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It is time to stop the devastation to innocent families which is occurring daily across the country.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On the Brink of a Game Changer for Parental Rights


UPDATE FROM:
-- June 24, 2015
On the Brink of a Game Changer for Parental Rights

The delay of our Summer Power Sweep has yielded its first dividend, and though I still must remain vague on the details I can report that we have secured our first commitment from a Democrat to cosponsor the Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) in the U.S. House! This is one small piece in a larger puzzle, but it is a positive step toward a real game changer in our parental rights effort.

Those who have been with us for a while will recall that although parental rights efforts at the state level have consistently been bipartisan, Congress has been a different story. At one point we had 141 cosponsors in the House, of which 140 were Republicans. In Washington’s “party-first” atmosphere that was 140 reasons for Democrats to say, “No, thank you,” without even considering the language we proposed.

For those who have been wondering, this has been the reason for delaying our Summer Power Sweep – to make sure the PRA starts out on bipartisan footing this time around. And we are now a major step closer to that goal.

But that’s not all. We are seeing other in-roads as well.

Last week, David Miranda and I attended the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio, where we had opportunity to talk with hundreds of pastors and leaders of other organizations. As a result of our week, ParentalRights.org will soon be sitting down with the public policy arm of the nation’s largest protestant denomination, as well. And the potential of even one of these pastors to influence an entire community for our cause cannot be measured or guessed.
In short, any one of the hundreds we talked to could turn out to be yet another game changer in our favor.

David and I then finished our week at the Mitochondrial Disease Conference in Herndon, Virginia, where we met dozens of families affected by this misunderstood disease. A majority of these parents will be accused of medical abuse or neglect at some point in their child’s medical journey. They understand just how vital their parental rights are.

Organizationally, they also have the ear of the bipartisan Mitochondrial Disease Caucus in Congress. That group is currently made up of 7 Republicans and almost twice as many Democrats. Securing the support of some of these on the Parental Rights Amendment, which the Mito community may help us to do, would be another game changer for the PRA.
Action Items
With the Summer Power Sweep still on hold, what can you do to further the cause of parental rights?

As I write this, 69,052 Facebook users are fans of our ParentalRights.org page. We would like to hit just 70,000 as a direct result of this email. So please take a moment if you haven’t already to “like” our page. And if you already have, please share it to a few select friends and ask them to “like” us as well. It may seem like a small thing, but Facebook is a growing platform for us, and one we can use to reach many more Americans with the need to protect their parental rights.

And if you haven’t already, why not download the petition here and see if you can find a few friends to help you fill up a page? Don’t forget to make plans for National Parental Rights Week starting July 20, too, with a goal of at least filling one page (16 signatures) to increase our reach for this vital cause.

This is our best chance to pass the Parental Rights Amendment. Let us work to make the most of it!
Sincerely,
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

Think about it
Nuff Said, yes?

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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMore

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day from NFAT
And, yes no matter where he might be.
For a Common Suggested VISION is &
Since we are All Connected in one way or another

