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Get Smart about “ALEC” (American Legislative Exchange Council)!

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ALEC is, of course, a nonprofit.   I was surprised to see a photo of it on TV the other day, and attempted a short and sweet post on the dangers of allowing this level of private planning to write model legislation to be delivered to state legislators BY state legislators — who are a good portion of the ALEC membership.

 

One good summary of how ALEC operates came from another nonprofit dealing with juvenile justice disparities; I researched this nonprofit and it background and got a good lesson in how & why the very real racism inherent in America’s Incarceration practices tends to lead to a conflicts between diversionary justice programs for youth, commissions and focus on “The African American Male” (etc.) – — and the fact that the fatherhood program as practiced in the custody system prejudices women of all color by definition, thereby breaking down whatever neutrality may have (potentially) existed in those courts.

It’s a highly appropriate topic for January 16, 2012, Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  However, this post was too complex to post, really.  Even I hesitated to hit “Publish.”  It needed an introduction.

Today’s post may be a little different, and requests visitors to dedicate a little time to reading about ALEC.    It’s such a hard sell to get even parents with severe family court issues to consider even AFCC and CRC (for the most part) and how it ties into public welfare law (1996 and following revisions). . . ..

This would be far more important.  ALEC makes AFCC look like amateurs when it comes to pretenses, purposes, and intent to dominate the landscape for personal corporate profits.

At the bottom of the post, I’ll link to perhaps four links to “ALEC,” and save the narrative (plus more explanation) for tomorrow.

 

ReFLeCTiONs from Years of Tracking This Trail:

I usually am blogging about subterranean behaviors by nationwide nonprofits affecting, mostly, the family court system.  This is fairly specific and underreported, but it turns out to be woven into the very fabric of of our country from top to bottom.

I simply looked and kept following the trail, which often led upwards to HHS and from there to “Institutes” “Task Forces” and “Think Tanks” — plus naturally, it got round to the corporations funding the various studies.   I came to the conclusion that the entire “nonprofit” system was set up not to help the poor (which is probably where it was sold as) and for public purposes, but more likely to benefit the already wealthy, for tax write-offs, helping hide income, and influencing government favorably to accumulate more wealth and make sure that competition for jobs remains keen enough to keep wages down and profits high.

 

Unfortunately, looking at this material was like staring straight into the face of unbelievable arrogance, pride, and particularly prejudice towards anything “other,” starting with gender, then race, and of course religion.   The sense of betrayal and disgust in reading some of the academic verbiage (plowing through some of it, actually) to describe people in my situation, or others I have lived and worked with peaceably and know to be contributing positively to their communities — in short, the whole attitude stinks.  Not even so much that it despises others based on circumstances of birth (Y chromosome or no Y chromosome), but even more so, the attitude of the academically and emotionally “detached” and therefore supposedly somehow superior, or innately more competent. People are discussed in the plural as the substance to be manipulated; they do not have any individuality that can’t be tabulated, measured, and managed.

 

The closer one looks at this, the more networking and disheartening corruption surfaces.   A reason to continue has to come from somewhere, and it has to be based on hope and faith in something sustainable, or with prospects of being sustained at least a few months in a row.  However, after my exodus from a subterranean nightmare of a marriage in pretty good shape (all things considered), only to realize that by being one in this category,

SINGLE MOTHER BY CHOICE*

(*I chose life over fast-track to death)

The single plus having care and custody of young children basically put a Target on our home for people who perceive women as incompetent and single mothers as severely compromised (per se) when the fact it, there’s a huge energy and determination coming from the wellspring of Freedom From Abuse in many such mothers.  Yeah, we need some time to heal, but we are also rejoicing we’re OUT of the tunnel for a while, and — I know I did — worked diligently and speedily to rebuild a life, for the children and for ourselves.

In recent posts I explained how the “Domestic Violence” Rhetoric courteously cooperating with the Fatherhood Rhetoric, agrees to omit discussion of a minor detail — the state is going to make a play for your kids (and income); any protection order wasn’t an real exit, just a temporary hall pass in the larger scheme of program fundings.  The room in which the stripping takes place is generally called family court, although there are other means for detaching children from protective or otherwise non-abusive parents, particularly female ones.   So, our lives, because of things like government, corporate, and nonprofit/profit dynamic duos in these friendly and increasingly “United” States,  collectively, symbolically and sometime literally, still have something of this nature:

The GOOD news is that, as “Canaries in the Coal Mine” (except we choose to stay alive), we are indicators of how much the entire country has become a battlefield, littered with trenches and landmines which cannot be seen unless one has learned to be alert, and what they look like.    One cannot just look at the individual personalities in the local courthouses, or local politicians, because politics no longer ARE local.   It is necessary to keep one’s feet on the ground, in the present, as well as eyes, ears, and other senses functional, and to develop some tracking skills, which includes (like good bloodhounds?) refusing to get distracted from the scent.

Bloodhounds join search for toddler – San Antonio Express-News Feb 7, 2011 .yofoyox.web44.ne

Bloodhounds are distinguished from other breeds by their extraordinary olfactory powers, which enable them to hunt entirely by air-borne scent. They are the oldest breed of sporting dogs which hunt by scent, and Bloodhound Trials enable the hounds to demonstrate the remarkable abilities for which they have been bred – a fine illustration of dogs that are ‘Fit For Function: Fit For Life’.   (Flickr photo of bloodhound running)

And when people are trompling the ground* one can get a clearer perspective away from the crowd using basic search skills and information-gathering from actual sources.

(*as happened at BMCC, [See recent posts, also posted January, 2011) by refusing to discuss the obvious (that the conference from the start brought in DV professionals, which affected content, for I believe very obvious reasons), and insists that it takes an expert to interpret a battered mother’s voice or words (“read my lips!”), not to mention collecting people under the term that speaks of weakness, not strength:  “Battered” rhymes with “Tattered,” and focuses on bonding around the negative, not to mention chosen spokespersons, etc.).

Tracking is not a group profession — and it can get lonely — but the reward is the finds, and the service that the finds brings to others.  I happen (as a young person) to have read a book called ‘The Tracker” (Tom Brown), and adventures including getting stuck in a tree surrounded by a pack of wild dogs in (as I recall) the “Pine Barrens.”  He had to figure the situation out, and get out; it took a while.

I also seem to recall in his working with young people (teaching them “tracking”) who one of the most common maladies was — once they have labeled a plant an animal, they cease observing, and lose their curiosity.  Lack of curiosity in the young is a very sad thing.  However, people that have been placed in survival situations, and isolated, had their world repeatedly disrupted and behaving in strange and unfamiliar ways — tend to develop skills — tracking skills — over time.  They are valuable — but they are undervalued in our society, with its insistence that Ph.D.’s, Politicians, and Profiteers are the most important voices to ‘track.’

When one is hunted and/or huntING, and survival (whether huntED or huntING) depends on accuracy, I find the learning curve tends to accelerate!   Stalking (FYI) by an “ex” in person, or through third parties, and/or through the courts, is a form of hunting, as well as (at times) intimidation.    It is no joke; I have dealt with this over many years with  my ex, and also with the authorities who tend to discredit things that (women in this situation) know could spell life or death or simply a decent, free life, or a terrorized and distressed life.

So I want to show (us) some information from “Tom Brown, Jr.’s  The Tracker School” site.  This is not for entertainment — it’s an example for comparison to what mindset, what type of skills, are needed, today, to stay awake and — well, free — in the USA, when most of one’s neighbors are happily, or unhappily as it may be, asleep.  Or out occupying or protesting, at the direction of their leaders, before doing the basic scouting activity which might make better use of their time.   Sometimes a crowd is not a safe place to be!

First, about Stalking Wolf, “Grandfather” 

Grandfather

Stalking Wolf was raised free of the reservations in the mountains of northern Mexico. Born in the 1870’s during a time of great warfare and violence, he was part of a band of Lipan Apache that never surrendered. He was taught the traditional ways of his people and became a shaman and a scout. When he was twenty a vision sent him away from his people, and for the next sixty-three years he wandered, seeking teachers and learning the old ways of many native peoples, and others who lived close to the earth. Stalking Wolf traveled the length and breadth of the Americas, following the Creators call. He never held a job, drove a car, paid taxes, or participated in modern society. When he was eighty-three years old, he encountered a small boy gathering fossils in a stream bed. He recognized that boy as the person with whom he would spend his final years, and to whom he would teach all that he knew. That boy was Tom Brown, Jr. Tom became the recipient of not only all that Stalking Wolf had learned during his travels, but the distillation of hundreds of years of Apache culture as well. These are the teachings that Tom passes on at his famous Tracking, Nature, and Wilderness Survival School.

AND:

Tom Brown Jr.

Tom Brown, Jr is America’s most acclaimed outdoorsman, and a renowned tracker, teacher, and author. When Tom was only seven, Stalking Wolf (Grandfather), an Apache elder, shaman and scout, began coyote teaching Tom in the skills of tracking, wilderness survival, and awareness. After Stalking Wolf’s final walk, Tom spent the next ten years wandering the wilderness throughout the America’s with no manufactured tools—in most cases not even a knife—perfecting these Grandfathers skills and teachings. Tom came back to “civilization” and began looking for people interested in all that he had learned, but found none. He felt lost and confused until a local sheriff who knew Tom called him in to track a lost person. Tom found the missing person and, in the process, found his Vision.

Over the next few years Tom earned his reputation as “The Tracker” by finding lost people, and fugitives from the law. He has since worked with many law enforcement agencies, throughout the United States and internationally, on cases involving abducted children, lost hunters and hikers, and fugitives. He wrote about his experiences in a book titled The Tracker, which was published in 1978. Soon after, Reader’s Digest ran a condensed version of Tom’s story and included information on the Tracker School. That was almost thirty years ago, and today Tom Brown Jr.’s Tracker School is the largest of its kind, teaching people from all over the world and from all walks of life. Since the success of The Tracker, Tom has authored 16 books on tracking, awareness, nature observation and survival, including, Grandfather, The Vision, The Way of the Scout and a series of field guides, which have sold well over a million copies.

Interestingly (remember my “Tom’s River” post) The Pine Barrens in Toms River, NJ were part of his childhood.  Wikipedia article here, not for authority, but (again), I’m talking about this situation for purposes of comparison:

In his books, Brown states that from the age of seven, he and his childhood friend Rick were trained in tracking and wilderness survival by Rick’s grandfather, a Lipan Apache elder called Stalking Wolf, who had relocated to the Pine Barrens wilderness near Toms River to be closer to Rick’s family.[2]

Tom Brown’s brother, Dr. Jim Brown, the Dean of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and Human Performance, and former President and Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Public Health Association, has confirmed Tom Brown’s biography. Dr. Jim Brown writes in the Biography of Dr. Jim Brown:

Tom, his friend Rick, and Rick’s grandfather, Stalking Wolf (a native American and an expert in the Wilderness), were a huge influence on me and helped develop my love for nature. I use many of these experiences to enrich my teaching of biology and microbiology. Tom’s incredible abilities for teaching nature observation, pointing out minute details and relating them to plant or animal anatomy, physiology and ecological relationships strongly influenced my teaching style, especially using the laboratory and real life experiences to reinforce learning in the classroom.[8]

 

It sounds like he combined “minute observation” with relating the parts to the whole, including context.  That’s what I’m talking about; which contrasts from what we have now (in American politics) which is isolated “think tanks” framing the issue according to the funding, and failing to understand varying points of view.  The point of these think tanks is not to think, but to collaborate on what to preach — which is an entirely different mindset.

 

I have been blogging almost three years on wordpress here, including during a seriously “wilderness” time for me as a person, having had all primary social, work, community connections (basically) severed.  I was experiencing extremes in many ways, including how to get up when a day seemed hopeless by the traditional indicators, deal (alone) with my anger, sense of betrayal and frustration, and the lack of productivity and effectiveness which women (by and large) function well with.  This came from the repeated shocks of dealing with family betrayal, family COURT betrayal, failure of law enforcement, and the unnecessary drain on my personal friends — year after year — who helped sustain me, and (while they lived here), my kids under continual attack from a variety of sources.   I also was becoming increasingly aware of how useless major nonprofits were, and how many of them had simply lied to me, and other mothers, about their purposes.  There was no help available unless would become a client of a program, which compromised one’s liberty, privacy and freedom of movement.

I prioritized and began making better decisions about who to hang out with, and who was NOT a loss when it came to communications.  I also stayed alert to indicators (from afar) what was happening with my children.  To date, most of these have proved true (for what it’s worth), i.e., their father had abandoned them pretty quickly after obtaining custody (and a few other private matters).  I was ridiculed for speaking about this fraud, and outrage, and noticed that each time I sought help from the courts — or the District Attorney’s Office — they simply tried to pull in another program.   The larger context was manifesting itself more and more clearly.

I do not understand, yet, why so many mothers and women (and men) continue to prefer talk of personality, psychology, and only their local courtroom, and cannot see what is not a physical person in front of them, or a newspaper headline — that these things are organized in terms of networks connected to financing, and a basic setup, once solved, is often a pattern to how organizations work.

It is as though people are so used to being “Fed and Led” (Fed Information and Led to Respond only in certain ways) that they cannot change their path, even if leaving the comfort zone looks like a shorter route to success.   Perhaps the many hours I spent alone as a child, in one activity or another (and not highly supervised) simply allowed me to develop independently, and not feel so uncomfortable simply because I wasn’t on the beaten path.

Speaking of which, The Road Not Taken:

 

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

Robert Frost

 

Or perhaps it was curiosity, or perhaps the insistence on NOT following things that have been proven to make zero sense.  I’m sure living with domestic violence and learning how to respond QUICKLY to dangerous situations (in the home) including protecting the children (by fleeing or defusing, or avoiding, til I could get safe) helped.  I’m also sure that living with such a person (including the deceit, the tactics, the predictable patterns) also sharpened some recognition when it happens elsewhere.

 

So now, I am going to pull in just a few links to this ALEC and maybe talk about it more another day.

Like termites, or a computer virus, or underground pipe fissures, or an unsound foundation, some problems are not understood by the public until it’s simply too late, and then it’s often in the form of a disaster.   But the groups and people whose business it is can detect them earlier, but don’t always.  The fact is, our lives (speaking USA) are already so institutionalized, so internetworked and so interdependent by design that only the designers know for sure (if then) what the original purpose was, or guidelines.

But, by reading “historical” documents in some of these institutions — not just their own self-promotion, but a variety of critiques and explanations, and then pick which one MOST resembles current operating reality — we can get a better idea.  That’s one reason I am so interested in comparing documentation of groups I know to be running the court systems, at least parts of it, and contrast them with hard reality of the headlines, which include people dying around the divorce process, and no legal remedies within family law to stop the process of producing death-by-divorce, or death-by-saying-No!-to-abuse.

Language Change is a measure of thought — and operating systems — change.    In any society it is ALWAYS important to notice language and rhetoric, IF there is any intent to have a society with some basis in truth, and life based on some sort of sound principle, not just repeatedly responding to crises caused by craziness.

 

It’s probably time to revisit “Four Arguments For the Elimination of TV” by Jerry Mander, in which he talks about access to the airwaves, from the perspective of former publicist. Please review the article.  Here’s a small enough excerpt to remain, I believe, with in Fair Use compliance.  This was published (by permission) in Mother Earth News in 1978.

INTRODUCTION
THE BELLY OF THE BEAST

If this book has any basis in “authority,” it lies in the fifteen years I worked as a public relations and advertising executive. During that time, I learned that it is possible to speak through media directly into people’s heads and then, like some otherworldly magician, leave images inside that can cause people to do what they might otherwise never have thought to do.

. . .Here was a typical problem: A group of demonstrators would occupy a hotel lobby, demanding that blacks be hired at front-desk jobs, rather than bussing dishes in the coffee shop. Newspapers and television would run enormous stories about the demonstrations while editorially denouncing the tactics as “counterproductive to what might be worthy aims.” The stories concentrated upon sloppylooking demonstrators, moments of violence, and lengthy statements by officials about law and order. In an entire week’s news coverage there might be one passing reference to the fact that for forty previous years the hotel hadn’t hired a black person in a visible job. . . .

My evening clients, speaking of social issues, needed to organize hundreds of people into confrontative acts which could get them extensive, if often unfavorable, coverage. Or, if they chose less confrontative routes, they could spend weeks of time and all their hardwon nickels and dimes to organize press information programs which would, at their most successful, net them a few inches in the back of the newspaper.

Meanwhile, any of my daytime clients, speaking for commercial purposes, could and did buy advertising space and time worth tens of thousands of dollars. Then they would do it again the following week.

I already knew that, in America, all advertisers spent more than $25 billion a year to disseminate their information. Now, however, I was beginning to pay attention to an obvious, yet little noticed, aspect of this situation. Virtually all of the $25 billion was being spent by people who already had a great deal of money. These were the only people who could afford to pay $30,000 for one page of advertising in Time ($54,000 by 1977) or $50,000 for one minute of prime television time ($125,000 by 1977). Ordinary people and small businesses, even those which are successful by most standards, can rarely afford any advertising beyond the want ads, or a small local retail display. Only the very rich buy mass national advertising. And they do this to become richer. What other motive could they possibly have?

A.J. Liebling once said, “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.” I was learning that access to the press was similarly distorted by the possession of wealth. People with money had a 25-billion-to-nearly-zero advantage over people without money. The rich could simply buy access to the public mind while the not-rich had to seek more circuitous routes.
Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/1978-09-01/Subliminal-Messages-From-TV.aspx?page=4#ixzz1kzLxLbbh

He (Jerry Mander) had a social conscience and was struggling with ways to act on it:

corporate policies . . .antithetical to simple rules of human well being, or justice or planetary survival. They finally added up to a single generalization: Corporations are inherently uninterested in considerations aside from the commercial.

We began to feel that our balancing act was draining us personally. At last we saw that it was doomed to fail. Maintaining commercial accounts in the hope of using the income from them to finance other projects about which we cared more deeply was not going to work out.

So tried the nonprofit route:

We soon decided to dissolve the agency, and I began to work with a number of other people to establish a foundation-funded, non-profit advertising and public relations office. The first in the country, it was called Public Interest Communications and it was devoted solely to working for community. organizations which are largely excluded from media. The project was launched in 1972 with a grant from the Stern Fund. It succeeded for a little while in performing useful services for ecologists and farm workers, consumer groups, Indian rights activists and peace groups. But keeping it alive proved difficult. The problems were much like those we had faced at Freeman, Mander and Gossage.

Whereas I had formerly spent a major part of my day keeping the agency going by caring for the needs of corporations, at Public Interest Communications we spent a majority of our time seeking grants from the few foundations interested in media reform.

Even worse, there was a feeling that everything we were doing was ineffective. A nameless juggernaut was advancing unretarded. We felt as if we were throwing snowballs at tanks . . .Unemployment was growing and welfare lines with it, yet in the end economic reform measures always seemed to hurt the very segments of the population they purported to help while the rich got richer.

Read more: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Nature-Community/1978-09-01/Subliminal-Messages-From-TV.aspx?page=6#ixzz1kzN6ryMx

 

DO YOU SEE THE ISSUE?   As Michael Moore was heard recently (on Tavis Smiley show, a panel with several people on it, including Suzy Orman.  I only caught a snippet, but for once this made perfect sense).  What we fail to acknowledge is that the poor serve a purpose to the wealthy to keep (he said, as I recall) the middle class in line.  If the wealthy were really so concerned about the poor, they’d give away the wealth, they certainly have enough! (or, I say, change policies that stop creating the poor generation after generation unnecessarily).

I also believe that the wealthy need the middle class to keep working the jobs (whether white collar or blue collar) which keeps them too busy to analyze what the corporations are doing with their wages, i.e., it takes a lot of time to hold down a professional career.   Also, the middle class must be taught to buy into the concept that their taxes (withholdings, etc.) actually DO provide social services (even though we know well enough when they don’t) to keep the rabble of poor off their doorsteps, and away from their sons and daughters.    While they may not totally buy the concept, that doesn’t stop people on that track, usually, from staying invested in it, and hoping that they are not bounced off into the realms of the poor, THIS round.

So, what I see (now that I’ve been bounced around so much — though for different systems) is that you CANNOT, just CANNOT answer this question without handling the money system, the income tax system, and the federal reserve issues, which are key.  It’s that simple.   The nonprofits are hostage to their funders, and cannot vary policy too far from it.  The foundations are key players, and the largest ones drive social policy at a national (and international) level including through work at think tanks from Harvard (including JFK School of Government), Princeton, Yale, Columbia, you name it.  Cornell . . . . and in general at the University level.      They fund institutes, “centers of excellence,” and so forth — entire schools of study.  So I call this level of professionals (often Ph.D.’s) the Sheepdogs.  Their careers are made from grants provided by some of these foundations and connections to schools of higher learning, “Think Tanks,” and so forth.

 

I’ve looked, studied, and reflected on this for several years, because I deserve answers, my kids should they ever want the information, deserve answers, the people who supported this and other families as they underwent custody or other system nightmares, deserve some explanation.

The people best situated to analyze systems are those who have moved from one segment to another — and ended up at either the top, or the bottom, of the “class” section of society.  Whether or not you like it, this class section is defined in large part by tax laws, and education (or lack of it) on how to profit from them, as well as how money actually works, let alone how business works.

 

Understand the role of language and framing, and why conservatives are so great at it:

We see (or you should by now!) how far AFCC got with its policy of transforming language — and how it did so.

 

I want you/ us / people to read this report — at least the introduction!

It’s from “CJCJ” which is probably how I ran across it, as CJCJ itself appears to be a nonprofit formed through Model legislation spearheaded for implementation at the state level, through connecting a nonprofit (CJCJ happens to have been formed by an about-to-retire Washington Judge, a very active one, Bobbe J. Bridges) with someone in state government, in this case Susan N. Dreyfuss came along neatly in 2009 to head up the state health and human resources department (funding $20 billion).  It is now coming back to me that I ran across Dreyfuss on an AHA (That’s American Human Association) collaboration of some sort — the usual kind you know, stopping child abuse by putting more men back in their offspring’s lives.  As I researched her background — even scratched the surface — and looked at the associated nonprofit — (meaning, at its TAX RETURNS and PROGRAM PURPOSES/ACCOMPLISHMENTS) it became clear that every single one tied directly to a major foundation with an agenda.

Pam Roach Report: Susan Dreyfus To Head DSHS

pamroachreport.blogspot.com/2009/…/susandreyfus-to-head-dshs.ht…

Mar 31, 2009 – OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire today named Susan N.Dreyfus, a Wisconsin executive with more than a dozen years of leadership experience

 

And that agenda was to reform justice, in a sweeping manner, according to anational model. And, I saw the blueprint discussed AS a national model.  Washington was a “Demonstration” state.

Hmm,  see this http://www.opd.wa.gov/Reports/Other%20Reports/2011_OPD_Proposal-SVP-Defense.pdf

NO, actually, that was a different group, CCYJ:

The Hon. Bobbe J. Bridge

CCYJ President and CEO, founded the Center for Children & Youth Justice in 2006. She served on the Washington State Supreme Court from 1999 to 2007 before retiring to lead the Center full-time in January 2008. She was a King County Superior Court judge from 1989 to 1999, served as Presiding Judge of the 51-member Superior Court for two years, and was the Chief Judge of King County Juvenile Court from 1994 to 1997. Before joining the bench, Justice Bridge was the first female partner at the Seattle law firm of Garvey Schubert Barer.

