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Most have heard of the VAWA (passed 1994) But what about the earlier (passed 1984) FVPSA? Or, the “DVRN”?

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It seems to me that the national response to wife-beating and/or child abuse may have already been put on a sort of auto-pilot, knee-jerk response decades ago, and is simply being refined, fine-tuned, and turf-and-territory-protected ever since.  The more I learn about HHS programs inspired or validated by Acts of Congress focused on stopping abuse or preventing family violence, reducing juvenile delinquency (etc. — remember my two “About NCJJ” recent posts showing the privatization conflict of interest covered up by “NCJFCJ” which is also benefitting from the FVPSA-inspired funding as a “Special Issue Resource Center” ???) the more aware I become of what was set in motion, a lot of which I would take issue with, but probably “too late and too bad,” as it happens.

Nevertheless, it’s still important to be aware of these things and come to some opinion on them.

But, let’s Look at the FVPSA-inspired, HHS-funded and facilitated “DVRN.”  Like that “National” “Responsible” “Fatherhood” “Clearinghouse,” what the heck it is, or is doing, is less than clear from the official sources, such as HHS websites talking about the network, its member agencies, and its “special issue resource centers.”

I’m tempted to personal comments here, but they are stowed at the bottom of this post, for now.

File this under federalizing, evaluating and quality control (?) of  EVERYTHING that relates to anyone under 21 — and their caretakers, which is almost everyone else..

The DVRN is multi-jurisdictional, subject-matter defined, and its presentation seems designed to confuse the readers and discourage identifying just how FEW organizations have been given control of policy, or operations designed to influence policy from the Executive Branch of government and so to speak “from the sidelines..”  This post follows logically from my attempt to explain “Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs” (in connection with a recent reblog of my 6/4/2011 post on this) as one of “Four Special Issue Resource Centers” — when the HHS report of those same Special Issue Resource Centers (numbering, actually 5, not 4) doesn’t even mention that organization’s name.  In fact, it downplays actual names of recipient organizations in their description.

I trust this will be an interesting and illuminating post to why certain things seem so much the same from state to state when we (parents) go to court.


 

The “DVRN” – Domestic Violence Resource Network

(Described @ http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/fv-centers)

Family Violence Prevention & Services Resource Centers Listen

The Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN) is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform and strengthen domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts at the individual, community and societal levels.

It’s promoting awareness and policy through digital dissemination, with help from certain organizations…..

The DVRN works collaboratively to promote practices and strategies to improve our nation’s response to domestic violence and make safety and justice not just a priority, but also a reality.

Note the grammar — the “DVRN” is being given anthropomorphic qualities, as if it was a single living entity — or, in the case of “corporate persons” (our system in the USA), a single business entity.  BUT, it’s not.  It’s by definition networks synched along certain policies and practices, and also as to some of their sources of funding.  But the network elements span different states.

IN EFFECT, this is the federal funding through HHS and under its influence, setting up another form of government, and in a certain sense (or — ask a lawyer, get a second opinion) — simply operating in opposition to the Constitution of the USA, which (if I’m recalling this right) acknowledges the District of Columbia — and the 50 states and territories, and did not originally plan to institute multiple other interstate government entities to reign over nearly every critical aspect of family life, education, child-raising, values-establishing, and when there’s been abuse, how to stop the abuse other than through laws, effective in the states, against treating human beings like animals, or adults like children — or clueless idiots in constant need of others to make decisions for them.

(That last half-paragraph rant was a reference to regionalism. Whether it’s regarding metropolitan areas, or much larger swaths of geography, “Regionalism is not self-government!” (Take a look at this SF Bay Area’s description of how those in power here have basically voted to turn San Francisco’s 9-county regional area into another Detroit” and how).   Or another source, completely different topic, from 2013 Florida.  Different subject matter, similar process, though: THE GREATEST THREAT TO PROPERTY RIGHTS: REGIONALISM (“Watchdogwire” year 2013, <==hover cursor over link for summary) Regionalism is bigger government and “transcends political and jurisdictional boundaries” (hover cursor for a snapshot).  The ends alway “justify” the means, and somehow the means ALWAYS involves breaking down jurisdiction-based (meaning, governmentally-responsive-to the people living there!) representative government.

I have also read some (very) fine print in JPA (Joint Power Authorities) (California Association of JPA members list — check out “PARSAC”) and was shocked to understand that though some of these authorities — which have carved up the VERY large state of California into their own regions, and sometimes the JPAs are also regionally grouped — while taking and administering federal funds which are provided IN PART by taxpayer revenues, that creates NO right for the citizens affected and the citizens whose public funds were being used.    Here’s a 2007 (California-specific, but I’ll bet parts apply to other states) explanation in lay terms of JPAs vs. Special Districts, and how they came into being, as well as characteristics.

So, no, it is NOT a small matter that smaller and smaller sets of organizations are being given larger and larger subject-matter and geographic (political expanse) influence over life-and-death matters involving families.  That’s what’s most offensive about the setup — because once in motion, and the infrastructure invested in, it’s hard to have such entrenched interests change course.  

DVRN member agencies* ensure that victims of domestic violence, advocates, community-based programs, educators, legal assistance providers, law enforcement and court personnel, health care providers, policy makers and government leaders at the local, state, tribal and federal levels** have access to up-­to-­date information on best practices, policies, research and victim resources.

*”DVRN member agencies” is pretentious and misleading terminology!!

  • Membership associations (such as register their names in a specific state, charge dues, hold meetings, and file tax returns) have “members.”  There being no official “DVRN” registration shown here, it has to be “Let’s pretend” language.
  • What’s more, although I realize it’s common use, the calling of private non-stock corporations, some of them controlling other private business entities, such as “LLCs” to hold real estate, etc.) “agencies” implies they are a government entity when they are not.  They may be majority government funded (and some of this, it seems, are) BUT because they are registered and organized as 501©3s, the organization is controlled, run, and accountable to their boards of directors and their own articles of incorporations and bylaws.  Not having public shareholders, they are also beholden to whoever or whatever activities are funding them.   Calling them “Agencies” is misleading and so i calling these 2 national, 4 special issue, 3 culturally sensitive and 1 hotline (which is a project, not an entity, also) somehow “members” of another non-entity.

**In short, “everyone, almost…” is to be informed what HHS-chosen experts (“DVRN member agencies” although technically speaking, a nonprofit, nonstock, privately-run corporation isn’t an “agency” or accountable in the way that a government entity can be held accountable….).

The DVRN includes two national resource centers, four special issue resource centers, three culturally-­specific Institutes, and the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Resource Network Fact Sheet.


To Review, per this, we have 6 (2 + 4) “resource centers,” 3 “institutes” and a hotline:

“DVRN” is: ★HHS Funded, and ★consists of (2) National & (4) Special Issue Resource Centers, (3) Culturally Specific Institutes & “the” (=1) National DV Hotline.

Yellow-highlighting is for a good reason.  People should become aware of both the organizations involved, and the pattern of networking among them.  I’m showing (posting) the (2) National and maybe the (3) culturally specific separately. But, for purpose of this post — the “Four Special Issue Resource Centers,” whose grants and organizations I’ve also looked at and kept in my peripheral vision for years now, for example, how PCADV responded to the Pennsylvania “Kids for Cash” scandal (ca. 2003-2008 occurrence, lawsuits started getting filed 2009; I’ve posted reminders recently), the AFCC-created parenting coordination field in general, and some of the scandal surrounding an FBI raid for financial information on court-connected, court-house-run programs in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania (ca. 2011ff) , and so forth.

From that website, the “Four Special Issue Resource Centers” include some of the big-name (&/or older) domestic violence 501©3s in a few different states.  But those names do NOT appear as labels, which instead, read like this (Yellow-background marks the quote.  I ADDED THE NUMBERING, though):

Special Issues Resource Centers

(from “http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/fv-centers“)

[1] Battered Women’s Justice Project Criminal and Civil Justice Center
800-903-0111, ext 1
www.bwjp.org

The Battered Women’s Justice Project consists of two partnering agencies that operate in separate locations. The Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP) promotes change within the civil and criminal justice systems that enhances their effectiveness in providing safety, security and justice for battered women and their families. BWJP provides technical assistance to advocates, civil attorneys, judges and court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, defense attorneys and policymakers; and to victims of domestic violence and their families and friends. Through trainings and consultations, BWJP disseminates up-­to-­date information on recent research findings and promotes the implementation of best practices and policies that emerge from the work of pioneering communities around the country.