Our Families,
Our Children,
Our Future

~~~~PRICELESS~~~~~

May you find Strength in
Your Higher Power,
Keeper of the web files for http://nfpcar.org

Monday, June 15, 2015

50% of Our Children are Reunified with their Family. Why just 50%????

The other day my staff of NFAT were reviewing the Reports created from the data provided by the NUMEROUS agencies connected with Family, Children, and Welfare issues. (Check Out other reports>> http://nfpcar.org/Kids_Count/#Overview )

Please Note: This is sort of a TEST,
depending on your answers.
But remember in Life there is usually no One particular Quiz paper; the Correct Answers will vary depending on your Life Experiences. The only "Hint" provided, is how can we make a Positive out of the concerns in this Crazy World?

For your viewing, here is the National Chart created from the data gathered for "Exit Reasons for those in Foster Care".
I suppose to be "Statistically" correct, we should have said 51-52% between 2009 to 2013. Noting, of course, all the the "Rest" of the exit reason are very close also.


BUT, one has to ask, are these close percentages just a Reflection of the Budget to Maintain the Child Protective INDUSTRY???

Let's see says Joe AGENCY manager: "We will match our goal of about 50%; and then ADJUST the remainder to fullfill our AGENCY NEEDS". My job is done here, have a nice day, says Joe.

Keep in mind the original PRIORITY as far as placement, SINCE DAY ONE was, but diluted over the years by amendments to CAPTA;
  • Reunify with parents. Noting "Reasonable Efforts" is the primary tool to use.
  • Seek Relative Placement to care for the children (Guardianship or Adoption may be considered) Noting, by Federal Standard concerns, all a Relative had to be was "Fit" and "Willing"
  • Finally, seek care of a Non-Relative (And yes Adoption may be considered.
So then one has to ask about the Financial Support. YES, it is about the $$$$. Noting, we as Family, need $$$$ to live don't we???

So as an example, here is the 2015 Federal Budget for Title IVe Funding:


That's where my staff asked me: "How does the Funding support the Priority of Placement as specified in CAPTA???
Think about it
Nuff Said, yes?

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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMore

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

AMA Lobby Opposes Parental Rights


A prime example of Big Business influencing the AMA, which in turn affects
Our Family, Our Children, Our Future.

When are “We the People” going to realize that our current political climate is one of OLIGARGHY? Is it too late to fight the power of Big Business and related Governmental Agencies???

Will say the Parental Rights Organization (Ref: Understand the Issue) has been actively been try to preserve Parental Rights, and everyone and anyone should be a active supporter and even a Family Advocate to support this cause.
As I learned many years ago:
The hand the Rocks the Cradle, RULES the WORLD
Keep Care
And Never Give Up,
GranPa Chuck
AMA Lobby Opposes Parental Rights
Wed, Jun 9, 2015


The American Medical Association (AMA) on Monday voted to oppose religious or philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccinations, in what its members hope will be a determinative blow against informed consent and a parent’s right to protect the bodily integrity of their child.

Two states already deny parents and children these rights under law. Neither Mississippi nor West Virginia allow for a religious or philosophical exemption by law. These states coincidentally both rank at the very bottom in both education (43rd and 50th) and economic (50th and 45th) outcomes, but suddenly the AMA finds them “cutting-edge.”

A bill in California (SB277) is being steam-rolled through the legislature in a rush to outlaw parental conscience in that state as well, which in part has fueled the AMA’s decision.

"We have a bill presently in California at the state legislature to remove all non-medical exemptions. We're worried that weak AMA policy will [affect] the California state legislature," admitted California AMA delegate Mark H. Kogan, MD, according to MedPageToday.

Ironically, the discussion arose from a report by the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and its Council on Science and Public Health that called for better education, not stronger mandates, to improve vaccine rates. According to an article at Modern Healthcare, the report called for state laws to provide “clear definitions of accepted grounds for non-medical exemptions that prudently limit such exemptions,” and “...fair, reasonable procedures for granting non-medical exemptions.”

But delegates voted to reject the study of their own councils to take “a strong position” on mandatory vaccines.

The American Medical Association is a trade and lobbying association of medical professionals in the United States. It is made of primarily of medical doctors, and its primary functions are to advise and to lobby on medical best-practices.
In decisions such as this one, the lobbying function has clearly trumped the medical one.

Different speakers cited in several articles argued that forced vaccinations are for the good of the public. None, however, explain how mandating vaccines for non-communicable diseases like tetanus affects anyone but the child receiving the shot. Yet tetanus is among the vaccines currently required under California law which will become mandatory without exemption if SB277 is passed.