Recognized statewide and nationally as a leading advocate for foster care reform, domestic violence victims, truancy prevention, juvenile justice reform and a host of other issues, Justice Bridge also serves the community as a dedicated volunteer and philanthropist. She has been a member of the Boards of many nonprofit organizations, including YouthCare and the YWCA.

CCYJ is basically a mouthpiece of a variety of foundations (incl. Bill & Melinda Gates) with their ideas on how to reform criminal and juvenile justice, etc.  The phrase “out-come based” is welcome here, and shows up a lot.

 

CJCJ is a different group and based in a state South of Washington, like California

Here’s CJCJ “About Us”

Overview
Established in 1985 as the Western Regional Office of the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA), the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) is a nonprofit nonpartisan organization promoting a balanced and humane criminal justice system through the provision of direct services, technical assistance, and policy analysis.  CJCJ maintains a professional staff with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Our senior staff members possess over 30 years of experience in the criminal and juvenile justice field that includes program operations, policy development and analysis, technical assistance, nonprofit management, program evaluation, and organizational reform.  Headquartered in San Francisco, CJCJ is among the leading criminal justice agencies in the nation.

 

ANYHOW, at some point, it becomes impossible not to see how the pieces of the puzzle fit together.  We have corporate/foundation interests running our country, rewriting laws, and altering justice systems, too — to suit themselves, and without running it by the can’t stand up to them piddly state legislatures.  For a reminder, see my posts on MDRC, or go see it’s site again, look up “about us.”

 

The states also, including their budgets, are so radically tied to federal funding — particularly of welfare — that they can hardly be called independent any more.  And if the states are not independent from the Federal Government, neither are the citizens living in those states, which in fact, is proving to be so.

Here’s an excerpt to get you interested (I hope):

ABOUT THINK TANKS — and why conservatives are SO interested in forming lots of them.

 

Conservative think tanks have been successfully disseminating their message. The linguist George Lakoff has noted that:

Over the last 30 years their think tanks have made a heavy investment in ideas and in language. In 1970, [Supreme Court Justice] Lewis Powell wrote a fateful memo to the National Chamber of Commerce saying that all of our best students are becoming anti-business because of the Vietnam War, and that we needed to do something about it. Powell’s agenda included getting wealthy conservatives to set up professorships, setting up institutes on and off campus where intellectuals would write books from a conservative business perspective, and setting up think tanks. He outlined the whole thing in 1970. They set up the Heritage Foundation in 1973, and the Manhattan Institute after that. [There are many others, including the American Enterprise Instituteand the Hoover Institute at Stanford, which date from the 1940s.]

And now, as the New York Times Magazine quoted Paul Weyrich, who started the Heritage Foundation, they have 1,500 conservative radio talk show hosts. They have a huge, very good operation, and they understand their own moral system. They understand what unites conservatives, and they understand how to talk about it, and they are constantly updating their research on how best to express their ideas (Lakoff, 2003).

Think tanks are indeed powerful in today’s society. ALEC is one among many examples.

 

From the top of this report by the “CENTER ON JUVENILE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE” by Randall G. Shelden, M.A, Ph.D Senior Research Fellow, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice — this is a research brief from April 2011 on the AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL.  Please read this intro, which then segues into the Lakoff quote, above:

It is important to state at the outset of this report that conservatives tend to be significantly more punitive than liberals (Shelden, 2011). Since virtually all members of ALEC are conservatives it is only logical that their legislation would be punitive, which has been historically demonstrated by this organization.

ALEC is one among several hundred think tanks in the United States (plus many more in foreign countries). According to Source Watch (2011) “There are twice as many conservative think tanks as liberal ones, and the conservative ones generally have more money.” Indeed, as one writer stated “there is a big imbalance in the amount of cash that goes into left and rightwing think tanks. Over the past two years, [-] think tanks pushing the conservative agenda had received $295 million, while leftwing institutions were given just $75 million” (Teather, 2005). Most think tanks, both left and right-leaning, have “resident experts” with titles such as “senior fellow” or “adjunct scholar.” However, in the case of right-leaning think tanks this does not always indicate that they have an academic degree in their claimed area of expertise. While it is certainly true that outside funding can corrupt the integrity of academic institutions, this is even more prevalent with think tanks.

A problematic aspect of think tanks is that they “are like universities minus the students and minus the systems of peer review and other mechanisms that academia uses to promote diversity of thought. Real academics are expected to conduct their research first and draw their conclusions second, but this process is often reversed at most policy-driven think tanks” (Source Watch, 2011). One writer has noted that the term “think tank” is really a misnomer, saying “They don’t think; they justify” (Source Watch, 2011).

 

 

 

 

And an earlier one:

 

Corporate America’s Trojan Horse in the States 
The Untold Story Behind the American Legislative Exchange Council
Chapter One — OverviewThis report examines the history, finances, and activities of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., that bills itself as �the nation�s largest bipartisan, individual membership association of state legislators.�

As this report shows, however, ALEC is little more than a tax-exempt screen for major U.S. corporations and trade associations that use it to influence legislative activities at the state level. ALEC allows these corporations to do what they couldn�t attempt directly or openly without risking public criticism. They funnel cash through ALEC to curry favor with state lawmakers through junkets and other largesse in the hopes of enacting special-interest legislation � all the while keeping safely outside the public eye.

The organization�s national meetings appear to be mostly window dressing for policy decisions that have already been made, either within the organization�s offices in Washington, D.C., or in closed consultations with the corporations and other like- minded interests that finance virtually all its activities. Indeed, the state legislators who attend ALEC meetings are joined by the platoons of lobbyists, corporate executives, and representatives of assorted trade and professional associations who pay to have the lawmakers as their captive audience. 

The tie that binds is money, and ALEC�s major underwriters have included the now-disgraced Enron Corporation, as well as the American Nuclear Energy Council, the American Petroleum Institute, Amoco, Chevron, Coors Brewing Company, Shell, Texaco, Chlorine Chemistry Council, Union Pacific Railroad, Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, Waste Management, Philip Morris Management Corporation, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and many other of the nation�s major corporations and trade associations. 

Founded in 1973 by conservative activist Paul Weyrich, ALEC occupies prime office space in downtown Washington, operates on an annual budget of roughly $6 million, and employs a full-time staff of around thirty. In its early years, reflecting Weyrich�s vision, ALEC focused almost exclusively on the hot-button social issues on the right-wing�s political agenda � anti-abortion, anti-feminist, anti-voting rights for the District of Columbia. In the late 1980s, however, ALEC abandoned most of these issues in favor of those that had the benefit of attracting substantial corporate donations.

Less talk from me = I hope more reading from you.

PERSONHOOD Ohio (see Association of Pro-Life Physicians) Can’t Read Its Own Manual (the Bible) on “When Life Begins.” [Publ. Jan. 28, 2012]

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PERSONHOOD Ohio (see Association of Pro-Life Physicians) Can’t Read Its Own Manual (the Bible) on “When Life Begins” [Publ. Jan. 28, 2012]..” @ (too many quotes!!) 26,929 words; short-link ends “-10d.”

The title & short-link added Aug 18, 2018, because this post came up on a generic search for “Ohio Fatherhood Commission” which apparently pulled up all posts on “Ohio” including this one…], and it needed a Read-More link to enable better scrolling (i.e., show just an intro, not the entire post at first, unless you click to read more.  So it’s reformatted enough only to include the “Read-More” link in case it comes up again on a similar search and maybe clarify a few unclear phrases..


I still placed that Read-More link pretty far down; the subject matter remains relevant! I also might add an image from some missing organization (like the two mentioned in the title) logos referenced, either near the top, or where referenced in the post, to make its context at the time more obvious.  What I cannot afford to take time to do is clean up all the scripture quotes.  In 2012 I was still something of a novice (3 years) self-taught-html blogger. Nothing like what posts display as now.  But the content? I think the content was pretty right-on from early on…


AS I WROTE IN January, 2012…

This section developed in the middle of yesterday’s post summarizing the memorable event of 1996, namely former President Bill Clinton’s signing of the welfare bill, and the after-effects of creating an invasive and power-to-incarcerate (and garnish paychecks) child support system upon the entire nation.  Don’t ask me which search led to discovering “PERSONHOOD Ohio” but once it did, it definitely had my attention!

I have grappled with the implications and wish to explain that this is NOT a “Christian” view or anything resembling it, if “Christian” has anything to do with actually reading the Bible, understanding to whom its various books were addressed, what millennium (and stage of the history of The Chosen People they were addressed), having a vague concept of “context,” and (finally) in general, exhibiting what is pretty darn clear in the gospels, Acts and New Testament, is the gist and purpose of Christians and their relationship to the present world.  It’s in that last part where the contradictions are most extreme – – while Jesus said “my kingdom is not of this world,” the so-called followers have been very much concerned with establishing all kinds of kingdoms and dominions and exerting institutional (not spiritual) control over this world.

Finally, a little closer look shows that very accurate scriptural reading (in fact by translators through the centuries) which builds the habit of at least, attention, has produced men who contributed ALSO scientific advances in the study of the human body and who helped topple abusive and murderous regimes.  Why?  Because they were out of step with their times, and followed their instinctual love of observation, logic, attention to detail and consistently comparing what scripture read to what the religious leaders of their times pushed forth.

It seems that attention in language also relates to attention in science.

Others of this, though they still retained various prejudices (I’m now reading how Martin Luther was also anti-Semite) (and we know that the founders of this country, many, were slaveowners), they STILL changed the status quo for the better by challenging the FOUNDATION of man’s authority over man.

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There is a point to limiting abortion, for example, partial-birth abortion (I don’t believe that either Bush or Obama were that great on this issue.  I’ll check, though).  It can get out of hand, and the fact is that aborting a fetus DOES end a life, and/or a potential life.  But that is no excuse for the kind of rhetoric, or propositions that PERSON HOOD Ohio puts forth, or how it puts them forth.  True to the religious tradition (se e”Inquisition” “Crusades” “Holocaust” (Hitler was a “Christian,” right? ), when they can’t persuade people by reason — or example, they call up on God and then head towards military or governmental domination by force.  Not exactly Jesus’ methods, who “humbled himself unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians) before GOD (and not his fellow men) exalted him.

I have been listening (some) to analysis of the Republican candidates for President of the U.S.A.   Not real encouraging.  I heard Michelle Bachmann speak today on “Facing the Nation” (TV).  Yuck, dripping with sincerity, as is Romney.  I also heard Florida Congressman Debbie Wasserman Schulz (Head of DNC).   And I’m opposed to “Obamacare.”   I hope this post (for those who get through it) may outline some of the heritage and mentality of this element within the Republican Party, and why they are such a joke to truth, logic, and honesty — which are THE most important qualifications we should demand as voters to anyone heading up this country.

I grappled with this for two days.  Any further linguistic or grammar mistakes (through incomplete edits or omissions), you can still read the overall and get the gist of my message, I’m sure.

 

So, POST is in two parts:

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The extended introduction (in conversational form) I hope outlines why I stand where I do, and why those who have not yet confronted within themselves the existence of “evil” (as well as “good”) in this world, as a just about tangible entity, are simply not qualified to help others, and will be used by them.

Probably 95% of the “intervention” and behavioral change programs we all are paying for (through out government) do not accept the existence of evil and/or good per se, and hence have to fabricate different ways to describe a situation, such as pathology or lack of education.  This works great of you are a forensic psychologist or LOVE educational theories and testing them on OP (other people).

The book of Hebrews 5 puts it this way:

14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Meat is a metaphor (?) for  knowledge, that which, when chewed it up, swallowed, digested & assimilated (don’t forget excreting the indigestible!) results in understanding (discernment).  This usage seems consistent throughout the Bible, referring to doctrine or knowledge as something eaten or drunk.  For example, “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” or “I am the bread of life” (spoken in John 6, after a miraculous expansion of loaves & fishes to feed the multitudes), or “Desire the sincere milk of the word,” etc.  It’s throughout.  People worked harder for food in those days than our pre-processed, shrink-wrapped, fast-foods, a supermarket on the corner society;  it was obviously significant.  They also were likely more aware of what it took to get from plant or animal to the mouth.

The act of eating and drinking brings something into ones body for use, breakdown into component parts and nourishment, excreting the indigestible, etc.  It takes time and energy and it’s a good analogy and simple one — typical of the book.  Jesus in John 4:34 said “my meat is to the will of him that sent me and to finish his work.”  How simple is that?  It’s what sustained him, gave him energy even when he was (as in that case) tired.

In that verse, I hear, those who have not practiced discerning (separating) GOOD from EVIL are not ready for strong meat.  This is part of digesting truth– knowing the difference. And knowing that difference is as important as taste, it is vital to life.  (Imagine, if you could not taste ingested poison!) Sense are to be exercised to discern the difference, and this happens through practice — it is an acquired skill

We live, however, in a time of force-fed progaganda through mass media which is EVERYwhere, for the most part, containing words, images, and sounds.  It is even more important now to discern good from evil (let alone true from false).  Unless we’re OK with intravenous feeding (pre-processed, with censorship) of the thoughts and ideas that drive our lives, and governments.

 

In Hebrews 5 context, one hears the writer’s exasperation, reviewing basic principles of who is Christ as a Priest after the order of Melchizidek (bear with me a moment, OK?) it appears even then, matters of “personhood” (namely, Christ’s) were somewhat confused and needed to be set straight.  The writer scolds the listeners for needing to be taught again — by now, they should be teachers, but apparently they hadn’t sharpened their tools (“senses”) through use.  The chapter is dealing with the topic of a priest, commonly understood even now, as to be someone who intercedes, being a man, on behalf of men, vis a vis God:

5So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.{{i.e., high priests are called — they don’t call themselves.  Christ didn’t call himself, ergo was not “God”}}

6As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

7Who in the days of his flesh, when he (Jesus) had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him (God) that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

No wonder, centuries ago, a method of living together within the U.S. which restrained the religiously zealous and equally indoctrinated was devised, in good part by those who were less than convinced, some of them possibly of the miraculous, spiritual matters though they accepted Jesus’ summary of ethics.


They wisely saw that matters of spirituality should not be legislated, indeed could not, and put some chains on the thing.   This was 1700s; being quite aware of recent history {{i.e., recent, ongoing, religious wars in Europe}} and realizing this could lead to more wars, bloodshed, book-burnings, and burnings at the stake, creating a caste of fugitives — again, somehow, then, a Declaration of Independence, a War FOR Independence and a Constitution (and Bill of Rights) were consolidated.

EVERY US President who takes office, and many other (not all) public leaders, have to swear allegiance to it, to uphold and defend it.  Ha, ha, ha. ….

Most of mainstream Christianity — and I’m going to hazard a guess that PERSONHOOD OHIO is somewhere in the mix — has accepted, according to the powers that be, that there is a trinity, that Jesus Christ was in fact God, and that’s that.  This, I am finding out, has ramifications far, far beyond the realm of religion and spirituality, because it gets down to matters as simple as, can you (did you?) read what’s written or are you making it up as you go?

 

WOULD YOU?

And I do not want people “making it up as they go” to be determining whether my daughters, for example, “God forbid,” should they become pregnant by rape or other horrible deed, are to be subjected to a nationwide, religious-based criminalization of them for not following through with childbirth, based on the convoluted determination of when life begins by people who have far less concern apparently about loss of life after such pregnancies, or in the foster care system, {or through domestic violence}, for example.

Today on the news, there was a horrible statistic, in which a 19 year old male is suspected (not convicted) of stabbing to death the mother of their child, who happens to be 15 years old.  The child was nine months old, so potentially, it could’ve been an age-fourteen childbirth, or age-fifteen, but either way, that child is now motherless, and (due to imminent jail) fatherless.   Interview with the victim’s younger brother indicated they were arguing with who gets the baby for weekends, i.e., custody.    It appears that the young woman was living with her family who seemed supportive, yet imagine if this 14-year old had used contraception and not such tragedy started this child’s life — imagine, 10 years from now, and that not being an option.

 

AND THEN I HAVE BELOW, PART 2 of the Post:

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This part, with lots of scripture quotes, is a little FAQ for anyone who might oppose the general concept of giving fertilized eggs personhood and criminalizing ALL abortion, no matter for what cause.

A little scriptural ammo, in case you get tired of simply citing separation of church and state, or civil rights for same-sex marriage (an argument I’m sure won’t be won among this crowd).

“PERSONHOOD Ohio” (and they’re in other states) really got under my skin yesterday, because of their simple, consistent, bludgeoning of their own scripture (which I take as mine too, i.e., that Bible), while citing it to stop, potentially, things like contraception and increase the ranks of babies brought into this world.

Pray {{and/or take other care to ensure..}} you don’t hire one as a defense attorney!  The same habit in legal field would spit out irrelevant cites, and potentially make a fool of your case in court.  The same habit in the medical field could justify dangerous and wildly inaccurate procedures based on simply not taking the time to look carefully, and in a detached, objective manner, at the facts. Believe me, it’s habit-forming. Sound judgment doesn’t develop through just getting turned on during the work day and off on the weekends…


On the website, the inaccuracy, the improper handling of scripture (which isn’t THAT hard to read, the portions they quoted) was then carried over into their handlings of statistics (rarely produced) and, just a side note, the corporate status of one of the two groups (with the same incorporator & street address) HAS expired, it reads “cancelled” (for failure to file) — yet they are still advertising in more than one state for donations.  Typical!

MY RESPONSE:

I am angry at myself for having engaged in the foolishness of this group, and have tried to redeem the lost time by publishing what I found looking more closely.   Just how truly sloppy the quotation and cites were, not to mention out of context and anachronistic.   This type of observation applied to the  most important book such groups supposedly use for backup should not be overlooked.  You have my permission to engage and if possible expose how flimsy the reasoning is.  Please do, and do so on-line IF you have processed the information.

This may (??) have a little more impact than simply fighting them by saying, you’re religious, religious groups are anti-gay, anti-abortion, etc.  Beat them on their own ground, which is shaky.  If they want to come out of superficial and fraudulent spirituality back into the land of observable facts, then that also could be engaged.

I realize this particular group is definitely not the most powerful one around, or significant, but principles count, and the prime climate for fascist takeover is confusion.  (See Naomi Klein, “The Shock Doctrine”).   They are being “used” and can be used by anyone.

The matter of abortion IS a legitimate issue, and this is not an easy one — it does bring into conflict the purpose and meaning of life.  That is a deep discussion — but some simply do not qualify to even be at that table, at least not from the Biblical side.

As the prime “excuse for abuse” in my life (last third of it anyhow) — including my “excuse” for trying just a little harder than average to resolve the issues before separating has been “faith” and belief in the importance of marriage, and the redemptive qualities of God, while similarly HIS** excuse for every single type of abuse (when challenged) was that as a male, he was head of the household, period — this matter of spirituality vs. religion got a LOT of air time in my thinking over the years.  Then, after separation, it (my faith) was used to mock and belittle me (and others) in the family law system, while I absolutely know that my practice was not over the top and was marked throughout by a lifetime of tolerance and ability to get along with all kinds of people and groups professionally and personally.

{{**”HIS” referring to my batterer/husband/God-Jesus-Bible-talking husband, not God!//LGH 2018 clarification}}

I have no idea what the self-excuses were for the many religious people & groups who saw {our situation, the routine violence and its impact on our home//LGH 2018}, and did nothing other than open their doors occasionally for an overnight when we fled {{a violent incident in the home or imminent threat of one}}.  Somehow, it never disrupted their routine more than temporarily. I cannot see that anyone changed their viewpoints to actually, NEXT time, call the police and seek to get a batterer arrested, or even acknowledged it as a crime.


I carry a long list and awareness of just who in which communities was involved, and note that their passivity in the face of such outrage is matched by those of their flocks.


But I know that all of these fell into the categories above of black ink.  Not red, and not blue.  Who knows, perhaps I have something to do in this lifetime to push back some of the curtains and help with some language interpretation, from the inside out.

Tax Perks for Religious Groups need to Go!

When I say that I truly believe NO church, mosque, or synagogue should receive ANY nonprofit status — I am utterly serious.  Let them balance their books like everyone else, and stop fleecing their own flocks, while doing soup kitchens and sometimes even opening doors to homeless created, in part, by their own policies of silence on spouse abuse, and complicit in systemic oppression of their own populations, then meeting weekly to solace them in their distress and poverty.

That was intro.  Here we go:

(1)  The world may, it seems, be classified into those who are/who:

  • NOT RELIGIOUS, OR “SPIRITUAL” BUT STRIVES TO BE ETHICAL & TOLERANT WITHIN SOCIETY

  • VAGUELY (OR SPECIFICALLY) “SPIRITUAL,” BUT NOT ATTENDING

  • HONESTLY UNINTERESTED IN THE AFTERLIFE, BUT ATTEMPT TO LIVE HONESTLY & ETHICALLY & PRODUCTIVELY IN THIS ONE.

  • INTEND TO RUN THE WORLD (WITH COLLEAGUES) BY ANY MEANS, NECESSARY, INCL. WAR &/OR GENOCIDE OF “INFERIORS,” AND HAS A PLAN IN OPERATION, TRAP SET BUT HAS NOT YET BEEN SPRUNG.

  • RELIGIOUS/DOMINIONIST/EVANGELIZE BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY, INCL. WAR, ADOPTION AND/OR FORCIBLE BREEDING PROGRAMS.  HATES THE “OTHER,” BUT CALLS IT LOVE.

  • NONCONFRONTATIONAL, OBEDIENT AND STABLE WITH THE CURRENT SYSTEMS IN HOPE THE VANISHING SAFE ZONE BETWEEN ABOVE GROUPS OUTLASTS HIS/HER LIFETIME, AND IF POSSIBLE, OFFSPRING’S. LAYS LOW EXCEPT UNDER EXTREME & IMMEDIATE DURESS.  WALKS SOFTLY AND ATTEMPTS TO LEAVE A LIGHT FOOTPRINT.  TRUST OTHERS TO REFORM, OR DO THEIR JOBS RIGHT, AS THEY DO.

  • BY VIRTUE OF CIRCUMSTANCE OR TEMPERAMENT (OR BOTH) HAVE BEEN EJECTED OUT OF TRADITIONAL CATEGORIES AND FIND THE ONLY SANE AND LOGICAL ALTERNATIVE TO BECOME ACTIVIST REPORTERS/CHALLENGERS/REFORMERS.  “DOORMAT” DOESNT WORK FOR THESE, EVER; THEY INTEND TO CHANGE SYSTEMS OF INANE CRUELTY.  

It’s the war between the groups in red that are of most concern.  They appear opposites but in truth are pretty well connected by love of money, power, prestige and a wonderful self-righteousness, at least when in a group.   When I speak of the “religious” group it’s inherent that religion is based on the root word for “tie.”  People are TIED together through common values, and sometimes so banded together to handle the basic hard conditions of life.

The top group in red seem to run in family lines and to run countries, and things like banks, economic systems, and wars.**  They are at their do NOT believe in “the resurrection” (but are not above of funding and manipulating well-networked groups who do) and make a sharp distinction between THEIR progeny and others’ progeny.  The latter are dispensable.  I have a post intended to talk about this, about some under-reported groups (though obviously someone has reported, or I wouldn’t know about them) with far wider influence than, say AFCC/CRC & the ones I typically blog on.   I became aware of these as an investigative reporter/researcher, simply pulling on threads til I saw where they crossed other threads, and where they came from, at least so far as I could pull in the short time of this blog’s existence.

