognizes outstanding leadership in the promotion of responsible fatherhood.  Dr. Johnson is a member of The Peoples Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland where he serves as President of the Men’s Fellowship Ministry.

This man is off the deep end — there are woman in urban neighborhoods too.  His trained trainers branch out to other states with this cult and run “Train the Trainer” things, according to doctrine.  Here’s one in Ohio — which has its own Fatherhood Commission, and its Office of Faith-Based BS as well, which began with a bang — by squandering grants money, after steering it to a Bush-associated organization “WeCare” (out of state), and as SLIGHTLY rescued in reputation by a glowing report from Byron Johnson — who turns out to be on the CJJDP (above).

Ohio recently had a horrible scandal in a supervised visitation facility at Trumbull County.  A woman whose child had already been removed into foster care AT BIRTH — and was killed by blunt force trauma and asphyxiation, by a foster mother before age 2, then was with the father of a (now 13-month old little girl) engaging in “supervised visitation” inside a public — state/county-funded facility (check details) — after having taken parenting classes for the privilege! — and used this access to the little girl to sexually assault her (including penetration), captured it on a CELL PHONE, and a relative that noticed this (no official did!) — on reporting it, lost HER 2 year old son also to the state.  Parents were naturally shocked and outrage, and I was in phone contact with some of these (as I have been watching Ohio recently, meaning, on-line).  They attempted to visit a meeting where a discussion of this (outrage) was being held — it was a public meeting, or should’ve been.  They were turned away at the door!   The group was going to self-investigate, and eventually the executive director of this outfit (Trumbull County Children’s Services, or something similar) rather than getting a reproof — got a promotion!  (Nick Kerosky).  The FCFC model which it is part of comes under “Fatherhood” commission — emphasizes “flexible funding” to get around some of the restrictive rules, and this particular facility — which got a new building shortly after the nonprofit running it? was formed — was funded:  Get this!    about 50% by a statewide “Children’s Levy” — and about 22% Federal.

In other words, the citizens of this state, and others, are participating financially (whether knowingly or willingly is another matter) in setting up situations to torture young children, sometimes have them killed, and most of the time, remove them from their biological mothers.  I don’t know what I would’ve done as a mother, if after labor someone took my child.  Who would that NOT drive insane?  The media has been notably silent on WHY these children were removed.   . . .  There’s more.  I actually looked at the mother and father’s criminal dockets in the case (not that they didn’t deserve to be in jail a long time for such crimes — and they’re in their 20s) . . . and the father had a pro-active attorney (who is paid per action, apparently) and the mothers action docket was blank.  Even in public defense, there is a gender gap.  The father, moreover, had been a juvenile sex offender.

This is the outfit, and you can look up the rest yourself:  Look at the PR piece, from the Executive Director Nick Kerosky (photo of white male):

October 31, 2010 marked the end of an era here at Trumbull County Children Services. On that day Marcia Tiger retired after 34 years with our agency and I assumed the reins as Executive Director. I have big shoes to fill certainly and change in leadership can be challenging, but change can also be energizing. It brings new ideas, a fresh perspective and opportunities for growth.

At the same time, there is change in Columbus. We have a new Governor who has made it very clear that he wants to reduce an $8 Billion budget deficit. In order to accomplish that, we know there will be major cuts in state funding. These will certainly impact all state funded agencies and the families we serve, but, there is also opportunity.

We have a great spirit of community here in Trumbull County. Our community is like a sturdy oak tree providing protection to our families and children. Children Services anchors strong roots of hard- working people and diverse traditions here. The leaves of our tree are the many community partners who we work with and who help care for our families. Our long, healthy branches are collaboration and teamwork. Compassion, energy and enthusiasm nourish our roots.

Actually, public monies do.  Lots of them.

My vision for child protection in Trumbull County is community-based, family-centered and prevention- focused. We provide quality services with compassion. We are accountable to ourselves and our community, as well as the state.

The actual story, in part:

CSB File: No reprimand given to manager after abuse cases

October 22, 2011
By ADAM FERRISE – reporter

WARREN – A department head at Trumbull County Children Services who oversaw the cases in which one child was killed by her foster parent and another child allegedly raped during a supervised visit inside the agency’s building by a known sex offender was never officially reprimanded by superiors, according to a review of her personnel file obtained by the Tribune Chronicle.

Marilyn Pape, a department manager at CSB, who answers directly to the agency’s executive director, had been promoted to a newly created position that oversaw foster care placement about a year before 21-month old Tiffany Sue Banks was killed by her foster mother that CSB placed her with.

Two calls and a message left seeking comment from Pape were not returned. Marcia Tiger, the former CSB executive director, who promoted Pape and gave her glowing performance evaluations, said she would not comment because Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins advised current CSB Director Nick Kerosky not to speak to reporters.

Kerosky defended Pape’s employment history Friday, pointing out the excellent performance evaluations done by his predecessor.

Pape works directly under Kerosky and oversees several CSB functions. She earns more than $77,000 a year plus fringe benefits. {{bringing it up to $129K, the article adds later)

”She’s been an employee here for 26 years and has received nothing but glowing recommendations,” Kerosky said.

Kerosky also responded Friday to Watkins’ call for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to determine whether any employee was criminally negligent when two relatives recorded themselves performing sexual acts on a 13-month-old girl in CSB’s care inside the agency in mid-July. Watkins made the recommendation after attorney David Engler, representing a relative of the two children who were related to one another, called for Watkins to ask for an independent criminal investigation.

Two relatives, Cody Beemer, 22, 332 Austin Ave. S.E., and Felicia Banks Beemer, 21, were charged with rape and a slew of other charges. Both pleaded not guilty to charges and are being held in the Trumbull County Jail. They were also charged with allegedly making a similar recording of them performing sexual acts on a different 18-month-old male relative. That boy was not in CSB’s care, but after police found the evidence of the video, CSB took custody of him.

…NOTICE:   “Beemer, according to court records, was serving probation after he pleaded guilty to assaulting Banks Beemer in March.

See notice for upcoming CSB meeting if you are a local resident:

Next Public Children Service Board (CSB) Meeting in Trumbull County, Warren, OH is Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm – Dear Citizens,

Please keep your eye open to any last minute changes, which MUST be published and notice given to the public in a timely manner.
This is a public meeting on 11-15-11 and the public does not have to sign in to attend.  CSB and their staff are on the Public Payroll – we pay them and the employer has all rights to attend a meeting to see what their employees are doing!  FYI – The Trumbull County Commissioners appoint the Board Members of Children Services in Trumbull County.  There is already an injunction filed against CSB for denying citizens access to a public meeting on 10-18-11, which is to be heard on Friday, 12-2-11 at the main courthouse by Judge Stuard at 9 am

What this notice tells us is that the people that showed up at the previous board were put out and/or required to sign in to attend.  Other links claim it’s systemic and not just in one county the the CSB (this outfit) is not following rules for removal of a child from the home.  These nightmare situations were facilitated by a statewide system called  fcf.ohio.gov, which leads to links (on the left) that all have lovely names:

  • *The OCTF was created in Ohio law in 1984. OCTF funds primary and secondary prevention strategies that are conducted at the local level and activities and projects of a statewide significance designed to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The county FCFCs serve as the OCTF local advisory boards and receive funding for primary and secondary prevention strategies…
  • (More:) “Anything we do to strengthen and support families in our community helps to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect.”
  • (Grants:)”For April 2011, the Ohio Children’s Trust Fund (OCTF) is providing nearly $45,000 to twelve county Family and Children First Councils (FCFCs) to support their April Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention activities and events”
  • Trumbull County got $2,000 to hold an event reminding parents that it’s important to play with their children
  • OH Job & Family Services (which funds TANF, OCSE, Foster Care, Adoption Assistance, Medicaid, Access Visitation, etc. — has a huge incentive to adopt out and get kids into foster care.   It should be looked at: here’s a link.  This centralized agency manages a LOT!):
Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES  COLUMBUS OH 43215 FRANKLIN 809376072 $ 13,576,468,286

Despite all those wonderful-sounding names — “Youth, Partnership, Care, Child, Family Grow, Help Me, Trust Fund” —  bottom line is here, through some of this [at least] one child was murdered (supervisor salary — $77K, public funding) and another from the same Mom, raped, and now the same public that paid for this to happen, and the salaries of people that let it happen, will pay also for jail, and two public defenders, not to mention the foster care of a surviving young male victim (removed from another home) and so forth.  Not to mention the personal cost.  So I recommend taking a look at “flexible funding” here — because in state after state, these philosophies and initiatives are exactly that — real “flexible” when it comes to rules & laws.

Flexible Funding Pool:

The OFCF Flexible Funding Workgroup was formed in January 2010 with the purpose to identify opportunities and provide flexible funding to local public agencies in order to better meet the needs of children, families, and adults.  {{Of course that’s what its about}} The group included staff from the OFCF Cabinet agencies.

Local public agencies will now have the flexibility to transfer specific State General Revenue Funds (GRF) to the local flexible funding pool managed by the FCFCs. Although State GRF allocated to various local public agencies have requirements on what the funds can be spent on, the State GRF transferred to the flexible funding pool sheds those requirements.  Therefore, even if counties currently “pool” funds, those state funds must still meet its requirements for spending.  This new FCFC Flexible Funding Pool removes all of those requirements and can be used to meet the needs (prevention, early intervention, treatment) of children, families, and adults in the community.

To understand any association or organization, one really needs to understand its funding, its corporate structure and who pays the salaries of its staff.

END of “OHIO” SECTION

triggered by the awareness of NCPL (again) and its CEO’s agenda

(BACK TO REFERENCES FROM GEORGIA FATHERHOOD)

National Fatherhood Initiative
The National Fatherhood Initiative was created in 1994 to counter the growing problem of fatherlessness by stimulating a broad-based social movement to restore responsible fatherhood as a national priority. With the help of many notable Americans,

Just grants with the actual word “Fatherhood” in them from Georgia.  Just Grants, and just from HHS:
notice the recipients — DHR, a children’s shelter:
Program Office Grantee Name City Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
ACF GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES ATLANTA PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants RUSSELL EASTMAN $ 310,000
ACF GWINNETT CHILDRENS SHELTER BUFORD PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants NANCY F FRIAUF $ 474,640
HSB PARTNERSHIP FOR COMMUNITY ACTION, INC. DECATUR FATHERHOOD DEMONSTRATION 93600 Head Start BRENDA E TAYLOR $ 375,000
OFA GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES ATLANTA PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants RUSSELL EASTMAN $ 592,367
OFA GWINNETT CHILDRENS SHELTER BUFORD PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants JASMINE MCCOY $ 250,000
OFA GWINNETT CHILDRENS SHELTER BUFORD PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants NANCY F FRIAUF $ 250,000
(yeah, well, this one has connections with technical colleges and relates in 2011 that their funds, which apparently were in good part ARRA funds (see my last post on the GAO report on ARRA grantees) were drying up.
Georgia Fatherhood Program Loses Money

On behalf of Hill / Macdonald, LLC posted in Child support on Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Several Georgia technical colleges have lost funding for their long-running fatherhood programs, which provide education and support services to both father and mothers with the goal of strengthening families and serving the low-income community. The colleges are working to find alternative funding for the programs, but until that happens, this underserved population may again fall through the cracks.

In Georgia, fathers and mothers who are unable to make their court-ordered child support payments have relatively few options. Most fly under the radar in order to avoid being found in contempt of court and either forced to make payments through wage garnishment or some other means, or sentenced to jail. In response to this no-win situation, the fatherhood programs were created in 1996 to help noncustodial fathers who were facing contempt charges for nonpayment of child support.

The program was later opened up to mothers, and its goals were broadened. Now, the fatherhood programs at Chattahoochee Tech in Mariette, Athens Tech, Atlanta Tech, and 9 other technical colleges throughout Georgia focus on providing support services for parents to help them achieve education and career goals. A major component of the program is increasing participants’ ability to make money so they can more easily support their children and their family. The fathers who are enrolled in the program have an average of three children each.

The last few years of the program were funded by the American Reinvestment Recovery Act.

Well, earlier they were funded through TANF:  From an ACF SITE (I’m simply referring to this, not explaining in full obviously):

Section 1115 Waiver Projects
These grants provide matching federal monies for demonstration projects that expand on current child support programs. The projects are funded using the child support formula grant matching rate of 66% Federal and 34% State or private non-IV-D funds; the projects are authorized by waiver provisions of section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Though varied, all projects emphasize the importance of healthy marriage to a child’s well-being, as well as financial stability, increased paternity establishment, and child support collection.

. . .

  • Georgia Department of Human Resources (Various Cities, GA).
    “Georgia Healthy Marriage Initiative: The Georgia Family Council is directing a project to provide marriage education integrated with child support information and motivation. The marriage curricula will vary by cities and organizations. Local coalitions will provide outreach through existing community, faith-based and public organizations. Project Period: April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2010.

    Mission


    Georgia Family Council (GFC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and education organization committed to fostering conditions in which individuals, families and communities thrive. Carrying out that mission is a challenging endeavor that requires a multi-faceted approach. So GFC is organized under three Centers:

    GFC Receives Grant to Curb Domestic Violence

    Georgia Family Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to train teenagers about healthy relationships and avoiding domestic violence.

    GFC has been hosting marriage and relationship training classes in communities throughout Georgia for years. This grant will bolster our efforts to specifically reach young people ages 13 to 18 to help them prevent and avoid domestic violence. Classes will be held in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and in inner-city Atlanta.