[2] Battered Women’s Justice Project National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
800-903-0111, ext. 3
www.bwjp.org

The National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women, located in Philadelphia, PA, addresses the unique needs of battered women who, as a result of the abuse they have experienced at the hands of their intimate partner, end up charged with a crime. The National Clearinghouse strives to prevent the revictimization of battered women defendants by providing specialized technical assistance, resources and support to battered women charged with crimes and to members of their defenses teams. Staff conduct trainings for the criminal justice and advocacy communities; consult with local, state and national organizations; maintain an extensive resource library of relevant case law, research and litigation materials; and advocate for public policy and institutional and social change.

[3] National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence
888-792-2873
www.futureswithoutviolence.org/health

The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence (HRC) supports health care practitioners, administrators and systems, domestic violence experts, survivors, and policy makers at all levels as they improve health care’s response to domestic violence. The HRC supports leaders in the field through groundbreaking model, education and response programs, cutting-­edge advocacy and sophisticated technical assistance. The HRC offers free culturally competent materials and in-­person trainings that are appropriate for a variety of public and private health professions, settings and departments.

[4] National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
312-726-7020
www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health is committed to developing comprehensive, accessible and culturally-­relevant responses to the range of trauma-­related issues faced by domestic violence survivors and their children; to promoting advocacy that is survivor-­defined and rooted in principles of social justice; and to eradicating the social and psychological conditions that contribute to interpersonal abuse and violence across the lifespan. Our goal is to improve the response of domestic violence programs, mental health systems, and the criminal justice and civil legal systems to domestic violence survivors and their children who are experiencing the traumatic effects of abuse and/or psychiatric disabilities.

To this end, the Center focuses efforts on (1) promoting dialogue between domestic violence and mental health organizations, policy-­makers and survivor/advocacy groups about the complex intersections of domestic violence, trauma and mental health and current strategies to enhance work in this area, (2) building capacity among local agencies, state domestic violence coalitions and state mental health systems, and (3) providing recommendations on policies, practices and collaborative models that will positively impact the lives of survivors and their children, particularly in relation to trauma and mental health.

[5] 

[5] Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody
800-527-3223
www.ncjfcj.org/dept/fvd

The Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides leadership and assistance to consumers and professionals dealing with the issue of child protection and custody in the context of domestic violence through operation of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody. The Resource Center provides access to the best possible sources of information and tangible products to those working in the field of domestic violence, child protection and custody. The Resource Center provides technical assistance, training, policy development and other resources that increase safety, promote stability and enhance the well-being of battered parents and their children.

HHS/ACF/FYSB web page lacks a copyright date — it’s undated.   From the inclusion of the “National Resource Center on Domestic Violence” (a 2011 501©3 housed at the “PCADV” on the same page (under the two National Centers), and from the name “Futures without Violence” (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund, namechange ca. 2010) we can somewhat date it as post-2011.

Also notice that the first two headings are two different extensions are one 800# and under one website (“Bwjp.org”) but are visually aligned as if two separate “resource centers.”  Although the sub-text says “two partnering agencies” organizationally (as to outline level) it’s listed as two different resource centers.

I was surprised not to see PCADV as one of the so-called “four” because on HHS grants series in the mid-1990s, it was listed that way.   Instead “PCADV”s indirectly represented at the “National Level” through “NRCDV” (patience, it takes a while to keep them straight, and I will publish that separate post on the NRCDV!) while “National Clearinghouse for Defense of Battered Women” which is actually a separate 501©3, is given a “BWJP.org” website cover.  And a new one in Chicago (trauma and mental health based) — at least new to me, makes its appearance here, and another nonprofit name / acronym to learn:  “DVMHPI.”

Before I go track that down the more recent developments in Chicago with DVMHPI and NCDVTMH, let me summarize — with the exception that when BWJP finally incorporated, it became, well, itself as a separate entity — (Click Minnesota MBLS Search site Here to determine that BWJP (File# 698828200020) incorporated on 9/11/2013 ONLY, “Denise J Gamache 1801 Nicollet Ave. S., Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55403–3793 USA), while “Minnesota Program Development, Inc.” will only be found if one toggles On the “Include Prior Names” option before search.  When you do, you’ll find (after search results and clicking on “Details,” File# S-749, Incorporated 6/1980, with current President a man (John Beyer) and located at:

202 E Superior Street
Duluth, MN 55802
USA

HHS labeling versus fiscal reality on the 4 (or, 5) Special Issue Resource Centers, I’ll alternate theirs + Logos (if available to include) with mine listed underneath:

(from “http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/fv-centers“).  This list of “5” contrasts labeling with organizational/corporate identity realities and shows the misleading representation of this HHS website.

[1]

[1] Battered Women’s Justice Project Criminal and Civil Justice Center 800-903-0111, ext 1 www.bwjp.org

CLAIM:  “Since 1993, BWJP has worked to improve the civil and criminal justice system’s response to intimate partner violence (IPV), as well as addressing the parallel responses of the military services to IPV among their ranks.”

ACTUAL:  BWJP was a project of “Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (formerly “Minnesota Program Development, Inc.”) in Duluth, MN, until BWJP incorporated — in Minnesota anyhow — in 2013.  This website probably predates 2013 somewhat….  I have posted the tax returns separately (try, the last few of 2014) so won’t include here.  BWJP — basically = the 90+% government funded “DAIP.”  DAIP itself up til 2012 featured BWJP as its main (though not only) project, and donated to just a few organizations, one of which comes up next, in Philadelphia.


[2] 

 

[2] Battered Women’s Justice Project National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women
800-903-0111, ext. 3
www.bwjp.org

ACTUAL:  BWJP not being an entity doesn’t own anything or run anything.  In fact, last I checked even as a legitimate entity now since 2013, it’s filing form 990-N (Postcard tax returns) claiming minimal revenues as a newborn organization which grew famous while still in the mother ship’s fiscal womb….  You and I won’t be looking at them on-line any time soon, in other words.  On the other hand, the “National Clearinghouse” is actually a 501©3:

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women PA 2014 990 42 $349,352.00 23-2473361
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women PA 2013 990 43 $280,736.00 23-2473361
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women PA 2012 990 44 $195,515.00 23-2473361

BRIEFLY, from the top row (2014) organization formed in 1987; has only 5 employees, its sole revenues ($640K) are from “Contributions” (Per Part VIII, Split $510K government grants / $130K private contributions) and its only Part VIIA paid employee is Susan M. Ostoff, at (only) $96K + benefits.  Expenses were spent about half (of revenues) on “Salaries” the rest on “Other Expenses” with $67K left over (Revs-Expenses).   They also show a separate website — so why wouldn’t that one be listed under [2] “Special Issue Resource Centers”?? It reads:   WWW.NCDBW.ORG (no longer functional, however)…

The organization address is ℅ Barbara K. Attie, “125 S 9TH STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19109” which I believe probably refers to the filmmaker Barabara Attie of “Attie & Goldwater Productions” although, admittedly, that mailing address is in Bala Cynwyd, PA:

Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, Producer/Directors

Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater are recipients of the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Since 1990, Attie and Goldwater have collaborated on award-winning documentaries for national and international broadcast.

 

 

I might be wrong about this, it’s just a hunch.  However this street address is also home to “PHMC” (Public Health Management Corporation) which offers many services to homeless people and others in crisis at the same address; you can read about it.  The National Clearinghouse tax returns do show a suite#:   http://www.phmc.org/site/programs/health-care-centers/mary-howard

(organizational chart also gives an idea of the scope)

Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services.

PHMC has served the Greater Philadelphia region since 1972 as a facilitator, developer, intermediary, manager, advocate and innovator in the field of public health. With nearly 1500 employees, 250 programs, eleven subsidiaries –one with programs throughout Pennsylvania, and another nationwide– 70 sites and close to 200,000 clients served annually, PHMC has become one of the largest and most comprehensive public health organizations in the nation.

