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Inside AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Awardees’ Conference Circuits, or, “Good GRIEF, Marsha Kline Pruett!” [Written March 4, 2016, publ. about 2 yrs. later]

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Post Title: Inside AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Awardees’ Conference Circuits, or, “Good GRIEF, Marsha Kline Pruett!” [Written March 4, 2016, publ. about 2 yrs. later] case-sensitive short-link ends -37M, ca. 8,100 words.

Many years ago, among some mothers blogging their custody challenges and family court fiascoes, the phrase was being circulated “Do You Know Your AFCC?” or “How Well Do You Know Your AFCC?”

(Badass Mamas, some of us were called.  Thank you “RandiJames.com”).

Well this post is “How Well Do You Know Your AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Awardees?” …. a natural progression as I looked, incidentally to the “Dumpster-Diving in the Credibility Gap” of Batterer Typology verbiage among clinical forensic psychologists, some of who had clear connections also with each other and to AFCC.

Looking at the awardee list systematically and noting who has which associations to which universities, or corporations — and each other — will only educate you about the role of this organization, and about the power of networking.  Some “lights should go on” as to WHO you are dealing with, and WHO is running key institutions affecting family law.

2015 – Barbara A. Babb
2014 – Rachel Birnbaum
2013 – Judy Cashmore and Patrick Parkinson
2012 – Amy Holtzworth-Munroe
2011 – Jennifer McIntosh
2010 – Constance R. Ahrons
2009 – Judith Wallerstein
2008 – Nicholas Bala (Professor of Law, Queens University, Ontario Canada.  Degree also from Harvard) (see “Prevnet” and a bio at “AttorneyGeneral.Jus.gov.ON.CA“)##
2007 – Sanford Braver, Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik
2006 – J. Herbie DiFonzo, Mary E. O’Connell
2005 – Janet Walker (<==AFCC 2005 conference in Seattle shows Walker as past-AFCC President and from “Newcastle on Tyne, England”) (check out the brochure!)
2004 – Marsha Kline Pruett
2003 – Paul Amato
2002 – Robert Emery  (Professor Psychology, UVirginia & Director “Center for Children Families & the Law)  [BA, Brown University in 1974, PhD SUNY-Stonybrook, 1982, “father of five children” (no wife mentioned).
2001 – JoAnne Pedro-Carroll
2000 – Janet Johnston
1999 – Charlene Depner
1998 – Jessica Pearson and Nancy Thoennes
1997 – Joan B. Kelly

(Image added during May, 2018, update, from “PREVnet” link, above.  PREV is an acronym, and Prevnet is an “Inc.” (it says Canadian charity, however I didn’t know that Canadian companies could end with an “Inc.”  Notice the unusual qualification of law degrees from both a Canadian and a United States (Harvard!) university! I also notice (“Donate”) button that it’s collecting through a different Canadian organization and, as usual “building a field” (image detail) on healthy teen relationships:

Nicholas Bala at PREVNET (imaged added May, 2018)

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## (Fn from quote) Nicholas Bala bio blurb — just a fragment, you may recognize some familiar themes in this one — only for Canada:

Prof. Bala is a member of the National Judicial Institute Program Planning Committees for Child Witnesses and High Conflict Parental Separations and is editor of the N. J. I. Electronic Benchbook on Child Witness. He is the principal investigator of an interdisciplinary research project on child witnesses funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Prof. Bala’s research on legal issues related to child abuse, youth justice, family violence and family law is extensive and in those areas, he has served as a consultant for the governments of Canada, Ontario and the Yukon and for aboriginal organizations. He was the lead researcher in a report on the Ontario Child Abuse Register (1987-88) and was a member of a research team reviewing the Ontario Office of Child and Family Service Advocacy (2004). He was a consultant to the Special Advisor on Child Sexual Abuse to the Minister of Health and Welfare Canada (1989-90). He also provided advice to Justice Robbins (Ontario, 2000) for his report on child sexual abuse in schools

Nicholas Bala weighing in on “parental alienation” — 2011 article from the “Nuffield Foundation” (address London):

Parental Alienation and the voices of children in family proceedings

22 July 2011

In a relatively small portion of all separation and divorce cases, children reject a parent. How and why does this happen? How do the courts respond to these cases, which are characterised by high levels of conflict between parents, and what should they do? What can we learn from the experience of other jurisdictions such as Canada and the US?