    Healthy marriages and families begin with healthy relationships. GFC is committed to helping individuals learn the best ways to form and maintain strong relationships through our training classes in local communities.

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A GEORGIAN “IP” WAS ON MY SITE TODAY

ON A POST TALKING ABOUT MAIL FRAUD AND CON MEN.

(IP means simply internet address identifier).  They spent almost an hour on the Michael Anthony Nelson post — part of which relates to yesterday’s monster post on the expansion of TANF.

I wrote then:

Ten Key Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives

by Karin Martinson and Demetra Nightingale

February 2008

odd — wasn’t that around the time Nancy Schaefer posted her statement?  No, just shortly after, her report was November 2007

Prepared for:
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) [* * *]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

(Intro paragraphs:)

The role of noncustodial fathers in the lives of low-income families has received increased attention in the past decade. As welfare reform has placed time limits on cash benefits, policymakers and program administrators have become interested in increasing financial support from noncustodial parents as a way to reduce poverty among low-income children. Although child support enforcement efforts have increased dramatically in recent years, there is evidence that many low-income fathers cannot afford to meet their child support obligations without impoverishing themselves or their families. Instead, many fathers accumulate child support debts that may lead them to evade the child support system and see less of their children.

To address these complex issues, {{that rained down from the sky, and that we don’t want to directly attribute responsibility for….}} states and localities have put programs in place that focus on developing services and options to help low-income fathers find more stable and better-paying jobs, pay child support consistently, and become more involved parents. In part because of the availability of new funding sources and a growing interest in family-focused programs,

Could it BE any more evasive??? Interest in family-focused programs is, just, well, like crops, just so happening to coming up through the fertile ground of mega-farms (no one bought seed, plowed, planted seed, watered, or even conceived of the idea of farming. This interest does NOT, we repeat, does NOT have anything to do with any of the founders of the National Fatherhood Initiative, or any other visionaries who foresaw a real crop of grants with a constant stream of clients, and is not, we repeat, NOT, a backlash to feminism. It just kinda sorta, you knew, “GREW.” We here, are just dispassionately reporting on what happened. (Give me a break…. )

this area is experiencing dramatic growth, with hundreds of “fatherhood” programs developing across the country.

Coincidentally, and surely not causally, related to the fine funds that are available here, and the replicatable business model that is being taught, or their close associations with — child support agencies, attorney general’s offices, welfare offices, and so forth. Those fatherhood programs just plain out developed, like a young girl entering puberty. Entirely unpredictable. It just happened.

Under the expanded purposes of Title IVA, authorized in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193, also known as PRWORA), states have been able to use some of their Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funds to provide services to nonresident fathers, including employment-related services. PRWORA also authorized grants to states to assist noncustodial parents with access and visitation issues, and it required states, as part of their Child Support Enforcement Program, to have procedures requiring fathers who are not paying child support to participate in work activities, which may include employment and training programs. The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 (P.L. 109-171), which contains a reauthorization of the TANF program, also authorized funding to states and public and nonprofit entities for responsible fatherhood programs.

_ _ _ _ _ __ From my above post, with red font marking points I was making on the last post.

The Deficit Reduction Act (“DRA” to us) apparently opened the door wide for applying TANF funds to non-TANF families.  HOWEVER, a February 2008 regulation (HHS regulations can restrict or focus the law further) apparently said, well, no, keep it to TANF families — EXCEPT for marriage & fatherhood activities.

Now that was a BIG Exception — and it widened the door, seems to me, for more of the same nonsense.  Have we not had ENOUGH of this yet?

Where is all this money coming from and – more to the point — where is it going?  For what identifiable REAL (not just alleged) public benefit (tie the benefit to the authorizing legislation to the distributed dollars – if you can) should we continue authorizing TANF as is – and ignore not just the amount of the Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood fundings — but the consequences of them.

Should we just throw up our hands and say “oh well?”  because there are other worse emergencies and crises all around us?

Who (which specific sets of people) have just about copyrighted how to create a crisis, and take advantage of it?  I am not looking for scapegoats — (don’t like the practice) — I’m looking for where to put up the “STOP” sign, and how — the next time more of it is proposed. As it will be, pointing to past successes which have not yet (to my awareness) actually been reliably documented AS successes.  In relationship to program purpose.

The main program purpose of TANF is assistance to needy families so children can be cared for in their parents homes or homes of relatives.

The main program purpose of “Access Visitation” program (which FYI was a last-minute earmark not run by public scrutiny) is allegedly to increase noncustodial parenting time — actually as the Feds are not allowed to dominate state courts, the phrasing is “facilitate and support PROGRAM THAT” (facilitate and support, yada yada) increased noncustodial parent access and visitation.  And to do this because of the evolving nature of the child support system, and because enough Presidents felt that their interpretation of their oaths of office put “uphold and defend the Constitution” should be placed before program production for personal supporters.

Yeah, anyhow.

The publication above, “Ten Key Findings from Responsible Fatherhood Initiative,” produced by the Urban Institute under contract (not grant, contract) from HHS — is policyspeak, quoting often times its own kind, among policymakers.   It’s also formatted as a 3-color, tri-fold mailer bearing the Urban Institute information, and is clearly PR to support this initiative from whoever is on whomever’s mailing lists.

As it says, or said in 2008

This brief was completed by the Urban Institute under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the Partners for Fragile Families evaluation, under contract number 100-01-0027. The authors gratefully acknowledge the guidance and comments provided by their project officer, Jennifer Burnszynski. Helpful comments were also provided by Linda Mellgren of ASPE and by Margot Bean,

Eileen Brooks, and Myles Schlank of the Office of Child Support Enforcement in the Administration for Children and Families/HHS. The authors also benefited from comments by Burt Barnow and John Trutko and editing by Fiona Blackshaw.

Yesterday, towards the end of a long, laborious (and duplicate-pasted) post, my key discovery in the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative — i.e., who jumpstarted this? — found (distressingly, from my point of view) that the HHS Cabinet member at the time, “Jeffrey Reiger” was a Bush man.  Bush 1, Bush 2, and even later (after OK), Governor Jeb Bush in Florida, where he apparently continued tearing up the place, giving contracts to cronies in appropriately (per “voice of freedom”) and making life worse, not better, for children in need of having their abuse STOPPED and poor families.

THEN, apparently by 2006, he ended up back, presiding over a glowing report of (his and others’) work at Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (as though — see above — it weren’t in some major ways, his project initially) — he shows up in the exact same office at HHS/ASPE.

If the American public (whoever that beast is) wishes to stop remaining so gullible and malleable  — we (especially those in — or rapidly exiting — the working middle class, yet not yet fully under control (through extortion — someone has your kids) as many “low-income” families become  — it’s time to judge not only who is speaking and not only what is said, but to learn better how to compare the two.

I’ve read so much, the dialects are becoming intelligible.  People from the same circles speak like each other.  ADD to this a little background on who, what, when, where, and why (or, for how much) — and you’re a lot less gullible and malleable.  ANYHOW — (the way my mind works) — the information I had on OMI (other than it was basically reprehensible) and WHERE it fit in the larger context of marriage, fatherhood, and turning America from a process-based to an out-come based, closed society — was lacking.

I didn’t have all the pieces.  But something in the picture had my attention.  What connected the dots was the key personnel in the HHS Cabinet for Governor Keating, which happened to be this person whose name I didn’t know and hadn’t noticed before, Mr Reiger.

OK, let’s break this grant contract, above, down some:

This brief was completed by the Urban Institute

under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE)

at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

as part of the Partners for Fragile Families evaluation,

under contract number 100-01-0027.

In looking up (for readers’ sakes) “Partners for Fragile Families” — a term which by now any noncustodial mother in a custody BATTLE should know translates to “foundation-sponsored, OCSE-enabled Fatherhood Project” — I found another report, under the same contract, which says it for me:

https://childsupport.state.co.us/siteuser/do/vfs/Read?file=/cm:Publications/cm:Reports/cm:_x0034_11567_pff_outcomes.pdf

(intereting URL, eh– Child Support.State.Co.  )

Partners for Fragile Families Demonstration Projects:

Employment and Child Support Outcomes and Trends

Introduction

In recent years, policymakers and programs have paid increased attention to the role of noncustodial fathers in the lives of low-income families.

You betcha– it’s been a good livelihood for some! and with no end in site, as more noncustodial fathers happen every time there’s a split-up.  Some of these will be either behind in their child support (which could be by their choice, their ability level — or I’m sure it could  and has at times been “arranged” by ridiculously unreasonable child support orders.  They do this for mothers, I’m sure it can be done as easily for fathers, depending on the desired “outcome” in a case) — or disgruntled about not “accessing” more of their children (possibly through previous restraining order of some sort) — or they may not have been actually that interested in their kids. Anyhow, they have as a group DEFINITELy hit the radar of “POLICYMAKERS AND PROGRAMS.”

And this manner of PolicySpeak (the artificial third person, I call it — because it’s a report by a program participant to a policymaker.  It’s like a kind of code they speak to each other, not expecting noncustodial fathers (and certainly not mothers) to be listening in.  However, thanks to the internet, we can and, and now do).

With welfare reform placing time limits on cash benefits, there has been a strong interest in increasing financial support from noncustodial parents as a way to reduce poverty among low-income children.

Well, I don’t agree with that either, but as it’s not the main point here, I’ll bite my tongue (this time).

Although child support enforcement efforts have been increasing dramatically in recent years, {{hard to prove of disproof, and none offered here in the intro…}} there is some evidence that many low-income fathers cannot afford to support their children financially without impoverishing themselves or their families.

Meaning, presumably their new families?

To address these complex issues, a number of initiatives have focused on developing services and options to help low-income fathers become more financially and emotionally involved with their families and to help young, low- income families become stable.

Well, this is 2007, and National Fatherhood Initiative was formed in 1994 (from whence a lot of this) so yeah, the administration has an interest in regulating the emotional involvement of “low-income fathers.”  Just as a reminder, from DRA (year, 2005) forward, it didn’t have to be actually low-income fathers to qualify, and so forth.

Sponsored by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Ford Foundation,1 …

Sponsored by US Govt HHS branch and a wealthy foundation influencing LOTS of sectors of the US, such as higher education, Media (the link is to a segment on who’s behind WOrking Assets, a private telecommunications firm in SF), and of course, most aspects of American life & business.  If you haven’t thought much about the concept of “FOUNDATION” yet, now might just be the time, let alone individual ones.   They are intentional social change agents that work through almost every facet of life you daily may be dealing with.

http://www.fordfoundation.org/#  (in its own words — click on, for example, “issues” to get a scope).

Ford Foundation

Motto:   “Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide

QUESTION:  Suppose you don’t share this vision or approve of the “social change”??  Does your life matter, then?

(Yep and funding them, steering study to or away from various topics according to the foundation’s overall purpose(s))  THis is just one type of support they deal with:

  • Established in 1936  (AKA BETWEEN WORLD WARS I & II.  BEFORE WOMEN IN THE US GOT THE VOTE).
  • First regional office opened in 1952 in New Delhi
  • Provide grants to organizations in the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

“To date, the foundation has committed $560 million for program-related investments, and sets aside annually an average $25 million for new investments.”

“More than $16 billion in grants distributed worldwide”  2010 Fiscal assets around $10 billion . . . .

OTHERS feel differently about the Ford Foundation.  I just found:

The Ford Foundation and the CIA:
A documented case of philanthropic collaboration
with the Secret Police
by James Petras
15 December 2001
Rebelión

This is too much to handle now, but just so we know we are not playing with small pitt bulls, but the big dogs, when something says “Ford Foundation,” here’s a chunk of that article.  In the SMALLER context of the complete disintegration of due process in the United States through the proliferation of what I write about (them grantees pushing marriage as the answer to society’s problems, and pocketing the profits in doing so)   .  here we go.  This is for my learning too, not just readers:

Introduction

The CIA uses philanthropic foundations as the most effective conduit to channel large sums of money to Agency projects without alerting the recipients to their source. From the early 1950s to the present the CIA’s intrusion into the foundation field was and is huge. A U.S. Congressional investigation in 1976 revealed that nearly 50% of the 700 grants in the field of international activities by the principal foundations were funded by the CIA (Who Paid the Piper? The CIA and the Cultural Cold War, Frances Stonor Saunders, Granta Books, 1999, pp. 134-135). The CIA considers foundations such as Ford “The best and most plausible kind of funding cover” (Ibid, p. 135). The collaboration of respectable and prestigious foundations, according to one former CIA operative, allowed the Agency to fund “a seemingly limitless range of covert action programs affecting youth groups, labor unions, universities, publishing houses and other private institutions” (p. 135). The latter included “human rights” groups beginning in the 1950s to the present. One of the most important “private foundations” collaborating with the CIA over a significant span of time in major projects in the cultural Cold War is the Ford Foundation.

This essay will demonstrate that the Ford Foundation-CIA connection was a deliberate, conscious joint effort to strengthen U.S. imperial cultural hegemony and to undermine left-wing political and cultural influence. We will proceed by examining the historical links between the Ford Foundation and the CIA during the Cold War, by examining the Presidents of the Foundation, their joint projects and goals as well as their common efforts in various cultural areas.