These groups will seek to control two primary things:   1.  Language, which is the control of ideas, and discussion of ideas; and 2. Economy, meaning production of wealth and all that goes with it.   The more others can be conditioned (trained) to mimic or acquiesce to programs, the easier things are.  Alternately, the masses can be incited, in order to justify more control.  The subterranean nature of their dealings gives more freedom of operation, makes things simpler, as it were.

**My next post, “Time to Have This Talk” (or similar an alternate, very long title) is going to speak to that.

I am now by habit the group in BLUE, and can identify & connect with others who think and act this way.  Most of them have had a hard life, some since they were very young.  They are round pegs in square holes, know it, and don’t reside in holes, round OR square.

Typically, we’ve been ejected (spat out) from the normal places in life, but (to tell the truth), many can look back to childhood and see that this has been lifelong.  They have worked through and defined their own values.   I see some of these differences in my own children as well.  

A friend(?) of mine (we fight a lot), said it this way — she feels comfortable operating as a lone wolf and maintains connections with other lone wolves who don’t get along with each other.  She gets livid/very upset at groupthink / groupstupidity which is either leading others down dead ends (in respect to problems they supposedly want solved), and at these times, I duck out the back door to avoid friendly fire.  The unpredictability factor, I can’t incorporate into my life plan, either.  Similarly, I  know I’ve also behaved the same way when exceptionally frustrated at something just plain “WRONG” and destructive.  It’s the wrong and wildly expanding destructive part that gets to me – not whether or not it’s conforms to present norms.

Another thing in common with the “blue” people is that  — and I can think of several (four) people in my own life who function thus — is that they often experienced pretty bad treatment by their parents as a young child.  Either they rubbed those parents the wrong way, or they had more than average backbone, which irritated a dominant father, or in one case mother.  I have definitely irritated my own family line in this matter, although it’s simple enough to identify which parent I take after.


Some talk is out there about “indigo children,” but while this little description does apply, I really don’t like the concept of labeling people by their psychological attributes and if you say “Namaste” around me, I just labelled you — get out of my face!  That’s so “Berkeley.” . . . . 

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Those in black, are survivors and producing fodder and income for both the other groups, with some left over for themselves and their own and maybe even some extra for charity.  These are normal, reasonably ethical and honest workers, (taken collectively) who accept most (though not all) of the status quo, and are often respected and well-integrated into their local communities.  They do not make waves and are not usually volatile, except individually when the pressure is too great, some may crack.

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I know that in my marriage (which was the first time), there was something innate about me which pissed off that man. While as a single person and non-mother, I could flow between groups and balance participation, this situation was so “off the chart” that I had to change.  This change appears to be permanent, and I KNOW has also changed the way I see and respond to the world, namely, notice more things, and respond to them. Trust my intuition more and try to compromise less.

In the many years of attempting to get free from dangerous situations, or simply destructive ones, I have noticed that the people who could truly help me, were ONLY those in the blue category, who’d been through something similar and were no-holds-barred about speaking their mind on it, and acting to protect or intervene.
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NOTE:  Most of this was written yesterday, some today and some tinkering.  More tinkering isn’t going to improve the thing.  I took on the group from its theological attempt to justify the constitutional amendment, being shocked as I read, at how jumbled up the reasoning is.  This might not be apparent to those who aren’t too familiar with the context.  So, there is a lot of scripture quoted below, in rebuttal to the hacked-up version of scripture casually referenced in the rhetoric.

FYI, that casual & flippant handling of scripture shows a true disrespect for it.  People are just too busy with their agenda, or too lazy to spend some time in it, which is another reason I am no longer in the “attending” category.   I would learn more (and have) staying at home and reading the book, then, with prayer and intention, go out and practice what I read there.  In fact, it’s been a measurably more interesting and profitable lifestyle in the last few years since I made this decision.  Staying in the pews, and listening to the hack jobs on the book, or yet another lecture about women keeping silent in the church (if I’m overly participatory when participation is solicited from the front), is getting old.

That, and my knowledge that indeed it is a place, some of them, where predators go to pick up women my age who might be looking for relationship and tempted to fall for a Christian sorta guy.  Fact is, you become like people you hang out with, and if I want to hang out with some intelligent ideas, relevant now and relevant to the history of the world (at least in the West), resulting in understanding, let alone some stimulating conversation, among other things, I figured, how about with the author of the Book, which I can read in English thanks to the work and sacrifice of some very fine linguists and men of convictions, several of who gave their life for this privilege?

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ABA, APA, AFCC, AAML, . . and others: Reconceptualize This! [Some Ohio Councils, Commissions, and Headlines, Incl. Basic Links][Chosen to represent 2012 in my 2017 Retrospective, includes its own]

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ABA, APA, AFCC, AAML, . . and others:  Reconceptualize This!  [Some Ohio Councils, Commissions, and Headlines, Incl. Basic Links][Chosen to represent 2012 in my 2017 Retrospective, includes its own]  [Words in italics added during 2017 update (adding an intro with images)/formatting cleanup]. {With case-sensitive Short-link ending “-101”}

So here’s the deal: I have been reviewing early (January)-year posts back to 2009 and was looking for a representative one, or at most two, for each year.


The “Reconceptualize This!” phrase came from having observed how hard certain types of professionals, and their associations, in their conferences (and publications, presentations) etc. were working to “reconceptualize” assault & battery behavior, and the other criminal behavior that accompanies (1) domestic violence and (2) child abuse, and (3) other related felonious behaviors – as something else.

ANYTHING but calling it what it is, and attributing cause to the actual perp, as opposed to say, his or her spouse (for lack of communications skills), society (for prejudice against, in this case, his race or gender), or his lack of a biological father in the home growing up (i.e., blame it on his single mother, or conditions which discouraged women from getting and staying married when they have children), and so forth.

“Coincidentally” in the process of reconceptualizing the criminal laws defining what is and is not a crime in the country as needing some serious behavioral modification makeovers for actually holding perps and lawbreakers responsible for their own actions, the presence of bad childhoods, missing daddies, difficult divorces, or poverty, notwithstanding, [the language also changes.]

So, in this post, you’ll find its own internal retrospective — and along the way naming MANY key entities, organizations, and personalities still at work in the same lines of work, that is, to make the justice system work for their mutual, private purposes, and calling it the public interest.

Year 2009: Development of a Framework for Identifying and Explicating the Context of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases and its Implications for Custody Determinations

Year, 2008: Reconceptualizing Child Custody: Past, Present, and Future—Lawyers and Psychologists* Working Together A Continuing Education Conference (in other words, basically ABA & APA memberships) (Chicago)[*see “notes2008 below the quote”]

Year 2007:  Changing the Culture of Custody  (Pennsylvania) 

(more on this, below, in fact most of today’s [1/22/2012]post is on this).

Year, 2006:  Rethinking Domestic Violence (Donald Dutton, book, Canada) [**See “notes2006 below the quote”]

Year 2005:  Batterers’ Intervention Programs still going strong:

Year, 2002: Batterers As Fathers: Rethinking and Reconceptualizing Policy and Practice (book, Lundy Bancroft/Jay Silverman)

[I commented] ~ ~ ~ How many people can actually “reconceptualize” a world in which the habit of battering automatically precludes the habit of parenting, of participating IN a family, and of having anything at all to discuss in the custody courts?
Not going to happen.  Too much profit in the less-effective alternatives & case-churning.
The truth of the matter is, too many believe that the sky would fall, government wouldn’t work right, and the economy would go under IF men’s (AND women’s including mothers, stepmothers, and new girlfriends) rights to be around children, or romantic partners, would CEASE, QUICKLY and PERMANENTLY – — over the crime of what would be a crime if perpetrated upon a stranger.
[My 2018Oct18 thought added, though it’s not a new thought]… In effect, preserving the “right-to-abuse” and commit crimes upon relatives & family members as basic and intrinsic to the concept of “FAMILY,” and infringing upon said “right (of men) to abuse (esp. women & children)” as a true human rights outrage, while the abuse itself, apparently, isn’t REALLY so outrageous…  
But, it not being politically correct to say this outright, ways and rationales to “work around” the system are found.  Distractions — and professionalizing “father engagement” qualifies — abound.

[**”notes2008 below the quote”]

In moving this summary to the top of the page, I unearthed more information from the 2008 reference, screen-printed and linked/captioned it, included more from 2006, and threw in just for good measure two screenprints from the “Batterers’ Intervention Programming link to BISCMI.org, a situation and organization (because of what it’s doing and who shows up at its conferences!) I’ve been paying attention to over time, and have done some major drill-downs on conference attendees.  Particularly when I found the recently-renamed “Family Justice Center Alliance,” which public/private collusion in combination with “theDuluthModel” and the associated DV cartel has done more to set up women for the take-down than, perhaps, the violent men they were fleeing in individual situations, generation after generation, including up to today.

That model for the uninitiated isn’t just “globalist” it’s socialist.  FYI not all women protesting personal violence wish to become socialists simply to escape the same, and not all women who are adamantly more in favor of the US Constitution then a UN-based world order in which national boundaries, for almost any key subject matter (cause, values) area just doesn’t matters, are necessarily avid, say Donald Trump followers.

In fact if there’s anything women in, for example, my situation MIGHT wish to do is to quit being forced to join cults in order to survive other cults, and I’m referring in my case to the so-called Christian ones in particular. (Another flavor there is just how much Unification Church, then and now, still permeates what many may think is actually some version of right-wing Christianity…) We would LIKE to live peaceably in our countries, wherever that is (and mine happens to be the USA) and from that perspective have a good understanding of What The F _ _ _ our country (adjust according to which is yours, respectively) is doing with its tax receipts from our work energies and wages over a lifetime, and as disbursing “services” throughout the land, several of them of the compulsory (if not entirely necessary) variety — and particularly when faced with women seeking personal AND social change in accord with, not in utter disregard of, the laws of the land.

So, I moved my expanded version (of above summary) and several screenprints below it, to:
[Who’s Been Covertly — in widely dispersed conferences and publications — insisting we (in the USA)] Reconceptualize This! (cf. my Jan 22, 2012 post and 2017 updates) (<= This post title’s shortlink ends -5SI)

[**”notes2006 below the quote”]

BUT:   A few notes on this one: I replaced an image in the post for this $87 (hardback/ only $37 paperback) book

See URL http://www.ubcpress.com/search/title_book.asp?BookID=2695

See URL for more description of this title.  Donald Dutton is a professor of psychology at UBritish Columbia as of date of this abstract (it also has a book TOC).

published by University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press), self-described as:

UBC Press | thought that counts
The University of British Columbia Press is Canadaí’s leading social sciences publisher. With an international reputation for publishing high-quality works of original scholarship, our books draw on and reflect cutting-edge research, pushing the boundaries of academic discourse in innovative directions. Each year UBC Press publishes seventy new titles in a number of fields, including Aboriginal studies, Asian studies, Canadian history, environmental studies, gender and women’s studies, geography, health and food studies, law, media and communications, military and security studies, planning and urban studies, and political science.  UBC Press publishes many series (etc.)

From this book abstract:

… the stated aim of refuting what he describes as feminist “dogma preservation” 2 in the field.** He seeks to dislodge the perceived dominance of this perspective by providing his own “more enlightened” 3 and “dispassionate” viewpoint, one which disputes the relevance of gender to domestic violence and foregrounds a gender-neutral and exclusively psychological account of its causes. Dutton argues that because personality disorders have not been acknowledged as the real cause of domestic violence, legal responses to domestic violence have been misguided and ineffective.Dutton extends these two primary themes throughout the entire book. Dutton designates the first seven chapters to explaining why feminist accounts that identify gender and gender inequality as relevant to domestic violence are wrong  (DID I mention, he’s a tenured psychology professor there?)

https://drdondutton.com/about/ His PhD in Social Psychology was in 1970, from Univ. of Toronto, and his work experience 1973-1995 includes court-ordered “Assaultive Husbands” therapy.

From 1979 to 1995, he served as a therapist in the Assaultive Husbands Project, a court mandated treatment program for men convicted of wife assault. In the course of providing therapy for these men, he drew on his background in both social and clinical psychology to develop a psychological model for intimate abusiveness.

He has published over 122 peer reviewed journal articles and 10 books, including the Domestic Assault of WomenThe Batterer and The Abusive Personality.

Dr. Dutton has served as an expert witness in criminal trials involving family violence, including his work for the prosecution in the O.J. Simpson trial.

 

Note — the off-ramped/off-shored post has more information connecting Dr. Dutton to AFCC (June 2016 conference in Seattle, Washington) and showing in the same conference, more organizations listed below here, and which I have been blogging for several years.  This is important information to know, and I hope to publish it soon and that readers will take time to consider what the situation really signifies, particularly as I’ve already blogged, in 2016 as I recall, “Outflanking National Sovereignty through Functionalism” and “Accounting Literacy Matters:  Cause-based doesn’t.”

I am putting so much time into this particular update (so far, I believe three extra posts have branched off from it) because it really did identify — now FIVE YEARS AGO — many key players, contradictions in their mutual claims, networks among the various players, and that the overall programming intent, collectively, was indeed to decriminalize domestic violence, while setting up women for failure in believing that the many advocacy groups were still thinking or acting independently enough, and could be trusted to help us more than, sometimes, temporarily

…and after that, sometimes women might make it free long enough to struggle in the family courts for YEARS, and others, they might not — having gotten simply “offed” (or their kids) shortly after filing.

This is still happening, according to social media reporting on the headlines, something I could no longer stomach, as a survivor, doing and was not primarily about in the first place on this blog, either. ///LGH Feb 13, 2017.
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January 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Some Pretty Strange HHS Grant Titles under “Diversionary” Special Interest Child Support Funding.

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Notice:  There are a few heavy issues going around (at least in my thoughts).  I’ll name ONE, TWO, THREE below, and simply tell us that today, I am avoiding the heavy-duty thinking and instead am reporting (below ONE, TWO, THREE sections) an odd assortment of what the heck is happening with our Child Support Enforcement $4 billion annual budget, including some very strange ways of labeling: Grantee, Principal investigator (when there is one), DUNS# (required for federal purchase and absent on too many HHS Grant awards) not to mention the name of the AWARD itself.

I promise this will be interesting, IF this is your cup of tea.  If you don’t have a sense of humor, Lord help you, and quit now, this post will irritate you!

Retranslated, that little intro tells you I’m not feeling well (given these contexts, and psychologically) today, so you get offerings, and that’s it.  Then again, I’ve been studying these topics long enough, and have a unique enough viewpoint, they might also be worth considering under Who moved The Cheese and “You did WHAT!?$#@?? with my money, Congress?”

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including a recent significant ruling from Orange County, California (mother was awarded damages, including some punitive, of $4.9 million for social worker abuses causing in appropriate removal of her children.  It took her six years to get them back, and supervised visitation and child abuse allegations — by the child, not the mom — threats, and all kinds of horrible events were involved in this case.

In other words, it was a fairly typical situation when molestation crops up as a topic.   Father is put on supervised visitation, monitors begin threatening the girls AND the mother when one girl (autistic) resists, and they follow through on the threat, and stick the kid in foster care.  To add to the interest, this is a mother from Seal Beach, where another allegedly “fairly typical” divorce ended last fall in an 8-person massacre.  If these are “typical” we are in serious trouble.  I commented on this in another forum:  If you care to read it, see my 2nd & 3rd comments on this thread, today:  (About the Nonprofits Front Groups that help traffick kids (and just exhaust their parents to get an “unfit” declaration).   I started this thread to stop irritating people on the other threads who preferred banter and in-fighting to strategizing based on analysis, which possibly helped keep both sets of blood pressures down a notch.  I can ignore them and they can more easily ignore me.

In my comment I reminded us that this was such a major issue that a Georgia Senator and her husband were (possibly) murdered while she was in the process of exposing it; there are a number of individuals who simply don’t buy that Nancy Schaefer’s husband murdered her, then committed suicide.  Among these is Garland Favorito, who says he was close to the family and gives a year-later follow up.   So it was  rather heavy-duty morning.

TWO, San Francisco’s New Sheriff was just arraigned on DV charges.

Some details here — I don’t know how “national” the coverage on this one is.  I haven’t followed this one so closely, but for women in certain situations (yes, me, too) who have in the past hoped that sheriffs might help them stop a crime in progress, or report one just committed, the sense that the head of the place has issues with it himself, and problems with women, is naturally disturbing.  There have been also in various places, allegations and lawsuits against district attorneys or their employees surrounding rape, etc., by coworkers, and of course i’ve already blogged “Dubious Doings by District Attorneys.”  These men and women, some of who have given their lives in the line of duty, including literally to protect victims in a ‘domestic dispute” in process (and involving bullets, also have the capacity to sit back and do nothing with impunity.  The cumulative effect of, between family law and criminal elements, wonder where to go for justice — or assistance — gets discouraging year after year.  Here’s some news on this matter:

Also, in San Francisco, an incoming sheriff, Ross Mirkarimi, is now on the spot for domestic violence against his wife:

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-sf-sheriff-domestic-violence-jpeg-09ad6.jpg-20120113,0,4587269.photo

San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, leave City Hall in San Francisco. The newly sworn-in sheriff has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES000168" title="New Year's Day" href="/topic/arts-culture/holidays/new-years-day-EVFES000168.topic">New Year's Eve</a> fight with Lopez.

San Francisco County Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, leave City Hall in San Francisco. The newly sworn-in sheriff has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a New Year’s Eve fight with Lopez.

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s new sheriff is scheduled to appear in court on allegations he mistreated his wife in front of their toddler son and told her not to tell anybody about it.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi (meer-kah-REEM’-ee) is expected to plead not guilty at his arraignment Thursday afternoon in San Francisco Superior Court.

Mirkarimi’s lawyer, Robert Waggener, says he will likely ask for a speedy trial.

Prosecutors have charged the 50-year-old sheriff with domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness. The three misdemeanor charges come after a New Year’s Eve incident with his wife, Eliana Lopez, at their home.

This is not just any old sheriff (no offence, men and women serving on the forces!) but a former SF Supervisor;

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Ross Mirkarimi (pronounced Meehr-kah-reem-e), was elected San Francisco District 5 Supervisor in 2004, and reelected in 2008.   In 2009, he was appointed by the State Senate to the California Coastal Commission, one of the most powerful land-use bodies in the United States. Ross has lived in San Francisco for 25 years.

Supervisor Mirkarimi has authored more than 80 ordinances that have had both citywide and national impact. Apart from his reputation for sponsoring cutting-edge laws, he is also well known for his 24/7 focus on issues that chronically challenge his district and the City.

. . .

  • Reentry for Ex-Offenders: Formation of the Safe Communities Reentry Council to help reintegrate the formerly incarcerated — recognizing the reentry process as a critical opportunity to break the cycle of crime and violence and reduce California’s worst-in-the-nation recidivism rate.
  • Ross was born in Chicago to an Iranian father and mother of Russian descent.Ross spent most of his youth in Rhode Island, obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University (Political Science and Russian Literature), and earned Master’s degrees from Golden Gate University (Economics) and the University of San Francisco (Environmental Science/Management). He is also a graduate of the San Francisco Police Academy, where he was class president.Prior to being elected Supervisor, Ross served as an investigator with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for almost nine years, specializing in economic and environmental crimes.Community organizing and activism have always been a significant part of Ross’s life, as student body president of St. Louis University, president of the Missouri Public Interest Research Group (MOPIRG), and co-founder of the California Green Party.

He would seem to be well-educated and well-qualified, unless the charges are true.  Per enotes.com, he’s very progressive, and was even a member of NOW

Reparations bill

Mirkarimi also authored a piece of reparations bill, which would give descendants of those displaced by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency from the Western Addition priority in obtaining affordable housing. During the 1960s the city tore down much of the historic Fillmore district, most of whose resident’s were permanently removed. Two-thirds of those displaced were African American.[27]

Makes sense to me….  He also was in favor of public (not private) regulated medical marijuana dispensaries (controversial enough?) and

On April 21, 2009, Ross Mirkarimi became a father, as Eliana Lopez, a Venezuelan TV star whom he met at an environmental conference in Brazil, gave birth to his son, Theo Aureliano Mirkarimi.[7][8]

I do note:

He grew up inJamestown, Rhode Island, where he graduated from the Catholic, all-male Bishop Hendricken High School in 1979.

Here’s some SFWeekly on the issue, with plenty of links, including one showing Eliana denying the abuse  and speaking about her neighbor’s insistence on prosecution.  Me, I’m noticing the size differencene (husband/wife), don’t have enough facts to make a call (and it’s not my call), but if it’s true, it sure is a matter of concern, and — sorry — attending an all male Catholic high school (even though sounds like a good one) says something to me.

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Eliana Lopez Admits She Talked to Neighbor, But Denies Abuse

(from SFweekly blog).
By Lauren Smiley Wed., Jan. 18 2012 at 6:00 PM
(Check out article and related links here).  Here’s one account from the warrant, article title contains the word ‘Ballistic,” it says:

Police Interview Second Witness In Domestic Violence Incident 

A copy of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s arrest warrant was released to the media today, painting a disturbing picture of what allegedly took place between Mirkarimi and his wife, Eliana Lopez, during a reported New Year’s Eve domestic dispute.

According to the warrant, Mirkarimi was taking his family to lunch on Dec. 31 when Lopez asked him if, after his inauguration, she could travel to Venezuela to visit her family with their 2-year-old son, Theo. Mirkarimi reportedly lost his cool, and began screaming “fuck you,” to Lopez.

“Fuck you, fuck you, you are trying to take Theo away from me,” Mirkarimi reportedly said. He then allegedly turned the car around and told her that he wasn’t taking them to eat, saying something to the effect of “she didn’t deserve to eat.”

The fight escalated when the couple returned to their Western Addition home, where Mirkarimi allegedly pushed, pulled, grabbed, and verbally abused Lopez, according to the document.

Lopez ran outside the house, telling him that she would call the police. The couple’s son was screaming and crying, too. Mirkarimi repeatedly apologized to his wife and begged her to come back into the house, per the warrant.

The next day, Lopez visited her neighbor, Ivory Madison, and told her about the domestic violence dispute. She was in tears and asked Madison to video the bruise on her arm, explaining that she wanted all of it recorded in case Mirkarimi tried to take their son away.

On Jan. 12 — after the incident had been reported to police — officers contacted “another neighbor” who claims Lopez told her about the New Year’s Eve fight. She reportedly told the witness that it was the second time in 2011 that Mirkarimi had abused her. She showed her the bruise on her arm, which was a “pretty big” brown injury that appeared to be a hand or finger marks, according to police.

One of the women reporting him actually helped host a fundraiser to get him elected:

Ross Mirkarimi Update: Neighbor Who Reported Domestic Violence Fundraised for New Sheriff

By Erin Sherbert Mon., Jan. 9 2012 at 8:00 AM
Categories: Politics

But a quick Google search shows that it’s not exactly his political enemies, but rather his political allies who are “the forces at work” in this ongoing case. Ivory Madison, the neighbor who called police to report the alleged domestic violence, is also the same woman who helped get Mirkarimi elected.

