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For Political Clout, Big Isn’t Always Best, as the National Fatherhood Initiative, Inc. (1993ff, EIN# 23-2745763) and its Disproportionate Influence Considering Its Small Size and Financially Fuzzy IRS Tax Returns Show. (Started Jan. 23, 2020, Published May 20.)

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Post in transition — see below (extended intro).  This will change back to a shorter post, soon I hope.//LGH.  See current national news events and below.

This Post: For Political Clout, Big Isn’t Always Best, as the National Fatherhood Initiative, Inc. (1993ff, EIN# 23-2745763) and its Disproportionate Influence for its Small Size and Financially Fuzzy IRS Tax Returns Show (Started Jan. 20, 2020, Published May 20). (Case-sensitive, generated short-link ends “-c80,” that final character is a “zero” not capital “O”) (about 5,200 words). Minor copy-editing revisions May 29.

Explanation: Reviewing my most recent posts in draft status today, I chose this one and published as written with few changes.
This post holds some text I’d compiled in 2016 on a Page (published separately April 27, 2017 but before then on my home page, Sept. 2016), then moved here as a draft post, with updates, January 23, 2020 and SHORT intro. It had since then remained in draft status. //LGH 20May2020

This post holds some text I’d compiled in 2016 on a Page (published separately April 27, 2017 but before then a page published Sept. 2016), then moved here as a draft post, with updates, January 23, 2020 and SHORT intro. It had since then remained in draft status. //LGH 20May2020

That Page:

Do you Know Your NGA? Post-PRWORA, 1998 Stealth, Coordinated Expansion/ Diversion of Welfare Funds based on Sociological, Quasi-Religious Ideology on the Ideal Family Structure (the offspring of The 1965 Moynihan Report), Facilitated by (A) At least 39 of the Nation’s Governors and (B) as Coached by Wade Horn ℅ The National Fatherhood Initiative (Page Added Sep. 2016, Published Apr. 27, 2017) [<==with a case-sensitive shortlink ending “-4qs” ]

Title probably should’ve read “1996” — not sure why I put in 1998 at the time. PRWORA was passed in 1996.  Certain fatherhood-related, Congressional resolutions, etc. were also passed in 1998 and 1999 while the nation was changing its entire Social Security Act funding (and along with it, distribution methods for child support) in the years after 1996. [//LGH 2020 comment]

Two images (snapshots of a few paragraphs each) from my 2017 Page, next below, give more content.  I also see on review that this page dealt more with the NGA, while today’s post with the NFI.  On seeing substantial overlap (i.e., the ‘NFI’ part I’d obviously planned to transplant here a few months ago), I’m going to remove it from the 2017 page to be replaced with a link here. //LGH 20May2020.

On this blog, remember that shortlinks for pages use a capital “P” as in “http://wp.me/PsBXH-4qs.  By contrast, short-link for this post would be “http://wp.me/psBXH-c80“.  I usually provide just the last three characters as I more often write posts than pages…


For this post, recognizing the acronyms “NFI” (see title) and “NGA” (for ‘National Governors’ Association,’) and “QIC-NRF” (the “Quality Improvement Center for Non-Resident Fathers” — searchable on this blog, and my post on misleading* terms including “QIC”) would be helpful to know.  

*Why are such terms”mis-leading”?  When it comes to tracking public funds to their private (or other public) grantees or other independent contractors, to the extent this information is supposed to be made available to the public, it’s the ENTITIES that must file and to read what they filed, you must find their names to look them up.  A program (including a non-entity “Center” at some large institution such as a university — or federal/state department) is not an “entity.”  See “example” section, next, but the concept in this paragraph (stemming from the “QIC-NRF” term) continues after the marked section with a few images.

Some business entities are named “Center” “Institute” or “Initiative” (such as the NFI), but the use of those words on a website does not automatically represent a business entity, particularly those within universities.  Sometimes a similarly named nonprofit exists, most times it does not.


CAN YOU TRACK THE MONEY OR GET SOME FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY FROM THIS?  CHRONOLOGICALLY, WHO STARTED IT?  WHAT, REALLY, IS IT?

Example:  developingchild.harvard.edu (Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child; I blogged a year or two ago, several drill-downs because several organizations were funding it).