Background: Ford Foundation and the CIA

By the late 1950s the Ford Foundation possessed over $3 billion in assets. The leaders of the Foundation were in total agreement with Washington’s post-WWII projection of world power. A noted scholar of the period writes: “At times it seemed as if the Ford Foundation was simply an extension of government in the area of international cultural propaganda. The foundation had a record of close involvement in covert actions in Europe, working closely with Marshall Plan and CIA officials on specific projects” (Ibid, p.139). This is graphically illustrated by the naming of Richard Bissell as President of the Foundation in 1952. In his two years in office Bissell met often with the head of the CIA, Allen Dulles, and other CIA officials in a “mutual search” for new ideas. In 1954 Bissell left Ford to become a special assistant to Allen Dulles in January 1954 (Ibid, p. 139). Under Bissell, the Ford Foundation (FF) was the “vanguard of Cold War thinking”.

One of the FF first Cold War projects was the establishment of a publishing house, Inter-cultural Publications, and the publication of a magazine Perspectives in Europe in four languages. The FF purpose according to Bissell was not “so much to defeat the leftist intellectuals in dialectical combat (sic) as to lure them away from their positions” (Ibid, p. 140). The board of directors of the publishing house was completely dominated by cultural Cold Warriors. Given the strong leftist culture in Europe in the post-war period, Perspectives failed to attract readers and went bankrupt.

Another journal Der Monat funded by the Confidential Fund of the U.S. military and run by Melvin Lasky was taken over by the FF, to provide it with the appearance of independence (Ibid, p. 140).

In 1954 the new president of the FF was John McCloy. He epitomized imperial power. Prior to becoming president of the FF he had been Assistant Secretary of War, president of the World Bank, High Commissioner of occupied Germany, chairman of Rockefeller’s Chase Manhattan Bank, Wall Street attorney for the big seven oil companies and director of numerous corporations. As High Commissioner in Germany, McCloy had provided cover for scores of CIA agents (Ibid, p. 141).

McCloy integrated the FF with CIA operations. He created an administrative unit within the FF specifically to deal with the CIA. McCloy headed a three person consultation committee with the CIA to facilitate the use of the FF for a cover and conduit of funds. With these structural linkages the FF was one of those organizations the CIA was able to mobilize for political warfare against the anti-imperialist and pro-communist left

You scared yet?  Or don’t want a life responsible to think about your role as an ant (or not as an “ant”) in some of this?  OK, then….

However, after tracking and reporting (to the dismay of some fellow-bloggers) the Heritage Foundation & Unification Connection in these Healthy Marriage/Responsible Fatherhood grants, I happen to be right in that matter.  Yesterday, I tied one of the founders of the organization that helped support the Heritage Foundation (DeVos) to Blackwater, so I suggest y’all in the court-reform/pleading business, listen up some!  Time willing, I’ll do this again today.

Here’s another one, “Swans Commentary” by Michael Barker.  I’m putting this one out because it mentions Naomi Klein, whose work I’ve seen some of and I think makes sense, i.e., “Shock Doctrine:  the Rise of Disaster Capitalism”  and here are the opening lines of this (2010 Piece) — notice the last paragraph.  Obviously, yes, the writer is thinking progressive/leftist, but do we (who does) know what that means, where it comes from?

(Swans – January 25, 2010)   While most progressive writers have failed to document the power of liberal philanthropy to co-opt the processes of social change, Naomi Klein, in her book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (Random House, 2007), provides a rare counter example.

This historical anomaly — for her and other radical writers — revolves around her description of the support that liberal foundations provided for training the intellectual elites that seized the reins of power in both Chile and Indonesia in the 1960s and 1970s. In Chile, she observes how this elitist co-optive project was the brainchild of Albion Patterson, who was director of the local US International Cooperation Administration (which became the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID) and Theodore Schultz, the chairman of the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.

The University — Government Agency connection, which I found (tracking it backwards & upwards) in these fatherhood grants, obviously….

With tuition and expenses paid for by US taxpayers and US foundations, Klein notes how between 1957 and 1970 some one hundred Chilean students pursued advanced degrees at the University of Chicago in an environment “where the professors [like Milton Friedman] agitated for the near-complete dismantling of government with single-minded focus.” In 1965 this neoliberal project “was expanded to include students from across Latin America,” courtesy of a grant from the Ford Foundation, which “led to the creation of the Center for Latin American Economic Studies at the University of Chicago.” Yet despite the best efforts of the Chicago school’s “intellectual imperialism,” there “was, however, a problem: it wasn’t working.” (1)

By Chile’s historic 1970 elections, the country had moved so far left that all three major political parties were in favour of nationalizing the country’s largest source of revenue: the copper mines then controlled by U.S. mining giants. The Chile Project, in other words, was an expensive bust. As ideological warriors waging a peaceful battle of ideas with their left-wing foes, the Chicago Boys had failed in their mission. (p.73)

OK, so we have the Ford Foundation helping US corporate (here, mining) interests simply control another country — and undermine that country’s insistence on NOT being controlled by the US (Corporate interests) by sabotaging nationalization.  Notice:   “near-complete dismantling of government with single-minded focus.”

Now I love America, I was born here, and one and two (respectively) generations of my family were not.  I love the Bill of Rights and the fact that we have a First Amendment which EXPRESSLY forbids the Congress from establishing a national religion (but it will take basic, universal alertness to prevent one from being established administratively & economically, and I know its name, too).  I love the positive IDEAS in the Declaration of Independence, and how our Presidents must swear a public oath to uphold and defend it (not that the last several have. . .  ).   I also, as shoddy as local K-12 US School history tends to be (and I’m a public school grad), I do know (from later reading, and interests) something about the differences between Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, John Locke and — say, Jerry Falwell, James Dobson, Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Bishop Stallings, Bishop Eddie Long (recently a keynote speaker at an African American Healthy Marriage Institute event, or was it the National Parenting Center kickoff at Hampton U, I DNR), and former Presidents George Bush (plural), and Wade Horn & Friends.

Yes the founders were slave-owners and dominated other human beings wrongfully.  See yesterday’s link to a 1997 or so speech by Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., saying no, we will NOT go back (as some want us to), @

PROMISE KEEPERS — WATCH AS WELL AS PRAY  By Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.:

Recently, hundreds of thousands of religious American males were on display at the PromiseKeepers‘ “Stand In The Gap” rally in the nation’s capitol. What could possibly be wrong with men bonding, praying and pledging to be better Christians, with the goal of becoming better and more responsible husbands and fathers, and active in their local church? Nothing that I can see.

There is certainly nothing wrong with men exercising their First Amendment rights to peaceably assemble and to enjoy the freedoms of speech and religion. . . .

The Promise Keepers deny the legitimacy of most, if not all, of these theological and biblical interpretations that have grown out of experiences of oppression, and resent our commitment to not go back –theologically, biblically, socially, politically or culturally. . . .

(7) Finally, we must watch where the Promise Keepers raise the money to pull off their ambitious future plans and activities. What is its source? Promise Keepers is a $117 million operation. Where did this money come from? They said most of it came from the nearly two million people they have attracted to their past stadium rallies where they charged $60 per person to attend. But the future rallies are going to be free? Assuming future free rallies will be bigger than past paid rallies, who will be picking up this $117 million-plus price tag? Now that they have clearly established their preeminence for religiously-based mobilization, and their surveys show the rallies to be attracting overwhelmingly Republican-oriented men, look for the really big Republican supporters and political donors to ante-up.

In light of the personal exposure that many individual and corporate donors have received during the 1997 congressional campaign finance committee hearings, these contributors will have one additional advantage with the Promise Keepers over the political hard money, and some soft money, they usually give to political candidates, campaigns and parties– it will be tax-deductible soft money to a religious organization. This unlimited money — cash, checks or in-kind contributions from private individuals or corporate donors — will be eligible for politically-supported and government-supplied tax write-offs. Finally, since such contributions are in the private sector their names will not even have to be publicly revealed.

Who are the Promise Keepers? A political Trojan Horse? Genuine religious and spiritual leaders who are wise as serpents, but harmless as doves? Or wolves in sheeps clothing? Watch, as well as pray!

Here is a theologically-based warning at this spectacle and if you hover the URL, it shows he protests unity with Catholics, abortion-rights activitist and gay/lesbian elements primarily.  And also says, how can the unredeemed stand in the gap for anyone (and quotes some scripture that talks — and I happen to agree — about unity of the spirit, and not “of design by man” which is the wrong kind, wrongly applied in too many cases.  We go (USA) for LIBERTY– United States, but what we “unite” under is either those ideas of liberty, allowing for individuality — and separation of powers of government — or we are not “united” at all under anything else worthwhile (my opinion).  The entire premise of the constitution and declaration was to PREVENT exactly what is happening now — taxation with out representation, and attempts to establish a monarchy (in idea) and with it, theocracy.  i do not use those words narrowly either; I am no Tea Partier. (I’m female….)  This (doctrinally oriented person) wrote of a few questions he asked attendees, or that they were asked:

6. How important is it to you that there is little doctrinal agreement among the members of Promise Keepers?

Almost every person interviewed quickly answered that it was of no consequence to them that there was no agreement on Bible doctrine among members of the Promise Keepers. Most took great pride in the ability to ignore Bible doctrine for the cause of forging an ecumenically styled unity.** The one surprisingly pleasant answer to this question came from the only woman interviewed. {{it was a rally of MEN specifically}} She was a 27-year-old volunteer handing out some of the one million free Stand in the Gap Contemporary English Version New Testaments. She answered that she was very concerned that there was not much emphasis on doctrine.

7. What do you believe the Bible says about the importance of doctrine?

Many answered with the question, “What do you mean by doctrine?” Others said the Bible teaches that there are only essentials to which all Christians must subscribe and that there is great freedom beyond that. The female PK volunteer was the only one who answered that the Bible treats the subject of doctrine seriously

**also true in the multiple boastings about coalitions and collaborations that I blog on, specifically in TANF and COURT-related areas.

For Bible doctrine – in our case, read Constitution, Law, Bill of Rights etc. That’s OUR doctrine, or should be (Some believe otherwise, and the issue has to be decided….)  To clarify (in case you think I agree with the above writer), it goes on:  “Will God not judge those who follow a man who denied the deity of Christ, who spent his last night on earth in the same adulterous pattern he had lived through the last years of his life, and who preached not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather the gospel of social reform?”

I don’t believe in the deity of Christ (but I do in his resurrection– which is my privilege.  I also know that in the late 1600s in the Colonies, not to believe in the deity Christ and say this openly, was dangerous — although not so dangerous as having the wrong color skin).  No, Jesus Christ (as I read the record) upended the social order — with his LIFE — in part by failing to conform to it.  And I know by personal experience that any country whose residents are ONLY concerned with and wrapped up in their spiritual status do not make good neighbors, and to not stop their brethren (usually) from some heinous crimes against their wives, children, or others.  Why?  Their heads are somewhere else….  that’s why.

(OK, I just dumped off another diving board into various reactions to this 1997 Promise Keeper’s event.  Well, the water’s warm).  My disclaimer:  I don’t know all where this site is coming from.  I’m just pointing out that there shouldn’t be silence on groups like Promise Keepers, so let’s learn from some earlier alerts!

Confronting Christian Crusaders

What does Promise Keepers’ popularity mean for Jews?

By Mik Moore & Udi Ofer


The Promise Keepers, a new evangelical Christian men’s movement, follows an agenda that many Jews feel is antithetical to Jewish values and corrosive to constitutional safeguards of religious liberty. Yet the Jewish community has been relatively unresponsive to the exponential growth and mainstream embrace of this volatile young organization. During the Promise Keepers’ “Stand In The Gap” rally in Washington, DC, on October 4, 1997, Jewish organizations‹including politically active groups like the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center‹were noticeably absent from the assorted liberal groups who showed up to protest. Other Jewish watchdog organizations, including the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee, have kept their usually humming faxes at bay. And while the Jewish press did cover the rally in Washington, they have largely ignored the Promise Keepers and their founder, Bill McCartney. After demonstrating a fearless approach to activism in recent decades, has the American Jewish community reverted back to 1950s era timidity? Or is an organization that many believe is mounting a ferocious attack on the wall separating church and state really just an innocuous religious movement?

(it seems that the URL it’s posted under probably doesn’t share the same views.  No matter, here’s more):

Just as Patricia Ireland {{NOW}} has been the most forceful voice speaking out against Promise Keepers, the strongest response from Jews has come from the Jewish feminist community. Susan Weidman Schneider, editor of the Jewish feminist magazine Lilith, is taking Promise Keepers seriously. “Promise Keepers represents a danger to Jews in their frequent assertion that this is a Christian nation.” Schneider also believes that the Jewish community should be aware the Promise Keepers’ “dangerous stand towards women.” Traditionally attacks on feminism become attacks of “Jewish feminists”, or on the “un-Christian” nature of feminism. Lilith is planning to run a substantial article on the Promise Keepers in an upcoming issue.

Michael S. Kimmel, a scholar of men’s studies at State University of New York at Stony Brook, agrees with Schneider’s assessment. In a recent article in Tikkun magazine, Kimmel criticized the Promise Keepers attitude toward women. Kimmel writes that, “the resurrection of responsible manhood is really the Second Coming of Patriarchy.” According to the Promise Keepers, men have abdicated their responsibility as the head of the household. At home, husbands are “not giving their wives the support they need,” and are absent from the lives of their children and friends. The Promise Keepers ‘remind’ men of the ‘power’ they are born with, and make it clear that the husband should be the head of the household.