These were some of the questions addressed in a seminar hosted by the Foundation on 13 July and led by Professor Nicholas Bala from Queen’s University in Canada.

  • (lonesome- looking photo of child from behind , captioned:  “How can courts better respond to high conflict cases and contact disputes?”)

The seminar started with a discussion of the controversial concept of ‘parental alienation.’ While rejecting the view that it is a ‘syndrome,’ Professor Bala recognizes the value of identifying cases where the hostile attitude of one parent results in a child having negative views of the other that are a reflection not of the child’s own experience, and resulting in unjustified rejection of that parent. This approach requires courts and professionals to distinguish cases where a child is justifiably rejecting a parent, for example due to abuse or neglect, from cases of alienation

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AFCC’s “Family Court Review” editorial board and their respective affiliations. (@ May 21, 2018)

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Post title: AFCC’s “Family Court Review” editorial board and their respective affiliations. (@ May 21, 2018) (generated case-sensitive shortlink ends “-92R”) This title repeated below “Prologue” and is followed by tables of the Editorial Board with (minor) explanations also. With “Prologue “and a bit of footnote details, still under 5,000 words.  Please publicize this post now and, periodically, later (weeks, months, etc.  If data changes, links provided should show updates)! There is a list of “tags” at the end, and readers can also submit comments.

“PROLOGUE” — my “Why” other than, “It’s Time!…”

In the prologue I have a few resources and links to further explore “State Access and Visitation Programs” grants (Federal to State government entities under HHS, CFDA #93597)) which exists to “support” the states in establishing the types of services likely to be now part of any family court process.  That is, if there’s any way once litigation or even motions to hear begin, more personnel, services or players can be added in and blamed on one or both parents to justify.  The infrastructure (network) already exists, and business and services are going to be flowing through it to sustain the investment so long as we (the public) allow this to continue.

A key part of any power network is one which involves judges, lawyers, and “social scientists” with a token nod towards the issue of domestic violence advocacy… Or faking domestic violence /family court reform advocacy by talking about the symptoms, assuming/alleging causes without even exposing the private power networks’ intersection with public institutions, public funding, and centers at both private and public universities.

AFCC’s “international interdisciplinary” academic journal abbreviated “Fam.Ct.Rvw” and published on-line, is produced jointly (but under AFCC “auspices” and as its voice) through a private university in New York State called “Hofstra. I’ve established recently again on separate posts (referencing the new Editor in Chief) how Family Court Review, the publication, is indeed “the voice of AFCC,” or this could be obtained separately through a Google search.

All people involved in family courts should understand the relationship and note the names of those involved in this private association’s and its members’ private relationship with a private university aimed at “transforming the family court system” — globally, to align policy in the US, for example, with polices overseas — by “subject matter jurisdiction.” Much progress has been made towards ITS (not necessarily individual citizens’, parents’ (mothers or fathers) or children’s goals of justice, due process, and the ability to lead lives without being forced into the “behavioral health/Mental Health Archipelago.”) goals.

Also, on AFCC’s Twitter account (“@AFCCTweets”) I learned that recently it participated with UK (England Wales mostly?) federated “RELATE” charity (with Janet Walker representing both groups) in a 24-hour “Consultation” February 2018  at St. Georges (Windsor Castle) (See next three images, for more, search my Twitter account “LetUsGetHonest,” or theirs)

What about concerned citizens’** response to all this (these power networks in the private arena calling down funds from the public arena to regulate and profit from regulating “families and children…”?