According to ActBlue, a democratic political action committee, Madison hosted a fundraiser for Mirkarimi on Oct. 15, 2011. Here’s what the invite said:

Please Join Us In Support of Ross Mirkarimi For Sheriff!

Spend some quality time with Ross, his wife Eliana Lopez, and their son

Hosted by Ivory Madison & Abraham Mertens, Jane Morrison, Thea Selby, and Gladys Holder Soto

etc.  This ain’t over yet.  

THREE:

Will show in next few posts, I hope.  Have been seeing the need to incorporate and address the different angles that come up when Juvenile Justice Diversionary programs (i.e., help them, don’t jail them) run into the family law’s approach, which is the more diversions the better, and the dangers of being a mother in this day and time, once physical assaults have occurred and jumpstarted some legal action.   Family Court is a great place for batterers (that’s what the DV orgs call such people, as does the book’ The Batterer as Parent”) aka “parent” as the father-friendly AFCC groups like to call them.

The problem the Juvenile Justice groups confront is very, very real — which is racist incarceration practices.  It’s a large and wide-ranging topic, so I can’t say a whole lot more, just now.

I also have been feeling, not just seeing, the influence of the outfits that are able to operate with more freedom because they are under-reported; they are rarely front-page news, although they help create it and censor it in times, through simply buying out media.  I’m talking about nonprofits like ALEC, or The New American Century.

Really, these are tough times, and it requires sound thinking.   I’d love to just ignore all this and put my nose to the grindstone again, but year after year of doing exactly that (while children in the home, or after they were — overnight, and again right on the cusp of success for them and me both — NOT in my home) one knows better than to just charge off as IF one were totally free to choose, when in context, one is not.

Years of disruption of income for women without supportive families is particularly worrisome.  We have no job stability or social stability, and quite frankly, recreating onesself in relationship to the communities where one has fought the courts and or one’s ex for so long, after which discovering the means of betrayal (within supposedly supportive government institutions) — how’d you like to do this for approximately 20, 30, possibly 40, possibly til the day you die, years?    Particularly when you know you can contribute and have in the past, when it was possible to work for a few years in a row on single projects, or at a single line of work?

This experience actually is better preparation for war (or, as such, business startups) than for any professional occupations or things one can do in a time of peace, which this isn’t.  My experience of marriage AND family (of origin) has been one of nonstop tribal-style warfare, and most of the war appeared to be over shutting down basic expressions of sentient life, use of one’s mind, and humanity.  Things like choice.  Or seeking to protect the fruits of my own efforts for a season or maybe even two in a row.  and I know my case was better than many, although perhaps not for the length.

Yesterday, I spent time (hours) with an acquaintance who had a social worker set her up and remove children without any order, or due process, while a restraining order was on.  (Munchausen’s by Proxy).  I looked up the social worker who did this thing, by name (not my state) and found she had barely completed a bachelor’s in social science (it took maybe 5 years), worked briefly for an entity which got HHS block grants in the area, it doesn’t appear this person ever lived outside the immediate geographic area (which the mother had, as had the father in the case)– and suddenly this erstwhile social worker becomes Director of Family Court Services?

Not only does this particular mother have no contact with her kids, to speak of, she also has no LIFE outside fighting this case (now at the federal level) and for periods she also had no home.  The custody reversal kicked her out of her own home without somewhere to go, apparently deprived of community property, and for a time she was simply living in her car in a cold climate (not the first mother I know this has happened to).    And yet, the FR groups still say, the courts are biased against men?  WHERE?

The story is grindingly simple and I noted that the process again began with ordering supervised visitation to the mother, immediately.  Give us your assets, and pay to see your kids that you gave birth to.

Land of the free and home of the brave? ?   Brave yes — free, no.

Added to all this, one never really (?) gets over loss of relationship with one’s children, and particularly not when it was known to in violation of due process, and without a factual or legal basis on the record as to why, and suspiciously corresponded with one guy’s high child support arrears (through not working) and a few other middle-aged female’s known empty nests (one, opted for abortion + snatch someone else’s kids, the other, after two (at least) known failed relationships, needed to have some kids around possibly for church social status — and free housekeeping).  Women are no less complicit in these matters than men, although I do believe more equality in government (meaning, CONGRESS!) might bring out the best — not the worst — in human nature.

SO,  BELOW THIS LINE iS WHERE THE POST’S TITLE CONTENT BEGINS.  JUST LOOKING….

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From the “90FD series” which apparently may represent the Partnership With Universities to Fix Things series:

1115 Grants Awarded in FY 2011

Section 1115 Grants: Partnership to Strengthen Families: Child Support Enforcement and University Partnerships

(check it out).

If one grant catches my attention, I often go look for similar ones on TAGGS.  Which means I often have two or three reports of various sorts to browse, scan and possibly check out, going at a time.  This helps me (i’m a scanner; hey– it takes all kinds!) to build a little mental database of what’s going on in the free money to help solve society’s problems by standardizing & circulating answers to almost every question  (similar to catechism, only supposedly not religious) business, which is what HHS is pretty well invested in.  Actually YOU are invested if you file an income tax return, or have it withheld.  Make that a “WE.”

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that TAGGS database wasn’t actually designed for human use outside the people administering the grants.  I mean:  The third column here is supposed to actually describe what the Award is about — it’s “Award Title”

 Check some of them out:
Results 1 to 305 of 305 matches.
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Grantee Name Award Number Award Title Budget Year Action Issue Date Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
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MI ST OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, BUREAU OF MGNT & BUDGET 90FD0181 RETOOLING MICHIGAN’S CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM  1 09/27/2011 OTHER NEW MARILYN STEPHEN $ 100,000
GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0090 GEORGIA DEPT. OF HUMAN RESOURCES 1 08/27/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW RUSSELL EASTMAN $ 125,000
GA ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0101 STATE OF GEORGIA 1 09/16/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW RONNIE BATES $ 43,000
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0089 STATE OF MINNESOTA 1 09/23/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW WAYLAND CAMPBELL $ 43,000

Well, that really narrows it down, thanks for the explanation.   One year’s salary (average administrative secretarial?) for “STATE OF GEORGIA” award.  Glad you found something to put in that field called “Award Title.”

Now we can start with the research:  Is it bigger than a breadbox?  Is it a consumable or an invisible intangible?   Can I link to it, and who is selling it?   Should I search for it at HHS or within the GA Dept of HUMAN RESOURcES?

MN is doing this kind of labelling too, obviously.  So is TN, only TN can’t make up its mind what to call itself in the Grantee Institution field . . . . .

“TN ST” or “STATE OF TENNESSEE” (depending on how it was entered) and CHARLES BRYSON (or “MR. CHARLES BRYSON”) are quite active, and I wonder if this too involves some ‘retooling” of the child support system.  Most grants have a partial clue to what’s going on, but some really do not:

STATE OF TENNESSEE  90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 1 06/23/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 82,853
State of Louisiana, Department of Social Services 90FD0125 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-2) 1 08/23/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW ROBBIE ENDRIS $ 59,983
TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 1 07/20/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 108,112
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  90FD0077 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT, PRIORITY AREA #4 1 08/26/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 60,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  90FD0102 TENNESSEE DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES  1 09/16/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW LINDA CHAPPELL $ 62,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/31/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 101,427
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 07/27/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,688
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 03/06/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 02/24/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 1 09/20/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 54,612
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 08/09/2009 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 52,034
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/12/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 05/13/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 09/01/2010 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 50,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 05/18/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 71,240
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 3 08/08/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 47,500
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES  1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 85,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 2 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 75,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0177 INTEGRATING WORKFORCE STRATEGIES WITH CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES IN TENNESSEE 1 09/24/2011 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 55,000

Any particular reason why the name of an award is simply the name of the state, or the department within the state?   Hello, I am applying for a grant, my Company  is “BROKEN ARROW PROMISES”   I promise to XYZ.   OK, but the public needs to know what the grant is for, so we’ll just call it the  BROKEN ARROW PROMISES grant, which will explain where their taxes are going.

Here’s a simple search of all grants to this department, showing a few different DUNS#, some NO DUNS# (oops), and over $6 billion of grants, which we already know is going to include literal TANF (food stamps, cash aid) Child Support Enforcement, Medicaid, Foster Care and Adoption Assistance,, research grants to some hospitals surely, support of various institutes in a university here and there, no doubt, and of course it is going to include the ominpresent:  Marriage and Fatherhood promotion funding, I imagine, and possibly Access/visitation (if this department is the State Grantee).  This is a fraction of federal aid to TN, but it represents only grants from HHS to this agency within the state:

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (1) NASHVILLE TN 37203 DAVIDSON 000000000 $ 1,058,528,305
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37203 DAVIDSON 878556299 $ 167,988,641
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (3) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 098973790 $ 371,861
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (2) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 878556299 $ 5,977,898,624
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON $ 50,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON $ 40,000

(1) this amount relates to a very few award series, which i’m not going to look up just now, except that this is certainly an interesting award title for something representing $67 million of funding, don’t you think?

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 10 ACF 11-13-2002 000000000 $ 9,499,229 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 24 ACF 01-06-2003 000000000 $ 7,864,797 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 27 ACF 01-24-2003 000000000 $ 2,007,525 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 38 ACF 03-06-2003 000000000 $ 918,778 
2003 03B1TNLIEA  1 40 ACF 04-01-2003 000000000 $ 6,094,268 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 4 ACF 12-12-2002 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 5 ACF 01-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 6 ACF 04-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
2003 0301TNSOSR  1 7 ACF 07-01-2003 000000000 $ 8,517,957 
Fiscal Year 2003 Total: $ 60,456,425
FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2002 02B1TNLIEA  1 13 ACF 11-09-2001 000000000 $ 4,749,615 
2002 02B1TNLIEA  1 26 ACF 01-01-2002 000000000 $ 1,899,846 
Fiscal Year 2002 Total: $ 6,649,461

the “TNSOSR” is labeled CFDA code 93667 which reads “Social Services Block Grant”

the “TNLIEA is labeled CFDA code 93568 which reads ‘Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program’ (LIHEAP).  Why were some awards labeled simply LIHEAP and this, LIEA?  I don’t know.

(2) — THE LARGEST CATEGORY (to this State Dept.) includes TANF itself, grants from OCSE, and other, plus a mere $182K to Access/Visitation.   So far in 2012 — just for reference — over $20.8 million has been distributed, or at least awarded, under the DUNS# 878556299

2012 1004TN4004  2010 OCSE 1 33 ACF 12-09-2011 878556299 $ 8,122,576 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 1 ACF 10-01-2011 878556299 $ 9,325,811 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 4 ACF 11-01-2011 878556299 $ 1,316,233 
2012 1204TN4004  2012 OCSE 1 8 ACF 01-01-2012 878556299 $ 2,907,833 
2012 1201TNSAVP  FY 2012 STATE ACCESS AND VISITATION 1 1 ACF 11-22-2011 878556299 $ 182,772 

Another chunk of awards (a large chunk) is for Child Care, which it shows is part of TANF.  Makes sense that child care assistance helps people get to their jobs.  It’s a lot of money, isn’t it!

Fiscal Year OPDIV Grantee Name Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2012 ACF TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2012 CCDF 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund BLOCK TANF ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 48,186,320
2012 ACF TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 2012 CCDF 93596 Child Care Mandatory and Matching Funds of the Child Care and Development Fund BLOCK TANF NEW $ 17,616,547
Results 1 to 2 of 2 matches.

STILL under the largest chunk if funding marked “(2)” above, here are the 2011 awards to this department, showing a variety of award purposes:

2011 90FD0129  SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 1 ACF 05-18-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0129  SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 2 ACF 05-13-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0139  FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 3 0 ACF 08-08-2011 878556299 $ 47,500 
2011 90FD0139  FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 1 ACF 03-14-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0148  TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 0 ACF 08-14-2011 878556299 $ 49,300 
2011 90FD0148  TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 1 ACF 03-14-2011 878556299 $ 0 
2011 90FD0171  BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 2 0 ACF 08-14-2011 878556299 $ 75,000 
2011 90FD0177  INTEGRATING WORKFORCE STRATEGIES WITH CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES IN TENNESSEE 1 0 ACF 09-24-2011 878556299 $ 55,000 

We see awards 90FD0129, 0139, 0148, 0171, and 0177 in a variety of budget years, (0177 being budget year 1).   FD0129 (Showing “zero” in 2011) began in 2008, is marked “discretionary” and disbursed $156K.  For what (??) who knows?  Click on any hyperlink to learn more about the award, like when it started.   FD0139 began in 2009 (recovery act year, not really good news, as recovery act awards have a reputation by now as not well monitored) and amount is $218,764 — for What?  WHAT “family services” — marriage promotion?

Charles Bryson is one of two listed IV-D contacts (Private Collection Agency Policy — though none listed for TN).

A few search results here — this is a NCSEA (National Child Support Enforcement Association) porta-conference flyer, i.e, products for sale.  The logo reads “Innovate, Collaborate, Communicate” and “Planting the Seeds of the Modern Family” which definitely seems to be how CSE agencies (local) see themselves anyhow.

NCSEA is excited to introduce our 2011 Annual Conference workshop recordings, the NCSEA Portable Conference–a great way to get the most from the 2011 NCSEA Annual Conference experience.

Six workshop sessions (listed below) were recorded–including audio and video recordings, synched to the Power Point Presentation--and made available for purchase in CD or Streaming format, requiring Microsoft Silverlight (www.Silverlight.net). Please be sure that your system can accommodate the streaming interface recording. No refunds are available for technical difficulties.

If you were unable to attend NCSEA’s Annual Conference, you can now share in the valuable information presented at the workshops.

NCSEA Portable Conference Pricing

The Portable Conference is available in a bundle including all six workshops. Individual workshops may not be purchased separately.

NCSEA members $ 250 Non-members $ 375

Don’t ever say your child support issues are “local” or your county is the most corrupt in the nation.  Strategies are nationalized.  For those of us non-members (and note — the public CANNOT become members – at least in California, you actually have to be a child support director to become a member!) So even if a parent had $375 to spare (unlikely in the days of expanding and innovating child support agencies), he or she would also have to have a friend in the agency.  Get a look at this! (Still from the portable conference site)

Collaboration & Communication -the New Face of the Innovative Child Support Agency

The role of child support agencies appears to be expanding to include innovations, more collaborations, and better communications. New ideas for programs to reach out to our customers and partners are being tested. Child support agencies are increasingly involved with new initiatives to help parents become more responsible and better able to care for their children and themselves… Work force and prisoner reentry initiatives in child support offices are becoming more popular nationally as we work with NCPs {{noncustodial parents}} to help them meet their responsibilities. Learn how your agency can better serve its community. We’ll discuss some new initiatives, how they started and how they are being funded at a time when we all have to do more with less.

Presenters:

Alicia Key, IV-D Director, Child Support Division, Office of the Texas Attorney General

Angela Anton, Assistant Jefferson (KY) County Attorney, Child Support Division {{REmember, Kentucky has the “Turning It Around” extort your Dads into fatherhood program participation once they’ve been arrested for nonpayment?}}

Kimberly Dent, Human Services Program Administrator 3, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Amy B. Gober (Moderator), Senior Associate, Center for the Support of Families

{{Sure, that’s really helping….Children don’t need food, they need better relationship skills classes for their parents, etc.}}

Here’s our Mr. Bryson as participant.  Notice all the grants he’s overseeing in TN:

Reducing Adversarial Relationships: How Child Support Agencies Take On Access and Visitation

Enjoy a frank discussion on how and why to improve the access and visitation program in your state/office. Best practices are shared on how to work with both parents in developing communication tools and conflict resolution ideas for the betterment of the child. Presenters:

Russell Eastman, Manager, Georgia Division of Child Support Services Charles Bryson, Director, Tennessee Child Support Field Operations and Management Gerry White, Compliance and Program Development Manager, Families First.** Ann Russell (Moderator), Program Specialist, OCSE

**Families First is a major Atlanta-based organization, I’ve actually had a mother ask me to investigate this one, and began to.  Anyhow, Mr. White shows up at a nice fatherhood conference here:

Families First Presents Workshop at 10th Annual International Fatherhood Conference

The National Partnership for Community Leadership held its 10th Annual International Fatherhood Conference June 10-13th in Washington DC. The goal of the conference is to build strong family relationships, and this year’s theme: “Reconnecting Fathers to Families: At Home & Abroad” emphasized the need to educate the world about the importance of responsible fatherhood.

Dr. Gerry White and Freddie Wilson represented Families First at the conference and presented a workshop entitled “Quantitative Study of Factors that Impact Parental Involvement Among African American Unwed Fathers.” This workshop identified key factors associated with father involvement through programmatic and research findings. It also provided specific strategies for assisting fathers with improving involvement, and detailed how responsible fatherhood involvement is multi-dimensional.

NPCL (above) IS about pushing fathers’ rights, period.   It has many ways of doing this, and its CEO, “Dr. Jeffrey Johnston” bio reads — in part —

Dr. Johnson is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of leadership, employment and training, urban poverty and youth employment.  A particular focus of Dr. Johnson’s work has been on the plight of African-American men and families.  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.

and I think we get the general emphasis here, right?  So this is a group Families First is advertising (its conference) and Families First is, among many other things, receiving support — or at least partnering with — two Georgia Counties (Cobb & Fulton) and Depts. of Human Resources.  Its Program leader — known to be associating with a major fatherhood promoter (Dr. Johnston, who holds 3 degrees from UMichigan), and has been given by way of NCSEA portaconference (and obviously the live NCSEA conference) — a nationwide platform alongside three other seriously heavyweight Child Support Personnel (Mr. Bryson of TN being the Title IV-D contact, and we can see from TAGGS a hint of the budget size this relates to).

This should further illustrate how HHS supported and Government-supported Nonprofits are being allowed to drive policy for the entire nation (which is, FYI, over 50% female) in places they don’t have access to, and often don’t know exist.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Morehouse College Research Institute, The District of Columbia Commission on African-American Men and Boys, and the District of Columbia Neighborhood College wherein he serves as Chair.

 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.

 Dr. Johnson’s most recent project, the nation’s first Responsible Fatherhood Rally, was held June 20, 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. “The National Rally for Responsible Fatherhood on Behalf of America’a Children: A Call to Personal Responsibility” convened hundreds of Local Men and Father’s, and had a virtual attendance through live webcast of over 10,000. Click Here to watch “The Business of Fatherhood”, a documentary narrated by Dr. Jeffery Johnson featuring the preparation and launching of 2 signature Fatherhood events: The Annual International Fatherhood Conference, and ‘The National Rally for Responsible Fatherhood on Behalf of America’s Children’. (Email jjconferencecoordinator@gmail.com for the full version) http://www.fathersdayrally.com

re:

The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families

I have blogged this before, use “search.”  I had somethings to say about the Ohio branch, and learned a lot researching it about how Ohio is put together these days, particularly its “Fatherhood Commission.”

“YOWSA!” — I don’t remember if I’d seen this particular little project by the Colorado Dynamic Duo of “center for policy research” (the 6 to 7-woman team whose leadership includes Jessica Pearson, whose origins date back to the beginning of AFCC) and “Policy Studies, Inc.”   This is from 2006 and is comparing Colorado (Small state) Tennessee (medium state) and Texas (large-state) versions of how to set up Access visitation programming.  Every parent should read it, and see how the ‘team” includes a mingling of the courts, child support, and often a third party.  in TEXAS this was simple — go to the fatherhood program administrator.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pol/DCL/2007/dcl-07-07a.pdf  This was funded by the OCSE, not through grant, but by task order.  Suggest look it up on USaspending.gov.  It also mentions assigning “parenting plan coordinator” and estimates costs, or reports them.  Acknowledgements show the trio in each state:

We wish to thank the following people for their invaluable assistance during this project:

Colorado:

Pam Hennessey, Child Support Enforcement Coordinator, Colorado Judicial Department Cindy Savage, Director, Office of Dispute Resolution, Colorado Judicial Department Pam Gagel, Family Court Facilitator, Denver District Court

Tennessee:

Elizabeth A. Sykes, Deputy Director, Administrative Office of the Courts Mary Rose Zingale, Programs Manager, Administrative Office of the Courts Charles Bryson, Director of Field Operations and Management, Tennessee Child Support Division

Texas:

Michael Hayes, Manager of Collaborations, Fatherhood and Family Initiatives, Child Support Division Alisha Key, Director, Texas Office of Court Administration Arlene Pace, Access and Visitation Coordinator, Child Support Division

This ACF site (year, 2004) itself shows where the major source of referrals is coming, and how the goal of the program (or at least measured criteria) includes “increased noncustodial parenting time.”  http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cse/pubs/2004/reports/prelim_access_visitation_grants/texas.html

State Access Program Coordinator:
Arlene Pace
Office of the Attorney General
Child Support Division
PO Box 12017
Austin, Texas 78711-2017

Internet: Arlene.pace@cs.oag.state.tx.us

Annual Federal Grant Award: $621,404
Minimum 10% State Match: $ 69,045
Number of Minor Age Children in Single (Biological) Parent Households: 721,702

This shows a “love” for supervised visitation outcomes in the A/V funding.  This gets interesting when A/V program coordinators happen to also be operating such centers (Google “Helen O. Page” for that one)

Services Provided

Mediation Counseling Parent Education Supervised Visitation Neutral Drop-off Development of Parenting Plans
423 278 433 1,835 745 105

Poor people are particularly targeted for these services (and their Title IV-D cases or IV-A help justify it), plus, although so much of program literature pushing fatherhood programs loves to bring up race, and the plight of the African-American male and his disenfranchisement, true as this may be (though it seems to pale compared to African-American Females overall, who couldn’t even vote until the 1900s, and whose position in slavery in prior generations (for those whose genealogy this applies to) included being used by masters for breeding by way of rape as well.  But in the A/V programs in Texas, it’s mostly poor Caucasians getting these services:

Annual Income

Less than $10,000 $10,000 to $19,000 $20,000 to $29,000 $30,000 to $39,000 $40,000 & above Unknown
5,246 907 863 42 40 55

Race/Ethnicity

Am Indian or Alaska Native American Asian or Pacific Islanders African-American White/Caucasian Hispanic Other Unknown
14 9 81 516 169 45 1,017

I also find it odd that being as there’s such an interest from the head of HHS to measure ethnicity, the system has more “unknowns” that actually identified customers…. If I had a program like this, I’d know by looking at results that there either wasn’t good measurements being taken, or that my categories needed adjustment. Nevertheless, in fy2012, there’s hope to expand A/V functionality even further.

Look at this:  Of the sources which the Feds seem actually interested in (columns, 1, 2 & 3) very little self-referrals are occurring.  Referals are coming from the courts and child support systems itself (2,724) which indicates it was NOT the grassroots desire for these services.  Moreover, 2,724/3,779 “other” indicates that referrals are coming from outside the main anticipated sources — so where were these coming from?  Fatherhood groups?  Who really knows?

Source of Client Referrals

Self Court Child Support Other
650 1,210 1,514 3,779

Outcomes

No. of non-custodial parents whose parenting time with children increased as a result of services 5,942

(etc.)

