Children’s Institute, Project Fatherhood(tm), and Fatherhood Nonprofits that make you go “Huh?”
(with respect to the late Dr. Hershel K. Swinger, I cannot respect using TANF and other funds to proselytize, and then cheating the California out of transparency and accountability).
(And I SURE as heck don’t respect anyone using the US Government to try to evangelize ANYone!)
This is a SHAMELESS transmigration from a long (project) I’ve been posting over at Scranton Political Times Kids for Cash thread. ALthough it’s actually in response to Joe Pilchesky having posted a SAVING DAMON case (from Southern Cal / San Diego area, and with full panoply of Protective Mothers Rhetoric and groups) on there. Totally out of character for him, but I then decided to look closer at the situation and open my big mouth.
(Better understood in the larger context) I feel sorry for mothers who are (like I was) led around by the nose to become activist before they activate common sense lookups of who they’re dealing with — both as advocates and as adversaries in the court system. For example — get this — Cindy Dumas had somehow a declaration (on her behalf) on “William Eddy” complaint form, but signed by Erik Fox, Ph.D. (who runs sexual abuser treatment programs all over, and actually recommended “abuse inoculation” treatment for Damon, Mom & Dad. I gather that hasn’t happened yet. [The Rest of This Comment on nonreporting [to California] $40million-budgetChildren’s Institute in Los Angeles, incl. its “Project Fatherhood(sm)”]: I’m trying to find out exactly what it is!
Things that make you go “Huh?” In that chart below (TAGGS list of “fatherhood” grantees — at least a few of them) notice the one “Children’s Institute, Inc.” of Los Angeles? Grant (for 2010) two different grants — $1,000,000 + $500,000 ??? That’s a hefty amount, right? I looked at this one before, and the pattern is just TO O o o o…. common: One has to usually check at least 3 to 4 sources AFTER seeing the HHS grant:
1. State Incorporation record (SOS),
2. State Charitable Record (if they’re a nonprofit or taking donations),
3. Sample check some IRS forms (I use “Foundationfinder” or “Nccsdataweb.urban.org”) — and actually look at a tax form (it gets easier with practice) . . . . and then
4. what does their website say as well?
Here we go: 1. California Corporation (Sec of State) registration — there are TWO with the exact same street address (which doesn’t match address on HHS grantee, either).
|C3365104||03/30/2011||ACTIVE||CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES||MARY EMMONS|
|C0085636||12/13/1917||ACTIVE||CHILDREN’S INSTITUTE, INC.||MARK ENGEL|
|Progr Office||Award Number||Award Title||Bud-get Year||Action Issue Date||CFDA #||CFDA Name||Award Action Type||Principal Investigator||Sum of Actions|
|CB||90CB0159||ABANDONED INFANT ASSISTANCE||2||05/03/2010||93551||Abandoned Infants||EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS||MR LUKAS JAEGGI||$ 0|
|CB||90CB0159||ABANDONED INFANT ASSISTANCE||3||09/13/2010||93551||Abandoned Infants||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||MR LUKAS JAEGGI||$ 475,000|
|CMHS||SM058241||CENTRAL LOS ANGELES CHILD TRAUMA COLLABORATIVE||02||10/21/2009||93243||Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: Projects of Regional and National Significance||ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS)||LESLIE A ROSS||$ 0|
|CMHS||SM058241||CENTRAL LOS ANGELES CHILD TRAUMA COLLABORATIVE||04||06/25/2010||93243||Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: Projects of Regional and National Significance||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||LESLIE A ROSS||$ 400,000|
|HSB||09CH9080||EARLY HEAD START||3||06/04/2010||93600||Head Start||ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS)||KATY KELLEY||$ 2,261|
|HSB||09CH9080||EARLY HEAD START||4||07/26/2010||93600||Head Start||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||KATY KELLEY||$ 1,590,930|
|HSB||09SA9080||EARLY HEAD START ARRA EXPANSION||1||11/18/2009||93709||ARRA – Early Head Start||NEW||KATY KELLEY||$ 1,098,417|
|HSB||09SA9080||EARLY HEAD START ARRA EXPANSION||2||08/31/2010||93709||ARRA – Early Head Start||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||KATY KELLEY||$ 1,403,640|
|HSB||09YC0463||EARLY HEAD START||4||03/26/2010||93600||Head Start||OTHER REVISION||MANUEL CASTELLANOS, JR.||$- 9,269|
|OFA||90FR0076||PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD||5||09/24/2010||93086||Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||HERSHEL SWINGER||$ 500,000|