What should our response be?
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How Relevant is AFCC — and Who, UNLIKE many ‘Crisis in (or ‘Enhance/Reform’) the Courts’ groups and associated professionals who won’t, in public or on-line — Acknowledges Its Existence and Significance? (started May 7, 2018)

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Post title: How Relevant is AFCC — and Who, UNLIKE many ‘Crisis in (or ‘Enhance/Reform’) the Courts’ groups and associated professionals who won’t, in public or on-line — Acknowledges Its Existence and Significance? (started May 7, 2018) (Case-sensitive shortlink ending “-91l”; that’s two numbers, as in the year “1991” and a lower-case “L”) (Posting “as-is” about 5,680 words on Mothers’ Day (USA) May 13.  Subject to later updates for clarity and/or towards bottom of the post).

(I was also active on Twitter today with more links, documentation and as ever, reminder of terms in use in current fatherhood policy, particularly as involves Temple University-housed, Center for Policy Research-organized “FRPN.org” (also previously posted herein).  http://bitl.ly/2KVQHOi)

This post will illustrate both those who won’t (while talking on the same topics) and those who, obviously do acknowledge AFCC when presenting at its conferences or listed among its ongoing board of directors or other activist members (i.e., on individual C.V.s)…

There are many organizations in the country aligned to specific professions, or a few different but related ones, so what’s so relevant and significant about this one, especially as it’s not that large (at least on paper! and if assets and revenues are the measure? (searchable on this blog and see short illustration below).


DEFINITIONS (outside organization self-reporting, some standard has to be applied. A few words on that…)

“AFCC” in this usage doesn’t mean its legal business name (USA) has only those four letters, but does refer to the “mother ship” organizations whose full name (for decades now) has been “Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Inc.” and as a nonprofit has an EIN# 952597407, a business address, a legal domicile (Wisconsin’s listing says “not in our state” and Illinois’s says “has been in our state since…” while AFCC on its IRS returns both FY2008 and 2016 (and inbetween) say legal domicile “WI” in fact, Madison, Wisconsin.

While legal domicile was probably buried further within the IRS forms (which changed in 2008), it was not asked on the page 1 header information. Why it matters?  Competence & truth in filing.

SEE ALSO (but not in detail on this post) AFCC’s main and state chapter [in the USA] IRS Tax Returns, i.e. do some Form990s searches (accounting for some wrongly-labeled at this 990-search site, which is another consideration in tracking organizations, or government funds to them..). Whatever else is said by itself, or others about the generic term “AFCC” (including, on its conference agendas), business-wise it is a tax-exempt entity in the PRIVATE sector, with Board of Directors typically including judges or justices inside and outside the USA (i.e., Canada, New Zealand..) and others working as “civil servants” in the public sector, i.e., government employees, along with those who are not government employees (but typically will be doing referral business with the courts, or (some) in law schools…  


It is NOT part of government, and to do business legally with government institutions (such as the State itself, or state government-funded institutions, such as the family courts) it MUST register as for-profit, or not-for-profit.  

It also has chapters, but these are not linked to each other at the IRS level (as returns will show) as “related” organizations, complicating fact-check with the AFCC website’s own claim of how many chapters (and where they are) it has at any point in time. See next images from a recent searches (to illustrate this point, and to raise related important questions about how we might obtain tax returns of nonprofits with national court-reform goals (such as AFCC in its chapter capacities) when relying on private sector database providers (like the Foundation Center, used here) that don’t even get the organization’s NAMEs right in search results?..and have no direct accountability to taxpayers, being in the private sector?

Certainly not by relying on “name searches” only!  (Next display is  in “gallery format.” Click on any image, the navigate to others.  They take readers through name search (written out, alternate wording, and acronym) searches, and then EIN# search on the main organization in WI (showing another result) and on California Chapter.  I also did an EIN# search on the Massachusetts chapter to verify there was only ONE full-sized Form 990 on record, although a short-form (990EZ) filing.   