A representative from the Infectious Disease Society of America not otherwise identified by MedPage Today is quoted as summing it up nicely: “The science has to trump some of the ethical personal freedoms,” he said.

Another deeply disturbing quote comes from Forbes, which reports, “The AMA said there is no scientific basis for non-medical exemptions….” But could we provide a “scientific basis” for our freedom of speech? Of religion? Of the press, or of due process?

One’s legal rights do not depend on “science,” a fact of constitutional and natural law the AMA seems to have missed.

Fortunately, not all delegates agreed with this “ethics-be-damned” approach to vaccination law. Dr. Ryan Hall is among those who spoke in favor of the original report.

“I think CEJA got it right,” Hall said. “If we really want to change the debate, the solution to bad speech is good speech. We as an organization should not be trying to trample the rights of others. People sometimes have the right to be foolish.”

Whether or not it is foolish to opt out of vaccines for one’s child is a question best left to parents to answer. With its decision on Monday, the AMA has taken a strong stand against your fundamental right to make decisions you believe are in the best interests of your child.

Perhaps you are one of those who in recent years have begun to feel that doctors are your adversaries and not your friends. On Monday that feeling moved one step closer to reality.

Action Items
1. Talk to your doctor right away. Find out how this latest AMA decision may impact your family’s relationship with their practice. It is a sad fact: your best defense against a false medical abuse claim is a solid relationship with your child’s doctor.

2. Spread the word and encourage your friends to sign up with ParentalRights.org. The AMA is no small lobby. Their pockets are deep, and they are targeting your parental rights. If the effort to oppose SB 277 in California has taught us anything, it is that our voice must be overwhelming if we are to win.
Bulletin Insert for Father's Day
One way to spread the word could be to share our new bulletin insert with your house of worship this Father’s Day. The front-and-back, half-page insert features a short message from the Bible (for churches) or the Torah (for synagogues) and invites your congregation to visit ParentalRights.org. We have available a color or grayscale version for churches and a color version for synagogues.
Sincerely,
Michael Ramey
Director of Communications & Research

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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMore


Monday, June 8, 2015

Any DADs out there that Farm and/or Garden: Great Gift!!


The way Dad did it


American Farmland Trust
Fathers Day Hat Banner
Hey Families,
Everything I know about farming and farmland began with my Dad.
Growing up on my family’s farm in Washington State meant working in the fields, moving hay, and helping out Dad with whatever else needed to get done that day.  
He provided me with a deep understanding of the importance of farming and working the land. It was, and remains, a way of life that embodies the best of the American spirit and provides a tangible connection to our nation’s – and my family’s – heritage.
Sadly, America’s farmland is under threat. And family farmers are struggling to protect their land and their livelihoods from financial pressures and threats from unchecked development.
Your donation will help add to the more than five million acres of American farmland we’ve already helped protect nationwide. Farmland that will never be sold for development and lost forever.
We’re working to: 
  • defend farmland from unnecessary development
  • promote farming practices that are environmentally sound
  • keep farmers on the land by encouraging preservation of multi-generational farm and ranch ownership
But we need your help.
Help us protect the farming way of life for future generations.
Sincerely,
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John Larson
Executive Director of Programs
American Farmland Trust
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1150 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 600Washington, DC 20036


May you find Strength in Your Higher Power,
Granpa Chuck
Keeper of the web files for http://nfpcar.org & 
                                           http://rscrapz.com/rSurveysPLUS Numerous other sites related to Our Families, Our Children, Our Future
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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMor

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fight child hunger in AMERICA with Scarlett Johansson

Many in our fine nation called AMERICA, don't realize that 1 in 5 go hungry every day.
Especially Our Children, Our Future.

Granpa Chuck
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Feeding America
Help keep kids healthy and happy all summer long. Please give today.
Dear Friend,
Summertime can be uncertain for the 16 million children facing hunger in America. When school lets out for summer millions of these children no longer have easy access to healthy food through the free or reduced–price school lunch program, making every day a challenge.
Actor Scarlett Johansson is all too familiar with this growing issue.
“My family grew up relying on public assistance to help provide meals to our family. Child hunger in America is a real and often overlooked problem, but one that together, we can fix.”
Watch Scarlett's video message about fighting child hunger and give a generous donation today.
