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U.K.: Child Caseworkers Abusing Parental Rights

November 30, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

What’s true in the U.S. is often true in the U.K. as well. The willingness of child protective caseworkers to run roughshod over the rights of parents is true on both sides of the pond. Read the latest here (Liverpool Echo, 11/22/15).

In the United States, child welfare workers are used to dealing with parents who lack money and education. Those parents are frankly scared of the power of the state as represented by the social workers knocking insistently on their doors, demanding entry and the freedom to snoop around the premises. The parents have good reason to be afraid because caseworkers have a way of targeting for special abuse those who have the temerity to assert their legal rights.


Baby Moses Laws: Success Story or Deprivation of Parental Rights?

November 29, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

I’ve often wondered about “Baby Moses” laws. They’re the ones that allow a parent to relinquish a newborn without fear of criminal charges of child abuse, neglect, abandonment, or the like. All 50 states have Baby Moses laws. Usually those laws require that the child be left at certain places, such as hospitals, emergency rooms, fire stations, etc., and within a prescribed period of time. In Texas, where this story takes place, that period is 60 days after birth (KSAT, 11/26/15). And of course the child must be free of injury or any indication of abuse.


Chronicle of Social Change: States Should Take Children from Fit Parents

November 27, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This article’s not only bad, it’s dangerous (Chronicle of Social Change, 11/23/15). Written by former child welfare worker, Marie K. Cohen, it’s a plea for state intrusion into family life, the rights of parents and the well-being of children that’s as outrageous as it is unheard of. And that’s barely the half of it. Cohen’s errors of basic fact and logic are astonishing to behold.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We at the National Parents Organization wish everyone a happy, relaxed and peaceful Thanksgiving.  We all have much for which to be thankful and Thanksgiving is the day we set aside every year to pause and reflect on those things.  It’s a good spiritual exercise to do, to simply remember the good things in your life.

If you have a family, one of those things is that the movement away from laws that damage families in divorce are under siege as never before.  In my 17 years of advocating for family court reform, I’ve never seen the movement stronger or more diverse.  I’ve never seen its message so resounding and so little opposed.  The movement toward sanity in family law is gaining momentum.  We may soon see the day when children don’t lose one parent when the adults divorce.  We may soon see the day when one parent isn’t bankrupted by ruinous court orders for child and spousal support.  We may soon see the day when the consent of both parents to the adoption of their child is required.

Slowly but surely, the truth, along with fairness for adults and the real best interests of children are winning the day.  That’s truly something for which to give thanks.


Utah Adoption Case Thwarted — For Now

November 25, 2015 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

An adoption case in Utah that continues to unfold is perhaps the single hottest piece of family law news in the country right now (Deseret News, 11/23/15). For several days, local news media were reporting that, once again, a single father had had his child taken from him by the legal system that knew full well who he was, where he was and that he did not consent to his daughter’s adoption. Indeed, Dad Colby Nielsen had his daughter in his hands when authorities took her from him and handed her to an unnamed adoptive couple.

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