As the saying goes, “Curiosity killed the cat.”  Hopefully this extra information won’t kill the post.  Note — no organizational connection proved between the National Clearinghouse and PHMC; I simply noticed a street address similarity — from the website.  However, three years of tax returns show two different street addresses (neither of which match the one above).  I’m not familiar with Philadelphia and won’t pursue this further — the organization is so large, almost anything could account for the similarities or differences:

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ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal PA 2014 990 36 $50,849,261.00 23-7221025
Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal PA 2013 990 35 $45,770,799.00 23-7221025
Public Health Management Corporation PA 2012 990 39 $34,315,049.00 23-7221025

Different “organization names” in first two rows again, does not reflect the tax return, but the database provider, “The Foundation Center.”  I don’t know why it seems to do this at times, whether it’s a software function (automated fluke) or data entry, or intentional.  It does, however, mean that you are better off first locating the EIN#, then searching by that #.

Exempt program purpose — on page 1, above (year 2014):   ”

PUBLIC HEALTH MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (PHMC) IS A NONPROFIT PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE THAT CREATES AND SUSTAINS HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES PHMC USES BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY HEALTH THROUGH DIRECT SERVICE, PARTNERSHIP, INNOVATION, POLICY, RESEARCH, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND A PREPARED WORKFORCE PHMC HAS SERVED THE REGION SINCE 1972.”

First of several “Program service accomplishment” details on page 2 shows that this is essentially serving as a government functionary, which may explain the abundant resources and $50M assets:


4a (Code ) (Expenses $ 68,858,089 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $ 13,980,591)

COORDINATION AND ADMINISTRATION – PHMC PROVIDES MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AND BACK-OFFICE SERVICES AND STRATEGIC SUPPORTS TO 12 AFFILIATE ORGANIZATIONS MANAGEMENT SERVICES ENTAIL MANAGING CONTRACTING AND SUBGRANTING PROCESSES, MONITORING PROGRAM QUALITY, DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING DATA SYSTEMS AND TRACKING OUTCOMES, PROVIDING AND COORDINATING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES, SUPPORTING PROVIDER NETWORKS TO CREATE LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND IMPROVE PROGRAMS, AND EFFICIENTLY OVERSEEING PAYMENTS TO PROVIDER AGENCIES

Wow.  And that’s just “4a”… here’s “4b” services especially to homeless populations:

(Code ) (Expenses $ 18,783,688 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $)

SPECIALIZED HEALTH SERVICES – PHMC PROVIDES CASE MANAGEMENT, SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, AND PRIMARY CARE SERVICES TO THE HOMELESS POPULATIONS IN SHELTERS AND TO PERSONS IN TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN THE REGION IN ADDITION, PHMC OPERATES A NETWORK OF FIVE FULL-SERVICE COMMUNITY- BASED FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS EMPLOYING AN INNOVATIVE NURSE-MANAGED MODEL, WHICH SERVE TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HIGH QUALITY PRIMARY CARE FOR AT-RISK COMMUNITY MEMBERS PHMC’S HEALTH CENTERS PROVIDE INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES AND ENCOMPASS SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WITH HIV/AIDS, HEPATITIS C, AND FOR HOMELESS COMMUNITY MEMBERS, MANY OF WHOM ARE SENIORS OR VETERANS, AND MOST OF WHOM HAVE COMPLEX HEALTHCARE NEEDS PHMC OPERATES PHILADELPHIA’S FIRST MEDICAL RESPITE CARE PROGRAM SERVING HOMELESS RESIDENTS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL STAYS FOLLOWING SURGERIES OR OTHER TREATMENTS WHO REQUIRE INTENSIVE SUPPORTS TO PREVENT UNNECESSARY HOSPITAL READMISSION.

Their ‘Schedule R” of “related tax-exempt organizations” controlled by PHMC is “See Additional Table” (last page of the return) which lists 11 organizations, several (not all) at the same address, and two inactive.  One is for psychiatric treatment of sex victims and sex offenders.  Another is “nurturing families struggling against economic odds”:

(10)TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN, 415 SOUTH 15TH STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19146 EIN# 23-1352272

Curiosity, again, shows a $32M (Assets) organization, primary focus seems on children in foster care and child-abuse related; most contributions ($10M) in the year I checked were government:

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Turning Points for Children PA 2014 990 38 $32,746,110.00 23-1352272
Turning Points for Children PA 2013 990 32 $26,385,733.00 23-1352272
Turning Points for Children PA 2012 990 22 $25,773,703.00 23-1352272

Claims founding in 1835; street address “415 South 15th Street Philadelphia” (Matches the National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women) and its main assets are actually (Year “2014” top row) on Part X Balance Sheet showing under Line 24, “Other Assets” — detailed later as $22M endowment plus $4M in “Perpetual Trusts.”  Click on tax return to see more.

(1) CASH AND INVESTMENTS HELD AS ENDOWMENT (2) BENEFICIAL INTEREST IN PERPETUAL TRUSTS (3) DEPOSITS.

Program Purposes (partial, from Page 2 of Tax Return):

[4a] IN-HOME PROTECTIVE SERVICES (IHPS) IS AN INTENSIVE IN-HOME AND CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES IN WHICH THE CHILDREN ARE AT IMMINENT RISK OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT, SOCIAL WORK SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO HELP CAREGIVERS DEVELOP THE PARENTING SKILLS AND PROTECTIVE CAPACITIES THEY NEED THAT WILL KEEP THEIR CHILDREN FROM HAVING TO ENTER FOSTER CARE ONE OF TPFC’S SPECIALTIES IS IN PROVIDING IHPS FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN WHO HAVE SPECIAL MEDICAL NEEDS.
[4b]FAMILY EMPOWERMENT SERVICES (FES) IN-HOME, CASE MANAGEMENT, AND SUPPORTIVE COUNSELING SERVICES FOR FAMILIES IN WHICH THERE IS A MODERATE LEVEL OF RISK IN ORDER TO ENHANCE PARENTS’ ABILITIES TO MEET THE BASIC AND WELL- BEING NEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN AND PREVENT THE ONSET OF ABUSE AND NEGLECTFES HELPS FAMILIES GAIN ACCESS TO HOUSING, EDUCATIONAL, MEDICAL, MENTAL HEALTH, AND OTHER NEEDED SERVICES

If you read the next paragraph (and realize that’s where most money is going from the organization) there are several curricula named, some of which I’ve run across before.  Look for the acronymns: Nurtuing Parent, Triple-P, FAWN, FAST, etc.