|OFA||90FR0088||PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD, COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM||5||09/27/2010||93086||Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants||NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION||HERSHEL SWINGER||$ 1,000,000|
(per IRS form) 2009 salaries of key officers (5 highest) were plenty high: Mary Emmons (see corp. registration) — $310K; Nena Revoyr, $136K, Jeff Catania, $161K, Hershel Swinger, $167K, Kendis Heffley, $131K. (plus retirement & other income from this or related orgs.)). These are the US Trademarks still “LIVE” with the word “Fatherhood” in them. I didn’t find the one mentioned in the Children’s Institute descriptions, “Project Fatherhood” But it’s interesting one of them is from a PA corporation. You can see the details, including first use, whose idea it was and see that someone showed real forethought. Keeping in mind that welfare reform and the loosening up of federal aid to states for diversions into fatherhood & marriage promotion, both was anticipated — and happened in 1996.
|Serial Number||Reg. Number||Word Mark||Check Status||Live/Dead|
|1||77602995||3738768||FATHERHOOD IS SACRED||TARR||LIVE|
|2||77013538||3474511||NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE||TARR||LIVE|
|3||75442962||2339732||IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD||TARR||LIVE|
Quite a few, eh? PROJECT FATHERHOOD // Dr. HERSHEL K. SWINGER was started in 1996:
Strengthening relationships between fathers and their at-risk children
(very nice youtube tribute to him at the link…)
- Charles-Lee Johnson’s Nonprofit, that his father incorporated in 1993:
|Entity Number||Date Filed||Status||Entity Name||Agent for Service of Process|
|C1724782||05/07/1993||ACTIVE||THE NATIONAL FAMILY LIFE & EDUCATION CENTER||JOYCE REECE-KITCHEN|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2009||$0||990R||1||95-4423621|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2010||$113,732||990||19||95-4423621|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2009||$58,470||990||31||95-4423621|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2008||$48,791||990||25||95-4423621|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2007||$136,014||990||24||95-4423621|
|National Family Life and Education Center||CA||2006||$265,681||990||22||95-4423621|
- the “Dr.” in “Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis” is licensed clinical psychologist: Duke, Harvard, Princeton, Pepperdine (in Malibu, CA — this university puts out a lot of people who work in the courts also):
Dr. Bryant-Davis received her doctorate from Duke University in Clinical Psychology with a focus on the cultural context of trauma recovery, as well as the intersection of gender and racial identity. She completed her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center’s Victims of Violence Program. From 2001-2004, she served as Senior Staff Psychologist and Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program. Dr. Bryant-Davis is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University where she teaches on the topics of indivdiual and family development as well as intimate partner violence. She is a contributing author in the books The Psychology of Racism, The Complete Guide to Mental Health for Women, and Featuring Females: Feminist Analyses of the Media.
Dr. Bryant-Davis served for three years as an American Psychological Association representative to the United Nations where she advocated for mental health and human rights globally
Apparently also preaches at her brother’s Mega-Church also:
Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed preacher in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She preached her initial sermon at Empowerment Temple AME Church where the pastor is Rev. Jamal Harrison-Bryant.:
“He is the leader of a new breed of ministers who embrace the idea of capitalizing on the ever-increasing marketplace of Internet and technological innovations to spread the gospel. With more than 7,500 members attending weekly services at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore, Maryland, and approximately 35,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, he believes that “God is not just in the church; He is also in technology.” His mission is to “empower people spiritually, develop them educationally, expose them culturally, activate them politically, and strengthen them economically.”