It’s so “normal” and good for sales to characterize a project, a collaboration, or a program as if it had real (corporate) personhood when it doesn’t, if you’re in that business or listed positively on their websites.  The basic process is distraction. — reframing any issue.  In this, Harvard’s great reputation is a plus, but thinking about how large Harvard’s endowment already is (one of the largest around) (or how late in its history it and other Ivy Leagues admitted women as undergraduates, or to some of its graduate programs, too), would be a negative, including for the many (also famous) sponsors of this “Center.” In the center (fine print, bottom links) is also a “National Council on the Developing Child” (as opposed to a CENTER on it?).  From its website (<~~link just provided), it self-characterizes as a multi-university collaboration, later (abstract from a “retrospective report“) simply a “group” and the project as translating science for the lay public and policymakers (specific fields of science listed among the members, including psychology alongside neuroscience, immunology, and specific medical fields):

For the past decade, a diverse group of distinguished scientists has worked to translate complex research about early brain development into language that is scientifically accurate, highly credible, understandable to nonscientists, and useful to public decision makers. Across the United States and around the world, in both public and private sectors, the work of the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child has helped change the conversation about providing young children with a healthy, safe, and nurturing start in life.”

[Notice the three icons: “Relationship (adult**/child/abacus)” – Brain – Gov’t Building.” The woman in photo is not necessarily a mother, although the child is clearly a toddler.

In very, very fine print at the bottom of the report (as well as on its title page) it’s mentioned that this National Council is in fact an initiative (not its own fiscal entity) of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard, which “Center” isn’t an entity either.  Harvard is.  Think you can find this center’s activities (and private grants supporting them) within Harvard’s overall financial statements? (if available), or on any part of an associated tax return (for Harvard)?


The intent is (basically) to affect early childhood of the nation’s children based on their shared scientific understanding of what makes for “successful” children, and a Core Story (helped by “Frameworks Institute”) of Child Development — AND sponsored by a series of foundations, which I also (after discovering this center) looked up and blogged at least some of the more unique and less well-known ones, the intent is that this collaborative science should rule over and run public policy — based on how distinguished, diversed, and scientifically accurate the funded scientists (esp. Jack Shonkoff) and collected interests represented here.  It’s also part of the continued attempts to blend in the more generalized fields of psychology and education with the more innately respected fields of neurology and medicine, which can be seen by looking more carefully at the people listed on the “retrospective report” in two columns, with “Former” not identified on that page as to what their PhDs were in.


With such intents, corresponding accountability should exist.  The practice of university sponsored “Centers” with collaborating private backers is routine; the practice of providing fiscal accountability to the public (whether it’s a private or public university, often federal grants are involved) is not.   The word “center”is routinely over-used.


In blogging earlier, on this “Developing Child” center (and associated funding foundations I also discovered and posted that a million dollars of grants over just three years went to a fake/non-existent entity which listed the wrong state on the tax return (grantor organization: “Alliance for Early Success”).   A million dollars may not seem like much if you’re Warren Buffet or one of his descendants, or the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation (both involved), but to most of us this is not “chump change” — a small amount to be mis-placed.  What it did indicate, however, is an accounting gap.  And I found it by doing something deliberately “dumb.”  One tax return said they granted (repeatedly) to another, so I looked it up, and found a “dead end.”  No such entity. So where did that money go instead? (Off-the-record, most likely).

For the public, when it comes to accounting for where governments’ tax receipts go (the justification for ongoing taxation, right?), what really counts is at the accounting level –and for that, you need an “entity” unless they are dealing with under-the-table cash, trading favors (at what point does this become just “bribes”?) or intangibles.

When websites at universities like Harvard talk big, drop names (LOTS of names, whether of the scientists or the sponsoring entities, also many of them big names, but play “hard to get” about specifics — with home and other pages full of white space [the Harvard Center on the Developing Child], big pictures, icons, repetitions sound-bytes, and more links to more narratives or solicitations (and not links to numbers, and NOT what we need to know for accountability for groups seeking to influence something as nationally funded as “early childhood” (child care, head start, etc.)), that’s a problem, and it also signifies more where it came from


National Fatherhood Initiative EIN# 23-2745783 tax returns FYE 2016-2018 (which is FYs 2015-2017. Where’s tax return for FY2018, then? I’m looking May, 2020) shows about ½ million-dollar increase in (gross) assets.

