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'Best Interest' Standard Unconstitutional?

April 20, 2018 The following post was contributed by a friend of NPO.

The US Supreme Court recently decided an immigration case titled Sessions v. Dimaya that has received extensive press attention because Justice Gorsuch cast the deciding vote against the Trump administration. The opinion is available here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/15-1498_1b8e.pdf.

Justice Gorsuch’s concurring opinion is also noteworthy because it has significant implications for family law. Justice Gorsuch held the statute in question violated the Due Process Clause of the US Constitution because it did not give parties fair notice of what the law required and was, therefore, void for vagueness. As Justice Gorsuch said:

 

Texas: Teen Girls in Foster Care Five Times More Likely to Become Pregnant

April 19, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

In Texas, girls in foster care are over five times as likely to become pregnant as are other girls (Texas Tribune, 4/16/18). To anyone with a clue about teen pregnancy, that’s news, but no surprise. Girls in foster care have probably been abused or neglected at home and traumatized by the process of being taken from their parents and placed in foster care. Those multiple traumas are associated with a range of dysfunctional behavior by both sexes, so it’s no surprise that teen pregnancy is among them.

Predictably, the Tribune hasn’t a clue. It’s a sure sign that a writer doesn’t know her subject when she asserts a particular claim and then backs it up with a quotation that, well, doesn’t back it up. So the Tribune writer Sydney Greene, asserts

 

Brennan Excoriates Fathers’ Depictions in Pop Culture

April 18, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

Terry Brennan’s fifth article in his series on fatherlessness takes on communications media depictions of Dad, both now and around mid-century (Daily Caller, 4/17/18). That of course seems always to be an issue. Have movies, television programs, advertising and the like improved over the last, say, 20 years? They have. Nowadays, fathers are often shown to be loving, caring and competent. If we weren’t paying attention, we might think that the issue of denigrating fathers in popular culture was dead. As Brennan shows, it’s alive and kicking.

For example, there’s a recent McDonald’s TV spot.

How does McDonald’s feel about fatherhood?

 

Penn Parents Alert, April 25th is Too Important!

Dear Members and Supporters

Shared parenting and parental alienation advocates are gaining a foothold in PA. National Parents Organization of PA is hosting Parent Alienation Awareness Day on April 25th. Now is the time to give children what they most want: time with both parents! To learn more about the event, go to the National Parents Organization Press Release.

Tittle of Event: Parental Alienation Awareness Day
Date: April 25th
Time: 11:00am to noon
Location: Harrisburg, PA State Capital Rotunda
Opportunity to tell your story: Affected family members are invited to prepare a 3-minute testimony and bring empty shoes representing alienated children.

What you can do?
1. Show up to the event and bring a pair of shoes and a 3 minute testimony.
2. Complete the following GoogleForm to consider becoming a County Level Representative.

We at National Parents Organization look forward to seeing you at Parent Alienation Awareness Day and encourage you to invite those benefiting from shared parenting as well as those in need of support.

If we show there are Pennsylvanians who care, we win! If we let up, we lose!

Call me with questions!

Warm Regards,

Stephen Meehan
Chairman, National Parents Organization, Pennsylvania Affiliate
Email: [email protected]gmail.com
Mobile: 301-992-0963

 

Erie County, NY Child Protective Services: Not Enough Caseworkers, Too Little Pay

April 16, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

As we’ve seen from California to Arizona to Texas to Mississippi and South Carolina, the serious business of protecting children from abusive and neglectful adults isn’t taken very, well, seriously by states. Now we know the same is true in Erie County, New York (Buffalo News, 4/15/19).

It’s the same litany of problems. Low pay means too few caseworkers who are then overworked. That leads to high turnover rates that mean inexperienced caseworkers handle most of the load, or try to. Predictably, that all means children who need help don’t always get it and those who don’t need it often get state intervention into their families.


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