FAMILY: Bryant has four daughters Topaz, Grace, and twins Angel and Adore. They reside in Baltimore. He is also the brother of Thema Simone Bryant Davis.
Mega church pastor Jamal Harrison Bryant and his wife Gizelle are headed to divorce court. After 5 and a half years of marriage Gizelle Bryant filed for a divorce in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County on January 9. The clergyman [i.e. Jamal] also filed divorce papers in Baltimore City Court on the same day, the Baltimore Sun reports. . . . (then article launches into some more flattery….)
. . . Scandalous rumors of alleged affairs with several women have been rampant since the couple’s engagement. His supposed womanizing went overboard when he impregnated a church member said to be 17 at the time of the time of copulation. [“the time of copulation”? ]When accusations of this affair surfaced in the Summer of 2007, church leaders asked him to step down while they initiated an investigation and awaited paternity test results. Months after the investigation, Jamal Bryant remains the pastor of Empowerment Temple. Court records acquired from the Circuit Court of Maryland do indicate the pastor is the father of a least one other child who was born before he got married. The couple has a set of 1-year-old twins and a 3-year-old.
As Wikipedia shows, guess he had some of the “evangelizing” [Missionary Position?] (of other women while married) issues common to some in his field. Baltimore Sun article, 2/16/08 by Samathi Reddy:
Bryant and his wife, a former model, are known for their flashy lifestyle, which includes a Bentley and a multimillion-dollar Canton waterfront property. Their lifestyle has attracted criticism from those who say the church is more about his business enterprises and building wealth than religion. Her original divorce complaint stated that he earned more than $350,000 a year.
He is seeking a “limited divorce,” while his wife has requested an “absolute divorce,” according to papers filed in Baltimore Circuit Court. A limited divorce is a voluntary legal separation required in Maryland for a year before most absolute divorces. Absolute divorces, however, are allowed immediately under certain circumstances, such as adultery and cruelty. In Gizelle Bryant’s filing last month, she accuses her husband of adultery, cruel treatment and “excessively vicious conduct” that caused “reasonable apprehension of bodily suffering so as to render cohabitation unsafe.” [/spoiler]
One of MANY reasons I’m not too impressed with the concept of soliciting faith-based organizations to teach responsible fatherhood! However, Dr. Thema Harrison-Bryant is not her brother . . . . More background on their parents’ involvement in civil rights, time in Africa, social justice concern, leadership over many churches
“His efforts ( Back to Hershel K. Swinger of The Children’s Institute) resulted in a major expansion of Project Fatherhood – through funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – to 50 organizations located in various parts of Los Angeles County.”(Very nice obituary in the LA times notes what he did):
No mention of “present mothers” or of the fact that since 1996, one of the most dangerous places to be as a mother is attempting to leave violence with children and having a father contest custody — in other words, the climate towards women because of these programs, has become literally hostile. If indeed those facts ARE so, who is to say or not say that the real cause was “father-absence” or not something else? Is that a universal truth, like gravity — or a social construction? It helps expand a grants program if you are on the advisory council to another foundation: Federal funding allowed Project Fatherhood SM to expand in 2006 across Los Angeles County. Now, through a community grants program*, small faith-based and community organizations have been empowered to replicate the Project Fatherhood SM model in their own neighborhoods. …*The Project Fatherhood SM Community Grants Program is part of the Responsible Fatherhood Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance.
Purpose of this group (KS location):
LIVE SEMINARS ON STRENGTHENING FATHERS. EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS PROVIDED FOR FATHERS. PROVIDE LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR FATHERS. RESEARCH FOR ABOVE SERVICES. SEE ATTACHED SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS.