For people who will actually crack open a tax return and think about its contents, I’ve provided several years of the NFI’s below, but this time did not call attention to the internal inconsistencies (for example, on Form 990 FY2011 (ending Sept. 30, 2012) between its Part VIIA, showing total Trustee/Officer/Director etc. total salary and checks off three “officers”, and where that same figure is supposed to be (but on the year I checked, wasn’t) incorporate) into Part IX, Statement of Expenses, Line 5.  

The amount off was that year’s CEO’s salary: $116K (not including the ex-President Roland Warren’s $135K).  Part IX, Line 5 showed no entry of any amount where this amount should show.

I see (running yet another update on the NFI EIN#) that for FY2016, the only paid officer is Christopher Brown ($172K) and FY2017  ($149K) and that main reported program service revenue is not revenue from actual program services but from sales of over $1M (for both years) which belongs on a different line in the tax return, as indicated when a negative amount for “cost of goods sold” appears (both years) under “Part VIII Revenues, Line 2 (for “program service revenues,” not  where it belonged, under the line-item (IRS form lists) inventory, which line is towards the bottom, Lines 10a (gross) b (cost of goods) and c (net).  

Putting the million dollars (main revenue) of NFI from those years where it belongs, however, would leave “program service revenues” (it seems, properly) blank, and reveal (for anyone who looked that far) that in fact it’s not really providing any program services, but just recording enough grants to be tax-exempt and selling product tax-exempt at over a significant markup (early years showed 100%).

How is that a legitimate tax-exempt purpose? It’s not a grant-maker (primarily), not a service-provider, it’s an entity with a website that sells product, with well-paid officers, and that doesn’t even fill out its own tax returns right.

I also found (then, now, and as ever) its subcontractors being themselves major U.S. Government grantees or participants (ICF International, The Advertising Council) and in general plenty of aspects of this single 501© organization (such as its legal domicile being in Pennsylvania, which I know to be a state that doesn’t require annual, or even frequent, filings of business returns, despite a Maryland address) and it being in the public relations and clearinghouse business overall — for “fatherhood,” of course, ah, …interesting.

Somehow this doesn’t communicate that well on Twitter…or ANY short-form media platform without a wrapt (or captive) audience.  But, I provided at least the links.

(Post title again):

For Political Clout, Big Isn’t Always Best, as the National Fatherhood Initiative, Inc. (1993ff, EIN# 23-2745763) and its Disproportionate Influence for its Small Size and Financially Fuzzy IRS Tax Returns Show (Started Jan. 20, 2020, Published May 20).(short-link ends “-c80”.  Tax returns and some text compiled in 2017 on a Page; moved here with updates, January 23, 2020).

[Reviewing my most recent posts in draft status today, I chose this one and published as written with few changes.//LGH 20May2020. First image shows “AFCC” under “ChildWelfare.gov/organizations/….  The Child Welfare Info Gateway has plenty of “father-focused” connections. Protecting children’s mothers and children from dangerous fathers doesn’t seem to figure high on this website’s “To-Do” list]. 


The National Fatherhood Initiative isn’t the largest of the HHS responsible fatherhood grantees around, but its leadership was among the original instigators of that funding.  

Just a reminder:  it’s a private tax-exempt incorporation which must file tax returns.  Using the word “national” is just a name and may or may not relate to how “national” it is.  The part that’s really “national” involved here is the U.S. federal government whose welfare appropriations are national in scope and which runs regional operations, i.e., has regionalized the USA down from 50 states and territories/islands (see Region 9) to just ten regional offices and its own administrative parts, with which local states are encouraged to deal to develop relationships with (especially) tax-exempt private community organizations and state and local jurisdictions. (More at Footnote “HHS Organization in its own words and pictures”)

NFI’s  name continues to come up on federal websites, and when people here are casting around for the name of SOME “fathers’ rights” organization, not having researched from the federal grants angle or any concept of size, age, or position on the networks, this one’s name is easy to remember and may get quoted.

In fact the real “fathers’ rights” entity to be most concerned about, in my opinion, is the U.S. Congress which voted these appropriations into place in the first place.  And elite groups like the National Governors’ Association which think it’s OK to outsource not only the provision of government services to “places where the sun don’t shine” but also the decisions on what services those should be in places where, for most of us, “the sun don’t shine,” i.e., the private roundtables where “pay to play” (or even show up), often remote from the geography governed, is the name of the game.