 


If you consider how many universities with their law schools, or just law schools:

Harvard (!), Boston University, Boston College (Jesuit orientation), Suffolk University, New England School of Law (in Boston) and no doubt some others)

and the former Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now called “William James College”) and which specific AFCC leadership make their professional and/or their “spin-off” court-connected nonprofits (i.e., tax-exempt ways to handle business referrals from the family courts) call Massachusetts “home,”) it’s “interesting” that the Massachusetts Chapter of AFCC, Inc. (EIN# 22388 2533 as shown above) is opting to keep a REAL low profile fiscally — I just checked the IRS “Tax Exempt Organization Search (note that url: “APPS.IRS.gov/APP/EOS”) and confirmed [MA AFCC] is mostly filing just electronic postcards, Forms 990-N asserting no revenues over $50,000.


While I mention that, nearby Connecticut, as far as its AFCC chapter, which had been “outed” ca. 2011 (I caught it; separately and working independently from me at the time, so did investigative reporter Anne Stevenson, living closer to the “scene of the crime” than I was in California!) for operating illegally (unregistered) RIGHT FROM the state judicial department (apparently for decades!) — Connectictut chapter filed briefly in ?2012, but I see is showing up as a Form 990PF and (FY2015) says it’s “terminating.”

Think about it: Connecticut is home to, among other universities (such as Fairfield (founded 1942 w/ 303 male students — also Jesuit, (see its Wikipedia) admitted women in 1970, soon after started a school of nursing; has no law school, but does have a pre-law program), Quinnipiac School of LawYale.. yet AFCC’s chapter doesn’t want to show its financial dealings within the state. Hmm.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinnipiac_University_School_of_Law, although flagged for “needs citations”

Quinnipiac U School of Law <==(school website) “Wiki” is strongly flagged, but I think it relevant to mention it was only ABA accredited in 1995, and was in part the result of a fiscally UNsound “University of Bridgeport” having been “bailed out” by an entity known to be associated with, well, Rev. Sun Myung Moon (i.e., the Unification Church,” causing some serious upsets.  A decision was made to associated with a number of bidders (including Fairfield), but they went for “Quinnipiac University.”  Per this “Wiki.”

In its own words, after main white-on-navy blue large-font intro, references (“naturally”) a “dispute resolution center..” where students can get coached, and get BA/JD or BS/JD in six yrs (“3+3”):
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May 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm

Evidence of ONGOING Censorship by Omission from “Crisis in the Courts Crowd”: From 2010 (book), 2014 (conference), an info-laden “minor omission” from 2006 (newsletter) in addition to historic “minor omission” of the TANF-based, 2006 $150M/year federal department grants stream)

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This post’s title: Evidence of ONGOING Censorship by Omission from “Crisis in the Courts Crowd”: From 2010 (book), 2014 (conference), an info-laden “minor omission” from 2006 (newsletter) in addition to historic “minor omission” of the TANF-based, 2006 $150M/year federal department grants stream) Case-sensitive shortlink ends “-8ZJ.”

This post supplements (and by being here also condenses) a Page published April 26, 2018, which page’s title also includes (and starts with) the phrase “Censorship by Omission“:

which itself goes with a related (originating) “sticky” post which will be permanently (insomuch as anything on a blog can be called “permanent”) stuck to the top position on the blog, so I’m adding its title here…

Although the sticky post just above features this topic in its long title, that post originally had more to say on the extent to which public policy in this country has become public relations (i.e., propaganda) and where certain major professions sit in that national climate.

That title arose (see the post) because of the current “House Concurrent Resolution No. 72” being pushed through federally and I understand in several states also, by the collaborating “coalitions” (official, unofficial) referenced in it.

I am opposed based on the information I’ve been blogging for nine years, now, and personal acquaintance with the element of obsessive if not paranoid determine to control the public discussions of “family courts” by those involved.  It seems that the only hope of keeping a containment lid on the truth is:  new generations being born continually, older generations how went through the family court gauntlets (after in-home battering, another one of its own gauntlets) burning out, dying off, or being so homeless or bankrupt there’s no breath left with which to talk) — in combination with reaching overseas to (hopefully) engage personnel in the “cause” which may be less familiar with the workings of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its historic embedding of sexism and racism (BOTH!) into social services, not to mention the philanthropic sector’s involvement.


I anticipate below three separate sections reviewing three specific pieces of evidence (and/or a bit more if I go into more detail on “NCADV” — not for the first time — which has a cameo appearance in this first section as an Executive Director endorses the 2010 book).