STILL footnoting the TENNESSEE grants above (the chart with several DUNS# and some amounts with no DUNS#):

(3)

TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES  (3) NASHVILLE TN 37219 DAVIDSON 098973790 $ 371,861

Being curious, I went to the USASPENDING.gov site, and found over $93 million in 63 grants to this DUNS#, all starting in 2009.  Recommended to do.  OF these $90 million (50 awards were on the commission on aging, and the two awards/grants (for once, the amounts match with HHS) relate to Medicaid, and are not on this blog’s lists of topics.  Just FYI.

Here’s one from WV that parallels the descriptive powers of the TN one in red font above:  Award is named after Grantee Institution; they are one and the same:

WV ST DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES 90FD0103 WV DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 1 09/22/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW ELIZABETH JORDAN $ 43,000

and I wonder what’s the difference between HEALTH HUMAN RESOURCES and FAMILIES SERVICES? in West Virginia.  Why is one a Resource (implies tangibles to be drawn from) and the other a Service? (implies good deeds, actions what is served).  Either way, the resources of HHS are going to both departments:

WY ST DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY SERVICES 90FD0061 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (PRIORITY AREA I) 3 09/23/2003 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION JOANNE VERMEULEN $ 71,967

Or here are some from Texas, which got a lot of this OCSE Section 1115 Waiver grants, which (I think) the whole 90FD series represents anyhow:

TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0134 OCSE RESEARCH GRANTS 1115 WAIVER 1 09/29/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 703,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 1 08/16/2009 DEMONSTRATION NEW KAMMI SIEMENS $ 100,000

In other words, in the OCSE Research Grants 1115 Waiver, one would like to know What Research for What Purpose is said new grant.  Particularly when it’s for $0.70 million in a year of economic recession nationwide!  So, we are told, hello, it’s a 1115 Waiver.  (the CFDA category — I didn’t include in printout– would tell that).  Then it’s in support of a PAID INITIATIVE.  I get the idea it entails payments — but which initiative?  Does anyone have a clue how to pick the main words out of a very long title, and stick them in a short data entry field?  Appparently not.

So viewers can call up a VERY busy Michael Hayes (possibly on a plane to the next Fatherhood Summit; last year it was in MN), and ask him?  And who’s Kammi Siemens?   . . . . Here are some more:

TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 85,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 2 08/29/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MICHAEL HAYES $ 75,000

This is hardly a surprising award title, given the field, but does make me wonder why — IF the idea is to help the children — it might not be a better idea to help build the assets of the household they are living in, and cut down on the middlemen and brokers.  And, if there are Urban Mothers now paying child support to their custody-switched kids, is there a parallel program to help them build THEIR assets?  Or is the process just to jail them if they get in arrears based on the concept that it’s wilful, and not “inability to pay” as is assumed with so many fathers (at least in the program literature supporting fatherhood via OCSE).

Here’s a similar one in Washington STate, this time through a different agency:

WA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES 90FD0172 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 1 09/26/2010 OTHER NEW MICHAEL HORN $ 85,000

Here’s another in washington that, on it ssurface, would appear to be an efficient way of locating hidden assets from noncustodial parents and doing something about it — and this was defunded.  In Year 1 of the budget.

WA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & HEALTH SERVICES 90FD0031 EXEMPLARY COLLECTION PRACTICE THROUGH USE OF INTERNET-BASED LIEN REGISTRY 1 03/12/2004 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION ELLEN NOLAN $- 47,987

Whoever thought up the family court system sure was brilliant.  It is a system for STRIPPING assets (including real estate) via stripping parents of access to their children, and sitting back placing bets on the winner when said parents tries to get time or even a glimpse of the absentee children.  Then the fight is, of course, somewhat “fixed” through Access/Visitation funding, which only one of the players is informed of.

Here’s some from Wisconsin — which is the home state of the Inter(?)national branch of AFCC:

WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS  1 07/11/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW SUE KINAS $ 108,400
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 1 09/22/2009 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION TODD KUMMER $ 0
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 2 07/31/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TODD KUMMER $ 108,400
WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT 90FD0105 PRIORITY AREA 1: IMPROVED SERVICES TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS 3 09/26/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TODD KUMMER $ 108,400

How much more improvement is possible than providing pro-bono legal help (and encouragement) to sue for custody modification orders, help which is not available to the custodial (mother) to defend from; and/or all kinds of programs to Compromise Arrears on the basis of altered custody situations, or other change of circumstances, such as perhaps finding out that there are compromise of arrears programs around?

Here’s what a simple google search of “Grant 90 FD” blew in the door:

SOURCE:  Another Nice report from Jessica Pearson & Center for Policy Research (date, maybe 2006)

COLLECTING CHILD SUPPORT FROM LOW-INCOME NCPSWHAT COLORADO HAS TRIED AND LEARNED

  • An Evaluation of the Responsible Fatherhood Program of El Paso County, Colorado
  • (OCSE Grant #: 90-FD-0004/01)
  • FORGIVING ARREARS: An Evaluation of the Colorado Arrears Forgiveness Demonstration Project (OCSE Grant #: 90-FD-0028/01)

    This presentation will discuss various interventions to promote child support payment among low-income NCPs in Colorado. They are: (1) referring unemployed or underemployed NCPs to the El Paso County Parent Opportunity Project (POP), a responsible fatherhood program offering assistance with employment, child support, and child access (August 1998 – April 2001); (2) referring NCPs who were paroled or released from a state prison to the Denver Work and Family Center (WFC), a one-stop center offering assistance with employment, child support. and family reunification (August 1999 – March 15, 2001); (3) offering NCPs with child support arrears the possibility of reducing or eliminating arrears owed to the state by making complete and timely child support payments over a ten-month period of time (May 2001 – February 2002); and (4) reducing the child support burden by dropping debt and retroactive support obligations for a random sample of NCPs with new child support orders (February – December 1998). These interventions were implemented and evaluated under several demonstration and evaluation grants awarded by the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement to the Colorado Division of Child Support Enforcement.

Hopefully you get the gist of the program, 1, 2, 3 & 4, which you helped pay to demonstrate and evalute (OCSE did):  In order, responsible Fatherhood, help with access (increased access to one’s kids).   Helping reunite men coming out of prison with their families, reducing arrears, and dropping retroactive support for some people with NEW orders.   OCSE was awarding these grants to Colorado “Division of Child Support Enforcement.”

Remember, the Demo States were Colorado (small), Tennessee (medium) and Texas (large).  COlorado, I found out, has many trade names, some of which sound like an arm of government when they aren’t.  For the record, here they are, past, present and trade names.  This is just FYI: (I just searched ‘child support enforcement”)

Found 11 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 20031200845  20031200845 AMERICAN CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT INC. Articles of Incorporation Name Changed DPC 06/20/2003
2 20031200845  AMERICAN CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT INC., Dissolved November 30, 2004 Batch Event Administratively
Dissolved
DPC 06/20/2003
3 19931046695  19931046695 CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT OF COLORADO Register a Trademark Expired TM/L0035 05/04/1993
4 20021159113  20021159113 COALITION FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT Articles of Incorporation Name Changed DNC 06/11/2002
5 20021159113  COALITION FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT, Delinquent August 1, 2005 Batch Event Delinquent DNC 06/11/2002
6 20091675201  20091675201 CSE Child Support Enforcement Co. Trade Name Withdrawn FO 12/29/2009
7 20041071101  20041071101 CSE CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENTCO. Trade Name Expired FPC 02/26/2004
8 20001209752  20001209752 EL PASO COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT Trade Name Effective DPC 10/27/2000
9 19991113541  19991113541 EL PASO/TELLER COUNTIES CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT ADMINISTERED FOR THE DEPT. OF SOCIAL SERVICES BY MAXIMUS Trade Name Effective FPC 06/15/1999
10 20001209751  20001209751 TELLER COUNTY CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT UNIT Trade Name Effective DPC 10/27/2000
11 20111041261  20111041261 U.S. Child Support Enforcement Inc Articles of Incorporation Good Standing DPC 01/20/2011

Whatever . . .  let’s go find some more “90FD” grant expenditures.

CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH  DENVER CO 80218-1450 DENVER 149387185 $ 997,740

Now, while the projects listed above, that Dr. Pearson helped evaluate, had 90FD grants, it apepars that this small, but very influentional nonprofit, is specializing in SPECIAL INTEREST grants along the “90FI” series, (at least when it comes to grants received from HHS — this doesn’t include contracts, or anything from other arms of government) if you click on the link above.  Here they are:

RECIPIENT INFORMATION

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Recipient: CENTER FOR POLICY RESEARCH
Address: 1570 EMERSON STREET
DENVER, CO 80218-1450
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: DENVER
HHS Region: 8
Type: Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory
Class: Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations

AWARD ACTIONS


Showing: 1 – 21 of 21 Award Actions

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 2 ACF 02-15-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 2 ACF 03-31-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 3 ACF 06-15-2011 149387185 $ 0 
2011 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 3 ACF 06-20-2011 149387185 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2011 Total: $ 0


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 3 0 ACF 08-02-2010 149387185 $ 50,000 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 1 ACF 10-23-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 3 1 ACF 09-25-2010 149387185 $ 0 
2010 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 2 ACF 09-18-2010 149387185 $ 0 
Fiscal Year 2010 Total: $ 50,000


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 4 0 ACF 09-01-2009 149387185 $ 124,863 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 1 ACF 02-22-2008 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 1 ACF 06-30-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 2 ACF 06-26-2009 149387185 $ 0 
2009 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 2 0 ACF 07-24-2009 149387185 $ 50,000 
Fiscal Year 2009 Total: $ 174,863


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2008 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 3 0 ACF 08-04-2008 149387185 $ 124,829 
2008 90FI0098  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT/PRIORITY AREA #3 1 0 ACF 06-26-2008 149387185 $ 99,908 
Fiscal Year 2008 Total: $ 224,737


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2007 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 2 1 ACF 09-03-2007 149387185 $ 0 
2007 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 2 0 ACF 08-24-2007 149387185 $ 124,820 
Fiscal Year 2007 Total: $ 124,820


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2006 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 2 0 ACF 08-25-2006 149387185 $ 24,730 
2006 90FI0085  SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT 1 0 ACF 08-24-2006 149387185 $ 198,664 
Fiscal Year 2006 Total: $ 223,394


FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS Number Amount This Action
2005 90FI0073  CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DEMONSTRATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 1 0 ACF 08-31-2005 149387185 $ 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 90FI0059  EXPANDING CUSTOMER SERVICES THROUGH AGENCY-INITIATED CONTACT 1 0 ACF 06-16-2004 149387185 $ 99,926 
Fiscal Year 2004 Total: $ 99,926


Total of all award actions: $ 997,740

SO, while 90FD0004 was Evaluating the REsponsible Fatherhood Program, and the 90FI grant series probably helped Center for Policy Research produce a nice report talking about the responsible fatherhood program, let’s look at the extent of “Responsible Fatherhood Program” grant (this ONE award) in Colorado, which apparently started in 2006, so let’s figure Dr. Pearson’s report gave it a thumbs-up?

$10 million: – that’s a nice chunk of change, right?

Fiscal Year Grantee Name Grantee Address City Award Number Award Title Budget Year Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 4 DAN DAN $ 0
2010 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 5 DAN WELCH $ 2,000,000
2009 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 3 RICHARD BATTEN $ 0
2009 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 4 RICHARD BATTEN $ 2,000,000
2008 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 3 RICHARD BATTEN $ 2,000,000
2007 CO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 1575 SHERMAN STREET DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 2 MARY E ROBERTO $ 2,000,000
2006 CO ST COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION 1525 SHERMAN STREET, ROOM 719 DENVER 90FR0085 PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM 1 MARY RIOTTE  $ 2,000,000

Mary E. Roberto is also president of a nonprofit called NAWRS, which is mentioned in this handout.  Relating to “Colorado Works” (which relates clearly to TANF reform), this link also shows how many fatherhood programs were are talking about here (that year).  From a “Colorado Works” newsletter from last June, 2011

For further information, please contact me!

Mary E. Roberto, President National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS)  (MORE ON ThIS ONE< BELOW***)

Mary.Roberto@state.co.us

COLORADO FATHERHOOD PROGRAM UPDATE

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We are drawing near the end of the Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Community Access Grant that has funded 63 fatherhood programs over the past 5 years. These programs are in all parts of the state and have provided parenting, healthy relationship education, economic stability services and mentoring to fathers.

This month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families is expected to release new funding opportunities to continue many of the goals of the previously funded National Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiatives. CDHS Colorado Works intends to seek new funding and will provide updates as this process unfolds. Stay tuned!

Mary Roberto’s position, listed under NAWRS (below) is:

Mary Roberto
(303) 866-2641
mary.roberto@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Human Services
Program Development and System Innovation
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

Regarding NAWRS — it has membership from across the country.  Take a closer look! You really need to get a grasp of the extent of HHS networking here.  I also notice a name, Demetra Nightengale (see my blog) from The Urban Institute.  You’ll also see her name under the Mary Roberto link in the chart — on report contracted by “The Lewin Group” to report on COloradoWorks.

NAWRSNational Association for Welfare Research and Statistics

I am glad our nation is so well-“organized,” but sad I went fully 10 years in the court system with not one person IN it, nor one person in a domestic violence advocacy group I contacted (locally) for help or support, in the entire time — in fact NO ONE in the Bay Area made a mention of the fatherhood movement taking money from HHS — at all — until I happened to in desperation call a feminist organization in distress about police lies on reports following an exchange in which the immediate concern was a threat of parental abduction.  Which later happened.  I cannot tell you how many conferences I attended (mostly for free) in the area also, including one or two hotshot ones, and at least one where i functioned as a “fly on the wall” — and none of THEM mentioned this either!

Hard to find an EIN — but two states seem to admit it exists, as far as tax filings are concerned!

 

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

National Association for Welfare Research A AZ 2008 $208,325 990 18 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research A Dba Nawrs CA 2009 $184,323 990 21 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2007 $187,223 990 17 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2006 $256,337 990 18 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2003 $189,922 990 13 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2002 $179,654 990 12 64-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2005 $246,944 990 15 61-0673365
National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics AZ 2004 $228,743 990O 13 61-0673365 

A quick check of Arizona — I don’t see the organization. . . . Go figure.

 

OK, the California Group (Venice, CA) earns almost nothing and spends $115k on the conference.  Its books are in the care of someone c/o Oklahoma Child SUpport Office . . . ..

 

Ron Haskins keeps showing up (see end of post):   Now there’s a welfare reform academy???

 

Ron Haskins

Ron Haskins is ((in 2012??)) the staff director for the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to becoming staff director, he was welfare counsel for the Republicans on the Ways and Means Committee. Previously, he was a research professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a lecturer in history and education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a high school social studies teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate degree in history, Haskins obtained an M.A. in education and a Ph. D. in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Haskins has published books and articles on intellectual development, illness and day care, day care policy, education policy, divorce and child support, federal expenditures on social programs, and federal budget and tax policy. In his 12 years in Washington, Haskins has worked primarily on welfare reform, day care, child support enforcement, foster care, unemployment, and budget issues. He is remarried and has four children ranging in age from 9 to 30.

 

 

 

In searching for NAWRS, I ran (again) across an interesting site at “legistorm” which shows congressionally approved privately sponsored travel (if I have that right).  For Republican Bill Archer of Texas, I note that Ron Haskins (WHO WAS AN ARCHITECT OF THE ACCESS/VISITATION PROVISION OF WELFARE REFORM, AND WE HEARD, SNUCK IT IN PAST THE 11th HOUR, WHICH allegedly STUNT HELPED GET HIM RELEASED FROM THE HHS — AND HE HAS SINCE HUNG OUT ELSEWHERE (BROOKINGS INSTITUTE, MOSTLY, IT SEEMS):   was paid $822 to travel to a NAWRS CONFERENCE, PLUS THIS LIST:

 

 

 

Rep. Bill Archer (-Texas, 7th) – Privately Financed Travel

His “top staff traveler” with 6 trips, was Ron Haskins (total costs, $7,063).  My point is, look who’s paying for the conferences to figure out how to spend public funds, without input from the public affected by them, OR for the most part, the taxpayers themselves:

No.

Cost

Trips Approved

35

$68,052

Top Staff Traveler

6

$7,063

– Haskins, Ronald T.

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January 19, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Does It Matter Who Baked the Pie, so Long as It’s Eaten? Well, That Depends on the Cook(s).

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What About that 66/34 effect?

Several times on this blog (and another forum or so), I have promoted the “AbuseFreedomLive” blogtalk Tuesday Night radio show, (and been on it once, called in sometimes) because there are simply so few people around actually that actually seem to understand the role played by the welfare/child support system’s incentives in the domestic relations / family law system.

And to understand this to get a pretty good measurement of where this country is overall.  It’s a HUGE issue.   It is also part of how the well-to-do and corporations exert control over the poor (and make sure there are plenty of poor around) to help regulate the middle class and employ (for now) a large sector of said middle class, including white AND blue-collar professionals, in regulating and administratively studying, tabulating (etc.) the huddled masses that either started in the US, were imported in the bottom of ships for free labor (see “corporations”), or fled bloodshed, famine incited by theocracy and religious prejudice, in other countries.  And their descendants.

As the rich tend to understand money (and more forms of it, and more ways of accumulating it, and more ways to not pay income taxes, and more ways to write off taxes, and more tax shelters) than people raised, drilled, and limited to ONE form of (above-the-radar) income production called JOBS, which the rich are supposedly always creating more of, which is why Congressmen should continually give them more tax breaks.  And let them pass adjustments to welfare requiring the poor to get and/or stay married (etc.).

MSM agrees with this on me.  I didn’t hear it on  Dr. Phil (because I don’t watch Dr. Phil), however, for once I agreed with Michael Moore (on Tavis Smiley, recently) a show with about a dozen guests that I caught a fragment of.  Mr. Moore pointed out that, f the wealthy wished to get rid of poverty, they could — however it’s handy to have the poor around to keep the middle class in line (and vice versa — my opinion).    So no, this is not too esoteric a subject.  It cuts to the heart of “whose kids ARE they?” and for that matter, “Whose am I?  Do I belong to myself?”  Most people would say yes — or wish to say it, which then puts them in conflict with others who have.

So when I am talking about federal incentives, meaning what the IRS distributes, to something as basic as the States and what they do with it to handle the poor (which allegedly is what welfare and child support are THERE for), I am cutting to the heart of the American experience, and to any matter dealing with child custody, visitation — including visiting by parents when the state has the child, or visiting with parents when parents don’t cohabit, and so forth.

This 66/34 matter has so many influences on our culture, it qualifies as PRIMAL .

And we know which sectors of society baked up:  once married always married, joint custody recommendations, and the pro-marriage/anti-feminazi movement– and how.  Well, at least I do and if not totally, at least the picture is fairly clear, and these are father-friendly organizations, so-called.  The “few prominent thinkers” and “Close to Washington D.C.” and Think Tankers.  The Heritage Foundationers, Family Research Council-ers, Focus on the Families-ers, and so forth, plus the parallel on the progressive side (there IS a parallel to the fatherhood movement in the non-faith-based sector).   AFCC/CRC etc.

These are the “Expensive Remedy In Search of a Legitimate Problem” that certain mothers (primarily) groups have been protesting for years, and protested again in front of the ways and means/ appropriations subcommittee in June 2010 (Liz Richards article, re-blogged recently here).

  • Typically fathers protest VAWA and Some mothers protest Fatherhood Funding/Access-Visitation/Marriage (etc. promotion).  You do not have, typically, fathers groups PROtesting the fatherhood funding — which sometimes comes with pro bono help to increase noncustodial (father) parenting time.  More typically, while vigorously protesting bias against men in the family courts –and doing something about it — these are standing in line to form groups to get more grants to preach this gospel.  Or just evangelize in general, when it comes to “faith-based” only through marriage counseling and relationship classes.  etc.
  • Activist Fathers’ groups also lobby alongside conservative groups (married women and second wives as well) against anything removing children from their home, or forcing them to, in their eyes, pay exorbitantly to support the mothers of their departed (or in some cases abandoned) exes.  That’s the general breakdown.
  • Although some of us (I’m never quite sure where my “us” begins and ends, but I have a flexible concept of the juicy center of it) wish to inform some of the fathers’ groups who’ve been extorted (for real, not for “if I can’t see my kids I sure as heck am not going to support them” group) that there is a middle ground here, and we have more in common in wishing to eject program fraud from ALL sectors, and in fact to reduce, curtail if not STOP TANF diversions to Designer Family Building programs.
  • In other words, not every father is a Jeffrey Leving, a Glenn Sacks, or a Warren Farrell (or, for that matter, a Richard Warshak, although I don’t know if he’s a Dad).  Some Dads are simply living their lives, or trying to, and are not out for blood & guts fame in reforming government.

 I’ve blogged plenty on the welfare/child support system’s incentives in the domestic relations / family law system, and on the Federal/State % incentives built into it.  I’ve several times recommended such unrealistic (but one can always put the idea out there!) scenarios as let’s eliminate the OCSE (Office of Child Support Enforcement) as it’s by this point so “fatherhood” — alternately enraging certain types of fathers, oppressing others — as to be a literal danger to the children, and many mothers, who it is supposedly for, AND sometimes innocent bystanders (Seal Beach, CA 2011, Washington D.C. Sniper (Mildred Muhammed’s ex), Sandoval/Torres/Starczyk (officer), 2008, etc.), not to mention the public burden and crime scene cleanups.*

(*I’ll repeat the italicized part several paragraphs later to connect this point below to my concerns, below):

This post addresses a concern — or question — I have about the direction of the 66/34 Effect show, and particularly one section of it seen in today’s news alert.   I think it’s relevant, because it’s showing up as new light on a difficult situation; high-profile speakers from various industries (not only court-related, although that’s the focus) are producing a lot of information and food for thought.  And in an information age — no information is neutral, it all has values attached.  And above all, it should be honest.  No one is 100% accurate (and I try to correct my factual mis-speaks when I see them or it’s brought to my attention.  Not typos, but where I got my facts wrong, due to error in recall, or error in attribution — but never is it intentional.

I don’t state the issue until near the bottom of the post; scroll if need be, or read the post for context, reasoning, explanation.  Then again the troublesome part is at the very, very bottom of the email alert, and probably most people missed it.  But it seems to be a clue.

And while here, I’ll drive home this two-thirds/one-third (66/34) matter, which I think bears teaching, re-teaching, and explaining the import of, weekly (at least) until people get it:  Stop Federal Incentive Welfare-related Diversionary Programs (in order to stop widespread waste &  fraud) and Face It — this is Fascism in the Making, if not just about ready to come out of the oven!

(“Fascism” meaning, the combining and centralization of government by degrees — hey, Obama wants to merge agencies, but ALL agencies are already to encourage fatherhood promotion (Clinton, 1995), pay for more noncustodial FATHER involvement in the families (Welfare reform 1996, see Oklahoma Marriage Initiative for how to jumpstart a statewide program) and Faith-based Inclusionary Activities (see Bush, 2001 January).  Don’t ever forget, Hitler considered himself a Christian, too. So did pastors on BOTH sides of the Rwandan massacre (see “Left to Tell” or the book on which “Hotel Rwanda” was based).  Christian groups from United States –including some on the marriage movement take — had to quick, dissociate themselves with a “kill-the-gays” law in Uganda, but I assure us (and it’s seen) that some of these US evangelical groups love to test their material on sub-Saharan Africa, or other places too distressed to properly resist. . . .I distinguish “fathers” from “fatherhood” the way I distinguish “religion” from spirituality, which is a lot closer to ethics and what’s in the center of a person.)