One employee listed got $62K — that turns out to be severance pay:
“KEN CANFIELD, THE FOUNDER, RECEIVED PAYMENTS FOR SERVICES PROVIDED DURING 2007.
JIM MOORE RECEIVED PAYMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH HIS SEVERANCE AGREEMENT. ($62K)”
The National Center for Fathering seeks to improve the well-being of children by promoting responsible fatherhood and equipping men to be more engaged in the lives of children. Programmingissummarizedinfourareas: Research,Training,ProgramsandResources.
Training (notice how many are trademarked. (from 2007 tax return: of its budget, $914K that year was “government grants.” So this is what our gov’t is sponsoring:
. TheNationalCenterforFatheringconductslivetrainingseminarstoequipmen for their role as fathers using its research-based curricula. Specific curricula developed by the National Center include : The 7 Secrets of Effective FathersTM,[+ Book, $12.99] Connecting With Your KidsTM Quenching the Father ThirstTM,Dads ofDestinyTM and R.E.A.D. to KidsTM The Center ‘s father training courses all include a version of its Personal Fathering Profile TM, a self-scored assessment that allows dads to compare their fathering practices with a national database. The Center also conducts train-the-trainer workshops to equip locally-based father trainers who work independently in their communities through faith-based,social service and other organizations to equip men.
I guess if all those fathers need train-train-trainers, maybe they ain’t nuttin’ but a hound-dog, and never will be, according to HHS!Either that, or there’s another reason for all this obsession.
As Father’s Day approaches there are so many reasons to be encouraged here at the Center … One big reason is an opportunity I had to visit the White House. I was one of ten people honored as “Champions of Change” in the field of fatherhood. This is an effort by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to promote positive fatherhood, and it’s my privilege to be there and talk about Championship Fathering … “from the White House to the outhouse,” as I always say. I am also humbled. I know that I … [Read More…]
(ET . . .CET. . . eRA). . . . here’s USPTO.gov — wonder how many of those “tm” items really are “tm” ed! Colorado State marketing a booklet ‘Connecting with your Kids” http://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Self_Help/CO_Parenting_Time_Book2004.pdf
Connecting With Your Kids
Copyright © Colorado Foundation for Families and Children
But it thanks Ken Sanders of (the) “Center on Fathering” and a “Colorado Fatherhood Connection”
Notice that in the MIDDLE of “fathers.com” top row of hyperlinks (to other pages) is “STORE” The store page kinda reminds me of the “cooperative parenting institute” store page (Termini & Boyan):
Championship Fathering Wristband 2 Models / Great for Father’s Day Give-Aways!
Some are even on discount!
Monthly Specials For July
There now — that’s WAY better than actually helping custodial mothers and the children in their house DIRECTLy through, say, child support enforcement — or TANF (food stamps / cash aid) — or else, who knows what might happen? Mom might pick up a pair of extra underwear for her kids, and start feeling more, er independent than is appropriate for faith-based, er, churches… **Re: the woman’s version of abstinence education (for those who don’t know this already) is I guess the counterpart to “every man’s battle” which is aimed at men, and the most obvious of the 10 commandments (in sex realm), thou shalt not commit adultery & I guess thou shalt not covet . . .. http://everymansbattlevideo.com/ While I could care less about the original book, here’s what another Christian commentary says about it, which seems apt: “Psychoheresies”: http://www.psychoheresy-aware.org/emb112.html [PAL Vol11N2 Apr-May ’03] “
Written by Let's Get Honest
July 3, 2012 at 8:27 pm
Posted in 1996 TANF PRWORA (cat. added 11/2011), Business Enterprise, Designer Families, Faith-based grantee scams, Funding Fathers - literally, Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood (cat added 11/2011), HHS & HUD fraud, Organizations, Foundations, Associations NGO Hybrids, Where's Mom?
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