[4c](Code ) (Expenses $ 3,890,563 including grants of $ ) (Revenue $ )FAMILY FINDING FAMILY FINDING MAKES FAMILY CONNECTIONS FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE THE PROGRAM UNDERSTANDS THE DEVASTATION FELT BY FOSTER CHILDREN THAT COMES FROM LONELINESS AND ABANDONMENT TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN WAS SOLELY SELECTED BY THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA DHS TO BE THE FACILITATOR FOR THIS PROGRAM INITIATIVE THE FAMILY FINDING PROGRAM ENABLES CHILDREN IN “OUT-OF-HOME” CARE TO RECONNECT WITH FAMILY MEMBERS OR OTHER SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE IN THEIR PAST WHOM THEY HAVE LOST CONTACT WITH THESE VITAL CONNECTIONS GIVE THE CHILD A SENSE OF BELONGING, IDENTITY AND WELL-BEING, WHICH CAN CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF THEIR FUTURES THE SINGLE MOST IDENTIFIED FACTOR CONTRIBUTING TO POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE INVOLVES MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS AND LIFELONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERSTHE DEDICATED WORK THAT THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES CURRENTLY HAS A 99% SUCCESS RATEPARENTING PROGRAMSPARENTS WANT THE BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN, BUT NOT EVERY PARENT KNOWS HOW TO PARENT IN A WAY THAT YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTSTHIS SUITE OF PROGRAMS PREVENTS CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT BY WORKING WITH PARENTS TO BUILD UP PARENTING SKILLSSTUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT EFFECTIVE PARENTING PROGRAMS ARE LINKED WITH DECREASED RATES OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT AND INCREASED PHYSICAL, COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDREN IN SOME CASES, ITS DIFFICULT FOR PARENTS TO ENGAGE IN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION WITH THEIR CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY HAVE NEVER SEEN IT MODELED BEFORE THE PARENTING PROGRAMS PROVIDE PARENTING EDUCATION GROUPS THROUGHOUT THE CITY TO AT-RISK ADULTS/CAREGIVERS, PREGNANT AND PARENTING TEEN MOTHERS, AND SPECIALIZED FATHERS’ GROUPS THE GROUPS ARE OPEN TO FAMILIES LIVING IN PHILADELPHIA WITH A CHILD UNDER 21 ** OUR TEEN PARENTS ARE GENERALLY AGE 15-19, AND AT TIMES AS YOUNG AS 14 YEARS OLD OUR GROUPS USE AN EVIDENCE-BASED CURRICULUM, THE NURTURING PARENTING PROGRAM” AND “TRIPLE P” WITH THE GOAL OF PROMOTING HEALTHY, POSITIVE, NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE PARENT AND CHILD FAWN (FAMILIES AND WELLNESS NUTRITION) FAWN IS A COMMUNITY-BASED OPEN ACCESS FOOD PANTRY OFFERING EMERGENCY FOOD, INFANT FORMULA, DIAPERS AND SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE TO OVER 1,400 STRUGGLING POVERTY-LEVEL FAMILIES AND OVER APPROXIMATELY 3,000 CHILDREN FAWN HAS REPORTED AN INCREASE IN DEMAND AND NEED SINCE THE FEDERAL FOOD-STAMP GRANTS WERE CUT WITH THE RECENT OPENING OF OUR NEW FOOD BANK IN THE LOWER NORTHEAST (FRANKFORD SECTION), THIS “CHOICE PANTRY” SIMULATES A FOOD MARKET, WHERE THE CONSUMERS CAN PERSONALLY CHOOSE THE ITEMS THEY NEED THIS FORMAT MAINTAINS A SENSE OF DIGNITY FOR THE CONSUMER AND THE PROGRAM SERVES AS A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITY AND AN OUTREACH TOOL TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND ADDRESS FOOD INSECURITY BY PROVIDING NUTRITION EDUCATION CLASSES, FINANCIAL PLANNING CLASSES AND ULTIMATELY MEETING THE BASIC NEEDS OF THE FAMILIES, OUR FAWN PROGRAM PROVIDES A VITAL SERVICE TO OUR DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES IN A WAY THAT SHOULD BE THE BIRTHRIGHT OF EVERY CHILD, TO NOT HAVE TO GO TO BED HUNGRY FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS TOGETHER (FAST) FAST IS A PREVENTIVE/ EARLY INTERVENTION AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT HAS DRAMATICALLY CHANGES THE LEARNING CLIMATE AT SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES ALL OVER THE CITY BY ENGAGING PARENTS IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION OUR GROWING PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY IN 64 SCHOOLS AS WE WORK CLOSELY WITH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND COUNSELORS, MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROVIDERS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO PROVIDE PARENT EDUCATION AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES GEARED AT KEEPING KIDS SAFE, DRUG-FREE AND IN SCHOOL OUR FAST PROGRAMS CONNECT PARENTS AND KIDS TO THEIR SCHOOLS, PROMOTE COMMUNITY SERVICE, INCREASE VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION AND GUIDE PARENTS IN BUILDING PERSONAL SUCCESS STORIES WITH THEIR CHILDREN

[3] 

[3] National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence 888-792-2873
www.futureswithoutviolence.org/health

Futures Without Violence is well-known, in the SF Bay Area, and Nationally.  I don’t know that many people think of it primarily as a “Health Resource Center” as it’s involved in many types of programming — including fatherhood initiatives as DV prevention (??).  See the “Our Work” link under each category to realize THIS organization is hooked up federally and with private foundations, and has been for many years.  Offices in:

From “Financials” page notice primarily government funded (blue part of the pie chart).  I did find one time that they referred to grants from another resource center (NCJFCJ) as “government funding…”

The “Financials” page also acknowledges they are taking money from the Ford Foundation (matching grant $7.5M)…”

Endowment Investment

With a generous $7.5M Matching Grant from The Ford Foundation, FUTURES established an endowment to support current and future programs. Authorized by the Board of Directors, the Investment Advisory Committee oversees and monitors endowment investment funds in accordance with the Investment Policy.

In alignment of our mission and activities, we are committed to invest in “socially responsible” funds and companies that achieve high standards of employee rights, promote women-owned business and leadership, and follow sound environmental practices measured by Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria”

They are also an investor, and control other companies/LLCs as a result of some real estate “investment” in some land in the SF Praesidio for a more prominent, international conference site and presence.


It describes their Health involvement here — but check out the main website, they also have five subcategories under “Engaging Men,” and basically nothing on the family court situation.  Separately, however, Futures without Violence IS involved in conferencing attempting to drive the family court response to domestic violence (see “The Greenbook Initiative” and “Family Court Enhancement Project.”:

Recognizing the health impacts of domestic and sexual violence, FUTURES works across sectors to advance quality health care for patients everywhere. We pioneer best practices and policies to address the unique health needs of survivors of violence and promote prevention. From training and technical assistance to improve health care providers’ response to domestic violence, to innovative partnerships that make health care more accessible to survivors  when they need it most.

We provide access to the latest research, training, and resources to improve the health care response to domestic violence. For nearly 20 years, FUTURES has been the federally-designated National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence. {{viewed 2016 – 20yrs = since about 1996, reminiscent of PRWORA passage and startup of significant fatherhood/marriage funding…}}Bridging the gaps between domestic and sexual violence advocates, health care professionals, law enforcement, and social workers, our programs support innovative partnerships that promote a more holistic approach to health care for survivors of violence.

Have such survivors been demanding “holism” in approaches to health care, or in fact, ONGOING protection from abuse as THE #1 priority?  Whose idea has it been, throughout that the real need is “a holistic (centralized) approach” instead of effective criminal prosecution of domestic violence and protection for the targeted family members?

[I attended a FVPF (predecessor organization) conference in 2007 in SF.  I was in psychological shock at the time (children just stolen) but even then noticed that at the glorious, and well-attended conference, there were fatherhood groups — but NOTHING to address the troubles survivors face in family court.  At the time, in the same area, there were high-profile DV murders involving not people who’d just filed a restraining order, but those who had one on, and were involved in divorce/custody proceedings.  A woman was shot to death in church parking lot, mid-week morning, in front of witnesses, by her ex.  FVPF was holding conferences to alert health-care providers to pick up on when a battered, or strangled woman comes in for health care or dental care, etc…….  HERE are the Tax Returns:

You can learn from reading them.  For example, they are still majorly dependent on contributions (have almost no program service revenue) and these revenues are coming in just over half government vs. private.   MOST of their money is not going out to other organizations, but to their own salaries (and, last year shown, 5 contractors, starting with “The Ad Council” in NY).  In other words, $11+M in, $5M on Salaries ($1.8M + benefits to Part VIIA Personnel (officers, directors, etc.).  Esta Soler (founder) is making well over $300K, not that this is in appropriate for leader of a major, longstanding nonprofit.  ….) + $5M on “Other Expenses” and — this year, $1.6M on grants to others (prior year, it was much less).

ORGANIZATION NAME ST YR FORM PP TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Futures Without Violence CA 2014 990 69 $40,227,794.00 94-3110973
Futures Without Violence CA 2013 990 46 $42,334,332.00 94-3110973
Futures Without Violence CA 2012 990 39 $40,400,525.00 94-3110973

WHO GOT Futures’ $1.6M of redistributed Grants in Fiscal year 2014? See my makeshift table (or look up “Schedule I” “See additional Table” on the tax return link above).  You may notice overall that public/private money is going THROUGH this organization both to statewide coalitions, a few government entities (in two states, plus some Indian tribes), and what’s also unusual — in small amounts, to two other DVRN agency members.  In other words, money is going back and forth among them (because I know that Futures also received NCJFCJ grants, separately).

I also marked in red grants to the nonprofit “Child Trends, Inc.” which is virtually an Annie E. Casey Project, but here is taking “RWJF” (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) money, to name two MAJOR (large) private tax-exempt foundations…  Notice how very little funding TO this California-domicile nonprofit is actually going TO Californians, at least as to grants.