This phrase (and its position, likely not to be noticed, on the very bottom of the email alert) really concerns me:

The 66/34 Effect Show with Athena Phoenix was sponsored this week by a responsible father who wishes to assist us in carrying out or mission to improve the way the family courts do business.
He asks that you please consider signing this petition to tell Congress and the President to stop wasting money on HHS programs that lack oversight and harm families and children caught in the family courts:

Which then shows the link to a “Change.org” petition posted by a noncustodial MOTHER who is now paying her ex child support; this petition (I also have the link on blogroll, or did for quite a while) was originally assembled by Athena Phoenix (prior to that username which is associated with the blogtalk radio show) anyhow — who is also female, not male and not a father.

This is an excellent petition, and speaks in detail of some of the areas of consistent program mismangement and waste.  I feel it is very well written.  However, it’s not whichever responsible father hosted the show’s petition — it was written by a very smart woman who’s become famliar with this material through research.

It goes, in part, like this (no link to the budget is provided, but people can look the data up) (in pink font):

Why This Is Important

This letter is to request that you take action to cut spending on pork barrel spending on certain TANF Title IV-D programs which represent $4 billion untraceable dollars that no one keeps track of. These funds meant for needy children were diverted and wasted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to non needs based programs available to all fathers engaged in the family court litigation industry—no matter how wealthy they are. These parents now ask Congress to take a stand to hold ACF’s defective leadership and the programs destroying families accountable by demanding the following budget cuts:

1. TANF Contingency Fund authorized under 403(b) Social Security Act for payment to States and other non-federal entities under Titles I, IV-D, X, XI, and XIV “to remain available until expended.” (p. 474)

2. ID Code 75-1552-0-1-609, lines 0005 and 0009 [$990 million] (p. 473)

3. ID Code 75-1501-0-1-609 lines 0002, 0003 [Access and Visitation] [$1.7 billion] (p. 474)

4. Discretionary “Child Support Incentives” to States [$305 million] (p. 475)

5. ID Code 75–1512–0–1–506 “Healthy Families” [$1.7 billion] (p.476)

6. ID Code 75–1512–0–1–506 “Abstinence Education” [$1.7 billion] (p. 477)

7. Line 0129 “Faith Based Initiatives” [$1 million] (p.479)

Struggling parents want things like jobs, housing, education, childcare, and access to medical care to help them weather the current economic crisis. Instead, these hard working families are forced to invest $4 Billion in irresponsible, extortion based, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) programs that promote widespread Medicaid and child support fraud, protracted high conflict litigation, and bogus therapy programs.

Child support agencies deliberately withhold and mismanage billions of paid collected support, which starves children onto TANF and causes parents to be falsely prosecuted for nonpayment.

Good parents are being exploited, bankrupted, and emotionally destroyed while their kids are needlessly placed on the welfare, Medicaid, and foster care system rolls. Billions of dollars of child support remains unaccounted for nationwide.

This petition was posted by Liora Farkowitz on Change.org, who also presented at the last BMCC conference (July 2012):

See “Cut TANF Title IV-D programs which represent $4Billion of waste.”  While Ms. Farkowitz may be very responsible, it’s evident she’s not a father.  Was this just a mistaken link?

The wording indicates that a responsible father asks people to sign “this” (not “his”) petition.  Yet no mention is made of the responsible mother who posted it or its actual author, who also is female.  The programs they re protesting specifically are stated to target and help noncustodial fathers increase custody share (whether or not this actually takes place); is it more true and more credible in the eyes of men if a man points to it?  Well, probably — but is that the important message?

Is anyone on the program tonight (which includes a number of nonprofits in the juvenile corrections and preventing human trafficking practices, with an emphasis on Georgia) receiving possible program funding from HHS?

Possibly:  And in fact two posts (from the last two days of blogging) I’ve been drafting in regards to the organization ALEC, showed me how that even in this matter of very legitimate problems related to racist lockup policies (harsher sentencing for males of color) and the attendant (multiple) nonprofit juvenile justice foundations focusing on DIVERSIONARY programs — has some overlap, but a lot of conflict — when the same principles affect custody courts — which they do.  And they affect custody courts the MOST when it comes to matters of attempted separation from abusive parents, including some parents in lockup rightfully, from violence.

For example (see program flyer for tonight, if you’ve received on, or if my last link was accurate):

LOCKING UP KIDS WHO HAVE COMMITTED NO CRIME COULD COST GEORGIA MILLIONS IN FEDERAL FUNDS,   By Jim Walls, JJIE Journal, 1/12/2012

Original content found here. 

 

Every week, Georgia locks up juveniles who’ve committed no crime. A new study contends Georgia risks losing millions of dollars in federal funding if it continues doing so at the current rate.

 

They are runaways, truants, curfew violators, underage smokers and drinkers. They’re called status offenders because their actions are only an issue due to their status as juveniles; if an adult did the same thing, it wouldn’t be a crime.

Now, a report commissioned by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families warns that the practice could cost the state about $2 million a year in federal funding, particularly if Congress follows through with plans to tighten guidelines for placing status offenders in secure detention.

Let’s look at the HHS grants to this office:  I see two streams, one which has no DUNS#.  Although I suspect that the funding they are referring to is more likely to be DOJ funding, let’s see what the same office is getting, here:

 

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families  DECATUR GA 30032 DE KALB 000000000 $ 4,045,342
GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families  DECATUR GA 30032 DE KALB 828115951 $ 3,946,786

If you click on both those, you’ll see grants that (I’ll wager — and see if I can check quickly here) sound like “AE” Abstinence Education and FR (Fathers Rights), one from a FYSB (Youth bureau) and the other from CB (Children’s Bureau):

Program Office Grantee Name Award Number Award Title Budget Year Action Issue Date CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Award Activity Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
CB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 0802GAFRPG 2008 FRP 1 05/21/2009 93590 Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants CLOSED-ENDED SOCIAL SERVICES $ 862,805
CB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 0902GAFRPG 2009 FRSS 1 09/17/2009 93590 Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants CLOSED-ENDED SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,091,492
CB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 1002GAFRPG 2010 CBCAP 1 09/09/2010 93590 Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants CLOSED-ENDED SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,073,087
CB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 1102GAFRPG 2011 CBCAP 1 09/02/2011 93590 Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Grants CLOSED-ENDED SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,017,958
FYSB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 0902GAAEGP 2009 AEGP 1 05/21/2009 93235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program BLOCK SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,100,934
FYSB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 0902GAAEGP 2009 AEGP 1 07/30/2010 93235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program BLOCK SOCIAL SERVICES $- 824,398
FYSB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 1002GAAEGP 2010 AEGP 1 09/27/2010 93235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program BLOCK SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,810,331
FYSB GA Governor`s Office for Children and Families 1102GAAEGP 2011 AEGP 1 09/01/2011 93235 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Abstinence Education Program BLOCK SOCIAL SERVICES $ 1,859,919
Results 1 to 8 of 8 matches.

 

Going to USASpending.gov with the one DUNS# we have here, it seems that this DUNS# could refer to either the above office, the office of “Children and Youth” (see “Abstinence Education”) or simply the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget.  The DOJ/OJJP projects show up there (some, close to $2 million) under delinquency prevention.  ALSO clear is that this DUNS dates to 2009 and no earlier (on this database anyhow).  For example (that’s just one award):

1.
$1,897,000

Or, a slice of these grants (26 in all, total receipts $23 million, with largest sector in 2009 — which tells me, “ARRA” or “recovery.gov”

Transaction Number # 24

Federal Award ID: 2010JFFX0026: 00 (Grants)

Date Signed:
July 13 , 2010 

Obligation Amount: 
$1,897,000


 

While the AbuseFreedomLive 66/34 Effect host show claims  (clearly) it may not share all the viewpoints of the guests, the host also selects the guests.  I take it with a grain of salt — the HHS also disclaims some of the viewpoints of groups it links to on its site, but it still links to them!

Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Home Page

Notice the paragraph at the bottom, following all the various ways readers can get to fatherhood promotion pages:  This is just for reference, if you don’t like it, caveat emptor – don’t blame us!

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.

Healthy Marriage

Healthy marriage services 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.

Effective Parenting

Involved fathers provide practical support in raising children and serve as models for their development.  Children with involved, loving fathers are significantly more likely to do well in school, have healthy self-esteem, exhibit empathy and pro-social behavior compared to children who have uninvolved fathers.  Committed and responsible fathering during infancy and early childhood contributes emotional security, curiosity, and math and verbal skills.

Economic Stability

Resources for helping fathers improve their economic status by providing activities, such as Work First services, job search, job training, subsidized employment, job retention, and job enhancement; and encouraging education, including career-advancing education.

Access, Visitation, Paternity, & Child Support

About half of all children spend some part of their life apart from one or both of their parents, and most often the parent that does not live with the child is the father.  The laws that cover these relationships are the responsibility of the state (Family Law), but the Federal Government does provide states with funding to assist in the development of programs that help establish paternity, collect child support, and provide non-residential parents with access to their children.

Incarceration

The Department of Justice has estimated that over 7.3 million children under age 18 have a parent who is in prison, jail, on probation, or on parole. Given these numbers, it is important to understand how children and their caregivers are affected by the criminal activity of a parent and their subsequent arrest, incarceration, and release.  Additionally, it is important to know which services and assistance might be available to those under criminal justice supervision to help them be better parents and to return successfully to the community.

Research, Evaluation, & Data

Good research and program evaluations assess program performance, measure outcomes for families and communities, and document successes.  Information on previous and current research and evaluation efforts can help programs and researchers to direct limited resources to where they are most needed, and most effective, in assessing results.

Program Development

The principal implication for fathering programs is that these programs should involve a wide range of interventions, reflecting the multiple domains of responsible fathering, the varied residential and marital circumstances of fathers, and the array of personal, relational, and environmental factors that influence men as fathers.

Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation

ASPE is the principal advisor to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislation development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis.  Pertinent Fatherhood topics found there include: Child Welfare, Employment, Family and Marriage Issues, andViolence.

Other Research Resources

Federal information relating to fatherhood research is spread throughout multiple departments and agencies.  This area includes other websites that have federal sponsored research related to responsible fatherhood.

Disclaimer:

This website contains links to fatherhood and related websites created and maintained by other public and private entities.  This information is provided for the reader’s convenience.  The Department of Health and Human Services does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information.  Further, these links do not intend or imply endorsement of any views expressed or products or services offered.

Nevertheless, this is a US Government Agency page, and its sustenance paid for by the public.  The same standards also go for MONITORING the program funds and effectiveness after it’s distributed.  The GAO, or the HHS/OAS/OIG gets in their sporadically, but basically once started, they’ll sample audit, they’ll report back, but there’s so little teeth — that this black hole of (for example — only one example) program fraud and “undistributable child support collections” is –unknown in extent.  Don’t blame us — we’re only overseeing.

This “we’re only overseeing” rebuttal has also (call and ask) been used repeatedly to people investigating grant usage as individual citizens, i.e., particularly members of the National Alliance for Family Court Justice.  I’ve seen some of the letters discussing how to deflect inquiry on the funds usage; they may show on a discussion group (yahoo) or you can contact the website owner for more info.   The point is – NO ONE is really responsible, which is bad news for John and Jane Doe.

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The “66/34” reference refers to the Federal/State relationship towards programs.  This excerpt comes from a brief written (years ago) by an attorney (I think it’s the same one, at least) found receiving a diversionary child support award in California.  The brief explains:

PRIVATE RIGHT OF ACTION SURVIVES SUPREME COURTS BLESSING V. FREESTONE DECISION by Leora Gershenzon

The United States Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in Blessing v. Freestone1 that custodial parents may not sue in federal court to force a state to comply substantially with the general requirements of federal child support law found in Title IV-D of the Social Security Act.2 Significantly, however, the Court refused to limit in any way the right of individuals to sue government officials who deprive them of statutory or constitutional rights while acting “under color of state law.” The right to bring such lawsuits, based on 42 U.S.C. § 1983, is commonly referred to as a “private right of action.”

The plaintiffs in Blessing v. Freestone had filed a class action lawsuit against Arizona’s Department of Economic Security, the state’s child support agency, contending that it operated the child support program in violation of federal law

Statutory Framework

Under federal law, any state that receives federal funds to operate a Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program3 also must operate a child support enforcement program. To be in compliance with statutory requirements, states must locate noncustodial parents and their assets; establish paternity; and establish, modify, and enforce child support orders. These services must be provided to families receiving TANF benefits and, for a nominal fee, to all other families who choose to participate in the program.
The detailed statutory and regulatory scheme contained in Title IV-D sets strict time limits for performance of the specific duties imposed on the state child support agency. For example, states must open a case within 20 days of an application or a referral from the welfare office, use appropriate locate sources to search for a noncustodial parent within 75 days and repeat every three months, if necessary, and, within 90 days of locating a noncustodial parent, establish paternity and obtain a support order or attempt to or complete service of process on that parent.

The federal government pays over two-thirds of the costs of the program in every state, and up to 90% in some states. Due to welfare savings resulting from child support collection as well as to other factors, more than half the states experience a net gain from their child support collection programs

[{OTHERWISE EXPRESSED: THIS WORKS IN BARELY OVER HALF THE CASES, DESPITE FEDERAL SUPPORT APPROACHING 2/3 OF THE COST. TRY AND RUN A PRIVATE BUSINESS LIKE THIS, AND YOU’D BETTER HAVE PLENTY OF CAPITAL FOR START-UP. WHICH OF COURSE, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DOES NOT, IT JUST EXERCISES ITS PRIVILEGES TO INCREASE FEDERAL DEBT LOAD, HENCE WE ARE NOW TALKING IN TRILLIONS, WHEREAS THE CHILD FAMILY SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM COSTS “ONLY” IN TERMS OF BILLIONS, AT LEAST THE PART THAT WE’RE COUNTING…}]
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The Secretary of Health and Human Services is responsible for reviewing and evaluating state child support programs to ensure compliance with federal law and regulations. In general, a state will be found to be in substantial compliance if it provides necessary and timely services to 75% of the families (90% in some instances) who seek child support assistance. If a state is found to be out of compliance, the Secretary can impose a penalty of up to 5% of the state’s TANF block grant. However, a state can avoid the penalty by submitting a Corrective Action Plan, and only a couple of states have ever been penalized.

The Arizona Litigation

By any objective standard, Arizona’s child support program has been failing children and parents. Between 1985 and 1991, the state failed every federal child support audit. With each failure, the agency submitted a Corrective Action Plan and the Secretary waived any penalties

Child Support itself if a highly contentious issue, with some damaging afterglow when pursued, or modified:

Sometimes they kill, sometimes they just abduct, sometimes they engage in prolonged custody litigation, and sometimes (far too much and far too often), the money is collected, held (collecting interest for the agency — not the household the child support is for) and for each and every scenario, there is an option which profits court-connected professionals, including judges, and increasingly impoverishes families.   Having thus collected sufficient funding (and being salaried, without judges causing THEM to lose their jobs with unfair or frivolously ridiculous rulings), these court-connected professionals have a system enabling them to fly around the country to various vacation locales to communicate with each other about how to do it better next time.

Some of these tax-write-off, public-funded (i.e., dues for the professional membership AND travel/hotel can be written off under one from or another of education, including continuing CLE education (providers and or participants, probably).  For example, I read (and yes, it’s on the blog here) about a Task Force or commission in Indianapolis which was considering flying their membership out to an AFCC conference.  The decided instead to simply approach AFCC about holding a nice conference IN Indianpolis next time, saving the air fare, and putting it into hosting.  I believe this has already happened.

One of the most demonstrative states around in pushing parent education, fatherhood promotion, all kinds of diversionary programs around openly on the website, and I’ve repeatedly referenced it here, is the Kentucky Courts.  On examination of SOME of their 11 divorce education programs (which is only part of the offerings), we can find one company based in Scranton, PA area (where the FBI is examining case-steering, overbilling, or whatever evidence they hauled off for Lackawanna County) marketing through Kentucky books written (many of them) in California, and some in Massachusetts, or recommended by a nice AFCC Massachusetts Judge.

California, where much of this baloney originated, IS truly the “Golden State” if you’re in control and in the right profession (or three) within government.  Ask Mr. Gwinn, the Lockyers, the Thorns (Kids’ Turn), Dr. Carolyn Curtis (Sacramento Healthy Marriage, or whatever its current title), the Past, Present, and Future Boards of Director Judges of some of these Access Visitation Subgrantees (Kids Turn San Diego being one), ask almost anyone in the Los Angeles Court System, and ask those cycling between positions in the legislature, and CEO of domestic violence organizations.  Ask the heads of Futures Without Violence, etc.

The system is FAIRLY straightforward in operation, though diverse in execution.  Form a nonprofit.  It’s not necessary to completely stay incorporated, file tax returns with the IRS OR the State annually, as required by law.  To fire up the ignition a little further, call yourself Faith-Based, and connect up with the NARME or other chameleon organization to study how to Take the Money and Run.   For an example, see Ohio Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Initiatives, which is still around, and see how the original staff did it, and got some CYA report from Baylor University Texas, from a person who just also happens to be a member of the nationwide “CJJDP.”

For an example of how to double-bill and wipe your mouth saying, “I see NOthing,” even after you’re caught at it, this has been going on so long, we can now reference old-school and new-school versions of this, most of which involves switching a child from a known decent parent to the other one, often abusive, thereby causing the decent one to fight for custody, rather than simply abandon the child.  I’m naturally thinking of situations of over-billing and program fraud such as is reported in:

Visitation Fraud Reported in Amador County(Complaint filed 9/7/99)

The following is a copy of a complaint filed to the Judicial Council of California regarding federal funding fraud by Amador County Superior Court. It exemplifies how federal “family” programs are mis-used to protect incest offenders/batterers in the family law courts. Liz Richards, of the National Alliance for Family Court Justice has contacted you regarding these abuses in the courts. These family programs, and those who abuse them, need to be fully investigated by competent persons who have no vested interest in protecting any involved in the abuses. . . .

(the Karen Anderson case) . . .

Through an initial contact with Senator Jackie Speier’s office, I was directed to Lee Mohar (sp?). During my conversation with Mr. Mohar, I explained to the best of my ability my concerns about how the public funds of the state Family Law Facilitator Program (hereinafter “Facilitator”) and the Federal Access to Visitation Program (hereinafter “A/V”) were directly involved in my private family law matter before Amador County Superior Court (“Court”). At Mr. Mohar’s request, you contacted me about this issue to more fully understand my concerns.

During my conversation with you, I explained the following: The Program Director for the federal Access to Visitation grant, Helen O. Page, represents my ex-husband in my private family law matter 98 FL 0084, and continued to do so through all of the dates inclusive, in which the Court was accessing A/V funds through this program. I have obtained records from the county auditor, as well as from the Court, in the form of payment vouchers, the grant application, and the grant contract. These documents declare that that the intent of the A/V program is to “encourage contact between children and both parents,” to “facilitate contact between non-custodial supervised parents and children” with a criteria for a “step-down” in supervised visitation.

{She then goes on to relate how custody was reversed to her, and she was put on Supervised Visitation based on “PAS”, the collusion of a minors’ counsel with a supervised visitation business owner, and how she was forced to pay cash for it! To see her kids!}}:

During the term of the A/V contract, the program director, Helen O. Page, under the authority of the Court, violated the entire intent of the program and specific terms of said contract for the gain of her private client, who is my ex-husband. Payment vouchers to herself and to other participants who are/have been involved in the private litigation of case 94 FL 0084, namely Larry Leatham, Marsha Nohl, and Nohl’s supervised visitation program A.F.T.E.R., prove that while mandated to comply with the terms of the A/V contract, all the forenamed have collectively engaged in accessing these public funds under a conflict of interest, thus violating the terms of the contract.

Here’s a few more of the players and the interrelationships – notice, some were made grant sub-contractors.  All of this comes under “Access/Visitation” grant programs — which are only a fraction of the other diversionary programs coursing through the system, and diverting parents from their primary purposes in life, which is to raise children, provide an inheritance of possible for them, and to be able to focus their lives on their kids — not on self-defense from abusive systems and program fraud by people working (some, as public employees aka “civil servants”) IN those system.  Remembering this is from 1999 — 12+ years ago!

The court orders which have obstructed my liberty interest in parenting my children and left my children at risk of continued molestation, along with the continual harassing litigation perpetrated by Page for her private client, cause the case to be categorized as “highly contested” for which Page/Court is able to access the A/V funds according to the grant application. While Page fights through private litigation for her client, my ex-husband, to keep me on supervised visitation, this also causes the case to fall into the category that provides the necessity for the A/V funds according to the grant application, which in turn personally benefits her financially through payments she receives from the grant. In order to maintain the case in the category that provided access to the A/V grant money, Page used Marsha Nohl (who Page made into a grant sub-contractor) and Larry Dixon (state funded minor’s counsel), as allies in support of the original grossly negligent evaluation and testimony of Leatham (who Page also has made a grant sub-contractor). I have been maintained on supervised visitation and the case itself is maintained as highly litigated, through acts of perjury, misconduct, intentional misrepresentation, willful obstruction of justice, and witness tampering, by Page, Nohl and Dixon

It’s known — and has been known for years, but not blogged enough for “the common women” (fathers’ groups tend to be told this) that the funding can come from BOTH the parent (in cash, as per Karen Anderson, and now parents in Lackawanna County, PA have been protesting the same issue, as I recall, with both supervised visitation, and/or parenting coordinator).  They had to pay cash for services.  To a decent parent, not seeing one’s offspring after removal from the home is NOT an option, so they paid AND the federal government funding stream, which is OCSE diversion.

And I showed readers recently that for FY2012, the HHS requested that — in light of how important continuing to promote “fatherhood” (whatever this is), they want mandatory access visitation orders for EVERY child support order, which then moves custody and visitation matters further out from a judge’s decision based on facts (allegedly, or at least potentially) to an administrative boilerplate (generally speaking) managed by a court-connected program manger or designated professional.

This is called Double-Billing.  “Don’t Ask.  Just Do it for your Kids.”

In years since, others have continued to research the same topic upwards and downwards, namely, taking it to the source:  The funds come from the HHS (grantees recorded in TAGGS database, and some other places), and child support TANF diversions.  At around the same time (post-1996, late 1990s, early 2000s) California along with other states was under a federal “centralize into a Statewide Distribution Unit (“SDU”) system for child support distribution — or give up your welfare assistance.  Of course, if you don’t need food stamps, cash aid, (Medicaid?) and other help from Big Brother, then don’t.  YOU put up 34$, we’ll put up 66% (not mentioned:  this 66% comes from funds previously collected through taxes etc. from the public, or interst/investment gains on it).

So yes, it does matter who baked THAT cake, because it’s got a little “leavening” in it which makes it a high-rise profit system for those in the system, and a debt production machine for stressed-out parents who eat from it.  How many people know going IN to the courts that any child support order, and EVERy child support order, and I’ll hazard a guess, in EVERY State and US territory, has as 66/34 effect called INCENTIVE.   In fact one of the hard lessons I learned (obviously) was to find out WHO is speaking to you whenever help or relief from injustice or danger is offered, in response to one’s cries for help, or without even those cries.