Your support can help keep kids healthy and happy all summer long, ensuring they get the meals they need to thrive when school is out.
Every $1 you give can help secure and distribute 10 meals through the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. Don’t wait — please make a gift today.
Sincerely,


Johanna Vetter
Chief Brand and Development Officer
Feeding America

P.S. Watch Scarlett's video and hear why fighting child hunger is important to her and support the millions of children facing hunger this summer.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~May you find Strength in Your Higher Power,
Granpa Chuck
Keeper of the web files for http://nfpcar.org
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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMor

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sweet Silver Lining: View from One in Foster Care


This is Children’s Rights’ “Fostering the Future” Series.
Key to this effort is>>>>  


"
Children should have a voice about whether or not
they want connections with biological family.
When parents lose their rights, grandparents, siblings,
aunts
and uncles shouldn’t lose their rights along with them.
Why should we be victimized?"

So read about yet another of one in Foster Care
This particular story is of one who was in Foster Care; "aged out", but remained with her Foster Family, even though the monetary incentives ($$$) ended. Noting, each concern is as unique as the individuals involved>>
Posted: 16 May 2015 04:13 AM PDT
Diane photo largeThe first ten years of my life were like riding a roller coaster with a blindfold on, not knowing when the next tragic event was going to take place. 

Growing up I didn’t always have the best luck. I was not dealt a royal flush. I was raised by a single mother along with my five siblings. My mother, on and off of welfare, employed and unemployed, did her best with the help of my grandmother and other family members. Still, when I was a child she meted out emotional, verbal and corporal abuse. I never thought anything of it because all my siblings were going through the same thing — I thought that was the life I was given.

I was sexually abused for the first time at age 4. The drug use of my mother, the molestation by her boyfriend, and worst of all, the betrayal when she didn’t stop it from happening, were devastating. 

At this young age I didn’t understand, I was scared, and I felt alone. My life began to unravel. The assaults continued nightly. I hoped, wished, prayed that they would stop.
When I was placed into the care of the court, I didn’t even understand what it meant. I later knew that I was in foster care, a ward of the county. I was placed into the home of Tiffany, who later became Mom. I remained in her care for eight years. Hers was my only foster home. Never having to relocate was the best thing I could ask for. 

While in my biological mother’s care I changed schools and homes at least twice annually. I never had the opportunity to finish a full year with my friends. Moving to a new home or school was the worst. When I was placed with Tiffany I asked her to do her best to keep me in the same school as long as possible. She did.
She is my angel. My mom, a real mom. She is the best at telling me the truth and guiding me the right way. When I tell my mother something she always responds with, “I love you no matter what. I’m going to tell you what I think and you can decide after that.” She is family-oriented, always putting her own goals on hold to help others achieve theirs. She is always there for me. She is also young. Growing up with a mother figure only nine years older meant I couldn’t be sneaky, so I told her just about everything! As I got older we developed a close bond.

When I was 18 my mom explained to me that I was no longer a ward of the court. I didn’t receive aid from the government, I didn’t have medical coverage. But after aging out of the system I remained with my family. My mom, dad and younger siblings continue to be a part of my life even though I am considered an adult. This doesn’t always happen with kids in foster care.

I’m not angry anymore for being placed into the system, because it forced me to be a better, stronger woman. When I went into care I felt alone a lot of the time. I never felt like I belonged to the family that I was part of. I was always afraid that I was going to be sent back to my biological mother. But over the years my foster family took care of me like I was their own, and it became clear that I was theirs forever. I love them.

God didn’t give me society’s view of a good life, but he didn’t give me more than I could handle either. I’ve stood strong in my values, my morals and my faith. I fight for my own happiness. I fight to see the humanity that is left in the world. As a foster kid I had a difficult time trusting others, but who can blame me? After a while I began to open up and let people in my life. I had to stop re-reading a chapter in my book and start writing my next chapter.

Life is what you make it. You survive — even if you’re alone, keep fighting.
I promise you one day someone will care.
We weren’t dealt the best hand,
but if we work hard enough we can earn our own.

Published on May 16, 2015 as part of Children’s Rights’ “Fostering the Future” campaign. The opinions expressed herein are those of the blog author and do not necessarily represent the views of Children’s Rights or its employees. Children’s Rights has not verified the author’s account.
