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Table of Contents 2019, Family Court Matters’ Posts + Pages: January 1 – July 31 (so far).

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This post is: Table of Contents 2019, Family Court Matters’ Posts + Pages: January 1 – July 31 (so far). (Shortlink ends “-ayV” .  Just under 5,500 words. Posted August 5. (This post isn’t on the table.  It will show in “Recent Posts” widget).

This Table of Contents  is leaner than any previous ones and should be easier to read. As we are still in August, it’s only for the first three quarters of the year.  I’ll add to it over time.

I did include both tags for some posts (on their separate rows), and underneath the table some excerpts in the form of screenprints from a few posts I felt had substantial drill-downs and relevance; i.e., if you understood those, you could understand similar situations and the larger landscape in which our family courts operate (“transferable skills” and awareness).

Post Layout:  Overview (pale-pink), some quick “legend” (explaining the table and use of short-links), the Table, below it some excerpts.  Nothing too fancy.

For now, I’m adding a link to this Table of Contents to the top-right sidebar widget under “Current Posts.”  If it is also made sticky, you’ll see it near the top of the blog soon enough.

2019 Overview: This year was hard work on several posts, including merging a blog, completing previous year’s tables (2018), cleaning it up, and no real cessation in ongoing attention to key situations.  I continue do this innately, no matter what the season, and hope some day to have more people, others with whom I can discuss this — as opposed to others who may wish me to do their own “homework” for their specific situations, rather than starting to do it themselves — and teaching others how to, or (more common) others who wish I would quit looking things up and bringing things up about the standard “family court practices” advocacy which just, apparently, can’t handle the topics I keep bringing up.

I used to jump to attention more often when specific requests or crises showed up.  Right now, they could surface in almost any state, so I’ve continued to focus on specific KEY states which provide clear examples of how the family courts were set up, and what types of programs are being run through them, and how (where clear enough) financed by both public and private sectors.

In 2019, as other posts have brought up, I was completing an interstate move begun last summer, under duress and having already been forced out of anything sustainable (i.e., a rental lease).  I am still operating solo as to the blog, and for the most part, this type of research and reporting.  I worked hard this year to make it more approachable and complete (tables of contents) and may be reaching (or beyond) the limits of what a blog, only, can convey, without a live person to point to it, run a workshop, etc. — activities my personal situation, for now, precludes doing.


Perhaps some of us — should agreement in lines of research develop or converge–  should form a “semi-secret” society like those I keep running across evidence of, sell it under “social science – economics, “comparative public/private accounting”, get an on-line professional journal started (someone will have to show up with a PhD I guess) and have our own peers review articles. That’s after all, what several key organizations involved in family courts (in various countries) have already done….  Maybe some university could be persuaded to name a special center after it… or we could get an NIJ grant to study other NIJ (and HHS) grants usage in social science R&D and organizations historically tasked with evaluating the same..

(I believe it’s the June 22, 2019, “By Now We Should Know” post which takes on the concept of using the word “professionals” as opposed to specifying “in WHAT” by a certain international, multi-disicplinary organization. But memory sometimes fails, which is where tables of contents (and writing things down!) helps!)

“JUST kidding…”

Just in case, though, I’ll work on some catch-phrases, sound-bytes, and buzz-words… The key seems to be, pick a phrase — just two or three words are all that’s needed —  pick words SO common they’re in use everywhere, assign a context-specific meaning we understand, but the general usage has so many different meanings, no one else would.  Arrange any two of them so it’s unclear whether one is a verb or not, although verbs should be avoided unless they are to STOP something no one could really disagree with — like “Stop Violence”…

Anything with the words Child | Family (or ‘Families’) | Prevent, Stop or End | “Abuse” in any area should do.  Better yet, add “Community” “Action” or “Educate” “Resource Center” “Clearinghouse” “Center” “Initiative” “Coalition” (ad lib, ad infinitum)….

Tweak it some, get the downloadable webinar going… certify others in OUR version of truth, keep it going….such a deal. If it’s an utter failure (like so many existing ones), just add a “QIC” (Quality Improvement Center)… get conference locations in whatever our personal “bucket list” global destinations might be …

(Just describing what I’ve seen in practice…and still, somewhat, just kidding…)

I haven’t decided yet whether to make this another gol-danged “sticky” post, or what to do if I decide not to.  Applying total structural consistency in format can be a roller-coaster ride when you’re running things impromptu from the start.  I’m also tired of being constantly on poor-quality databases, or high-quality (but showing clear bias in their owners) academic journals, plowing through footnotes and bibliographies without the audience to talk to them about who’s on — and not on– those footnotes and bibliographies, in terms of unstated organizational affiliations.

Meanwhile, enjoy browsing the titles, tags, or added visuals (images, an embedded tweet or two) content below the table of contents.

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