Who Bakes the Domestic Violence Group Cakes?  The same supplier — it may not be the 66/34 effect as to DV programs, but we’ve seen they are heavy into HHS funding (not just DOJ) and collaborating with fatherhood-oriented groups when protective mothers aren’t watching, while teaching them distracting information lest they DO watch.  See Loretta Frederick, who I’ll bet did NOT highlight her connection with AFCC (or teach women who AFCC was) at the last BMCC (“Battered Mother’s Custody Conference”).    In 2011, access visitation was mentioned from the podium by someone WITHOUT some product to market (after the conference was — like it appears to have been this year, too — well over an hour behind schedule on the last segment of the conference)  but as soon as the speaker went to the podium, a lunch break was called.  Un believably, I saw the same thing happen again this year — a break was called, and a woman’s voice at the mike (Ricky Fowler, search my blog) was surrounded by noise of coming and going, but when someone protesting what she said spoke up, another grabbed the mike and told everyone to quiet down and listen, because “this is important.”  (like the previous comment wasn’t?) and tried to counter it.

So, your Domestic Violence Advocacy and Protective Mothers Advocacy groups have, as it were, pre-baked cake mixes from pretty much the same source.  They have — amazingly coincidental — the same blind spots; which a little experience has shown is not blindness – it’s a “no-fly-zone.”    

My Para. from above:

I’ve several times recommended such unrealistic (but one can always put the idea out there!) scenarios as let’s eliminate the OCSE (Office of Child Support Enforcement) as it’s by this point so “fatherhood” — alternately enraging certain types of fathers, oppressing others — as to be a literal danger to the children, and many mothers, who it is supposedly for, AND sometimes innocent bystanders (Seal Beach, CA 2011, Washington D.C. Sniper (Mildred Muhammed, ex-wife of D.C. Sniper, “Scared Silent” ca. 2002/John Muhammad, a Devoted Dad?
Connecting the Sniper case to family court corruption and federal fatherhood program fraud.  (Part 1)
by Cindy Ross © October 28, 2002
), Sandoval/Torres/Starczyk (officer), 2008, etc.), not to mention the public burden and crime scene cleanups, plus trials that follow).

It is VITALLY important, in other words, that more people understand and protest the continued funding of a system of “evolving purposes” all labeled’ family” which are resulting in habitually increasing scenarios involving roadkill.  This scenario claims that the family is the basic unit of society, anything that threatens “family” is itself (by definition) a threat to society, and women’s right to live alone versus live with constant domestic terrorism based on the fact that they’re female, or vulnerable and happen to get paid less per $$ then men overall — and are not represented even halfway proportionately in our primarily white male Congress & Senate.  Sorry to put it that way, but one hellish marriage, and an equally long hell in the court system simply leads me rationally to acts of Congress designed to promote fatherhood.  I didn’t promote or pass these at the time, and am simply reporting their existence, and in part, their costs.  Plural.

This is the rationale which (if it’s bought & believed, or tolerated) which priorities “family” over Bill of Rights in EVERY case where there is a custody dispute.  That philosophy then enables passage of programs in which we find fraud, and incentives — which have zero (NO) place in promoting justice.  If courtrooms are not neutral — meaning, they are bribe-free — and they are “OUT-COME based” versus PROCESS-based” — they are kangaroo courtrooms.  So we need to report honestly — Let’s get Honest — about this facet in particular.  At the annual price tag of approximately $4 billions, and for the Jessica Gonzales’ the Dawn Axsoms, the Catalina Torres’, and the Officers shot in the line of duty during domestic dispute hostage situations, let’s defuse the need for the Federally Sponsored (with corporate help) “Special Interest Resource Centers” Publish, Design a Logo, Link to GroupThink, or We Perish industry.

It’s important.    Look at the site (probably not most current, for general idea only):

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

[HHS/ACF — and ACF is one of the largest OpDivs [Operational Divisions] of HHS)

PAYMENTS TO STATES FOR CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AND FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAMS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FY 2012

BUDGET PAGE APPROPRIATION LANGUAGE ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 269

AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION …………………………………………………………………………………………. 270

APPROPRIATIONS HISTORY TABLE ………………………………………………………………………………… 271

AMOUNTS AVAILABLE FOR OBLIGATION ………………………………………………………………………… 273

OBLIGATIONS BY ACTIVITY ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 274

SUMMARY OF CHANGES ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 275

JUSTIFICATION:

GENERAL STATEMENT ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 276

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS ……………………………………………………… 276

BUDGET REQUEST……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 278

OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES TABLE ……………………………………………………………………………… 280

RESOURCE AND PROGRAM DATA ………………………………………………………………………………… 282

STATE TABLES …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 287

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Here are selected states (fairly whimsical, but I tried to honor Republican Primary Candidates, and Kansas gets a mention because it so recently re-organized the SRS department (which gets the OCSE funding) and is recommending women marry their way out of poverty, too bad for domestic violence (see Topkea) and as advised behind closed doors by some ultra-conservative experts, i.e., Wade Horn, etc.  Marriage & Fatherhood promotion are diversionary programs enabled under welfare law, and typically recruiting or program enrollment often happens at the child support level).  Look at some of the program titles and which branch of government gets the funding (or most of it), which varies by state:

Grantee Name State Award Number Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
KICKAPOO TRIBE OF KANSAS KS 11IAKS4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 535,121
KS ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & REHABILITATION SERVICES KS 0904KS4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 698,875
KS ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & REHABILITATION SERVICES KS 1104KS4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 27,012,837
Kansas Dept of Social and Rehabilitation Services KS 90FD0145 OCSE SECTION 1115 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY MONICA REMILLARD $ 15,469
PRAIRIE BAND POTAWATOMI INDIANS KS 11IBKS4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 250,000

IOWA, TEXAS, UTAH

Grantee Name State Award Number Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 0904IA4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 2,535,162
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 1104IA4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 18,224,176
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 90FD0183 MAPPING THE FUTURE OF PATERNITY ESTABLISHMENT THROUGH GIS 1 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY JOE FINNEGAN $ 95,214
Iowa State Dept of Social Services/Human Services IA 90FD0144 LINKING CHILD SUPPORT WITH THE IOWA PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY HAROLD B COLEMAN $ 50,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TX 0904TX4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 1,735,514
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TX 1104TX4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 193,122,346
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TX 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY MICHAEL HAYES $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TX 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY MICHAEL HAYES $ 50,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TX 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY MICHAEL HAYES $ 75,000
UT ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES UT 0904UT4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 446,019
UT ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES UT 1104UT4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 22,067,247
Results 1 to 11 of 11 matches.

MINNESOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA:

Grantee Name State Award Number Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 0904IA4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 2,535,162
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 1104IA4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 18,224,176
IA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES/HUMAN SERVICES IA 90FD0183 MAPPING THE FUTURE OF PATERNITY ESTABLISHMENT THROUGH GIS 1 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY JOE FINNEGAN $ 95,214
Iowa State Dept of Social Services/Human Services IA 90FD0144 LINKING CHILD SUPPORT WITH THE IOWA PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY HAROLD B COLEMAN $ 50,000
LEECH BAND OF OJIBWE MN 11ICMN4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 143,405
MILLE LACS BAND OF OJIBWE MN 07IDMN4004 2007 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 14,098
MILLE LACS BAND OF OJIBWE MN 11IDMN4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 217,386
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 0904MN4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 490,616
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 1104MN4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 101,786,892
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0127 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY PATRICK W KRAUTH $ 0
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0127 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY PATRICK W KRAUTH $ 0
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0140 OCSE SECTION 1115 – FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY JILL C ROBERTS $ 0
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0140 OCSE SECTION 1115 – FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY JILL C ROBERTS $ 69,684
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0147 OCSE SECTION 1115 – PRISONER REENTRY INITITATIVE 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY KAREN L SCHIRLE $ 0
MN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES MN 90FD0147 OCSE SECTION 1115 – PRISONER REENTRY INITITATIVE 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY KAREN L SCHIRLE $ 50,000
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES OH 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR ** 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED $ 198,000
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES OH 0904OH4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 2,961,680
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES OH 1104OH4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 111,207,241
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES OH 90FD0142 OCSE 1115 – PRISON REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY ATHENA RILEY $ 50,000
OH ST DEPARTMENT OF JOB & FAMILY SERVICES OH 90FD0174 OHIO OFFICE OF CHILD SUPPORT, COMMISSION ON FATHERHOOD, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION WILL PROVIDE FINANCIAL EDU 2 93564 Child Support Enforcement Research DISCRETIONARY ATHENA RILEY $ 75,000
PA ST DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE PA 0904PA4004 2009 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 4,560,291
PA ST DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE PA 1104PA4004 2011 OCSE 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 150,800,949
RED LAKE BAND OF CHIPPEWA INDIANS MN 11IAMN4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 403,801
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION TRIBAL COUNCIL MN 11BIMN4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 307,298
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION TRIBAL COUNCIL MN 11IBMN4004 2011 OCSET 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) OPEN-ENDED $ 230,371
Results 1 to 25 of 25 matches.

**This “demonstrates” that at least browsing where money from the Dept. of HHS/OCSE is going from time to time, can be illuminating.  When one sees an unexplained acronym, it may be worth a closer look.  I figured “HMHR” had something to do with “Healthy Marriage” and was right.  Here’s the rest of the Ohio “HMHR” grants (spent for What?  Ohioans should look up) and found $198K per year for several years.  I also figured this is going on in more than one state, i.e., it’s some federal policy — and was right:

OHIO only (see grant award number has “OH” in it)

Fiscal Year Award Number Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Class Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2011 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED DEMONSTRATION ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 198,000
2009 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED DEMONSTRATION ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 198,000
2008 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED DEMONSTRATION ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 198,000
2007 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED DEMONSTRATION ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $ 198,000
2006 0604OHHMHR 2006 HMHR 1 93563 Child Support Enforcement (CSE) CLOSED-ENDED DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
Results 1 to 5 of 5 matches.
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$1.194 million so for — hope it’s a good program!

From the web:

  1. Chapter 2: Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships—Grand Rapids 

    www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/strengthen/eval…/grand_ch2.html

    The HMHR project was awarded a Child Support Enforcement  TheHMHR project proposes to reach at least 2500 people over 5 years with direct …*   



  2. More Specifically (and predictably):

  1. Healthy Marriages Healthy Relationships—Grand Rapids (HMHR) is a community-based initiative that delivers relationship skills-building services intended to encourage healthy relationships between parents, and between parents and their children, and to increase the financial well-being of children in a low-income urban area of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The HMHR project was awarded a Child Support Enforcement Demonstration Section 1115 waiver in October 2003. The Federal funding required a non-Federal match, and HMHR received a private grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in November 2003. Community needs assessment, recruitment, and relationship building with partners and service delivery planning led to the delivery of relationship skills-building services starting in June 2004.
(Grand Rapids is something of a faith-based community to start with, Dutch Reformed, I seem to recall.  But this could be done anywhere).
 

2.1 Project Goals

The HMHR project proposes to reach at least 2,500 people over 5 years with direct family-strengthening activities such as training in parenting and relationship skills. The initiative has established goals that are broad-based and comprehensive—they encompass improving couple relationships and the parenting skills of low-income parents in the community. Ultimately, HMHR aims to “enhance the financial and emotional well-being of children” (Health Marriages Grand Rapids [HMGR], 2004a; Health Marriages Grand Rapids [HMGR], 2004b). The specific goals of the initiative are to
  • increase the number of prepared healthy marriages among low-income couples in Kent county.
  • decrease the divorce rate among low-income couples in Kent county.
  • increase the active, healthy participation of noncustodial fathers in the lives of their children.
  • increase the responsible and effective coparenting skills of married and unmarried parentsto include improvement of the relationship between low-income adults parenting children.{{I.e., Marital Counseling = Child Support Enforcement (diversionary waiver…) philosophy — typical!!
  • facilitate, in Kent county, the measurable increase in agreement with the perspective that healthy marriages, healthy relationships between parents, and responsible parenting are criticalto the financial well-being of children.***SERIOUSly?? ?????   Governor Gray Davis (abou 2002 or so) vetoed an attempt to endorse Kids Turn programs to help children navigate the rocky terrain of divorce on the basis that he (as Governor of California) didn’t feel — although the legislature (which probably had a better idea of how this system works) that it was the place of the California Judicial Council to measure mental health matters.  Obviously persistent program promotion works.{{I.e., brainwashing, excuse me, attitude adjustment, typical favorable to religious views of independent mothers as dangerous more as wombs than full-status humans.  “HERE:  Take my classes, and afterwards sign this agreement (survey) saying you believe this stuff, so we can get our grant next year, too!  Hungry?  well, go to the childs upport office and seek a modification, or to get it enforcement; that’s not a service we offer (directly) here”}}
Taken together, achieving the above objectives are intended to support** the following Title IV-D child support enforcement goals:
  • Improve compliance with support obligations by noncustodial parents, when needed.
  • Increase paternity establishment for low-income children born to unwed mothers (HMGR, 2004a; HMGR, 2004b)

**the road to hell has always been paved with “good intentions.”  It’s only in recent times? that merely expressing intent to “facilitate” attitude adjustment in order to reduce poverty (i.e., by increasing sales of relationship skills programs has been so well (federally) rewarded with so little justification.  See “Smartmarriages.com” and acknowledge how very smart that corporation’s founder indeed was! (place of incorporation, Washington, D.C., which is where conferences are also held yearly, or were? from 2000-2010, as I recall).

About these SIP programs (from HHS) — This is another place for marriage/fatherhood programs to come in. For the novice, a marriage promotion program (as we’ve seen the HHS organizations doing this, not one of which is truly feminist) IS a FATHERHOOD program. the same is practically true of programs called “CHILD” any more.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/funding/child_support_past_projects.html
ACF-FUNDED HMI DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS AND GRANT ACTIVITIES:
Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE)

2003 SIP Grants  (see above link for active links to these).
2005 SIP Grants
2006 SIP Grants

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) facilitates State and Tribal development of programs that locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity when necessary, and obtain and enforce child support orders..

Special Improvement Projects (SIPs)

{{isn’t that “special”?}}
SIP grants fund faith- and community-based organizations, as well as state, local, and tribal agencies, to improve child support outcomes such as paternity establishment and child support collections and improve the well-being of children.

These grants are authorized through Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. During 2003-2006, the following projects received funding to provide child support and marriage education services to improve outcomes for children.   

While it reads “to provide child support services” we can see the “roundabout” reasoning, meaning, Tour de Marriage Enhancement, and possibly — well, we hope — this will result in more child support payments.

Several States (award goes directly to states) got these awards, all are marked “budget year 1” all are “Demonstration” and none have a “principal investigator” listed.   MOST of the funding is as “Administrative Supplement” and this has been going on since 2003 or 2004.   Here’s a list omitting grantee institution so it’s alpha by state, “NEW” only, which is 27 awards out of 68 (a little less than half of them):

All of these are under straightforward CFDA 93563, “Child Support Enforcement” (although a separate category even exists for “research and demo).  These relationship mongering skills are Special Project Waivers.

State County Award Number Action Issue Date Award Activity Type Award Action Type Sum of Actions
CO DENVER 0604COHMHR 01/06/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 276,726
FL LEON 0504FLHMHR 07/15/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 333,333
FL LEON 0604FLHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 333,333
GA FULTON 0504GAHMHR 05/27/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 192,000
GA FULTON 0604GAHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 192,000
ID ADA 0404IDHMHR 10/03/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 110,880
ID ADA 0404IDHMHR 12/01/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 110,880
IL SANGAMON 0504ILHMHR 11/29/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 273,003
IN MARION 0804INHMHR 07/16/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
KY FRANKLIN 0504KYHMHR 07/15/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 333,333
KY FRANKLIN 0604KYHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 333,333
LA EAST BATON ROUGE 0404LAHMHR 09/10/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 308,000
LA EAST BATON ROUGE 0504LAHMHR 08/11/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 308,000
LA EAST BATON ROUGE 0604LAHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 308,000
MA MIDDLESEX 0504MAHMHR 11/29/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 324,939
MI INGHAM 0404MIHMHR 10/03/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
MI INGHAM 0404MIHMHR 12/01/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
MN RAMSEY 0404MNHMHR 09/10/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
MN RAMSEY 0504MNHMHR 08/11/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
MN RAMSEY 0604MNHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
MN RAMSEY 0704MNHMHR 08/07/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
OH FRANKLIN 0604OHHMHR 07/14/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
TX TRAVIS 0604TXHMHR 10/11/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 499,092
WA THURSTON 0604WAHMHR 03/15/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 200,000
WA THURSTON 0605WAHMHR 04/20/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
WA THURSTON 0704WAHMHR 08/08/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 200,000
WA THURSTON 0705WAHMHR 08/07/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW $ 198,000
Results 1 to 27 of 27 matches

For comparison — in ONE year (nationwide) 772 OCSE grants (including, but not limited to these), totalling:

Total of 772 Award Actions for 171 Awards Total Amount for all Award Actions: $ 3,176,826,043

This doesn’t include important federal programs like abstinence education, either. . . . . .

Anyhow, click around TaGGS some, look at CFDA 93564 and find out just how much experimentation is really going on — plus get at least a few principal investigator’s names together to figure out what’s up.   Here’s a segment (no years selected) showing just how active TENNESSEE & TEXAS are, not to mention showing that sometimes people write “TEXAS” or “TX” or “State of” when it comes to state name format and sometimes, unbelievably, the word “Mr.” is entered under the name category, as I found out as to California, “Principal Investigator” for a $29,000 grant to help connect Title IV-A (TANF) and Title IV-D (Child Support). I hope the person making all these clerical errors (?) isn’t earning much more than $29,000 of my money to do so. Who’s training the database submission personnel at HHS, anyhow?   Howsabout some basic filing protocol, eh?  For reference, see phone book.

What this tells me is that these states are fairly busy in “Child Support Research and Demonstration”  These are all CFDA 93564 (not 93563, and not 93597, which is Access/Visitation — which also promotes some of the same things.

California:

CA ST DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES 90FD0003 PRIORITY AREA 4.01 – NONCUSTODIAL PARENTS & THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT SYST  3 09/15/2009 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION PEGGY JENSEN $- 73,983
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0083 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM – PRIORITY AREA 4 1 09/15/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW LEORA GERSHENZON  $ 60,000
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0114 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANTS 1 08/24/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW DANIEL LOUIS $ 150,000
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0114 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANTS 2 09/19/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION DANIEL LOUIS $ 75,000
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0114 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANTS 2 08/29/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS LESLIE CARMONA $ 0
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0114 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANTS 3 09/09/2008 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION LESLIE CARMONA $ 75,000
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0114 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANTS 3 10/22/2009 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS KATHY HREPICH $ 0
CA ST DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES 90FD0158 SERVE OUR IV-A/IV-D PROGRAM COLLABORATION 1 09/24/2009 DEMONSTRATION NEW MR BILL OTTERBECK $ 29,000
STATE OF TENNESSEE 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 1 06/23/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 82,853
State of Louisiana, Department of Social Services 90FD0125 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-2) 1 08/23/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW ROBBIE ENDRIS $ 59,983
TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 1 07/20/2005 DEMONSTRATION NEW GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 108,112
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0077 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT, PRIORITY AREA #4 1 08/26/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 60,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0102 TENNESSEE DEPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES 1 09/16/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW LINDA CHAPPELL $ 62,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/31/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 101,427
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 07/27/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,688
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 03/06/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0108 TENNESSEE DPT. OF HUMAN SERVICES PRIORITY AREA 1 3 02/24/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 1 09/20/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 54,612
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 08/09/2009 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 52,034
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 07/12/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 2 05/13/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 09/01/2010 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 50,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0129 SECTION 1115 – PRIORITY AREA 1 3 05/18/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 100,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 71,240
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0139 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 3 08/08/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 47,500
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 09/01/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 2 03/14/2011 OTHER EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 0
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0148 TENNESSEE PROJECT IN SUPPORT OF THE PRISONER REENTRY INITIATIVE 3 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MR CHARLES BRYSON $ 49,300
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 85,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0171 BUILDING ASSETS FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES 2 08/14/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHARLES BRYSON $ 75,000
TN ST DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES 90FD0177 INTEGRATING WORKFORCE STRATEGIES WITH CHILD SUPPORT SERVICES IN TENNESSEE 1 09/24/2011 DEMONSTRATION NEW CHARLES BRYSON $ 55,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0052 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM (PRIORITY AREA III) 1 09/15/2009 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION WILLIAM H ROGERS $- 8,058
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0073 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT-P.A. 2 1 09/15/2009 DEMONSTRATION OTHER REVISION MICHAEL HAYES $- 6,976
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0078 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT, PRIORITY AREA #5 1 08/26/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 80,040
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0085 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT, PRIORITY AREA #4 1 08/26/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 60,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0088 SECT. 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT PRIORITY AREA 1 1 08/29/2003 DEMONSTRATION NEW WILL ROGERS $ 196,555
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0088 SECT. 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT PRIORITY AREA 1 2 09/27/2004 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION PATRICIA CAFFERATA $ 196,555
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0088 SECT. 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT PRIORITY AREA 1 2 01/08/2005 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS KAREN HENSON $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0088 SECT. 1115 DEMONSTRATION GRANT PRIORITY AREA 1 3 08/16/2005 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION KAREN HENSON $ 196,555
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0092 TEXAS OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1 09/09/2004 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL D HAYES $ 125,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 2 07/27/2006 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 108,400
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 2 03/19/2007 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 2 06/26/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 3 07/31/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 108,400
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0113 OCSE SECTION 1115 3 06/27/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS GILBERT A CHAVEZ $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0124 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-3) 1 08/29/2007 DEMONSTRATION NEW HAILEY KEMP $ 60,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0124 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-3) 2 08/11/2008 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TED WHITE $ 60,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0124 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-3) 3 09/01/2009 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION TED WHITE $ 50,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0124 OCSE SECTION 1115 (PA-3) 3 03/30/2010 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS TED WHITE $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0134 OCSE RESEARCH GRANTS 1115 WAIVER 1 09/29/2008 DEMONSTRATION NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 703,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 1 08/16/2009 DEMONSTRATION NEW KAMMI SIEMENS $ 100,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 2 09/07/2010 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MICHAEL HAYES $ 75,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 2 01/13/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS MICHAEL HAYES $ 0
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0137 SECTION 1115 DEMONSTRATION-PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE PAID INITTIATIVE 3 09/25/2011 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MICHAEL HAYES $ 50,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 1 09/25/2010 OTHER NEW MICHAEL HAYES $ 85,000
TX ST OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 90FD0169 URBAN FATHERS ASSET BUILDING PROJECT 2 08/29/2011 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MICHAEL HAYES $ 75,000
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS 90FD0141 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 1 09/01/2009 OTHER NEW MARILYN R SMITH $ 99,348
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS 90FD0141 FAMILY-CENTERED SERVICES FOR UNWED PARENTS IN THE IV-D CASELOAD 2 09/19/2010 OTHER NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION MARILYN R SMITH $ 75,000
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 1 09/01/2006 DEMONSTRATION NEW JOHN BERNHART $ 150,000
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 2 09/26/2007 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION JOHN BERNHART $ 75,000
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 2 08/10/2008 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS JOHN BERNHART $ 0
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 2 06/15/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS JOHN BERNHART $ 0
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 3 08/31/2008 DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION JOHN BERNHART $ 75,000
US DHHS, ACF, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES 90FD0115 COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, PRIORITY AREA #2 3 06/22/2011 DEMONSTRATION EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS JOHN BERNHART $ 0
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The 66/34 Effect Show with Athena Phoenix was sponsored this week by a responsible father who wishes to assist us in carrying out o[u]r mission to improve the way the family courts do business.  He asks that you please consider signing this petition to tell Congress and the President to stop wasting money on HHS programs that lack oversight and harm families and children caught in the family courts:

 

The shows bring up consistently valuable speakers, and it’s true some segments have featured the effect of the TANF budget, and the 66/34 effect.  The press-releases prior to show are jam-packed with links and information and shows in themselves.