I am going to translate that last bolded phrase (from my point of view) for the liberal, progressive, atheist, or agnostic among us.  Or, for whomever.   I know this mindset, I am a Christian who was raised “unbelieving,” by parents who have voiced their disbelief in God, Jesus, resurrection, and distrust of people who do believe in that . . . . . and I had PK BS in my marriage, not that I’d married someone with pre-existing connections to the movement, or any other like it. . ….

What this means it that the TAKE CHARGE theology — and those attracted to it for whatever reasons*  to it — is that, to have an EQUALITY-BASED (REALLY equality -based, as they actually have processed and intend to act on their own Bible verse, Galatians 3:28 (where the apostle Paul — latest convert of all the apostles — takes the legalists to task, and earlier in the chapter confronted apostle Peter’s shape-shifting according to who he was with at the time) — is to be (in their company) emasculated, and have betrayed this God.”

(*morally or intellectually, emotionally, weak — or from personal grudges or previous experiences, receptive)

But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slaveg nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

And just for a chaser, the chapter begins “O foolish Galatians, WHO hath bewitched you” i.e., from their birthright, which is to stand up before God and not have to earn access to Him through fear of man (ok I won’t elaborate).  The TIKKUN person points out — correctly — that the Promise Keepers type of guys . . .

WHICH IS who THE FATHERHOOD PROMOTERS TYPE OF GUYS COUNT ON APPEALING TO, IN GOOD PART (whether or not the leadership, as leadership goes, actually believe what it preaches. We are talking mass rallies, for PK, and major social change agents including some fairly large and frequent “rallies” also, in the latter).  The theme TAKE BACK YOUR MANHOOD is a great means to also justify “take over this emasculating US government, with its institutions, and have our way with it.”  And that is how due process, transparency, separation of powers, separation of church and state, and the undermining of BALANCE in government is happened.  It virtually got raped by a domination theology.

People that do not think through even their own scriptures will not think through their own Bill of Rights, and are not even interested in doing so.  I do believe this is the mainstream “Christianity” now prevalent, and historically (like over a millennium ago) it became standard through force – -not reasoned debate.  I would love to know the entire story sometime of the years 300 – 400 but from what I can tell, the essence of any gospel Jesus was involved in (assuming the assembled canon of the NT gospels, coming out of the OT, bears a nominal relationship to him) — if it survived, survived in pockets and in the diversity of beliefs that happened until they became State Doctrine which is to say, Emperor Doctrine.  (If you have the time, A.D. 381, “Heretics, Pagans and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State.” )

TRANSLATION: – the same sentiments that shut down discussion and freedom of worship (varieties of Christianity, paganism, Judaism? too), THEN (A.D. 381) when within the same century there had been an Edict of Toleration — will continue to shut down debate, discussion and start declaring dissidents “insane heretics” in our time.  And have been.  The short review I linked to says it well.

Reviewed by Israel Drazin – March 16, 2010

Charles Freeman presents an excellent, readable, and surprising history of Christianity, filled with many unknown facts, that focus around the events of the year 381 when the Roman Emperor Theodosius issued a decree mandating that all Christians believe in the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, an idea not contained in the New Testament and rejected by most Christians at that time. Theodosius called those who refused to accept his view “demented and insane heretics.” . . .Freeman shows how many early Christians enjoyed a diverse spiritual life.. . .It is one of the tragedies of western thought that this approach was, in effect, suppressed as a result of Theodosius’ decrees against ‘heretics’ and pagans in” 381. As a result, countless thinking men and women lived under the continual threat of excommunication and the promise of eternal punishment in fiery hell, a concept and threat that had not existed previously. It was not until the seventeenth century that religious toleration was reinstated, and then only partially.

It closed down and lowered (and, presumably drove underground) the level of debate, for a long time…

Freeman shows how emperors and clergy with non-religious motivations brought about many Christian innovations (??). Besides the court decrees of Constantine and Theodosius and other government officials for civic reasons, to assure peace, priests pushed ideas to help their advancements and the money and freedom from taxes that accompanied it. **”The high level of religious violence (to secure higher level priestly posts) has been largely ignored by historians…almost every vacant bishopric gave rise to murder and intimidation as rival candidates fought for the position.”

I haven’t completed this book yet, but one thing seems evident — that Theodosius needed to consolidate his rule and that dealing with fighting factions wasn’t helping.  This was the stage at which there still remained some who proclaimed that Jesus was not a deity, and the argument (which seems silly to my mind, which grew up about 1700 years later) was in the finer points (let alone ramifications) of just how separate was Jesus from the Father, and did all start at the same time, or one come first.  Different names were given for the different beliefs (and none of which could probably be definitively decided anyhow), but one point I picked up on.  Those who did NOT believe Jesus was co-equal with God, and in fact divine (and incapable of feeling suffering, being humiliated, etc.) — would be naturally favorable to an interpretation of this man’s life as a social and authority-defying revolutionary who was humiliated and died on the cross.

I didn’t say that too well.  In short, it’s more politically expedient to focus the public mind on the unity of earthly authority with divine dominance in one human representative.  The more logical (at least from scriptures) concept does not include the thought, “the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,”  (the word “Trinity” isn’t in there) an idea not contained in the New Testament and rejected by most Christians at that time.”  Rather than connecting on a human level with a man like (us) — but whose sacrifice made possible access to God (and no more sacrifices!), it instead became expedient politically to instead make the object of worship more distant and demand allegiance  submission NOW (right now) to an earthly representative.

“Freeman’s book has many other insights and whether one agrees with his history or not, it is worth reading since it offers many facts and is thought provoking.”

** Sound familiar yet?  Think about churches, today, as the nonprofit corporations with religious exemptions (from publishing their 990s for the rest of us to read)!

We have to process United States history, OUR REALITY, figure out a place to stand, at least for now, anchor it somehow, and not have our dialogues turn into a moderated-from-on-high dogma with political motivations. But I wish to say — that those who will submit to authority as their chief indicator (and I have to say that — with all due respect for lives, creations, handiwork in other fields) in religious spheres — are not — not really — fit to stand up for their neighbors and fight to preserve this republic, and the ideas that go with it.  A MIND IS  A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE!  

There may be many flaws and imperfections on other ways of doing things than to let the Ford Foundation, and those in HHS, DOJ, DOE, and DOD decide how processed our information is, and which thoughts and behaviors are — or are not — acceptable (LIKE, divorce, birth control and refusal to sit through inane psychoeducational classes run by dogmatic training-oriented cultists (I refer to therapists of many kinds and particularly a certain sort) for profit.  I personally have looked at some of these — and one set is run by an outfit who literally defended the “high priestess of Satanism” in a palimony suit against the originator of the group (Anton LaVey) — or a SIMILAR SET OF PROGRAMS could be run by some mainstream Christians who really, really believe that people who divorce may be going to hell; or another set who don’t confess to any deity but are very adept at behavioral science and transformative changes through group psychology. I’ve seen just about all of them when looking up AFCC personnel (or outfits) and the TAGGS grantees.  I mean, come on, look at this one!

(that’s only 3 out of 52 grant awards with the word “DADS” in them, and a smaller one.  But even so– is this information so necessary?)

Fiscal Year Program Office Grantee Name City State Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 OPRE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY LOGAN UT DADS’ PARENTING INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN-CHECKLIST OF OBSERVATIONS LINKED TO OUTCOMES (PICCOLO-D): DEVELOPING A MEASUR 93600 Head Start LORI ROGGMAN $ 0
2010 OPRE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY LOGAN UT DADS’ PARENTING INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN-CHECKLIST OF OBSERVATIONS LINKED TO OUTCOMES (PICCOLO-D): DEVELOPING A MEASUR 93600 Head Start LORI ROGGMAN $ 25,000
2009 OPRE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY LOGAN UT DADS’ PARENTING INTERACTIONS WITH CHILDREN-CHECKLIST OF OBSERVATIONS LINKED TO OUTCOMES (PICCOLO-D): DEVELOPING A MEASUR 93600 Head Start LORI ROGGMAN $ 25,000
Results 1 to 3 of 3 matches.

Do we really need this type of Child Support Research and Demonstration Project (CFDA 93601) award?

Fathers` Support Center, St. Louis SAINT LOUIS MO 90FI0070 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 1 08/09/2005 93601 NEW HALBERT SULLIVAN $ 100,000
Fathers` Support Center, St. Louis SAINT LOUIS MO 90FI0070 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 2 08/17/2006 93601 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION HALBERT SULLIVAN $ 100,000
Fathers` Support Center, St. Louis SAINT LOUIS MO 90FI0070 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 3 08/06/2007 93601 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION HALBERT SULLIVAN $ 100,000


Halbert Sullivan is the CEO of this group, and (it says on the site) an MSW.

Agency Profile

The Fathers Support Center St. Louis (FSC) was incorporated as a federal 501(c)3 organization on December 10, 1997.

Which is as much to say as, it knew about TANF 1996 welfare reform, access visitation grants, and that a new day was dawning . . . . .

When FSC opened its doors in May 1998, we were the first organization of our kind in the State of Missouri and remains the primary organization within St. Louis to provide a comprehensive array of services for men.  FSC is recognized nationally as an authority on father involvement and has received a number of awards including the:

{{“The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families, Inc., (NPNFF), is the national individual membership organization whose mission is to build the profession of practitionersworking to increase the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children}}  “Through publications, conferences, training events, technical assistance, advocacy, collaboration with other fathers and families organizations, and networking opportunities, NPNFF seeks to strengthen practitioners in their day-to-day work with fathers and fragile families.”

the “Fragile Families” wording comes from the OCSE & Ford Foundation Grant-funded project….. THe “Fathers Support Center St. Louis” got their TAGGS help, too.  I remember posting this set of misspellings — for the 2011, triple-sized grant.  (previous ones were small).  They must have been real good boys to get that reward.  Notice the apostrophe in “CENTERS'” is also misplaced — it’s a singular center and should read “CENTER’s” besides which the grantee is Fathers’ Support Center already — so why put the name in the award, and then somehow manage to misspell “Fahtergood”??

howing: 1 – 5 of 5 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2011 90FK0052  FATHERS’ SUPPORT CENTERS’ PATHWAY TO RESPONSIBLE FAHTERGOOD 1 00 ACF 09-26-2011 023296192 $ 1,530,190 
Fiscal Year 2011 Total: $ 1,530,190


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2007 90FI0070  HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 3 0 ACF 08-06-2007 23296192 $ 100,000 
Fiscal Year 2007 Total: $ 100,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2006 90FI0070  HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 2 0 ACF 08-17-2006 23296192 $ 100,000 
Fiscal Year 2006 Total: $ 100,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2005 90FI0070  HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR FRAGILE FAMILIES 1 0 ACF 08-09-2005 23296192 $ 100,000 
Fiscal Year 2005 Total: $ 100,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2004 90XP0057  UNSOLICITED – SOCIAL SERVICES AND INCOME MAINTENANCE RESEARCH 1 0 ACF 04-26-2004 23296192 $ 99,410 
Fiscal Year 2004 Total: $ 99,410


Total of all award actions: $ 1,929,600

  

This group is EIN# 431804267.  In 2003, their one executive director — and only director listed —  (Halbert Sullivan) was paid a very reasonable $50K and it is  membership organization teaching:  “Fatherhood, Parenting, Mentoring, socialization, employment skills” (Cost $268K).

On the 2009 tax form (990), it states (page 1) the program purpose is “TO PROVIDE NONCUSTODIAL FATHERS [with] A PROGRAM THAT PREPARES THEM TO TAKE FINANCIAL AND EMOTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR PARENTING THEIR CHILDREN.”    Contributions & revenue include $1.18 million gifts and contributions — and $200K program service revenue.  There are 23 voting members in the governing body, 29 employees, and 54 volunteers.  The tax form (for some reason) has no “slot” to show which portion of income was government grants or contracts).

Under Part II (Program Service Accomplishments) line 4a, it reads:

FATHERHOOD TRAINING, TEACH PARENTING, OFFER MENTORING, ESTABLISH FAMILY DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIALIZATION (=?), JOB DEVELOPMENT AND LEGAL SERVICES TO NONCUSTODIAL FATHERS. 

(LIKE HOW TO BECOME CUSTODIAL, OR GET CHILD SUPPORT ABATED???)     Program service EXPENSES:   $992,674; this particular program’s REVENUE:  $1,250,178.  In other words, a slight profit of about $258K (give me a break on the math, OK?).    Most of which was written off — Professional Fees, Training Consultants, Grants to individuals etc. $54K (???), Miscellaneous.

Anyone who from St. Louis area who wants to check out the Board of Directors (and if any is employed by the courts or was on your case), tax form is here.  I wonder how many noncustodial MOTHERS there are in the area these days, and where they go for any access & visitation help, if they are not having fathers cooperation with court orders, or if they wish THEIR child support arrears reduced and to tweak custody back towards some contact with Mom..  (FYI, these programs were not designed with that “outcome” in mind.  Remember, it’s fatherlessness, not motherlessness, that is the national social curse and plague that must be corrected).

More, from the Fathers Support Center site admits it gets support at the “LOCAL STATE & FEDERAL” levels.

Since its inception, FSC has served more than 8,800 fathers and their families (including 22,000 children), transitioning the nonparticipating father to a position of involvement and equity in the life of his child (over 2,300 of those served have child support orders and 65% were either ex-offenders or had long histories of incarceration – the cost per client to complete FSC program is $4,500 per year compared to $16,000 per year for incarceration).

Define “equity” and also please define “his” child — who else’s child is it?