Recently I was looking at the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Children’s Bureau’s information service, “ChildWelfare Information Gateway” where the “NFI” was listed, and I’ve known for years that its influence on a “QIC-NRF” (Quality Improvement Center for Non-Resident Fathers) listed on the same gateway existed, which I blogged.

As it turned out, the family court-focused association “AFCC” also was listed there (see above annotated image)

And, NFI’s tax returns do show “government grants,” while the HHS database “TAGGS.hhs.gov” I know has shown some direct grants to this organization.

So, for this post, on January 23, 2020, I removed a section of National Fatherhood Initiative tax returns and some previous discussion with a view towards re-blogging and for other media platforms, from my PAGE (not post) first published April 27, 2017.  

I hope as a teaching example it may alert people to government privatization and to pay closer attention to nonprofits involved in causes of interest and evaluate them based on their provided (or, if not provided where should be, on that) “financials.” The time invested will be not be wasted!

Again, where this information (below, most of it) used to be:


Do you Know Your NGA?Post-PRWORA, 1998 Stealth, Coordinated Expansion/Diversion of Welfare Funds based on Sociological, Quasi-Religious Ideology on the Ideal Family Structure (the offspring of The 1965 Moynihan Report), Facilitated by (A) At least 39 of the Nation’s Governors and (B) as Coached by Wade Horn ℅ The National Fatherhood Initiative (Page Added Sep. 2016, Published Apr. 27, 2017) [<==with a case-sensitive shortlink ending “-4qs” ]

The “NGA is the “National Governors’ Association” which unlike some “associations” similarly named, isn’t actually a 501©3 nonprofit, but an “instrumentality” of government.  BUT, it owns one, called the National Governors’ Association Center for Best Practices.  

The NGA came to my attention at some point for having promoted a statement, which I could personally attest to, on how domestic violence impacts a person’s ability to self-sustain; i.e., it has economic fall-out ramifications.  

Imagine my surprise to later (at some point in my long commute through the family court system, early 21st century California-style) to discover the same NGA promoting “responsible fatherhood” and state-level, statewide “fatherhood initiatives” as far back as 1994!

So, the above page deals more extensively with the NGA as it’d come across my path again during a time when I was studying national networks of non-profits focused on education reform (both political parties).  The topic came up …. education (as a field) and psychology (as a field) and the family courts (as a forum) are connected.

So are plenty of the major foundations who’ve chosen to “invest” in the same long-term, and whose tax returns too often, in too large numbers (millions of dollars at a time) often showed symptoms of “money missing in action” as, these days, standard practice / business as usual and etc.

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Where “First Five Years Fund” and the Manic Push for ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF. A closer look at perhaps WHY the NGA (incl. former California – Republican – Gov. Pete Wilson) was so excited about all this in the 1990s. See also Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological THEORY of Human Development @ Cornell, and (along with Yale Child Study Center), its influence on the field of Child Development [Orig. Oct 2016; Now, Feb. 2018]

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First published Feb. 27, 2018.  In revision now/I may move a segment. Feb. 16, 2020 as looking to quote parts of its overlong self, sensing a need to re-post the basic themes. Original content expressed a segment might be moved soon anyway.  I’m moving it, just two years later…This segment considerably shortens this post.  Two (now being) removed sections are marked, ( are non-consecutive on this post.)
This post also contains a section (then current events) on the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School  in Florida. //LGH Feb. 16, 2020.

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This post is, “Where “First Five Years Fund” and the Manic Push for ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF. A closer look at perhaps WHY the NGA (incl. former California – Republican – Gov. Pete Wilson) was so excited about all this in the 1990s. See also Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological THEORY of Human Development @ Cornell, and (along with Yale Child Study Center), its influence on the field of Child Development”  [Short-link ends “-4It”]


PREVIOUSLY, I wrote: “The post-publication expanded tan section/s above MAY BE moved to a follow-up post. {{2/28/2018}}”

Now {{3/6/2019}}, that “post-publication expanded tan section/s” HAS BEEN moved to a follow-up post, for the time being, in draft status. I’ve left a link (the next one you see) here, but unless it is actually published, that link will redirect to WordPress’s “best-guess” alternate post. I also see that substantial material related to what I just moved, remains on this post, below, with images, quotes and more.