 

SUBGRANTEES from FUTURES w/o VIOLENCE (“2014” return)

“Futures” GRANTEE NAME ST Grant $$ For: EIN

MINNESOTA COALITION FOR BATTERED WOMEN 60 E PLATO BLVD SUITE 130 ST PAUL,MN

 MN $184,998

PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND SITE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OWH FUNDED “PROJECT CONNECT”

41131433
OREGON HEALTH AUTHORITY  800 NE OREGON STREET SUITE 825PORTLAND,OR 97232 OR  $161,645 (same)

93-6001752 = STATE OF OREGON

 NATIVE STREAMS INSTITUATE EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER** 43 FOUNDRY AVENUE WALTHAM, MA 02453

 

MA  $152,085 PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HE OJJDP FUNDED DEFENDING CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (DCI) 04-2241718
 DELAWARE COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 100 W 10TH ST SUITE 903 WILMINGTON,DE 19801  DE $140,552 PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND SITE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OWH FUNDED “PROJECT CONNECT”

51-0354794

PENNSYLVANIA COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE# 3605 VARTAN WAY SUITE 101 HARRISBURG,PA 17110

(#light-blue row = I missed this grantee in original post, adding it 3/28/2016.  

Note PCADV and the Special Issue Resource Center “NCRDV” above share a street address.  These Centers (see other rows below) seem to regularly swap grants back and forth with each other. PCADV was paid subcontractor for NCRDV also.) 

ID  $124,885  (same) 23-2052866
IDAHO COALITION AGAINST SEXUAL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 300 E MALLARD DRIVE SUITE 130 BOISE, ID 83706**

**Compare to “Prevention Institute” address & EIN# below — they are the same!

ID  $113,873  (same) 82-0410899**
 CHILD TRENDS INC ** 7315 WISCONSIN AVE STE 1200W BETHESDA,MD 20814

[Legal domicile, New York]

 MD  $105,941  REVIEW AND EVALUATE RESEARCH FOR THE RWJF FUNDED PROJECT ** “CHILDREN’S EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE” 13-2982969

PREVENTION INSTITUTE 300 E MALLARD DRIVE SUITE 130
BOISE,ID 83706**

**Compare to “Idaho Coalition…” address & EIN# above — they are the same! I also saw several “anomalies” (inconsistencies) on the tax returns. Use”Search Again” links on post to look up by EIN#; check out the details..  $2.4M+ gov’t grants yearly…

 ID $ 96,401  PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HE OJJDP FUNDED DEFENDING CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (DCI) 82-0410899**
 MARYLAND DEPT OF HEALTH & MENTAL HYGIENE 201 W PRESTON STREET BALTIMORE,MD 21201  MD  $93,688  PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND SITE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OWH FUNDED “PROJECT CONNECT” (EIN# ns) State of MD
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHIEFS OF POLICE 44 CANAL CENTER PLAZA ALEXANDRIA,VA 22314 VA  $ 67,257 PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO HE OJJDP FUNDED DEFENDING CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (DCI)  53-0227813
LITTLE TRAVERSE BAY BAND OF ODAWA INDIANS 7500 ODAWA CIRCLE HARBOR SPRINGS,MI 49740 MI  $58,046 PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND SITE SPECIFIC IMPLEMENTATION OF THE OWH FUNDED “PROJECT CONNECT” 38-3236295

(Tribe = gov’t)

PASSAMAQUODDY HEALTH CENTER PO BOX 97 401 PETER DANA POINT ROAD ROAD PRINCETON,ME 46688

ME $ 49,767  (same)

01-0346598

PASSAMA-QUODDY TRIBE

NOOKSACK INDIAN TRIBE PO BOX 157
DENTING,WA 98244

 WA  $ 48,043  (same)  91-1487296 (Nooksack Tribe)
 WASHOE TRIBE OF NEVADA AND CALIFORNIA 1559 WATASHEAMU RD GARDNERVILLE,NV 89460  NV  $ 43,897  (same) 88-0120754  (Washoe Tribe)
QUEENS MEDICAL CENTER 1301 PUNCHBOWL STREET HONOLULU,HI 96813  HI  $37,500  (same)  99-0073524

NATIONAL RESOURCE CENTER ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 3605 VARTAN WAY SUITE 101 HARRISBURG,PA 17110

 

PA  $ 19,693

PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE DHHS FUNDED “FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES/TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE”

30-0681646

NATIONAL COUCIL OF JUVENILLE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES PO BOX 8970 RENO,NV 89507

NV $ 14,586

PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE OJJDP FUNDED “DEFENDING CHILDHOOD INITIATIVE (DCI)

36-2486896

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACTION CENTER PO BOX 3198 HONOLULU,HI 96801  HI  $ 12,500  GENERAL SUPPORT  99-0290389

MURRAY DRANOFF FOUNDATION 3550 BISCAYNE BLVD STE 702 MIAMI,FL 33137

FL  $ 10,000  GENERAL SUPPORT  59-2726057
 WORLD TRUST EDUCTAION SERVICES INC 8115 MCCORMICK AVE OAKLAND,CA 94605 CA $  7,000 GENERAL SUPPORT 94-3362739

CHILD TRENDS, INC.–make a mental note, or bookmark!  

It’s still mostly gov’t funded (Over $9M, top row, as opposed to $6M of non-government contributions), board of only 14 chaired by a Judge (?) The Hon William A. Thorne — and most money going to SALARIES and OTHER EXPENSES (here, none at all to subgrantees).

Hon. William A. Thorne also on Board of NCJFCJ, with education from Northern California:

http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Thorne.pdf

Honorable William A. Thorne, Jr. (Pomo Tribe) is a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian from northern California and is enrolled at the Confederated Tribes of the Graton Rancheria. He received his B.A. from the University of Santa Clara in 1974 where he played and coached soccer. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1977. Admitted to the Utah Bar, he practiced law with Larry EchoHawk for several years at EchoHawk & Thorne, where the firm represented the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as well as individuals and businesses with an emphasis on Federal Indian Law. In 1979 Thorne began his service as a tribal court judge with an appointment as a pro tem judge at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Court. Since that time he has served as a tribal judge in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, and California. In 1986, Judge Thorne was appointed by the governor as a trial judge for the State of Utah. After 14 years as a state trial judge he was appointed in 2000 as a judge of the Utah Court of Appeals where he continues to serve.


Judge Thorne currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, as vice-president of the National Indian Justice Center, as a member of the Advisory board for the National Resource Center for Tribes, and U.S. Children’s Bureau Centennial Blue Ribbon Committee. He is a Board member for WestED, Inc., a non-profit based in San Francisco that focuses on education excellence and equity; Board member for the Center for the Study of Social Policy, located in Washington, D.C.; Chair of the Board for Child Trends, Inc., the largest non-university based center focusing exclusively on research to assist children and families; and Chair of the Indian Child Welfare workgroup for Casey Family Programs. 

CHILD TRENDS, Inc. (cont’d.):

They also spent $1.9M on Part VIIA Employees, and have 9 independent subcontractors, some of whom I recognize from marriage/fatherhood evaluations (i.e., Abt Associates).  Child Trends Legal Domicile is NY, not MD.  :Search Again  ‘

“IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN BY CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND PROVIDING SCIENCE-BASED INFORMATION.” Or, more specifically (Part II, Page 2):

CHILD TRENDS, INC (CHILD TRENDS) IS A NONPROFIT, NONPARTISAN RESEARCH ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN BY CONDUCTING RESEARCH AND PROVIDING SCIENCE-BASED INFORMATION TO IMPROVE THE DECISIONS, PROGRAMS AND POLICIES THAT AFFECT CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES IN ADVANCING ITS MISSION, CHILD TRENDS COLLECTS AND ANALYZES DATA, CONDUCTS, SYNTHESIZES, AND DISSEMINATES RESEARCH, DESIGNS AND EVALUATES PROGRAMS, AND DEVELOPS AND TESTS PROMISING APPROACHES TO RESEARCH IN THE FIELD

[“The Field” presumably meaning anything that has to do with children and their families, i.e., the US Population who might conceivably get scrutinized, summarized, demographically annotated, and reported on by this organization…]

Child Trends received $6M more contributions in 2014 than in 2013, when it overspent budget by $707K.  “No big deal…”  Of $16M contributions (2014), it spent $8,971,423 on salaries and $5,180,153 on “other Expenses” (reading from Page 1 Summary). The other expenses included in part subcontractors (Summary gives specific Parts & Line#s for details which make up each summary $$ figure).  See below table of tax returns; I’ll list them: (This is a tax return table like the ones above, I just decided to give it different coloration, not the usual teal & tan….)

