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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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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).

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,” 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.  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 88to expand those involved to 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.

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]

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:  Her 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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‘Families Change’ the Sentence? Just a Stronger (It Has a Verb!) Variation on the Familiar, Old “FIT” Tune. But as found on ‘FamiliesChange.xx.GOV’ or “xx.FamiliesChange.ORG” the Statewide Family Law Self-Help Websites (where for ‘xx’ insert a U.S. State Abbreviation) It Definitely Turns Up the Decibels. [Publ. Feb. 14, 2018]

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Title: ‘Families Change’ the Sentence? Just a Stronger (It Has a Verb!) Variation on the Familiar, Old “FIT”* Tune. But as found on ‘FamiliesChange.xx.GOV’ or “xx.FamiliesChange.ORG” the Statewide Family Law Self-Help Websites (where for ‘xx’ insert a U.S. State Abbreviation) It Definitely Turns Up the Decibels.. (short-link ends “-8Cg” posted Feb. 14, 2018).  (Happy Valentine’s Day to you, too). It’s about 8,700 words, including some repeated sections, and plenty of pictures, too.

  • *In the title, “FIT” = “Families In Transition” ” The Family In Transition.”

In California…

Context:  https://pas.familieschange.ca.gov/resources/books;   continuing my Feb. 10, 2018, post “The Missing Link,


It came from Canada. I see Connecticut has been listed, which website I hadn’t yet picked up on. THIS information (see top windowframe for the url) came only from the JES website; not made available readily on the California one, that I could see. Click image to enlarge; pls. read annotations also!

Connecticut’s funding was similar to Vermont’s; I now see that “FamiliesChange.org” (vs. “*.gov” as California has) even has a short drop-down menu at the top, “your state” and lists Connecticut, Maine and Vermont; probably not California because California’s website ended *.gov” and wasn’t a redirect from a legal aid website.  It seems that Connecticut’s creation of this website was, as I showed in related “missing link” post, also funded through a LSC (Legal Services Corporation) Technology Grant, similarly referring to both an on-line legal help website and a statewide legal services (i.e. legal aid) association (Vermont had, as I just posted, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, which site referred to “FamiliesChange”) and a related entity, Vermont Legal Aid.

(topic a re-post, see also my “Missing Link” 2/11/2018 post) conference featuring type of grant that helped fund FamiliesChange in three states within the USA so far. These conferences started ca. 2000, under different name and logo (says LSC) up through 2017, apparently.

This next image gallery is just to re-emphasize that the phrase “FamiliesChange” is moving into State family court websites, whether directly (as in California) or indirectly, as traffic is directed from legal aid organizations or what seems to be a common situation, their collaborative-effort websites (CTLawHelp.org, etc.). I posted only partial results and am not discussing them further on this post, which shows that “Families In Transition” talk is still “up and running” in other formats, and, in part, who’s been involved in it.

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In this family court context and rhetoric, “Families Change” is far more than just a domain name.  It’s also an assertion; a world view, and delivered UP FRONT, FIRST (and a bit subliminally; most people focus on web content — especially ones in as large pictures, bright colors, with cartoon-link graphics as these — not the domain name.  But our minds register it anyhow, whether consciously or not).  Sure, families change, generally speaking — but who, since the creation of the family divisions in various states, if not these courts, are among the major agents of change? However, if such change was a result of natural evolution (like plants growing), then other significant causes and actors allegedly do not change the families.

Want to talk about false allegations of abuse and “differential responses” to it? By now it’s obvious (from conferences featuring the topic dating back to the 1990s, at least, and the “false allegations” part, even further) who does.

But how about this subliminal, but internationally organized INformal digital communication insinuating, at the expense of U.S. taxpayers and as intended to influence various U.S. family court services, that the family courts are just part of the natural landscape and not significant and at times abrupt and violent factors in WHY families change, these days…

Let’s talk about that, honestly.  I’m certainly going to!

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