It will take more time to consider whether, and if so how much more, to break up and “reallocate” sections of this post. However, the initial extraction moved some material on groups and professionals still under discussion (on sociomedia) and associated with current headlines around the family courts and reunification camps (etc.) visually closer to the top.  Its title, for now (with the link) reads:

A Health Institute with a VERY Healthy financial profile, a Network to Build Healthy Places, and (WHOSE?) Purpose-Built Communities, a Charter School, a Youth Group — and a civil grand jury about the finances of some of the aforesaid (short-link ends “-9w1”, about 1,000 words as moved 3/6/2019 and originally posted as an intro 2/27/2018).  [[Very short post is still in draft.  This link will be repeated below section to be moved Feb. 2020…]]

Among the topics and names I wanted closer to the top (while explaining that there is a historical context to the development of psychology, the push for early education and a manic need to put almost everyone (pre-school through adulthood and parenthood, and all those who handle or train them throughout society) through some form of indoctrination and training to be run by the psych/behavioral health/mental health/social science, etc., experts — which Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell (and, Cornell), as well as the New School for Social Research certainly demonstrate — are some interesting aspects, affiliations of living psychologists:  Michael E. Lamb, Elizabeth Loftus + Stephen Ceci, not to mention the psychologist/author/speaker Richard Warshak.

 

Early Intervention Can Improve Low-Income Children’s Cognitive Skills and Academic Achievement,” April 22, 2004 footnote, by APA, found on Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Wikipedia (2019), still admits that National Head Start began amid speculation without “field testing,” and remains a major laboratory experiment which (at least on this page) still only concludes that such intervention “CAN” help although results may disappear with time.

[Next four images added to the post during 2020 update.  Reference and link were in the original. Format:  two-up image gallery, size “medium.”]

It also shows that of the 13 people appointed by Sargent Shriver, only 3 were developmental psychologists (a novel idea at the time?) and of those three, Bronfenbrenner apparently convinced the other two (including Edward F. Zigler,** who I just realized has died last month (Feb. 2019) at the age of 88 to expand categories of those involved to include parents and community.  The words “speculation” “notion” and “lack of research” are still there, while the names of the non-developmental-psychologists (i.e., the other 10 appointees in different fields) are not.  (**Pls. read: a fairly thorough explanation of his key influence over the decades, including at a Yale Center (supported by the Bush Foundation (in Minnesota), and positions in the predecessor to “Administration for Children and Families.”  Influence extended over several Presidential administrations. Per the APA 2004 article (link, above), Zigler had protested the intent to take Head Start national before results were proved, but managed to get wording in to make sure that research on results was part of the program — thus turning Head Start into a massive educational research experiment, as well as service provision.

Leading up to the decision (by Shriver) to appoint a planning council, among others named in the 2004 APA article was “Martin Deutsch.”  His 2002 Obituary (“Dr. Martin Deutsch, an Innovator in Education, Dies at 76“) (New York Times, by Anahad O’Connor, July 5, 2002) shows how a developmental institute under NY Medical School merged to become the NYU School of Education — and his prior military experience.

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Michael E. Lamb on “FatherhoodGlobal” website, viewed 2018Oct22

Michael Lamb (Wiki) doesn’t say much but shows fatherhood focus and expert witness testimony (Calif Prop 8 & more)

FAMILY INITIATIVE …#10445272 formed Oct 2016) working with the Cowans (UCBerkeley, focus “Fatherhood”) + Michael Lamb (Yale grad, psychologist at UCambridge, “The Science of Fatherhd|Fatherhood Global).. (same Michael Lamb who publishes alongside R. Warshak). [[Screenshot taken Oct. 22, 2018. My original post including the above image may be around that time also//LGH, 3/6/2019]


UPDATE NOTES:  Paragraphing seems to have been lost in the next section.  I added some back in, but am considering re-posting a slimmed-down and cleaned up version of this post and so won’t correct every instance.//LGH Feb. 16, 2020.