 FSC provides a comprehensive, holistic fatherhood development project.  Adult clients participate in four programs: The Employment Development and Placement Program, Family Formation Program, the Legal Clinic and Fathers’ Rap Program.

Activities include: parenting education, child abuse prevention training, conflict resolution skills training, job placement, job retention skills training, support groups, counseling, father/child bonding activities, visitation advocacy, placement with mentors and male healthcare education and legal services.

ANYHOW — speaking of (far above) the Urban Institute & HHS/ASPE report done by a certain project from HHS which I’m going to look up (since they gave me the contract number so nicely), it goes on to explain the FRAGILE FAMILIES thing:

the Partners for Fragile Families (PFF) demonstration program intended to effect systems change, deliver appropriate and effective services, and improve outcomes for both parents and children in low-income families. By making lasting changes in the way public agencies and community organizations work with unmarried families, the initiative aimed to increase the capacity of young, economically disadvantaged fathers and mothers to become financial, emotional, and nurturing resources to their children and to reduce poverty and welfare dependence. The PFF demonstration, which built upon lessons from programs and demonstrations that operated over the past two decades, was implemented over a three-year period beginning in 2000 at 13 project sites in nine states.

Someone must have had a lot of clout to start so many projects — at this time (by which time all child support agencies were suppose to have centralized their distribution units at the state level, remember?) — and nationwide.
Looking up “Halbert Sullivan” there are two press release type articles (year, July 26, 2000, both came out on the same day) in “Riverfront times.”  This one is revealing:

Support Structure

Financial woes can separate fathers from their children. One innovative program helps get the situation under control.

A A AComments ()By Wm. Stage Wednesday, Jul 26 2000

Over in a corner of the Fathers’ Support Center (FSC) classroom, at a desk behind a partition,Eleanie Campbell sits with a sheaf of forms and a legal pad, talking in low tones with Leo Taylor-Bey. Campbell is a case manager with the Missouri Department of Social Services‘ Division of Child Support Enforcement (CSE).

Part of being in the FSC program is attempting to get caught up on child-support payments, a goal that CSE hopes to facilitate with its Parents Fair Share, a program that workswith noncustodial parents having trouble making their payments. “We encourage our guys to sign up,” says the center’s Halbert Sullivan, “to sit down and negotiate a compromise between what you’re supposed to pay and what you can reasonably afford to pay.”

> > > >The MOTHERS ARE NOT INVITED INTO THIS PROCESS< PARTICULARLY IF THEY WERE ON WELFARE…. < < < <

And that is exactly what Campbell and Taylor-Bey are doing. “Our program with their program works very well,” says Campbell. “Fathers’ Support Center gives them self-esteem and parenting skills and places them in the job market, while Parents’ Fair Share gives help in shoring up the financial obligations.” * * *(SEE BELOW, MDRC site describes the scope of this project)

> > > ADMINISTRATIVELY ABATES THE ARREARS, AGAIN — ARE THEIR COURT HEARINGS TO INFORM THE CUSTODIAL PARENTS ABOUT THIS “DEAL” THEY CUT?

Donnell Whitfield, director of Prince Hall Family Services, was instrumental in getting the Family Support Act enacted, from which Parents Fair Share grew.

And the other article (which is anecdotal and long) mentions yes, these are felons trying to turn it around:

The Hard Knock That Won’t Stop

Determined to make a better life for themselves and their children, students at the Fathers’ Support Center make a go of parenthood in the ‘hood

A A AComments ()By Wm. Stage Wednesday, Jul 26 2000

Craig Ransom raps on a pretend door. Come in, says Charles Barnes Jr., a large man partial to print shirts. Ransom shuffles in. He leads with a handshake. Brief, but firm. Very good. Don’t make that mistake of the unprofessional soul-brother handshake, Barnes will later caution. Barnes sits, but Ransom still stands. He hasn’t been asked to take a seat. He addresses this point of etiquette: “May I sit, or do you prefer I stand?”

"I knew what kind of father I wanted to be to my daughter," Craig Ransom (with daughter Taronda) says. "Problem was, I didn't really know how to be a father."Prince Hall Family Support Center (Separately on web:  “Prince Hall Family Support Center”) mentioned in the story…  appears to be a “one-stop-shop” model….
Jennifer Silverbergphoto by Jennifer Silverbergpho
“I knew what kind of father I wanted to be to my daughter,” Craig Ransom (with daughter Taronda) says. “Problem was, I didn’t really know how to bea father.”

"I knew what kind of father I wanted to be to my daughter," Craig Ransom (with daughter Taronda) says. "Problem was, I didn't really know how to be a father."

Jennifer Silverberg
“I knew what kind of father I wanted to be to my daughter,” Craig Ransom (with daughter Taronda) says. “Problem was, I didn’t really know how to be a father.”

Propriety doesn’t necessarily come easy for Ransom, who has spent the last 10 of his 29 years with felons who were far more familiar with Miss January than Miss Manners. But here he is, aspiring applicant for a pretend position in the shipping department, trying to impress a pretend human-resources specialist with politeness and humility.

@@ (One of the men profiled had done 10 of 19 years for murder, but his little girl was being cared for and brought to visit by his side of the family.  It was noted, is girlfriend (the mother) didn’t come visit him.  Possibly this relates to his being a murderer, but the topic wasn’t handled in the article.  Ronald, below, is his brother …..

Additional income would help Ronald achieve a goal that at present is out of reach. Unlike the others in the program who seem content with or resigned to the role of noncustodial parent, Ronald hopes to gain full custody of his children — Tamara, 6, and Ron Jr., 8 — with whom, along with their mother, he lived for three years. For that, he’ll have to get an attorney and go to court. “I’m getting around to that,” he says, “but it’s kind of expensive.” Meanwhile, the arrangement he has with his common-law ex is out-of-court and unofficial: He gets visitation “most weekends” and contributes financially when he is able. He picks the kids up at her house in a sort of hit-and-miss fashion because, says Ronald, “her phone is off right now.”

The men are paid $75 a week to attend, and approximately 6 to 8 fathers graduate per session, it said. The other person involved is / was a police officer and operates ? Prince Hall Family Support Center.  This program also deals with “PARENTS FAIR SHARE” which is a program name I’m familiar with.

(MDRC site):

PARENTS’ FAIR SHARE

An early and particularly ambitious attempt to help such men become better fathers was Parents’ Fair Share (PFS), a national demonstration project authorized by the Family Support Act of 1988. A key goal of that law was to enforce more vigorously the child support obligations of noncustodial parents, most of them fathers. Recognizing that tougher enforcement would not work for fathers who could not pay, the law allowed some states to assign such men to programs designed to help them find jobs and play a more active role in their children’s lives.

{{Translation: bargaining — with the men, not the Moms — more time with kids for lowered child support obligations.  }}

The PFS demonstration tested the effectiveness of this pathbreaking approach.

Agenda, Scope, and Goals

Targeted at underemployed or unemployed noncustodial fathers who owed child support and had children receiving welfare, PFS aimed to increase child support payments, employment and earnings, and parental involvement.

The program depended on local partnerships among child support agencies, employment and training providers, and community-based service organizations to implement its diverse set of services and features, which included:

  • Peer support groups
  • Employment and training services
  • Mediation to improve relations with custodial parents
  • Enhanced child support enforcement
  • Reduced child support obligations during the period of program participation

The program’s effects were assessed using unemployment insurance records, child support agency records, and surveys of a subset of fathers in the study and the custodial mothers of their children.

# of hotshot foundations behind this one, and the resulting publication:

Featured Publication

The Challenge of Helping Low-Income Fathers Support Their Children 
Final Lessons from Parents’ Fair Share

FundersU.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesThe Pew Charitable TrustsW. K. Kellogg FoundationCharles Stewart Mott FoundationU.S. Department of Agriculture

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

U.S. Department of Labor

Ford Foundation

The McKnight Foundation

Northwest Area Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

How does enhancing child support enforcement go with reducing it during program participation?  Anyhow the results were less than stunning:

Some of the findings (published on this link):

Funded by the organizations listed at the front of this monograph, PFS provided employment and training services, peer support groups, voluntary mediation between parents, and modified child support enforcement.

Besides designing the PFS demonstration, MDRC evaluated it

MDRC does LOTS of business with HHS ….

 PFS increased employment and earnings for the least-employable men but not for the men who were more able to find work on their own. Most participated in job club services, but fewer than expected took part in skill-building activities.

PFS encouraged some fathers, particularly those who were least involved initially, to take a more active parenting role. Many of the fathers visited their children regularly, although few had legal visitation agreements. There were modest increases in parental conflict over child-rearing decisions, and some mothers restricted the fathers’ access to their children.

Men referred to the PFS program paid more child support than men in the control group. The process of assessing eligibility uncovered a fair amount of employment, which disqualified some fathers from participation but which led, nonetheless, to increased child support payments.

 In other words, the profile-based assumption that those low-income fathers weren’t paying because they couldn’t, was wrong. How they planned to improve it next time around:

How to increase parental involvement: Increase fathers’ access to their children by involving custodial mothers in the programs and providing the fathers with legal services to gain visitation rights. Be aware of the potential for increased parental conflict.

How to increase child support payments: Mandate fathers’ participation in employmentrelated activities to increase payments among low-income caseloads. Encourage active partnership of fatherhood programs with the child support system.

Let alone as measured by results, there are several red flags that this 2004 Missouri State Auditor’s report of the PFS program.

REPORT# 2004-90 prepared by Claire McCaskill

Improvements are needed in the management and oversight of the Parents’ Fair Share Program

The program’s goal is to help non-custodial parents (NCPs) obtain jobs and become involved in their children’s lives, including paying child support. In order to meet eligibility requirements, the NCP must have a current child support obligation and be unemployed or under-employed. A NCP’s current child support monthly payment is temporarily lowered to an amount the NCP can pay while participating in the program. Participants may receive financial assistance from the program for three activities: training, transportation-related expenses, and work-related expenses. Training costs will be paid for up to a year.

Impediments exist in referring eligible NCPs to the program

In April 2003, the Department of Social Services (DSS) had caseworkers stop referring NCPs to the program during the transfer of program management from DSS to the Department of Economic Development – Division of Workforce Development (division). DSS restarted the referral process in July 2003; however, program referrals have not rebounded to the levels prior to the transfer for several reasons. DSS staff said high caseloads prevented caseworkers from having time to identify and refer NCPs to the program. Additionally, the DSS program coordinator said caseworkers may not refer NCPs to the program because many of the NCPs referred chose not to participate once they understood the program’s requirements and that the child support order is not eliminated. Also, child support caseworkers are no longer required to refer NCPs to the program before referring them to the Attorney General’s office or prosecuting attorneys for prosecution. (See page 4)

This audit is from Missouri — where this Fathers’ Support Center is.   NOTE:  child support caseworkers HAD to refer NCPs to the program before referring them to the attorney general’s office or prosecuting attorneys — prosecuting for child support nonpayment or arrears!  This is why some of us (moms) call the programs a form of “extortion.”  Dads could either go to the program and play by its rules — OR they could go face the D.A. (at this time anyhow) and possibly go to jail for nonsupport.  (or perhaps these NCP’s had other prosecution matters involved too?) (how did DSS get involved with the young men to start with?)

It gets more interesting:

Key provisions of agreement not met

The [Workforce Development] division has not complied with key provisions of the division’s cooperative agreement with DSS for management of the program. The division did not prepare any of the required reports because the computer software used to manage the program does not maintain the information necessary or the reports were not available in it. DSS staff has been compiling this information from manual records.   (it goes on to say they hope this was corrected by 2005).

In addition, program officials lacked data on job related training by participants because of software limitations. Division program officials said software revisions expected to be operational by spring 2005 will address these problems.

The payments to participants depend on participating in training, right?  WHICH program officials?  Sounds like a case of “blame the software” to me.  why transfer to a department which didn’t have the wherewithal to maintain enough information to report on it?

(VIOLATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY OF USER DATA)

Access to program information in the division’s computer tracking program was not limited to individuals associated with the program as required by the cooperative agreement. As a result, about 1,800 system users had access to confidential data on program participants. Only 24 of these users should have had access to PFS program information, according to division staff. Division officials were unaware of this problem and corrected it once we reported it to them.   {{how long between the time the auditor reported to division officials and the compromise of confidential data?}}

In the detailed section (page 5) of this same topic, it reads:

Data access not restricted

Access to program information in the division’s computer tracking program was not limited to individuals associated with the program. As a result, about 1,800 system users had access to confidential data on program participants. Only 24 of these users should have had access to PFS program information, according to division staff. The computer software storing the program information is also used by other training program staff.8 The cooperative agreement requires information maintained for the program be kept confidential and only accessible by individuals with a legitimate professional “need to know.” Our review determined all users with system access had rights to view and change PFS participant information, including authorizing payments.

Want to see who is in footnote 8?  

Other programs using the same computer software as the Parents’ Fair Share program include the Career Assistance Program, the Missouri Employment and Training Program, the Veteran’s training program, the Workforce Investment Board, the Full Employment Council and various vocational technical training programs throughout the state.

! ! !

The information in the fathers’ files probably also tied to the mothers’ information, including potentially where they lived (supposed a R.O. was on?) and what her income level was, and subjected her / them to potential harassment or even danger, or having — without their knowledge — a mis-use of social security numbers or other potential fraud.  I hate to bring this up, but we have found cases like this, repeatedly, surrounding the child support system.