My perspective and purpose differs somewhat, and I believe that given the urgency of the times, it is vERY necessary to locate people (particularly mothers) who are willing to blow the cover on the DV industry sellout AS MOTHERS in custody challenges, and FATHERS who are willing to blow the cover on how these program diversions are actually conceived with intent to divert profits to already profiting individuals in various institutions, and expand welfare until it blankets the United States with relationship education, whether or not this entails poor and needy families on the “take our program” side.  I have a general idea of what kind of people are drawn to the “give me a grant, I’ll push your product” side — whether at the professional level (the two professors from UDenver who have PREP, Inc. thing going), and other contracting organizations (MDRC, Maximus, etc.) who defraud (allegedly, judging by how often they get sued) and the judges etc. with their retirement plan & income supplementation at public expense plans (the Kids’ Turns and Family Justice Centers of the world) and the “let’s do a NICE conference business.

 

In recent days/weeks, I’ve had an absolutely wonderful looking, articulate, attractive intelligent mother (a widow) and grandmother in her sixties come up to me, at a loss regarding finding work.  She was downsized after twenty-nine (29) years in what sounds like very responsible, executive responsibility support staff in an engineering firm for a huge company.   What is she to do?  I looked at her with my court-custody-DV-strewn work life scenario and was thankful that at least this disaster prepared me for handling more of the same; my disadvantage working to my survival advantage in a rapidly changing world.

And I prefer to bake my own cakes at many points.  Years of having social / community relationships compromised by court filings and sudden disappearance of my kids (I don’t think a mother EVER gets over that, no matter what else she does in life), not because they served in Iraq, but because they were born in this country and in that decade of Jim Crow times regarding civil rights for women, too.

(and here’s the end of my 11,000 — so far — word post.  That includes the tables, of course):  A person working to stop child slavery in California is on:  here is the nonprofit description of HOW children girls are kept in line:

 

Director of this Chino, California organization, The Faces of Slavery, is “Juana Zapata.”  It’s site has tremendous graphics, and “FACES” is an acronym:  Fight Against Child Exploitation And Sexual Slavery    of AMERICAN CHILDREN.  “Amber’s Story” deals with a runaway (my mind immediately thinks of reasons a child might run away, one of which is violence or abuse in the home, including molestation.    So why not do better at stopping that to start with?)

Please read this site.  The problem is real!  (see “Franklin Coverup” also)

 

The Problem of Child Sex Slavery, http://www.facess.org/problem.html    

Today there are at least 20,000 slaves under the age of 18 in the United States. According to the Department of Justice, the average of these children is 13 years old. 80% of these children are girls and 80% of those girls are sexual slaves like “Amber”. The life expectancy of girls like “Amber” is 7 – 10 years from the time of their abduction and the start of their enslavement.

Amber and countless other girls experience on a daily basis:

  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Neglect
  • Starvation
  • Torture
  • False imprisonment
  • Exploitation
  • Drugging
  • Emotional, physical
  • And mental abuse

Slaveholders will send “testers” in to the girls to pretend to rescue the girl. If she engages with the tester she will be beaten. At some point the girl gives up and becomes resigned to her new life – her hell on earth. Survival mode will kick in and she will quickly become hardened, disconnected, hopeless, angry, and isolated – trusting no one, which is the slaveholder’s goal.

Why Don’t These Girls Try to Escape?

There are many different methods these slaveholders use to manipulate and control their slaves. These impressionable and dependent children want to be accepted by someone. The slaveholder is the only one they really know in their new reality. Between the abuses and in an effort to keep the children the slaveholder will also tell the girls he loves them, buy them gifts, and take them to exciting places in order to keep them submissive, producing a Stockholm Syndrome where the victim actually thinks they are being loved – thus skewing their concept of love.

What Is Our Government Doing About Slavery?

The answer to that question is, “Not much.” F.B.I. recovery numbers are 900 children per year. Typically, the recovery rate is less than 1% of the actual trafficked population. And what happens to a child like “Amber” when she is rescued? The Department of Justice has confirmed that care facilities specifically designed to support these trafficked children can give shelter to less than 100 of them. F.B.I. policy is to place these rescued victims into juvenile hall which sends the message to these children that they are criminals. The cost of a child in juvenile hall is $250 per day. Government agencies cannot give these children what they need most – love.

See the bullets above?  Sometimes many of those features happen WITHIN nuclear families — sometimes even within families that have biologically related Mom, Pop and Kids.   And yet still the building block of society has to be families?

for the healing process — imagine this:

 

How We Can Make a Difference

What does a child like “Amber” need to heal from the deep mental, emotional, and physical scars that have been inflicted upon her? She needs a warm, safe, peaceful, place. She needs to be surrounded by people who will gently guide her, support her, encourage her, and show her what real love is. We can provide these very things.

Our property in California is tucked away in a beautiful, quiet and safe place. We are surrounded by trees and ponds and mountains. We have the ability to provide fun and “normal” activities such as hiking, swimming, other water sports, museums, dining out, movies, playing games so she can regain her childhood.

 

Similarly, after severe violence IN the home — although surely this must be worse — children who grew up “Exposed to Violence” including watching one parent beat the other (adjust to accommodate step-parent, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc.) — they too need a healing and detox period.

But they are not getting it for long — and primarily they are not getting this because the custody courts, with their AFCC, their Access Visitation (CRC theory), their incentives to prolong war (while claiming they stop it) and their assets-stripping, bone-chilling, never ending encouragement of the worse parent when “worse” is obvious — will not allow for, our society is just not ready to accommodate and SAY NO TO  custody — ANY type of custody and particularly not joint, and not shared — when one parent has already demonstrated assault and battery, threats, economic oppression & “pimping” (this happened to me.  I worked, he got the checks, I got threatened and slapped, kicked, choked, etc., sleep-deprived anyhow.  I provided the job reference for the credit application — he got the credit! etc.  Once you start one of these relationships, if you are not committed to IMMEDIATELY terminate it, it’s very hard to get out.

And in this climate, once you get out, here comes “conciliation code” and a bunch of people who are not “rich enough” yet to defraud people of their rights to exist, legally and simply live, as INDIVIDUALS in this country.   See “Ohio Fatherhood Commission” (targeting counties with single mothers) for a nice example.  It is ONLY going to get worse until this is stopped, and I know that I alone cannot stop this.

 

Here is a facebook page which states Government Agencies are looking to F.A.C.E.S.S. but we also need your donations

 

REGISTRATION, Secretary of State?  I don’t know:   I see these (after FACESS and “Fight Against” searches didn’t turn up a registration) or “FACESS” with or without the periods:

http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/cbs.aspx

Results of search for ” F.A.C.E.S. ” returned no entity records.

Record not found.

As to those initials for Charities (i.e., nonprofits) in California, the only ones I see (both delinquent) relate to Autism, i.e., that’s what the “A” in the acronym stands for.  Our F.A.C.E.S.S. doesn’t show in California as a nonprofit:

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
F.A.C.E.S. FOR KIDS, INC. 099503 Charity Dissolution Pending REDWOOD CITY CA Charity Registration Charity
F.A.C.E.S. OF THE EAST BAY 116862 Charity Delinquent OAKLAND CA Charity Registration Charity
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F.A.C.E.S.S. (Fight Against Child Exploitation & Sexual Slavery) (facebook logo’ FB shows 392 followers on the page)

These would be the corporate registrations.  Only one (formed about a year ago) is left standing here in California:

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2439255 03/01/2004 SUSPENDED CAMPAIGN AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION, A CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT MUTUAL BENEFIT CORPORATION DAVID REPLOGLE
C1229360 10/12/1983 DISSOLVED FAMILY AWARENESS OF CHILD EXPLOITATION – IN-TRUDERS CHARMAINE DENNIS
C3367022 03/17/2011 ACTIVE FOUNDATION AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION & HUMAN TRAFFICKING ERIC BUSH
C1195950 03/06/1987 SUSPENDED PEOPLE AGAINST CHILD EXPLOITATION JAMES D DAVIES

So far, I see a facebook page.  The website direcst people to the Facebook page, and the law enforcement link (on the website) is by password only, understandably.

 

Just that if someone is seeking donations, we seek an EIN# and registration.  It’s that simple.  So perhaps I will call in and simply ask — is there an umbrella organization?:

There are “10 people” names Juana Zapata in California, and 1 (with 1 connection only) on LinkedIn.  There’s the mother of a young man whose car crahsed into and killed a police officer in Freson, listed as his 47 year old mother (the young man not living at home at the time, and being the youngest of 5 at age 19)

http://www.kristieslaw.org/fresno.htm  This is a hard story to hear, and probably a different woman involved, as apparently this mother needed a translator.  It’s undated.

 

Featured here, protesting (it seems) an “adult” page in a paper, or on-line, from “The Majestic Dreams Foundation”

http://www.themajestic.org/blog/2011/10/07/Press-Release-The-Daily-Titan.aspx

”The advocates of anti-slavery held signs that read, “Hey Ortega! Real men don’t buy girls” and “I am the key to free,” while protesting Ortega and the conglomerate which owns BackPage.com.Lizeth Sebastian, 21, pioneer of the anti-human trafficking club at Chapman University called Set Captives Free, said many people are unaware that sex trafficking is happening in local areas.Juana Zapata, from Faces of Slavery, said for the past three years her organization has been rescuing and protecting girls who have been victims of human trafficking and who were advertised on BackPage.com, averaging one girl every six weeks.“We are a permanent residential place for them (the victims),” said Zapata, who was invited to the protest by Cenedella. “For us it’s very important that the public knows that this is actually happening right here; it’s not international. Students have to be fully aware what’s happening with their generation and they are the voice.

This is a GRIPPING story of Aimee, and what happened after she reported abuse from the ages of 8 to 12 by a priest, a friend of her aunt.  She reported it at age 17 to a minister, then to law enforcement, and was subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment, a 51-50 psychiatric hold (without her mother’s knowledge) with resulting lasting damage, and in general was treated as the criminal  .

Her report went from minister to law enforcement to hold, to hospital in short order.  Her family which refused to believe the story are estranged — BUT she was able to make a film.

 

The Majestic Dreams Foundation is a  nonprofit organization located in Southern California.  It was formed and created byAimee Galicia Torres on January 8, 2010.
The Majestic Dreams Foundation aims to provide aide to sexually abused survivors as well as promote awareness for all forms of abuse. The Majestic Dreams Foundation teams up with film production company, Trinity Alliance Films to provide films that reflect this growing epidemic so that we as a society can bring about a change.

 

This day forever changed the rest of her life.  That very day, Aimee underwent hours of questioning by the local police department as the suspect, Honesto Bismonte, was placed immediately in jail.  After a long interview, receiving scrutiny from the police department, Aimee was sent to undergo a psychological evaluation by a county psychologist.  However, to her surprise, when she was being escorted by two police officers, they admitted her into the hospital without her knowledge.  She was placed on a 51-50, hold, which means she legally must remain admitted for psychological evaluation for up to 72 hours. . .

When Aimee was 16,** she fell into an abusive relationship with her boyfriend of 3 1/2 years.  He would physically abuse her and attempted to kill her on various occasions. Through the numerous years of psychological, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse Aimee has received, she decided to turn everything into a positive learning experience.  She wanted to show abused victims and survivors, that despite any obstacle, you can succeed.  Aimee is proud to say, that throughout it all, she has never smoked or taken any drug of any kind. “Just because horrible things happen in our lives, we must be strong to not let it get the best of us.”
Relationship, much? from sexual abuse ages 8-12 by a priest, and from 12-1/2 through 16, sought “refuge” in another relationship with at least a non-priest, but another abuser?
Aimee has been a strong advocate for victim’s rights.  She is an avid supporter of RAINN (Rape, Abuse National Network), Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking, ACF Trafficking, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), Perverted Justice and more.
This young woman is a graduate of the NY Film Academy, apparently her mother also was a producer?  Here’s a company she founded in “2004” (January 2005).  I did not find the foundations, yet, but I see the high energy that sometimes people who get OUT of abuse have afterwards; they/we are simply so excited to be free, and creativity is at an all-time high, plus speaking to the cause.

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
200501110252 01/10/2005 ACTIVE AIMESTER PRODUCTIONS LLC AIMEE GALICIA TORRES
?? Aimee is the registered agent; the “jurisdiction” (which street address I looked up — I always try to look up street addresses ) is for “New America Foundation” — the California Office.  this is supposedly where the LLC business is, and Ms. Torres’ address (or, Studio City, CA) is the “registered agent” address:

Main Office

New America Foundation
1899 L St., N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Map & Directions
Phone: 202-986-2700
Fax: 202-986-3696

California Office

New America Foundation
921 11th Street, Suite 901
Sacramento, CA 95814
Map & Directions
Phone: 916-448-5189
Fax: 916-448-3724

This is a very interesting corporation (and not the subject of today’s post); ties to the council on Foreign Relations, and a board of 21 people, about 5 women, and some extremely high-achieving ones, too.  I am not sure how this ties into “Aimester Productions, LLC” of — as of yet — where “FACESS” actually resides as a corporation, other than on facebook and a website.  Such are the times we live in; we’d best deal with it!
one-half hour to the radio show, if you are planning to call in it’s 1-646-595-2134.  Again, I feel the focus is far broader than the pressing need in the family courts and child support (etc.) business entails at this point.  But it will be informative.
There is going to be a Judge from Georgia, we should ask what he thinks about (1) the Nancy Schaefer alleged murder/suicide while investigating CPS; (2) how nice to have a Georgia Judge on a Nationwide CCJJDP commission (“CC” standing for “Coordinating Council”:
Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
These being the (appointed) “Practitioner Members” in addition to heads of various agencies:

Laurie Garduque
Adele L. Grubbs
Byron Johnson
Steven H. Jonesen
Gordon A. Martin, Jr.
Pamela Rodriguez
Deborah Schumacher
Trina Thompson
Richard Vincent

The Hon. Adele L. Grubbs, as I recall, made an in absentia appearance on a previous show, when one of the callers related being incarcerated for 18 months around something regarding the sale of her home AFTER she’d been forced into bankruptcy (through custody matters, what else?) and it had already been foreclosed.  I can’t recall ALL the details.   I also know a woman in Georgia in terror in that her ex-kidnapper had done his time, and was stalking again.   And people in Pennsylvania have been made aware of the dynamic duo Parent Coordinators (Susan Boyan & Ann Marie Termini, the latter working out of Lackawanna County), with the expired associations their names are associated with, and the invisible (to me, at least) anywhere “Cooperative Parenting Institute” advertised at parentcoordinationcentral.com or whatever that site’s name is.
Georgia must be a beautiful (landscape Geography) state, I have a feeling.  It is also known in some circles for the (in)famous Georgia Fatherhood Initiative, a statewide deal organized out of the DHS, OCSE I guess:
Office of Child Support Services Logo

The Georgia Fatherhood Program, created by the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) in 1997, works with non-custodial parents who owe child support through DCSS but are unable to pay. Georgia’s Fatherhood Program is the largest state-operated fatherhood program in the country. Several thousands of non-custodial parents received services through the program during the past year. Gainful, stable employment enables these parents to provide regular financial support for their children. Fatherhood Program participants paid $18.7 million in child support during FY 2005.

Georgia recognized early on that many non-custodial parents wanted to pay their court-ordered child support, but lacked the economic capacity to do so. DCSS has partnered with other government and community agencies to develop a comprehensive network of services for this group.

The Fatherhood Program:
• Generally takes three to six months to complete.
• Serves both fathers and mothers who are non-custodial parents. . .

The Georgia Fatherhood Program is implemented by the Fatherhood Services Network, sponsored by the Department of Human Services’ Division of Child Support Services. The Network includes:
• Georgia Department of Human Services
• Child Access and Visitation Program
• Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgement Program
• Georgia Family Connections Partnership** (a nice nonprofit including a Juvenile Court judge on its board…)
• DCSS, which contracts with:
• Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education
• Georgia Department of Labor
• DeKalb County Fatherhood Initiative Network

Anyhow, it sure should be interesting.

Repeat Until Enough Believe It, Then Pass a State-level Statute to Authorize: “Parenting Coordination, Parenting Coordination!”

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See “THE NEW FRONTIER – Exploring the Challenges and Possibilities of the Changed Landscape for Children and the Courts.”

I write this post to again advertise HOW — H-O-W — this organization, for one, is obsessed with promoting ITS self-interests at the expense of others’ safety, sanity, and of the truth.  And for at least a decade now, it has been REALLY obsessed with “Parent Coordination,” and less than interested in INcorporation of Parent Coordination Associations:

 

 

FOR EXAMPLE (from Georgia Secretary of State).

Business Entity Name Control No Type Status Entity
Creation Date





NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC. 0207284 Non-Profit Corporation Admin. Dissolved 2/11/2002

(Street address is not the point here; it’s public record, but if you need to write someone, look it up yourself).

Entity Creation Date: 2/11/2002
Dissolve Date: 5/16/2008
Officers
Title: CEO
Name: SUSAN BOYAN
Address: X X X X
ATLANTA GA 30329

Title: CFO
Name: ANN MARIE TERMINI
Address: X X X X
ATLANTA GA 30329


They stopped giving annual filings in 2006, it just took 2 years to get administratively dissolved.  So the organization was around for almost (not quite) 4 years.

 

FLORIDA PARENT COORDINATION —

(This section got long because I found something and researched it.)

 

Here’s one in Florida that didn’t ever get an EIN# and lasted 1 year 7 months:

Was anyone billed for services under this name?  Where’s the receipts?

Detail by Entity Name
Florida Profit Corporation
PARENT COORDINATOR SERVICES INCORPORATED
Filing Information
Document Number P05000016833
FEI/EIN Number NONE
Date Filed 02/01/2005
State FL
Status INACTIVE
Effective Date 02/01/2005
Last Event ADMIN DISSOLUTION FOR ANNUAL REPORT
Event Date Filed 09/15/2006
Event Effective Date NONE
Principal Address
282 SHORT AVE
LONGWOOD FL 32750
Changed 07/25/2006
Mailing Address
282 SHORT AVE
LONGWOOD FL 32750
Changed 07/25/2006
Registered Agent Name & Address
RUFIANGE, ANNE B
172 WARREN AVE
LONGWOOD FL 32750 US

However the Ficititous name associated (“Parent Coordinator Services“) didn’t expire til 2010

Ms. Rufiange, LMFT (I just looked it up) is listed as an “Assessor” in various “Circuits” at Florida’s DCF, and associated with “Families Against Abuse” in google search, but I don’t see her name on the site.  By the way, this is a powerful statement here (although refers to Boston area, “How I Got My Daughter Back.”).  However, in Florida (at original street address, above) one can see some BIP (Batterers Intervention Programs) being run:

We are a DCF certified “Duluth Model” 26-week Men’s BIP program with three locations in the Central Florida area.  We offer Domestic Violence Assessments and groups by a certified staff of male and female facilitators.  All groups are one and a half hours once a week and are charged on a sliding scale.  Registration is free.  We offer classes on a variety of days and times (including Saturdays!) in different locations in order to accommodate your work schedule as best we can.  Our locations in Orange and Seminole Counties are:

1. Families Against Abuse @ 1510 E. Colonial Drive, Suite 230, Orlando, FL 32803

2. Families Against Abuse @ 4467 Edgewater Drive, Suite C, Orlando, FL 32804

3. Families Against Abuse @ 282 Short Avenue, Suite 112, Longwood, FL 32750

We also offer drug/alcohol evaluations by a certified addiction professional at your at our other company, Families in Recovery

 

These two (Different) sites illustrate the polar opposites of how to counter abuse.  “FamiliesAgainstAbuse.com” is the mother’s perspective.  FamiliesAgainstAbuse.NET (see log) is the state’s.  Guess which one I prefer…

Now that Ms. Rufiange has my attention (through two nonprofits at one street address) I looked up her business incorporation history in Florida at Sunbiz.org (LOVE that site…):  I’ll comment on each of them quickly, below the list.  (There’s some duplication because it was a Document search, not a business name search)

Officer/RA Name Entity Name Entity Number
RUFIANGE, ANNE A ABUSO ZERO TOLERANCIA, INC. (1) P10000077630
RUFIANGE, ANNE MCC INCORPORATED (2) P95000050809
RUFIANGE, ANNE B PARENT COORDINATOR SERVICES INCORPORATED (3) P05000016833
RUFIANGE, ANNE B FAMILIES IN RECOVERY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA INC. (4) P05000098522
RUFIANGE, ANNE B FAMILIES AGAINST ABUSE, INC. (5) P99000038588
RUFIANGE, ANNE B PARENT COORDINATOR SERVICES INCORPORATED P05000016833
RUFIANGE, ANNE B FAMILIES IN RECOVERY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA INC. P05000098522
RUFIANGE, ANNE B FAMILIES AGAINST ABUSE, INC. (5) P99000038588

(1) 282 Short Ave #106.  Lasted 9/24/2010 – 9/23/2011, never got an EIN, involuntarily dissolved.  She’s officer, someone else registered agent.  No annual reports filed.

(2) 282 Short Ave, no Suite#.  Incorporated (effective) 7/1/1995, Admin Dissolut. for Annual Report, 9/15/2006. Actually got an EIN#:  593328214.  Checking two places by EIN#, I see no filings.  I doubt TAGGS would show any; someone should check Florida DCF, though.

Apparently only filed annual reports 2003, 2004, 2005! although plenty show on the system!   Dir. Rufiange resigned (stamped 11/2005), send all correspondence to (Suite #116) “Families in Recovery.” I linked to the image so you can read this.  Middle name doesn’t have a “B”??

(3) I have pasted, above.  No Suite#.  Overlaps with #1:  Effective 2/2005 through 9/2006 (1 yr 7 months) dissolved for failure to file.

(4) 282 Short Ave #112.  Formed 7/13/2005 EIN# 203134721.   “Annual” reports were filed in 2009, 2010 & 2011 only.  This is a For-Profit

Seems like she’s found her “niche” here — it’s outpatient substance abuse treatment (takes Medicare.  Note:  FLAG!).  There are a ton of websites advertising this, which doesn’t say anything about patients actually served.

Services Provided
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (TX)
Type of Care
  • Outpatient (OP)
Specific Populations Served
  • Persons with Dual Diagnosis (CO)
  • Seniors(SE)
  • Criminal Justice Clients (CJ)
Forms of Payment Accepted
  • Medicare (MC)

There is a husband?  Bob Rufiange, who also works at this two-person? counseling firm, above:

Families In Recovery 

282 Short Avenue # 116
LongwoodFL 32750-4916