In reviewing a certain APA-sponsored publication (Psychology, Public Policy and the Law) now headed by the University of Cambridge (UK) psychologist, fatherhood specialist (apparently) and Richard Warshak-supporter, Michael Lamb, I again briefly looked up Elizabeth Loftus and learned more about the University of California-Irvine’s new (2008) School of Law, (<==timeline) a public law school that many were excited about for the opportunity of a “blank slate” to fill with top experts, and a progressive platform.  Innnovative Approach, interdisciplinary focus, experiential education, “The Ideal Law School for the 21st Century.” (Read Here)

Always good to review.

A long list of founding donors (dated 2012) is headed by Donald Bren Foundation (Bren owns The Irvine Company). Joan Irvine Smith is great-granddaughter of founder of the Irvine Company; one of those founding donors is James Irvine Swinden (LA TImes 2016; Joan Irvine Smith donating her impressionist art collection to UCI; J.I. Swinden (lawyer) was also running the art museum since the 1990s, although he got his start in real estate.Loftus, though her main field was not law, already at UCI, was  “Founding Faculty.”  (UCI Law Review, Vol:1 Issue 1, see page 46, Footnote 101. (link also posted on the school main website, “History” page).

The first official Dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, is now at UC Berkeley.

Significance:  [Elizabeth Loftus’] specialization includes “False Memory.”

For the three images above, I searched my own blog media library (already uploaded screenshots) for “Lamb” and do not remember which posts they appeared on (Search function upper right would show).Meanwhile,  please note that now “The Future of Children” (Publication involving centers at Princeton University under Sara McLanahan (married to a well-known professor/colleagues in similar fields, at Columbia University)+ Brookings Institution (Haskins, Sawhill) cites among its partners the exact center where Lamb (also leading an Applied Developmental Psychology Group at Sidney Sussex College of the University of Cambridge (which finally admitted women undergraduates only in the early 1970s, for a historic college in a historic university dating back centuries) — shows links to the UK.  And a Swiss foundation formed by a German-born man whose family business backgrounds includes coffee and chocolate dynasties. (Klaus J. Jacobs).I’ve Tweeted some of this information: follow me @LetUsGetHonest and look for it (I usually include links with images, or images that display urls in the top margins). “Fields within fields within fields” of relationships.” (<– look for that subtitle there, but note: the overall topic is Zionism and Israeli psy-ops influencing US Middle East policy– certainly not my area! Also note, I only recently ran across this link (sociomedia) but felt the short description there expresses what I’ve separately observed, as applies here and described in this blog. His terms like “non-linear” and “stable across time and space” (generations) I’ve already seen, as well as (especially from 2012 explorations) how key leadership in the field of psychology often has military experience, and got plenty of practice upon both survivors of war.  What the author has to say about how such operations have no place in an open society is right.). While I have read most of that blog (book draft, not that long) because it’s interesting, my key interest is remains on how such values and practices overall turn basic existence into the USA into learning to survive tactics of hidden warfare upon basic elements of life itself, including exercise of legal choice among available, sensible, and fair options in work, housing, and relationships which should NOT be dictated from a distant and unresponsive oligarchy which cannot even line up its policies with the US (or state) constitutions when it comes to subject matter, or jurisdiction.  That APPEARS to be what we’ve had for at least a half century (but likely more, and I put a key turning point, 1913).  All of this, apparently, is just collegial networking among academics who know more than most parents and ESPECIALLY more than most mothers, how all people NOT in their own social classes and circles ought to raise and educate [our] young, and for many such mothers, how we must allegedly protect them before, during and after exiting dangerously violent relationships, etc. For the benefit of certain fields of study and their professors/researchers, often under the cause “Child Well-being.”  (This sarcastic tone — more below — added March, 2019.//LGH).



THIS POST AS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED (with possible unintentional font changes) starts here:


For every post (so far, the count is 751), there are one or more posts in draft.  I sometimes remember material researched and put assembled, written up in a post, as having been published, then am reminded, belatedly while referencing in a subsequent one years later, yes it was written, but no, it wasn’t actually published

For example, this post, “Where “First Five Years Fund” and the Manic Push for ever more: Universal Preschool/EARLY Head Start meets the National Fatherhood Initiative’s purposes within TANF. A closer look at perhaps WHY the NGA (incl. former California – Republican – Gov. Pete Wilson) was so excited about all this in the 1990s. See also Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological THEORY of Human Development @ Cornell, and (along with Yale Child Study Center), its influence on the field of Child Development”  I see was first written around the time of our most recent U.S. Presidential Election in Fall (mid-October) 2016, but didn’t make it out of draft status then.  