! ! !

There’s more.  The whole report (not that long) is HERE and I’m not page-citing every quote:

Participants may receive financial assistance from the program for three activities: training, transportation-related expenses, and work-related expenses. Since July 2003, there is no limit to the amount that may be paid for training.3  [Under DSS there was a yearly $2,000 limit for training.]

. . .

Missing validation checks include:

• Identification of payments being authorized for overlapping time periods. This check ensures a participant is not paid for the same day more than once.

A limit to the number of days paid for transportation-related expenses to no more than the number of days in the pay period. This check ensures the pay period may not be from May 1, 2004 to May 5, 2004 when the payment is for 10 days.

Identification of payments being authorized for individuals no longer active in the program.

The payment mailing address does not have to be the address on record for the program participant. Approval or review should be required for any change of the mailing address for payments. Currently, a program workforce specialist can change the mailing address without notifying anyone of the change.

And . . . (on page 8)

Expenditure review process is needed

Division program supervisors performed limited or no review of transportation-related expenses and work-related expenses during fiscal year 2004 because division procedures did not require it. Transportation-related expenses and work-related expenses nearly tripled from $59,000 in fiscal year 2003 to $169,000 in fiscal year 2004.11     Most of the transportation-related expenditures occurred in the last seven months of fiscal year 2004.

No limit to training expenses, which includes transportation.  OK, this was taken advantage of:

OK, roughly speaking — $60K/12 months = $5K per month (for the program).   Versus $170K /7 months = +/- $24K/month in 2004.  It more than tripled, then it almost quintupled.  So much for not monitoring!

Our analysis of transportation-related expenses disclosed one program workforce specialist approved 25 percent of all transportation-related expenditures during fiscal year 2004. Our review of nine case files selected for this employee disclosed he approved transportation-related expenses12 that a program participant reported occurred on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It’d be nice to get a name…..

This program workforce specialist said when he received work search logs, which documented transportation-related expenses, he did not review them closely and did not check the accuracy by contacting some of the businesses reported. He said he only glanced at the number of days on the log and entered the transportation-related expenses payment information into the computer system. He also said he authorized payments for the majority of his cases for the maximum transportation-related expenses possible and tried to pay as much as possible.

. . .

Division personnel have not attempted to track participant success rates.  

…Then what was the purpose of the program, if not participant success?  to pay participants as much as possible, whether or not expenses were valid?

 

CONTRAST THIS AUDIT WITH THE LANGUAGE OF THE MDRC-moderated review.  Consider how many foundations went into pushing the PFS.  What does “Parents’ Fair Share” MEAN, anyhow?  

Now ask why the public should be doing this.  The purpose of the project was to get some participant success.  Money from it (and the report from MO shows how much) came from TANF.   That money might have been better spent on food for the fathers’ kids than inflated transportation expenses.  What a screwup!

Here is “Prison Talk – Parents’ Fair Share”  Listen to these women talking about how it works with their ex’s or boyfriends on the inside and knowing about PFS and trying (having power of attorney for this) to get the state to stop running up someone’s arrears while he’s incarcerated — or, knocking it down to $1 a month.   Totally different perspective… It’s in Missouri DOC, also:

Not sure what I can do besides call parents fair share and talk with them, but has anyone helped their loved one with this? I know my ex as soon as he got locked up got his child support payments dropped to $1 and he never paid me anything to begin with.My husband on the other hand has been paying child support and has incurred $2500. in back child support since he has been locked up. They havent set him up on the $1 per month like he has requested. Now they just took all the money he had on his books and will continue to do so until it is all paid. Anyone ever heard of them making the $1 per month retroactive? and returning the money. Yeah I thought that would make most of you laugh. I am so frustrated. Everythig was going so smoothly I guess satan had to find his way in and mess something up. So husband is cranky and I have to hear it (which is better than someone annoying him and him taking it out on them!!) Anyways just thought I would see if any of you wonderful ladies had some insight on this before I go calling them tomorrow!Thanks!
http://www.dss.mo.gov/cse/pfs/index.htm866-313-9960 #2 will transfer you to DFS customer service. They will require a power of attorney in order to speak with you. You will have to fax it to them then call them back in 5 business days. They are open 7am to 6pm. You do have to explain to them that his INCOME DECREASED TO $8.50 a month or whatever they have him set up with. They will tell you that prison/jail is not sufficent to reduce payments, but they will tell you that through a letter and it takes forever to go back and forth so it is best to talk about the income decrease. (They will know why without you even telling them). This is as far as I have gotten so far. And will update when something else comes to light!

Here are some more official descriptions of the PFS program over the years (not just MO and not just 2004)

http://www.researchforum.org/project_findings_35.html  I notice that Abt Associates was the subcontractor.

PARENTS’ FAIR SHARE like many other “FATHERHOOD PROGRAMS” — their funding is obviously not dependent upon their effectiveness, as the Missouri Audit of Parents Fair Share shows.

ANYHOW, near the top, I mentioned a Georgia Superior Court Judge on the CJJDP, right?  (Judge Adele Grubbs of Cobb County)

As to (last post) Jeffrey Regier, Wikipedia shows that prior to his time in Oklahoma (spearheading the OMI) adn Florida (Causing Voice of Freedom to protest and speculate why Gov. Jeb Bush didn’t fire the rascal — and in which it develops that the Oklahoma Governor Keating just happened to have sat on the board of a group getting a work contract which Regier had some influence on, and then back to HQ, on the board of the HHS ASPE (where a glowing report on the OMI was written, with Regier as the main HHS official on the document) — he too had a connection with this DJJDP:

He is named by Bill Coffin (then “Special Assistant for Marriage Education,” now apparently getting more help to sell HIS curriculum package, as well as referring business to former grantees, like Dennis Stoica, etc.) — as instrumental in the “Healthy Marriage Initiative”

MARRIAGE.GOV -a PROMISING PUBLIC POLICY

Bill Coffin Special Assistant for Marriage Education, US HHS/ACF (undated; we can guess at least post-2006….)

This paper will summarize the Healthy Marriage Initiative (HMI). The HMI was begun in 2002 to help couples who have chosen marriage for themselves gain greater access to marriage education services, on a voluntary basis, where they can acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to form and sustain a healthy marriage. The initiative/public policy has been run by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This 2001 declaration by then-HHS man, Wade Horn, is dishonest:

Often when discussing the HMI, Wade Horn, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Chil- dren and Families, would add that this initiative is not about coercing anyone to marry or remain in unhealthy relationships; withdrawing supports from single parents, or diminishing, either directly or indirectly, the important work of single parents; stigmatizing those who choose divorce; limiting access to divorce; promoting the initiative as a panacea for achieving positive outcomes for child and family well-being; running a federal dating service; or an immediate solution to lifting all families out of poverty.

It is doing most of the above, especially the first two!

Just in case we are unclear, yes, it is taking from TANF– The 2005 Deficit Reduction Act specifically and intentionally exempted marriage & fatherhood promotion from TANF requirements (i.e. the services are actually for needy families)

What are the “allowable activities” in the 2005 legislation that reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program?

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-171), amends Title IV, Section 403(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 603(a)(2)) and authorizes competitive funding for demon- stration projects that promote healthy marriages through any of the following programs or allowable activities  (and, see at this link, chart showing which parts of HHS jumped on this exception):

Mr. Coffin cites CHMC (which got its corporate status suspended) as a stellar example of marriage education:  ”

In 2006 The California Healthy Marriages Coalition (CHMC) received $11.9 million, the largest grant ever awarded by HHS/ACF in support of Healthy Marriages.

2nd up for congratulations is the OMI:

The Oklahoma Marriage Initiative began approximately eight years ago and serves as a national program model of programmatic design and delivery. The OMI currently offers training in two curricula: the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), which targets couples in a workshop setting; and Within My Reach (WMR), which targets singles. The OMI designed and completed the first comprehensive statewide survey on marriage, and has been featured in The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, the Houston Chronicle, and The New York Times

and thanks are due to — here’s a nice Who’s Who of the list of (cronies). By now, we should recognize many of these names.

In addition to benefiting from a supportive President, this initiative was possible in 2002 because of an accumulated body of work, writings, conferences and websites contributed by policy makers, researchers and practitioners, including: Wade Horn, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of ACF; Chris Gersten, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of ACF; Diane Sollee, Founder and Director of The Coalition of Marriage, Family and Couples Education (“CMFCE,” SMARTMARRIAGES.COM in other words); David Blankenhorn, Founder and President of The Institute for American Values; David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, Co-Directors of The National Marriage Project; Governor Keating, Jerry Regier, Howard Hendrick and Mary Myrick [PSI] in Oklahoma; Robert Rector and Pat Fagan of the Heritage Foundation; Maggie Gallagher and Linda Waite, co-authors of The Case for Marriage**; Ron Haskins, Brookings Institution; Theodora Ooms, CLASP; Bob Lerman, Urban Institute; Scott Stanley and Howard Markman of PREP; Mike McManus, Co-Founder of Marriage Savers; the work of Fragile Family researchers**; the early work of The National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network; David and Vera Mace, Founders of The Association for Couples in Marriage Enrichment (ACME); Julie Baumgardner, Executive Director of First Things First (TN) ; Jeff Kemp, President of Families Northwest; Ron Mincy at Columbia University; and others.

**funded by the Ford Foundation, and others….

Good Grief!!  Linda Waite’s group in Colorado is/began as an abstinence promotion group, has a scandalous incorporation record (which I tracked), and was at one time called “WAIT” training (pun on the name, much?), had partial association with a kill-the-gays movement in Uganda, and just happens to be in on the in crowd, evidently.  They got grants in 2011, under “Center for Relationship Education” which name change, I can’t find actually happened legally in Colorado.

If the Marriage Initiative couldn’t happen right without these individuals, then we should be aware of who they are, how they act, and what they are doing, to this day.

. . .I just found out that former Gov. Keating of Oklahoma is Roman Catholic, went to a Tulsa Prep School, Georgetown, was an FBI employee and is a member of a duckhunters group which has many politicians on it (including former Pres. Bush).  The last may be less than relevant, the first three items, in this context, are.

High School: Cascia Hall Preparatory School, Tulsa, OK (1962)
University: BA History, Georgetown University (1966)
Law School: JD, University of Oklahoma College of Law (1969)

Cascia Hall (when he attended) was all-male accepting boarders (til 1986); it is Augustinian and located on a 40-acre campus in the Middle of Tulsa.  It began admitting females in 1986.  Not that most readers aren’t aware of Georgetown, but a few unique facts (from wikipedia, where else):     Founded in 1751, the city of Georgetown substantially predated the establishment of the city of Washington and the District of Columbia. Georgetown retained its separatemunicipal status until 1871, when its city charter was revoked by the United States Congress.

The area reached the height of fashionability when Georgetown resident John F. Kennedy was elected president. Kennedy lived in Georgetown in the 1950s as both a Congressman and a Senator. Parties hosted by his wife, Jackie, and many other Georgetown hostesses drew political elites away from downtown clubs and hotels or the upper 16th Street corridor. Kennedy went to his presidential inauguration from his townhouse at 3307 N Street in January 1961.

Georgetown is now one of the most affluent neighborhoods in Washington and home to many of the city’s politicians and lobbyists. Current inhabitants include Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, past Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee, Washington Post Watergate reporter and current assistant managing editor Bob Woodward, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and Montana Senator Max Baucus, among others. High-end developments and gentrification have revitalized Georgetown’s formerly blighted industrial waterfront. The District’s old refuse incinerator and smokestack, preserved for years as an abandoned but historic landmark, was redeveloped in 2003 to become the most pronounced feature of a new Ritz-Carlton Hotel.[30] Georgetown is home to a variety of luxury retailers and boutiques.

The Governor had a fine education, no doubt, and a very privileged and male-centric one in a male-centric religion from Prep School (all-male) through the completion of of a B.A.  Georgetown is  Jesuit University right in Washington, D.C., (and an excellent one, obviously):

Aerial Shot of Campus

Georgetown is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning in the United States. Jesuits have played a significant role in the growth and evolution of Georgetown into a global research university deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. Georgetown’s Jesuit tradition also promotes the university’s commitment to spiritual inquiry, civic engagement, and religious and cultural pluralism. The Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, an international religious community which was founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. Today, Jesuits continue to enrich the university through their work as scholars, researchers, administrators, chaplains and counselors.

This absolutely has to be taken into account when considering a man who became Governor and decided that it was all right to skip the legislature to push for marriage (odd, given the celibacy that Catholic priests still are supposed to maintain, and over which major schisms have happened (see Archbishop Stallings .. .. !)

Given the religious makeup of Oklahoma, it seems interesting to have a Catholic Governor — here’s a breakdown, showing the Southern Baptists have the Catholics about 9 to 1, and Jews can forget it (they’re outnumbered — among people who claim any religion) 10 to 1.  This also is revealing in why OK might just be a GREAT place to force a marriage initiative statewide.  (It also makes me wonder whether the high divorce rate, the predominance of “women submit” Southern Baptists (in fact most Evangelical Protestants qualify  as such), and high poverty rate just might be related.  That’s just speculation:

Evangelical Protestant groups predominate in Oklahoma with adherents representing about 41.4% of the total population in 2000. This group was influential in keeping the state “dry”—that is, banning the sale of all alcoholic beverages—until 1959 and resisting legalization of public drinking until 29 counties voted to permit the sale of liquor by the drink in 1985.