“Exhibits Discussed” (One item each for the years referred to in the title. The “thumbnail”  images here just as visual (color) cues for each section, where they will be larger):

2010-2013 website announcing new bk ‘DomesticviolenceAbuseandChildCustody’com’ (viewed) 2018Apr22

For 2010 — publication of book “Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody,” an event I was around for and remember.  I do not have the book, but do have a complete table of contents (first edition) and have had my hands on it through others willing to cough up the (at the time) $100 for hardback version.

For 2014 — one of a series of BMCC Mothers’ Day Rallies (apparently) as blogged on website “Mothers of Lost Children.”  I’d printed it in 2014.

For 2006 — not by “Crisis in the Courts Crowd,” but instead symbolic of key information in two key categories** the Crisis in the Courts Crowd” ignored and historically will not## teach or take into account, call consistent attention to, or encourage followers to think about or explore..just one newsletter or “gazette” produced by Kids’ Turn, Inc.[** listed just below to include several related phrases, searchable on this blog or outside it.] [## parenthetical phrase just below].

KT Gazette 2006 outside (for mailing) area (note return address, and names at top, which’d be bottom of the gazette!) Click image to enlarge.

KT Gazette 2006, short description of the classes, “Bay Area” reference is to San Francisco Bay Area. Click image to enlarge.

Significance of Kids’ Turn, Inc.: an organization whose founding is intricately linked to AFCC membership (along at least four fronts — family court judges, family lawyers, custody evaluators (mediators, parenting coordinators, etc.) and family court administrators) — which I’ve established often enough in this blog to not repeat it again here. However my home page (if you scroll down) deals with the shape-shifting SF version of Kids’ Turn, as it merged into another corporation which then (recently) changed ITS name, but continued running the classes.

**[1] FEDERAL INCENTIVES: 1996 wfare Reform (PRWORA-related) overt sponsorship of fathers’ rights throughout social services, regarding child support, and with intent to favorably influence fathers (as opposed to mothers) in custody outcomes, through HHS funding streams under [at a minimum] two different + complementary titles (IV-A, IV-D) of the Social Security Act.  Fatherhood.gov.  HealthyMarriage.org.  Oklahoma Marriage Initiative (1999ff) and its connection to mass-marketing curricula trademarked and owned by individuals, to welfare populations, through churches, through child support agencies, etc.,  and

**[2] PRIVATE PROFITS ORGANIZED & STEERED THROUGH FAMILY-COURT SPECIFIC PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION/S: The existence, nature, activist membership categories, and agenda of the IL-based nonprofit, “Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (“AFCC” for short), with tax return claiming (year after year)  instead Wisconsin legal domicile.

## including until now, in vast majority of public, on-line rhetoric, newsletters, published articles on the problems in the courts, and in general, on organization websites, on individual participants on-line (*.org *.com or other or blog) websites, and when they conference, generally, as a workshop or plenary topic at  conferences too.  Most of the key leaders over time are (I checked, over the years) aware of and a few groups I know, have been specifically informed by myself and other individuals of this information and are reasonably knowledgeable about how significant it was to the problems they were reporting on and proposing solutions for, early on in their existence….solutions which did not take into account the existence of the AFCC or Welfare Reform marriage/fatherhood or access visitation grants and the impact of both on the family court landscape. In light of the existence of these two (not the only two, but a significant two) realities, the solutions make no sense, and are in essence, a pretense (a selling of “hope” at the cost of the truth).

MY 2006 CHOICE — somewhat arbitrary except it also matches the year those $150M annual HMRF (<=gov’t. website.  Gives some basics & timelines) started.

  • Kids’ Turn  (inc. 1989 in San Francisco) and Kids’ Turn San Diego (inc. ca. 1996) symbolize the field of court-ordered, i.e. “force-fed” parent education (or “divorce seminars”) as a condition of custody modification.  Fees-based and embedded in the legal process, sometimes by administrative rulings by presiding judges (who — guess what — may just happen to be AFCC members), essentially this ongoing income stream (“Do the math – how many couples are divorcing or involved in custody modification processes, within the geographic range where Kids’ Turn (N Calif, S. Calif. or, other entities running it in the MidWest, and it’s said, the UK)?)