Around mid-February, 2018, I discovered (ironically, in a Winter 2016 publication on a Fall 2015 “Family Transitions” conference in Maryland) some key connections between the two women leading the “Centers” (one, a nonprofit, the other, apparently not a distinct entity, but housed in a public university, “UBaltimore” School of Law) which stated they’d both studied under a Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner. Notice that both (I believe) individuals were also active on a state-level child custody decision-making committee, which the conference as convened, in part, to talk about. A state legislator was there… (Next image has been posted at least twice previously):

How reviewing “Families in Transitions” came up:  

Recently, I’d been talking (posting) on the sentence “FamiliesChange” as a chosen web domain exported from the (Canadian charity) “Justice Education Society of BC” into the U.S. as part of its international outreach operations, and directly as to California Courts websites, and indirectly through sponsored (primarily by Legal Services Corporation grants to statewide nonprofit legal aid associations), through statewide legal aid entities in, so far: Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine. Next two images:

As previously posted..  When I checked [Connecticut’s] state judicial website first, no visible direct link [to the CT.FamiliesChange.org page] — but a search (already knowing the search term, “Families Change” produced one announcement, over a year ago). Image, my comment in yellow typo: “LCS” should be “LSC” for Legal Services Corporation (a US Congressionally-created funding resource for state-level legal aid associations, to increase access to (civil) justice for the poor.

From the Canadian charity (Justice Education Society of BC) website describing “Families Change” and some of its USA activities, as previously posted..

Not to mention other website development (though not involving “FamiliesChange” website) into a suburb? of Cleveland Ohio, Garfield Heights Municipal Court.  Which municipal court comes, as far as family matters (and DV) are concerned underneath Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court which I found running mandatory parent-education courses (a special Rule 34, “Divorce Seminar” had been created to run the programming in June, 1994), only court-approved ones, naturally.  One court-approved divorce seminar provided by an entity with no identifiable business IDentity in Ohio, but BY “Beech Brook” (a “behavioral health agency” with a focus on foster and adoptive families, $45/parent) and the other (meant for parents forced to take the course outside of Ohio, or Spanish-speaking) run by a known AFCC professional, whose books (with co-author) are being promoted actively through FamiliesChange website in California, and elsewhere.  (Children in Between, formerly “Children in the Middle On-Line” provided by The Center for Divorce Education).

(Below, two images with maps show Ohio within the US (near Lake Erie/Great Lakes), Cuyahoga County within Ohio, and Garfield Heights within that county – as previously posted. For more info see “Missing Link” post, 2/10/2018 and “FamiliesChange the Sentence” post, 2/14/2018. Full titles with links at the end of this section).


Cuyahoga County within Ohio; Ohio within the USA (note near the Great Lakes)..

Garfield Heights (contains a Municipal Court whose website had design help from Canadian Charity JES of BC, per them).




The strands and networking activity within and around family /”divorce” courts and — for at least one of the two people whose “centers” co-sponsored a 2015 “Family Transitions” conference I blogged recently — connections,** along with  consistent loyalty to promote (the AFCC’s basic protocol, languages, and strategic goals and ways to reach them, i.e., from centers within law schools) which these two individuals represent are significant.

**Jan. 30, 2018 Note from the Managing Editor at Family Court Review  (FCR) indicating 20 junior staff members (also students) have been selected to work alongside the editorial staff.  One of the many benefits of publishing from a private university’s law school.

However the current editor-in-chief is Barbara Babb.  Jan. 30, 2018 message, jointly with Robert E. Emery (also presenting — see image — at the above Family Transitions conference), honoring recently deceased leadership, Professor Herbie J. DiFonzo.  From the link, click on her name; she’s editor in chief. This is a position of significant influence, and a recent (FY2015) search for editor in chief made it quite clear that though jointly-published with a private university, FCR is indeed the voice of AFCC and is to reflect its memberships’ interests and concerns, and work closely with the board, although (technically speaking) the editor-in-chief is still independent of them.  See also from the AFCC website (Rob’t E. Emery is apparently “Social Science Editor” although this links to an announcement of the search for one. Right sidebar shows Family Court Review leadership (3 individuals named).

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