The leading Protestant group in 2000 was the Southern Baptist Convention with 967,223 adherents. Other leading Evangelical Protestant denominations include the Assemblies of God, 88,301 adherents; the Churches of Christ, 83,047; the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 53,729; . . .

(extremely controlling denominations, I’ve had experience with the second & third listed and known a middle-aged single adult male who felt he had to ask permission to switch churches from the pastors of both old and new.  From my acquaintance with the guy, he probably knew more Bible than either one of them, too.  One thing about “walking by the spirit” groups — there’s hardly a appeal to law or scripture outside of leadership choices….  The Southern Baptists (just a reminder) was the convention that former President Jimmy Carter and his wife felt they had to leave – based on their views towards women.

Which apparently Jeffrey Regier — who’d obtained high (cabinet) authority in the state government — shared…

and the Christian Churches, 42,708. Free Will Baptists, Nazarenes, Missouri Synod Lutherans, and those of various other Pentecostal traditions are also fairly well represented. The largest Mainline Protestant denominations are the United Methodist Church, with 322,794 adherents, and the Presbyterian Church USA, with 35,211 adherents. In 2000, there were 168,625 Roman Catholics, 6,145 Muslims, and about 5,050 Jews throughout the state. About 39.2% of the population did not claim any religious affiliation.

Oral Roberts, a popular minister, has established a college and faith-healing hospital in Tulsa, and his “Tower of Faith” broadcasts by radio and television have made him a well-known preacher throughout the United States.

HERE’s a 2002 blog (posting a news article) on the pivotal influence of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, referencing many of the above people, and Regier, and acknowledging that Wade Horn was indeed present at the 1999 Governor and First Lady’s Conference launching this statewide initiative.  The article is written pretty well:

The Ross News – February 28, 2002:  The Oklahoman

. . .In the White House budget plan sent to Congress last week, the Bush administration offered no new money to encourage job advancement. However, it proposed more than $100 million for experimental programs aimed at encouraging women on welfare to get married, The Associated Press reported.

Two years ago, Keating became the first governor in the nation to set aside Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds to strengthen marriages and reduce the divorce rate. Those funds are block grants provided to each state through the 1996 welfare reform act.

Fortifying marriages was a major goal of welfare reform, but few states have acted on it, said Ron Haskins, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former staff director of the U.S. House Ways and Means welfare subcommittee.

Nobody has done as much as publicly and conspicuously as Oklahoma has,” Haskins said.

Diane Sollee, founder of the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education in Washington, said, “All eyes are on Oklahoma, that’s for sure.”

FYI, many healthy marriage grantees incorporate and then going to a conference run by Sollee becomes a deductible expense.  The money and information circulates around as to how to mass-market curricula presented at the conference.  Those profiting the most are those who run the trainings and most of all, probably, any for-profit that gets to — unlike most of us regular people who may be targeted for taking such classes, or our kids may be — utilize pre-existing pubic institutions (such as welfare, child support, and the Department of HHS) + some new institutions they or similarly minded people pushed for or ran (such as Governor’s Offices of Faith-Based Organizations — and there are several — or statewide Fatherhood Commissions, or etc.) to also do, basically similar activities.

Praise for Oklahoma

Now, it appears that President Bush would like other states to follow Oklahoma’s lead.

“I think it’s quite exciting,” administration official Wade Horn said of the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative. “I think Governor Keating has shown real leadership and creativity on this issue, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results.”

Some Leadership.  He followed HHS directives and his Cabinet Member and NFI advocates, and (as prompted strongly by them, it seems) “Creatively” stole TANF moneys directed towards children in needy households in one of the lowest-income states in the union and pushed it towards marriage promotion instead.  It already mentioned that one potential reason for the high divorce rate was Oklahomans marrying too early!  So, to solve this, — marry them off MORE?

Testifying last year before a congressional subcommittee (the link in my last post I think), Jerry Regier, Keating’s former health and human services secretary, said Oklahoma spends millions on foster care, child abuse and neglect investigations, adoption, out-of-wedlock births, juvenile delinquency and many other problems. Regier characterized those problems as “primarily… the result of either families not forming through marriage in the first place or because of absent parents due to divorce.”

And not of course of lack of viable options outside welfare for single mothers.  Regier was formerly President of the very, very conservative Family Research Council, too, one of whose board members (as I said) includes the mother of the man behind the notorious Blackwater (militia, Iraq, etc.)

Horn, former president of the National Fatherhood Initiative, spoke at the Oklahoma conference on marriage hosted by the governor and First Lady CathyKeating in March 1999. As assistant secretary for children and families in the U.S. Health and Human Services Department, he’s a key figure in efforts . . . . (etc.)

And pushing for covenant marriages, too….

Since 1997, three states – Arizona, Louisiana and Arkansas – have passed covenant marriage laws.

Under such laws, couples can choose a covenant marriage license or a standard marriage license.

A covenant marriage license requires premarital classes, mandates counseling for marital problems and makes it more difficult for a couple to divorce. On the other hand, a couple with a standard marriage license can skip the counseling and divorce for virtually any reason.

This is starting to remind me of problems in Coptic Ethiopia  . . .  .

MEANWHILE, “The Democratic Underground” gave Jerry Regier (now in Florida) spot #1 in the Top 10:

The Top Ten Conservative Idiots (No. 81)
August 26, 2002
Biblical Spanking Edition

Some top quality shenanigans in the world of conservative idiocy force Dubya from his number one position this week, although the Chump-in-Charge does manage two more entries this week at numbers 4 and 10. But this week’s top slot is reserved for Jerry “Biblical Spanking” Regier, Florida’s new head of the Department of Children and Families. Nice. Nudging up against Jerry Regier’s mudflaps we find Bob Barr (2) to whom we can only say, “You lost! Get over it!” And man, does it feel good to say that. Elsewhere, Judy Woodruff (5) is now having her TelePrompTer fed directly from the White House – no, she really is – and the head of Miami-Dade’s Christian Coalition, Antonio Verdugo (8), is just a big ol’ fraud (allegedly). Enjoy, and as usual, here’s the key.

1Jerry Regier religious nut religious nut
Florida’s Department of Children and Families managed to get on the list last week (see Idiots 80), and now their new boss has made it on – in his first week on the job. Last week Jeb Bush named Jerry Regier to be the new head of the DCF. Hours later it was revealed that Mr. Regier had previously made some, shall we say, “insane” comments. See if you can guess which ones they are!

A) ”biblical spanking [that leads to] temporary and superficial bruises or welts do not constitute child abuse.”

B) Christians should not marry non-Christians.

C) Wives should view working outside the home as ”bondage.”

D) The ”radical feminist movement has damaged the morale of many women and convinced men to relinquish their biblical authority in the home.” The answer? Yep – it’s all of them of course. The man who is to be charged with the welfare of Florida’s children and families thinks that keeping your woman indoors and beating your kids is just the right thing to do.  

 

 

Wikipedia on Jerry Regier (of Oklahoma) a vis a vis the composition of the current Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (see top of this page) can get a little frightening, almost:

 

Gerald P. “Jerry” Regier (born 1945) is an American businessman and politician from Oklahoma who is best known as first President of the Family Research Council.

Regier has previsously served in numerous positions within the Administration of Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating, including Keating’s Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services (1997–2002). In addition to his service as Secretary, Regier served concurrently as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Family Research Council

Regier, in cooperation with Dr. James Dobson, founded the Family Research Council, a conservative, Christian right group and lobbying organization, in 1983. Regier served as that organization’s first President from 1984 until 1988. Gary Bauer, a domestic policy advisor under President Ronald Reagan, succeeded Regier as President.

[edit]Federal government career

President Ronald Reagan appointed Regier in 1988 to the National Commission on Children, an advisory body in the United States Department of Health and Human Services on children’s issues. Reagan’s successor,George H.W. Bush, reappointed Regier in 1991. Regier continued to serve on the Commission until 1993.

In 1992, President Bush appointed Regier as Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance and as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Regier served in both of those positions until the end of Bush’s term in 1993.

[edit]Keating Administration

[edit]Office of Juvenile Affairs

When RepublicanFrank Keating, a former Reagan Administration official, was elected Governor of Oklahoma in 1995, Keating appointed Regier to serve as the Deputy Director of the newly created Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) under Executive Director Ken Lackey. Regier served as Lackey’s principal juvenile justice advisor to Lackey in his position as Keating’s Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services. When Lackey resigned as Executive Director of OJA, Keating appointed Regier as his successor.

[edit]Health Secretary

Lackey served as Health and Human Services Secretary until 1997, when Keating appointed him as his Chief of Staff. Keating appointed Regier to succeed Lackey as Secretary. As Health and Human Services Secretary, Lackey served as Keating’s top health policy advisor and provided oversight to theOklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.[1]

Regier resigned as Secretary in 2002 to pursue a campaign to succeed the term-limited Keating as Governor of Oklahoma. Keating appointed the head of the Oklahoma Department of Human ServicesHoward Hendrick, to succeed Regier as Secretary.[2][3]

Jeb Bush Administration

When Regier dropped out of the Governor’s race, Keating recommended that Governor of FloridaJeb Bush appoint him the head of the Florida Department of Children and Families. Bush acted on Keating’s recommendation and made Regier his Secretary of Children and Families. He remained in that position until the end of Bush’s term in 2007.[5]

 

 

Don’t mock Wikipedia.  For example, through it I learned of this OJJDP, that:  

The office is headed by an administratorJ. Robert Flores, since April 2002.

As of May 2008, Flores and the OJJDP were under congressional investigation for how $8.6 million was awarded to programs combating juvenile delinquency. The controversy involves money granted to programs with ties to George W. Bush. 10 grants were awarded. The organization, Best Friends Foundation, run by founder and president, Elayne Bennett, wife of William Bennett, ranked 51st out of 104 applications, was awarded $1.1 million over a three year period. The organization promotes self-respect, abstinence and rejection of illegal drug and alcohol use.

Similarly, The World Golf Association, with George H. W. Bush speaking at one of hat group’s functions, was awarded grant money because it was the highest ranked applicant with sports as their primary function. Of the 104 applicants, only one other applicant had a sports bid. A one-year grant of $500,000 was awarded for the organization’s “First Tee” program. The World Golf Association was ranked 47th among all the bids.

Henry Waxman (D-CA) sitting on the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform leads the congressional investigation into wrongdoing.

From the Site of this Committee:

HERE is a copy of his March 2008 letter to the then-Attorney General soliciting information on the Grantmaking processes and stating why:

Responding to concerns raised by Rep. Timothy Walz about questionable practices by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in awarding grants, Chairman Waxman wrote to Attorney General Mukasey to request documents detailing the grantmaking process at OJJDP:

According to a recent article in the trade publication, Youth Today, recent OJJDP grants have been awarded in a noncompetitive m¿rrner, in some cases with highly ranked applicants rejected in favor of lower ranked competitors.’ In one example described by Youth Today, the OJJDP awarded $500,000 to the World Golf Association, even while its grant proposal was scored lower than that of 38 other applicants in the technical review.

In order to examine these allegations, I request that you provide the Committee the following information :  (etc.)

 

A Congressional Hearing was held (the next June, 2008) on this, and I’ve linked to some documents.  The opening letter by Sen. Waxman is eloquent and speaks clearly to Mr. Flores’ behavior in ignoring recommendations (scoring of applicants) by his own staff to grant certain organizations, and detaling of their connections to the (Bush) administration and personal contacts between applicants and Administration prior to getting them.

he Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing titled, “Examining Grantmaking Practices at the Department of Justice” on Thursday, June 19, 2008, in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing examined how the Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awarded grants in fiscal year 2007. A preliminary transcript of this hearing is now available.

The following witness testified:

    • Mr. J. Robert Flores, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


 (excerpts and better viewed on-line):

  • This Committee has held many hearings on waste, fraud, and abuse in federal contracting. We’ve also held hearings on waste, fraud, and abuse in other types ofprograms, such as crop insurance and workers’ compensation insurance.But we have held few hearings on abuses in federal grants. In 2006, the federal government spent $419 billion on federal contracts. It spent even more – $488 billion – on federal grants. So examination of waste, fraud, and abuse in grant programs is a high priority.
  • Instead, Mr. Flores chose to give the majority ofthe grant funding to five programs that his staffhad not recommended for funding. One was an abstinence-only program. Two were faith-basedprograms. Anotherwasagolfprogram. What’smore,theyappearedtohavespecial access to Mr. Flores that other applicants were denied.
  • Mr. Flores awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Best Friends Foundation, an abstinence- onlyorganization,thatranked53outof104applications. Thecareerstaffwhoreviewedthis application said it was “poorly written,” “had no focus,” “was illogical,” and “made no sense.” Documents provided to the Committee show that while the grant was being developed and competed, Mr. Flores had multiple contacts with Elayne Bennett, the founder and chairman of Best Friends and the wife of Bill Bennett, who worked in the Reagan and Bush Administrations.
  • And Mr. Flores awarded a $1.2 million grant to Urban Strategies LLC, a consulting firm, and Victory Outreach, a “church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing.” This grant application also received a low ranking: 44 out of 104 applications. But the head of Urban Strategies was Lisa Cummins, who formerly worked in the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives. Documents provided to the Committee show that Ms. Cummins had several high-level meetings with Mr. Flores and other Justice Department officials before and after receiving the grant.
  • On the other hand, the Justice Research and Statistics Association was the top scoring group out of the 104 applicants. It scored a 98 and was universally praised by career employees for its effectiveness and good work. It provides training and technical assistance to state juvenile corrections workers. But it was not selected or funded.
  • There is no question that Mr. Flores had discretion to award grants. He is entitled to use hisexperienceandjudgmentindeterminingwhichgrantapplicationstofund. Buthehasan obligation to make these decisions based on merit, facts, and fairness. And the reasoning for his decision must be transparent and available to the public.
  • Nearly every official the Committee spoke with, including the Justice Department peer reviewers, the civilservice program managers, and the career official in charge ofthe solicitation, told us that Mr. Flores’s approach was neither fair nor transparent. Mr. Flores’s superior, the Assistant Attorney General, told the Committee: “I am for candor and clarity, especially when dealing with the people’s money. And that did not happen. And I am upset that it did not happen
This blog article JUVIENATION  (3/31/2008), commenting on the investigative article that finally got some Congressmen’s attention — and eventually Waxman’s is a good read.
While I mostly research HHS cronyism, this shows that at the top of the heap appointing grants (Flores, in position 2002-2006), was a Bush lackey.
That has not been done, and has no appearance of so being done.