ORGANIZATION NAME STATE YEAR FORM PAGES TOTAL ASSETS EIN
Child Trends MD 2014 990 35 $9,307,864.00 13-2982969
Child Trends MD 2013 990 26 $6,566,671.00 13-2982969
Child Trends MD 2012 990 25 $4,881,127.00 13-2982969

CUTE. I see from Program Service Accomplishments that “Child Trends, Inc.” considers first (spent $2.8M on) providing expert advice to a federal agency operating division (HHS/ACF) about Early Childhood Education and Child Care:

“EARLY CHILDHOOD- THE U S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (THE AGENCY) PROVIDED FUNDING TO CHILD TRENDS TO PROVIDE EXPERT CONSULTATION, ASSESSMENT AND ANALYSIS IN CHILD CARE AND EARLY EDUCATION POLICY AND RESEARCH TO THE OFFICE OF PLANNING, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (OPRE), IN THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ACF),…”

Further on in the same paragraph, we can detect two sets of curricula they are testing on young children — on in the DC Public Schools, and the other related to New Mexico:

WITH FUNDING FROM THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CHILD TRENDS IS CONTINUING TO CONDUCT A SYSTEM-WIDE PROGRAM EVALUATION OF THE DCPS EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES CLASSROOM OBSERVATIONS IN A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF TITLE I EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASSROOMS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, DIRECT CHILD ASSESSMENTS ON A SUB-SAMPLE OF CHILDREN IN THESE 111 CLASSROOMS, DIRECT CHILD ASSESSMENTS ON CHILDREN FROM THE FIRST YEAR OF THE EVALUATION AS THEY MOVE INTO NEW CLASSROOMS (BOTH PRE-K AND KINDERGARTEN), AND A COMPARISON OF SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN THE TOOLS OF THE MIND CURRICULUM WITH THOSE USING OTHER CURRICULA  IN THIS SECOND YEAR OF THE EVALUATION, COMPARISONS WILL BE DRAWN AMONGST CLASSROOMS IMPLEMENTING TOOLS OF THE MIND FOR A SECOND YEAR, THOSE IMPLEMENTING TOOLS FOR THE FIRST YEAR, AND THOSE THAT HAVE NOT YET IMPLEMENTED TOOLS

RESULTS FROM THE PROGRAM EVALUATION WILL BE USED TO EVALUATE THE QUALITY OF THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM IN DCPS AND PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES TO COMPARE CLASSROOMS USING THE TOOLS OF THE MIND CURRICULUM WITH THOSE THAT ARE USING ALTERNATIVE CURRICULA AND HOW THIS CURRICULUM MIGHT RELATE TO CHILD OUTCOMES

Gee, I wonder whose curriculum “Tools of the Mind” is and how interest-free are the financiers of “Child Trends” in this project…..  Continuing with the program accomplishment description ([4a])..

THE FOCUS TIERED QUALITY RATING AND IMPROVEMENT SYSTEM (TQRIS) IS THE THIRD GENERATION OF A NEW MEXICO RATING SYSTEM AND IS SCHEDULED TO REPLACE THE CURRENT AIM HIGH RATING SYSTEM EACH GENERATION OF TQRIS IN NEW MEXICO HAS BUILT UPON AND IMPROVED UPON THE PREVIOUS GENERATION FOR FOCUS TQRIS, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO’S CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL POLICY RESEARCH, ON BEHALF OF THE NEW MEXICO CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES DEPARTMENT, HAS CONTRACTED WITH CHILD TRENDSTO CONDUCT ACTIVITIES THAT WILL SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND VALIDATION OF THE NEW FOCUS TQRIS AND TO PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND ASSISTANCE TO ENSURE THAT THE TRANSITION TO FOCUS IS SUCCESSFUL


I looked up “FOCUS ….. (TQRIS)” and found it related to New Mexico’s “Race to the Top” situation.  Use your own search time to find more: I did find this on a pdf among the search results, describing a “Grantee Profile” (clicking on link probably will result in a Download.  Look at the 2nd page organizational chart to see how three major agencies reporting directly to the governor of New Mexico (Depts of Education, CYF (Children, Youth and Families) and Health) are being consolidated around this project.  “what else is new in the world….”

LEAD AGENCY: New Mexico Public Education Department NUMBER OF PROJECTS: 6 AMOUNT: $37,500,000 GRANT PERIOD: January 1, 2013–December 31, 2016

OVERALL STATE RTT-ELC GOALS: New Mexico’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) fund proposal has five goals. All goals are based on the commitment to the creation of an early care, health, and education system of integrated services. The five goals are centered on (1) FOCUS-TQRIS, (2) early childhood investment zones, (3) professional (etc…) …..

and from a different link at earlylearningmn.org


Background of TQRIS in New Mexico New Mexico was one of the first states to establish a Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (TQRIS) back in the 1990’s. It began with the “Bronze, Silver and Gold” system (developed in a Olympic year!) and was revised to become the “Reach For The Stars” – 5-star level rating system that we have today. The current system was applied to licensed child care providers and some Head Start / Early Head Start and PreK providers that chose to participate.  FOCUS TQRIS across Early Learning Programs

Through the Race To the Top – Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grant New Mexico’s TQRIS is evolving once again to become “FOCUS on Young Child’s Learning”. FOCUS TQRIS remains a 5-star rating system, but with a stronger emphasis on effective teaching / instructional practices and promoting the full participation of each child.

 MORE from “PROGRAM SERVICE ACCOMPLISHMENTS” of Child Trends, Inc. — they are servicing an Edna McConnell Clark Foundation initiative, “PropelNext” (to reduce teen pregnancy).  Edna McConnell Clark is or was an “AVON” (beauty product company) heiress.  Her foundation is also one to notice — they were involved in the Greenbook Initiative (of NCJFCJ + “Futures,” affecting domestic violence/child abuse and custody issues), and actively sponsoring the Harlem Children’s Zone (which I noticed has $253M funds invested overseas, and maintains leadership involving a top hedge fund manager — separate story who the concern for children in New York ends up with the assets being invested outside the company, or how it also took funding from the JBP Foundation, which kept what was left of the Jeffrey Picower estate, that is after the Bernie Madoff scandal was able to retrieve about $7.2B of funds for the cheated investors; of which Mr. Picower was a beneficiary) ….    Edna McConnell Clark Foundation also involved at the top (federal agency) level with SIF funding.  They are searchable, you can look these things up:

PROPELNEXT IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE EDNA MCCONNELL CLARK FOUNDATION TO PREPARE SMALL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE PROMISING PROGRAMS TO BECOME EVIDENCE-BASED TECHNICAL ASSISTANTS WORK WITH EMCF GRANTEES TO DEVELOP THEIR THEORIES OF CHANGE AND LOGIC MODELS, USE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION FOR PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT, AND STRENGTHEN THEIR BUSINESS PRACTICES CHILD TRENDS HAS BEEN HIRED TO CONDUCT AN IMPLEMENTATION, OUTCOMES AND COST EVALUATION TO ASSESS THE INITIATIVE’S PROGRESS THIS IS PRIMARILY A FORMATIVE EVALUATION, AND CHILD TRENDS RESEARCHERS WILL PROVIDE ISSUE BRIEFS AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVEMENT

And under “emerging issues,”  Child Trends is helping HHS, apparently, better study (work over) Hispanic Families along some familiar themes:  This is program accomplishment 4c

EMERGING ISSUES -THE U S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ACF), AWARDED CHILD TRENDS THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON HISPANIC CHILDREN AND FAMILIESTHIS CENTER IS SERVING AS A HUB, CONDUCTING, TRANSLATING, AND PROVIDING RESEARCH-BASED INFORMATION ACROSS THREE PRIORITY AREAS-POVERTY REDUCTION AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY, HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD,** AND EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION-TO INFORM ACF PROGRAMS AND POLICIES SUPPORTING HISPANIC FAMILIES AND CHILDREN THE CENTER HAS THREE PRIMARY GOALS 1) ADVANCE A CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH AGENDA, 2) BUILD RESEARCH CAPACITY, AND 3) IMPLEMENT AN INNOVATIVE COMMUNICATION AND DISSEMINATION APPROACH.

**If you follow this blog, or know otherwise, the “HM/RF” funding is allocated from Title IV-A (welfare) resources as part of 1996 welfare reform, under one of its 4 program goals, to promote marriage and two-parent families.  Oh well!!