ALSO in 2006 (timing…)

URL label includes the phrase “TANF HMRF Integration”. 3/20/2018 OFA (Office of Family Assistance) ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter.

2006 – NOT on this post (at least for now) also relevant, a major round (10 years after PRWORA of 1996) of $150M/year marriage/fatherhood + incarcerated fathers’ re-entry funding). The related post to this one (“In 2018, Clamors to Fix, Reform…” also top “sticky” post on the blog) provides more details, including the nearby image of a very recent “Dear Colleague” TANF letter. //LGH 4-25-2018.


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May 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm

In 2018, Clamors to Fix, Reform, or Make Kids Safe WITHIN Family Courts STILL (Abusively, Territorially, and Intentionally) Limit Possible Answers by Censoring Terms Admitting Other Historic Evidence — About The Courts (not “Batterers!”) AND Government Itself — while Coaching (even Certifying) Others to Imitate. (Published May 2, 2018)

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MULTI-PARAGRAPH SECTION IN THIS COLOR SCHEME (inside the red borders with light-blue background, fine-print) was added during a post reformat, Sept. 9, 2018.  Like many parts of the blog (it’s just a blog, not a company website with an on-line store!), I may move them later for either post-publication repentance (i.e., writer’s embarrassment) or more practical reasons (visual access to post contents and the current posts beneath the top (currently six) “Sticky” posts; this it #1 of those 6).

This blog has many points of entry.  So much leading commentary is probably not most suitable for Position Front-and-Center (Topmost Sticky Post) but for now the commentary does express where I stand about eight months after restructuring the blog, and does relate to the topmost post on this blog, which expressed where I stood (and still do) about eight and a half years after starting this blog.  Main post content shows below this commentary and two multi-paragraph sections inside red boxes.

In case you wondered, it’s a one-person blog. No one else is authorized as administrator, or (except where I’m quoting, which is consistently marked) writes any of the posts or pages. As a one-person blog, certainly it reflects personal stances, but I am heading for a common vocabulary that might transcend some of the worst “polarization” even though it’s obvious these divides exist, and affect policy.  I dig still deeper down to rock-bottom realities (as I can) on government entities and accountability for not just their budgets, but also their historic basis balance sheets, and a call to reason whether or not present policy is necessary for the reasons it’s been sold us — typically reducing reliance on welfare (when it comes to the ‘single mother” rhetoric) AND/OR the “psycho/social/behavioral” evidence on what’s best for children as determined by generations of historically (but not exclusively) male child psychologists, psychiatrists, and social scientists (as that field has developed).  FYI, there is still a pervasive “Freud factor” at play in the structure and design of both family courts, and federal social policy which has been there for decades.


Navigation: THIS TOP “STICKY” POST HAS A “READ-MORE” LINK FAIRLY FAR DOWN ON THE PAGE.

Unless you click on the “Read-More” link, FIVE OTHER STICKY POSTS WITH SHORTER INTROs |Individual “Read-more” Links (most of those contain tables-of contents) below it will display after which the sequence of “most recent post on top” begins.  

I tend to include more information in an intro section than most blogs in part because the subject matter can be complex and I’m constantly re-minding of the basic elements and commonly accepted accounting and business|government entity vocabulary for categories and labeling such entities.  This differs from the typical approach of both business and government entities themselves, on their websites, which instead tend to feature whatever cause is being promoted and of course, how beneficial the entity is towards that cause.  I call this accounting-based vs. cause-based literacy and show the latter may conceal the former, but the former is often more important to notice and assess.

Within the post, or browsing posts, liberal use of “scrolling” or “PageDown” function is helpful. Right sidebar always lists the most recent posts, for faster shortcuts to just those last few.  “FamilyCourtMatters.org” always brings a person back to my static “front page” (with its massive information below links to the “Current Posts” page).

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