Special Report: OJJDP Grant Making Scandal

July 03, 2008 by Patrick Boyle(Includes related documents) Youth Today’s ongoing coverage of questionable grant making by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Detention and Delinquency Prevention.

Flores’ Chief of Staff pleaded the Fifth Amendment during the Oversight Hearing!
NOW — if someone will do a similar series for the HHS as well
We may just have another shot a real justice in this country!

1996-2010: How “Ending welfare as we know it” morphed to [so far…] Statewide Marriage and Relationship Education –for Everyone

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Some of my friends scold me for showing too much and not just telling.  They’re right.    But as I like to SHOW (and then TELL, too) — posts run to triple-length size,  then I split them up with new — and long — titles.

(Those of you who know me — this is a “Conversational Public Data Dump.”  You are forewarned!)

(see also my comment — it has a major double-pasted section in it, too.  I will printout & purge the duplicates….  The value of this post is in the narrative, plus the links).

This post began as a TANF introduction to another one on a specific Healthy Marriage Grantee.

You may not think this information relevant — but, it has already landed in your back yard; it is restructuring the United States; it is a financial issue with global ramifications.  The story of HOW this happened (and through whom) will help us pay better attention in the future, and should rule out certain distractions — such as choosing which battle to fight, and which diversionary propaganda to ignore.

However, someone has to protest the incremental removal of civil liberties going along with incremental spending down of public dollars, diverted to . . .. for lack of a better word . .. Bush appointees, and Obama cronies.  And when it comes to THIS category, I don’t hear a lot of specific protests.

Want to Occupy Something?  Occupy This — your senators and representatives voted welfare infinite expansion, for private profit actually, into being through public laws.  How could that be?

Well, we have  public school systems that still (apparently) teach U.S. Mythology, not Accounting, that are places for Values & INdoctrination Wars.  Somehow, the importance of the House Ways and Means Appropriations Committee — let alone about how corporations and government actually interact, were not considered pre-requisites for graduation. Meanwhile,  people LIVE in neighborhoods where they can observe this discrepancy, know that the common explanations do not hold water, but may not have a coherent explanation of what does, of what happened (historically).

Moreover, there is a digital divide and closed-doors deliberations.   We are not [certainly anyone ever on welfare is typically not] given or pointed to the best tools to finding out how things work. The cult is of the experts — who teach the uninstructed and presumably not smart enough to “get it.”

The tools available to the unfunded public (like TAGGS) have been also tinkered with, obfuscated and otherwise screwed with, to beyond credibility (accuracy) – although they do reveal traits and patterns to a degree.  TAGGS cannot be reconciled with USASPENDING.gov (and isn’t) even when just looking up HHS grants only on the latter.  I have not made up my mind yet which is more in error, but USASPENDING.gov already has its accuracy critics –and so few people seem to ever USE TAGGS, that leaves me.

Name me ONE other blog or public website that began posting those HHS grantee & project charts before this blog did (earliest, 2009) and recommending their use.  Yet its data goes back to 1995.

Now a point has been made, by the structure AND content of this resource — well read, clearly understood — that this information is NOT reliable; moreover that it’s not reliable — or in really useable form — is no accident.

For example — a big stink since 2001 has been made about laying down the red carpet for (and building capacity for) the faith-based organizations to go help the poor hungry, under-educated slobs get some jobs and visit their sons and daughters, and be taught how to “relate” better to the other parent.

YET — TAGGS has no designation (or classification) for  Faith-based organization.  It’s been 10 years since Bush Executive Order, and the word “faith-based” is all over government (federal state, and nonprofit groups, such as CNCS), other sites — and yet no field has been added to the database to designate “Faith-based” or NOT Faith-based.    The same goes for the fine distinction between “Marriage” grantees and “Fatherhood Grantees.”  yet there is one CFDA (93086) for both — and, moreover, marriage and fatherhood activities could be in, literally, almost any category of federal domestic assistance, such as social welfare research and demonstration, which are NOT under “93086.”  Or in Head Start.  So what’s that about, eh?

Is this really about promoting responsible  “Fatherhood”?  I don’t think so.  Responsible Fathers (note:  this does not include Glenn Sacks or Nicholas Soppa!) like some accountability here and there, and deserve resources to get it, just like others do, and can come to a debate that is not predetermined, and occasionally lose a point or two (i.e. humility).  I don’t know any decent father who’d advocate stealing from the public under false pretenses, and attempting to cover one’s tracks, yet this IS what’s happening.  Or a responsible father helping set up any systems which, after about 53 failures, are still going full force, in the same manner – which many faith-based groups are.  Or which INTENTIONALLY undermines separation of church & state, OR the separation of powers in the federal government — and does so for personal sense of power, fame (or for profit).  Responsible fathers are willing to sacrifice, not specialists in sacrificing others, or what’s right.

this entire responsible fatherhood movement is, essentially (to quote Liz Richards/National Alliance for Family Court Justice, in testimony before the House Ways & Means Committee, Appropriations — in June 2010) – An Expensive Solution looking for a Legitimate Problem:

Protective Mother’s Response to Ways & Means Income Security & Family Support June 17, 2010 hearing for re- reauthorizataion of Responsible Fatherhood program funding.

AN EXPENSIVE REMEDY IN SEARCH OF A LEGITIMATE PROBLEM!

The June 17th 2010 “Responsible Fatherhood” hearing testimony supporting the administration’s reauthorization request for $150,000,000 for a program which has failed to offer any verifiable data on program implementation or specific outcomes, such as the easy to verify job skill training and improved child support compliance factors. Program promoters have become defensive, or hostile, when their operations or intent is questioned. They reject complaints from protective mother advocates who describe serious systemic problems occurring with divorcing and “absent” fathers. In short – the Responsible Fatherhood program advocates have never shown any interest toward the very people who they purport to be helping- divorced or separated mothers of the fathers enrolled in their programs..

Responsible Fatherhood programs have been funded since 1996, but have yet to offer any outcome data or analysis verifying positive impact on mothers and children. Instead they rely on vague claims of involvement of domestic violence specialists to claim [their] activities are not causing mothers any problems. HHS ACF officials confirm they do no requirement for collecting or reporting program enrollment or outcome data.

{Heck, HHS/OIG/OAS can’t even keep track of millions of undistributed child support already collected at the state level, and eschews responsibility for doing so — after all, isn’t it TANF blocks to the states, for flexible use? so long as federal incentives are met for their $2 of ours for $1 of yours, and they get some back, who’s going to rock that boat?  Yet in part it’s from child support enforcement funds that Fatherhood Promotion is done!}

Why should they be getting millions more if they won’t verify the millions already spent are producing positive results, or any other performance or outcome information? Why don’t the fatherhood promoters know anything about the protective mother movement, or show any interest in the concerns of divorcing and separated mothers?

(actually, some of these DO know about this movement and viciously attack it in print and on on-line forums — see Peter Jamison, SFWeekly earlier in 2011)

We believe their data omissions are done deliberately to cover up another agenda – which our members observe and are negatively affected by – which is recruiting dead-beat and abusive men into lucrative high-conflict litigation. I alone have over 2000 victim intake contacts from nearly all US states. NAFCJ has state leaders, in over 15 states collaborate with other protective mother leaders. I have been communicating with fathers’ rights and fatherhood leaders and activist since as early as 1992, have attended their conference and have determined the two movements are one [and] the same.

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LGH Note:   Since last June 2010, I have seem more influences than just the fathers’ rights upon these grant series, but still believe it a valid factor nevertheless at the “street” and HHS etc. level)

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I note that this 2010 testimony (filed on-line) also refers to the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005:

The US Senator who sponsored the earlier $150,000,000 Responsible Fatherhood earmark in the 2005 deficit Reduction Act has been a fathers rights supporter since he was a state legislator and has been collaborating with the fathers right leader and founder from his state from state since the start. This fathers’ right founder also has collaborated with Dr Richard Gardner on specific case litigation. Gardner’s writings included heinous remarks – such as ( in paraphrase): “mothers who complain about father’s sex abuse of children should be told to get a vibrator and become more sexually responsive to her husband so he won’t have to seek sex from his daughter.” This and other sick and deviant opinions from Gardner and other publish pro-incest men (e.g Ralph Underwager and Warren Farrell) are the reason why Responsible Fatherhood promoters conceal their relationship with the father rights people.

In order for the Responsible Fatherhood promoter to conceal their history of collaborating with the deviant fathers rights movement, they use domestic violence counselor as a “heat shield” to make themselves look pro-woman. But our movement of litigating protective mothers, many of whom have been in domestic violence shelters, have never observed any officially designated fathers representatives collaborating with domestic violence representative or producing and positive actions or outcomes for them. What we do hear from d.v. victim mothers who have gone from her home into shelter with her children – only to be arrested and put into jail a few days later for “kidnapping” the children. Most not allowed any contact with their children, because they are then deemed to be a flight risk. An ex- parte sole custody order is establish for the father is without any notification or hearing for the mother. The d.v. shelter people refuse to support them or testify for the mother and ignore her concerned about the father’s abuse of the children. Many of these falsely arrested mothers don’t see their children again for months {{or years…}} on grounds she is a flight risk. Unfortunately our movement is very dissatisfied with the d.v. movement and believe they also need reforming. However, some of their leaders are working with us to correct this part of the system failure

If I get the rest of the follow-up post out — there is a demonstration of this “heat shield” phenomena — at the “Domestic Violence Coalition” level, typically.

and she also wrote:

All the evidence I’ve observed indicates the Responsible Fatherhood programs are merely a cover for recruiting bad dads with offers of child support abatements into high-conflict litigation, giving sole custody of the children to the father and getting the mother out of picture and forcing her to pay excessive child support obligations to him

Then there are (I learned through the Kentucky example:  “Turning It Around”) the times fathers in arrears were, literally, extorted into participating in programs such as fatherhood classes, parenting skills, self-esteem, ABSTINENCE education (for a father?), and more — which have their promoters throughout the system, usually with a for-profit organization selling the materials behind any nonprofit group.   These are not so many or varied that they are hard to locate and recognize the presence of, any more…

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _OK, enough of that particular angle . . . . . . .

Personal:

My interests and activism took another “sea change” after documenting (some, at least) of the Sea Changes at for example California Healthy Marriage Coalition, which boasted on outset of its programs of THE largest HHS marriage promotion grant yet ($11 million over 5 years).

Again, at the corporate level (California Secretary of State) a search of the words ‘Healthy Marriage” (singular) produces this chart:

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2629035 11/08/2004 SUSPENDED CALIFORNIA STATE HEALTHY MARRIAGE INITIATIVE CHRIS GRIER
C2896098 06/01/2006 ACTIVE FRESNO COUNTY HEALTHY MARRIAGE COALITION, INC., A NONPROFIT PUBLIC BENEFIT CORPORATION ROBYN L ESRAELIAN
C2271911 03/07/2001 DISSOLVED HEALTHY CHALLENGES MARRIAGE, FAMILY AND CHILD COUNSELING PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION ELIZABETH LEHRER
C2884897 06/23/2006 SUSPENDED NATIONAL HEALTHY MARRIAGE RESOURCE CENTER DENNIS J STOICA
C2884898 06/23/2006 SUSPENDED ORANGE COUNTY HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND FAMILY COALITION DENNIS J STOICA
C2955473 10/04/2006 SUSPENDED RIVERSIDE HEALTHY MARRIAGE COALITION, INC. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC.
C2650745 05/12/2004 ACTIVE SACRAMENTO HEALTHY MARRIAGE PROJECT CAROLYN RICH CURTIS
C3210304 05/29/2009 ACTIVE SAINTS HEALTHY MARRIAGE PROJECT REGINA GLASPIE
C2860238 03/02/2006 ACTIVE STANISLAUS COUNTY HEALTHY MARRIAGE COALITION JAMES CARLETON STEWARD
C3013354 08/13/2007 ACTIVE YUBA-SUTTER HEALTHY MARRIAGE PROJECT WILLIAM F JENS

and “Healthy Relationship,” this one:

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C3073670 01/16/2008 SUSPENDED CALIFORNIA CENTER FOR HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS, INC. LEGALZOOM.COM, INC.
C2746528 05/13/2005 ACTIVE HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS CALIFORNIA PATTY HOWELL
C2790720 06/09/2006 ACTIVE OAKLAND BERKELEY INITIATIVE FOR HEALTH