I ALSO wanted to make a quick comparison between most recent Futures Section VIIB Independent Contractors and those on Child Trends.  There are some similarities between these organizations (for example, the amount spent on Section VIIA employees the same year):

From FUTURES WITHOUT VIOLENCE Form 990 (link, above, it’s on the bottom of a page)

  • THE ADVERTISING COUNCIL INC 815 2ND AVENUE 9TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NY 100174503
  • LAURA HOGAN 1005 VALENCIA AVE DAVIS,CA 95616
  • IDEAL PRINTERS 645 OLIVE STREET STPAUL,MN 55130
  • THE RABEN GROUP 1341GSTNW WASHINGTON, DC 200053105
  • STRATEGY FOR HUMANITY LLC 3100 7TH STREET N ARLINGTON, VA 22201

Total Independent Contractors paid above the cutoff for listing on a Form 990 — only 5.  For Child Trends Inc. (below) it was “9,” meaning, there are 4 not listed here.  The $$ amounts were higher also for the Child Trends one.  The Second (FedSolutions) did “IT Consulting” all others, “Consulting Services”)

  • ABT ASSOCIATES INC PO BOX 84-5586 BOSTON, MA 02284
  • FEDSOLUTIONS 1133 19TH ST NW 10TH FL WASHINGTON, DC 20036
  • HEALTHY TEEN NETWORK 1501 ST PAUL STREET 124 BALTIMORE,MD 21202
  • TRUE NORTH GROUP LLC 1319 WOODSIDE PKWY SILVERSPRING,MD 20910
  • BANYAN COMMUNICATIONS INC 3569 NEW TOWN LAKE DRIVE STCHARLES,MO 63301

Wikipedia on Robert Raben, of The Raben Group, seems relevant here.  He has degrees from Wharton (i.e., economic training) and NYU School of Law.

Robert Raben (born November 11, 1963) is the founder and president of the Washington, D.C.-based lobbying and consulting firm The Raben Group, and was Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice under former President Bill Clinton.[1]

In addition to having a seat on the boards of several non-profit organizations, Raben is known as a bipartisan player for progressive change in Washington after being named a top lobbyist by Washington Life magazine, The Hill, and Washingtonian magazine.[2][3][4]

Raben started his career on Capitol Hill as counsel for Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA). He served in this capacity for seven years, advising him on civil rights policy and Judiciary committee issues.[6] His committee work for Rep. Frank eventually led him to his next role as Democratic counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property,[2] and for the Subcommittee on the Constitution. In conjunction with his service on the Hill, Raben taught as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center.[1]

In 1999, he was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and subsequently Assistant Attorney General under President Bill Clinton on October 7.[7] Raben oversaw Attorney GeneralJanet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handled extensive congressional oversight of the Department. He received unanimous confirmation vote for this position along with an endorsement from the Senate Judiciary Committee‘s Republican subcommittee chairs.

Abt Associates — global consulting? 

It was more than 50 years ago—on January 12, 1965—that Clark Abt started on his journey in a small Cambridge office to create a place where innovation, bold thinking and creativity could tackle the toughest social issues of the day. Almost 50 years later, Abt Associates has grown into a global company of more than 2,300 employees with offices around the world. Although the company has changed and grown far beyond its early days, one thing remains constant: Abt’s mission to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of people worldwide.

– See more at: http://www.abtassociates.com/About-Us.aspx#sthash.JybLvPnT.dpuf

Clark C. Apt seems to have been (as well as a 1937 German immigrant) one of those high-intelligence, high-productivity men, lot of work around the military and its technology.  Their website says it better — here’s some of it:

Abt Associates Founder, President and Treasurer (1965-1985), Chairman of the Board (1986-2006) and Chairman Emeritus

Clark C. Abt Clark C. Abt
Clark Abt, an engineer, environmentalist, entrepreneur, educator and social scientist, is the founder and past president of Abt Associates Inc. He served as Abt’s President from 1965 to 1985, Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1986 to 2005, and was then elected Chairman Emeritus. He is the author of 10 books on social and economic policies and advanced technologies, as well as many articles.
Clark Abt was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1929, and came to the United States in 1937. He entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a freshman in aeronautical engineering in 1947 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering in 1951. He then served four months in the Merchant Marine as an ordinary seaman, followed by a year at Johns Hopkins University as an English instructor, obtaining an M.A. from the Department of Writing, Speech and Drama for this master thesis, “A Year of Poems.”
From 1952 to 1953, Dr. Abt worked as a power plant engineer for Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and from 1953 to 1957 he served in the U.S. Air Force as electronic countermeasures officer and navigator. From 1957 to 1964, Dr. Abt held engineering and management positions at the Raytheon Company, including managing the Advanced Systems and Strategic Studies Departments within the company’s Missile and Space Division.
That was his day job. From 1958 to1960, he was Editor-in-Chief of Audience, a quarterly journal of literature and the arts. Also from 1961 through 1964, he was a graduate Ph.D. student in MIT’s Political Science Department, receiving a Ph.D. in January 1965 with his dissertation, “The Termination of General War.” ….

He has taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, State University of New York (Binghamton), the University of California Business Schools, the University of Massachusetts, and from 1991 to 1995, Boston University, where as a Professor of International Relations, he taught courses in comparative socioeconomic development and directed the Center for the Study of Small States at Boston University (1991 to 1993.) He also served as director of Boston University’s Defense Technology Conversion Center from 1991 to 1995, and organized and directed under contract to the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the US Department of Energy the Russian-American Entrepreneurial Workshops in Defense Technology Conversion for Russian and American nuclear weapons scientists in Boston, Moscow, Livermore, Calif.; and Los Alamos.    Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Dr. Abt directed studies on nuclear and biological terrorism defenses for the United States government and the Ford Foundation. – See more at: http://www.abtassociates.com/About-Us/50th-Anniversary/Presidents/Clark-C–Abt.aspx#sthash.kx0zJx6m.dpuf


[4] 


 [4] National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
312-726-7020
www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org

I haven’t figured this one out (confirmed that the National Center AND/OR the related DVMHPI is or is not a nonprofit)  yet, so this is a place-holder.

 


[5] 

[5] Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody
800-527-3223
www.ncjfcj.org/dept/fvd

The Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges provides leadership and assistance to consumers and professionals dealing with the issue of child protection and custody in the context of domestic violence through operation of the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody. The Resource Center provides access to the best possible sources of information and tangible products to those working in the field of domestic violence, child protection and custody. The Resource Center provides technical assistance, training, policy development and other resources that increase safety, promote stability and enhance the well-being of battered parents and their children.

Image from the NCJFCJ’s link to its’ Family Violence Dept.” viewed (Easter) 2016

Yeah, well, NCJFCJ work has a certain “flavor” that is affected by its other many projects.  See this referral page from the DVRN site, and notice topics on the left side of the page (plus the characteristic, almost-invisible, light-gray writing describing their product and service offerings.  Remember — NCJFCJ is not a government entity, but a primarily government-funded 501©3…

I have posted their tax returns on other recent posts and won’t duplicate here. Note — find the EIN# first to search.

Also note that NCJFCJ is into Supervised Visitation (“Safe Havens” being a USDOJ-funded project).  This is understandable because so much of the NCJFCJ leadership is actually their judicial membership.  Some NCJFCJ Presidents (at least one I can recall) have gone on to run the USDOJ/OVW and preside over the grants.  A similar situation might be when Wade Horn, working at HHS, directed funds towards “National Fatherhood Initiative” and then went to work at the NFI.  Revolving door with government ensures continuing policy influence.   The Greenbook Initiative also had HEAVY HHS (and private foundation) involvement, as well as major participation by Futures without Violence, and MINIMAL solicitation of input from the average victim / survivor.   In my opinion, this overall represents an oligarchy in operation. Supervised Visitation was WANTED by many parties (including those who went into the business as providers, or training providers, who also had at times conflicts-of-interest positions within state government over the grants, as I discovered in California re: AFCC-involved personnel working at the California Judicial Council/AOC/CFCC (Center on Families and Children in the Courts).  


LOOKING up that last (and the latest) “Special Issue Resource Center” in Chicago area.  Note:  Not done yet, but this is as far as I’m going to go on this post, or for now…

 

http://www.nationalcenterdvtraumamh.org/about/history/

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health was established in 2005 through a grant to the Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative (DVMHPI) from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA); Administration on Children, Youth and Families; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. DVMHPI is a Chicago-based project founded in 1999 that works to address the unmet mental health needs of domestic violence survivors and their children and the traumatic effects of abuse across the lifespan. See DVMHPI for more information.

