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:
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
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?
Dear Members and Supporters
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.