As the “Four Special Issue Resource Centers” HHS grants seem to pre-date DVMPHI, this seems to be an outgrowth of the same general idea — and financing….

Reminds me of the focus and purpose of the CPPA, CJE, BMCC, Leadership Council (et al.’s) frequent references (esp. CPPA/Connie Valentine nonprofit in Sacramento area, Northern California) to the “IVAT” (Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma) at Alliant International University in SOUTHERN California, in fact, San Diego.   The IVAT isn’t itself an entity, but the “FVSAI”  (Family Violence Sexual Assault Institute // Robert Geffner // Texas jurisdiction), associated, is.  Again, the focus is on the mental health/Trauma (behavioral health, psychological services, etc.) aspect..

The Center is one of four national Special Issue Resource Centers funded through FVPSA and is a member of the Domestic Violence Resource Network (DVRN).

… (from same website, I clicked on “DVMHPI” for this description):

DVMHPI

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health was established in 2005 by the Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative (DVMHPI). DVMHPI is a Chicago-based project founded in 1999 that works to address the unmet mental health needs of domestic violence survivors and their children and the traumatic effects of abuse across the lifespan. Since its inception, DVMHPI has provided training and technical assistance to domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse, and social service agencies in the Chicago area, as well as city and state-level policymakers. While the Center maintains a national focus, DVMHPI continues to carry on the local aspects of the work by building the capacity of Chicago-area service systems to provide accessible, culturally relevant, and domestic violence- and trauma-informed services

(“Copyright © 2012 National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health”)

 Is DVMHPI a 501©3 or located at a law school, hospital, etc?  I don’t know, so I will look!   Illinois “Cyberdrive”  (Corp/LLC lookups courtesy the Secretary of State).  NOT FOUND…

Noticeable on the website provided by HHS above —absence of a mailing address…I found an on-line “Changemakers campaign” which says that both the “Center” and the “Initiative” are organizations.  I notice “Changemakers” refers to [© 2016] Ashoka Changemakers®

https://www.changemakers.com/competition/endabuse/entries/domestic-violence-and-mental-health-policy-initiative [“Endabuse.org” used to be the website for Family Violence Prevention Fund,” now Futures w/o Violence]

DVMHPI and the Center are grant-funded organizations. All of our products and services are either free of charge or provided at a very low cost.

What percentage, if any, of the total operating costs does earned income (from products, services, or other fees) represent? — 0%
How is the initiative financed? Is it financially self-sustainable or profitable? How much do beneficiaries contribute?

DVMHPI and its National Center are funded by a mix of public and private funds, including city, state and federal grants and contracts, as well as foundation grants. The Center is primarily funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, while DVMHPI is funded in part with grants and contracts from city and state government and by foundation grants, such as the Chicago Community Trust, the Chicago Foundation for Women, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Irving B. Harris Foundation. Overall, 52% of our funding comes from city/state/national government funding, and 48% comes from private foundations.

FAQs on “Ashoka Changemakers® (“Changemakers” being the program, and “Ashoka” apparently the organization) including the powerful partners, the purpose, and the practice of intentionally “sweeping through systems….”  This is the flavor:

Changemakers convenes and connects high-potential changemakers, and their ideas and resources, through the power of challenges and partner networks. It has built a global network of more than 15,000 innovators, hundreds of partners, and hundreds of thousands of changemakers from 125 countries by running more than 80 online challenges during the past decade, with partners such as GE, Google, the Rockefeller Foundation, and many other innovating organizations. Through a three-step process—frame, convene, ignite—Changemakers works with** the rest of Ashoka and its partners to frame an approach to a problem that exponentially accelerates social change. It engages a network to ignite a movement that sweeps through systems, tipping the attitudes and behavior of individuals and institutions. More information.

**Again, “Changemakers” is not a person, but a program.  But it seems more powerful if spoken of as the subject of a sentence and as if a person….  “Ashoka” would seem to be the entity…

This shouldn’t be TOO surprising.  We’re in and beyond the internet age, and those who have the wherewithal to sponsor, control, organize and spend to develop networks and host platforms, would like THEIR concepts to dominate, for which purpose accelerating social change is desirable.  Same general idea as public/private cooperation in the “Social Impact (Or was it “innovation?) Funding” (SIF)…. coordinated through the CNCS (Corporation for National and Community Service)….

WHERE are the DVMPHI and “its national center” (as listed above)?  Is the DVMPHI actually at the “Hektoen Institute” — a Chicago organization I remember from simply having looked at the HHS Grants labeled “EV04##) before? Some indicators at the “national center” seem to say so.

I looked at publications (i.e., publications are owned BY someone) -but found a cooperative effort from the National DV Hotline and this center, labeled as to which grant it got.  I looked up the grant, and it was to the Hektoen Institute!

Mental Health and Substance Use Coercion Surveys  

Report from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and the National Domestic Violence Hotline

This report was funded through Grant #90EV0417 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Points of view expressed in this document do not

©National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (2014)

Here’s that grant, we can see it ranged 2011-2015 and in similar amounts to the others:@@@

Grantee Name St Award Number Award Title Action Issue Date CFDA Principal Investigator DUNS Sum of Actions
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 09/17/2011 93592 Carole Warshaw 0686

25136

$ 1,100,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 07/24/2012 93592 CAROLE WARSHAW 0686

25136

$ 1,100,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 11/20/2012 93592 CAROLE WARSHAW 0686

25136

$ 0
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 09/12/2013 93592 CAROLE WARSHAW 0686

25136

$ 970,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 08/25/2014 93592 CAROLE WARSHAW 0686

25136

$ 985,000
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH IL 90EV0417 Family Violence Prevention and Services 09/23/2015 93592 CAROLE WARSHAW 0686

25136

$ 1,000,000

Just to get a general scope of Hektoen institute HHS funding, searching that DUNS#, today, the total so far is:
Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
HEKTOEN INSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH  CHICAGO IL 60612-3706 COOK 068625136 $ 185,238,753

 

Showing: 1 – 1 of 1 Recipients

 



SO — we need this basic language (as above) to better see what the various “resource centers” are doing, and where federal funds are going.  As you can see above, once donated to one key organization — they are likely to get circulated, transcontinentally and cross-jurisdictionally, among several related ones.

 

The basic language —  “tax return, grants received, what % of organization’s revenues is dependent on government grants” (etc.)   — seems to be somehow exactly the sort of “DV101 which a local nonprofit service provider is UNlikely to bring up or teach their women clients in recommending how to handling their personal and legal emergency and what other services they might be referred to, for example, getting such clients at times on the social services (food stamps, cash aid, child support rights assigned to the local county agency, etc.) circuit if they aren’t already.


 

FOOTNOTE // PENDING REVIEW:  PERSONAL COMMENTS


SIXTEEN YEARS AFTER SEPARATION FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, I am still experiencing dramatic negative effects shock effects, not really from the surprise, but from how easy it is to continue oppressing any targeted individuals through any number of existing court systems, starting with the family court.  In general, for a nation so OBSESSED with youth, children, and families — and programs to protect them — it seems to be doing a lousy job.

But, at sidelining adults who otherwise would be functioning at their capacity, creating and contributing to society WITHOUT the ongoing effects of years of disruption following years of abuse (which is itself disruptive) — at that, our country and national/local justice systems, have been gaining experience and developing talent.  The almost cosmic shift of focus AWAY from the more productive sectors of life and commerce (engaging both mothers and fathers) to those which reward people who, in detached fashion, or sometimes with zealous passion, still end up working for the nonprofit or government sector around everyone, everything “low-income” “at-risk” and etc.

For example, for all the existing fatherhood programs, I don’t see that any of them particularly inspired my ex to develop and retain a work life, and he’s now in his fifties.  Likewise, when I actually had that part of life “down” (i.e., working, producing household income, raising children around work/home priorities adjusting as required so they weren’t “latchkey children”) I was taken out of commission through criminal events followed by family court treatments with judges, mediators, and even a GAL as “midwives” to the restructured “family,” ours, that is. I have never been able to regain the momentum I had, briefly, after realizing my children and I were indeed safe and separate, not living too close for comfort, but still with regular contact with their father, so neither were they parent-deprived.  For us, that stopped overnight, one night, about seven years later….

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