The post Sweet Silver Lining appeared first on Children's Rights.
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  • States’ Child Protective AGENCY’s FAIL in Many Performance TESTS

If your child Failed in school, wouldn’t you be concerned?
Below are two major tests, one might say, the Child Protective AGENCY takes.. And, heck not even every year. There are 2 major Groups, with 7 items in each. The two Major Groups are:

  • Outcomes;
  • Systemic Factors
>>>>> Read More
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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMor

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Runaway Kid’s Story: View from One in Foster Care

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This is Children’s Rights’ “Fostering the Future” Series.
Key to this effort is>>>>  


"
Children should have a voice about whether or not
they want connections with biological family.
When parents lose their rights, grandparents, siblings,
aunts
and uncles shouldn’t lose their rights along with them.
Why should we be victimized?"

So read about yet another of one in Foster Care
Posted: 15 May 2015 06:38 AM PDT
I am a former foster youth from Houston; I spent years in state care. My story is like many others, but with a little twist. I was born a “drug baby” and was placed into child protective services (CPS) immediately upon my arrival into this world. My parents were drug addicts, and my father abused me and my mother.

Rewind, right? I know you’re wondering how I was abused and witnessed my parents doing drugs if I was in foster care from birth. Well, when I was 5 years old I was returned home. My mother was drug-free, or so everyone thought. For years after, my father abused me and my mother neglected me. Sometimes I went days without bathing. I would miss school because of the bruises on my body. I was terrified of my father, and tired of being in crack houses with my mother.

At the age of 11, I ran away from home while going to check the mail. I went to the police department, but they assumed I was a troubled teen, so they sent me back home, where my father beat me. My saving grace didn’t come until the next day at school, when a caseworker pulled me out of class to investigate my abuse and neglect.

On December 7, 2000, I went back into foster care. I might as well have stayed at home. For the next few years I lived in a series of violent foster homes. In some my foster parents abused me. They took my clothing voucher for their biological kids, who were allowed to physically assault and belittle the foster kids. The ultimate manipulators, my last set of foster parents made me think that if I was ever to reveal what was going on, no one would believe me. I would just be labeled “troubled” and sent to a group home.

It’s kind of what happened.

When I complained, my journey from group home to group home began. I was treated like a “throwaway kid” – a burden and prisoner. There was no privacy. The staff were only there to collect a check. In one home, they would restrain us aggressively whenever they got mad and wanted to demonstrate their power. Once it was so bad that I went to the doctor with pulled ligaments in my back.

I developed this chip on my shoulder. I was overwhelmed by constant stereotyping, not seeing my family, psychological evaluations and heavy medication. I was angry – I didn’t ask to be in foster care and I surely didn’t choose this life I was given.

I ran away from that home; there were so many things wrong with it that I would not have survived if I had stayed.

At 15 I decided that if I wanted any chance at life, love and success, I would have to leave foster care. I went to live with my mom (my parents had divorced by then), but her welcome was anything but warm. My mother complained that she didn’t want me in her house. When we disagreed, she always wanted to put her hands on me to make a point. Yet when I moved out to go stay with a cousin, my mother made such a fuss that I went back home. And on my prom night my father came over, started drinking and tried to fight me.

For the next few years I bounced between family members’ homes until I left to attend college. I didn’t know that running away at 15 would keep me from receiving financial assistance. CPS said they wouldn’t help me because I was not in the system on my 18th birthday – never mind that I spent years in the system.

I’ve spent many nights sleepless and crying, and was suicidal for a few of them. But I pushed through. I applied for the Linda Lorelle Scholarship Fund, which required me to write an essay about the obstacles I had overcome in my life. I had too many to choose from. That scholarship alone not only saved my life, but also changed my perspective on life.

Now, in 2015, I’m a graduate of Prairie View A&M University, where I earned my B.A. in Communications Studies. I’m currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling, and I’m the Communication Specialist for a non-profit organization. In my free time I advocate whole-heartedly for youth in foster care. I speak at agencies, churches, galas and to state workers, raising awareness about the system.

I’m not perfect. I’ve done many things that I’m not proud of, like drugs, skipping school and fighting. But I never stopped striving to be better. And I have learned that sometimes you have to heal yourself and forgive the unforgivable to reach your happiness. I can’t count the number of apologizes I didn’t receive. I can’t tell you how many times I was told I would never amount to anything and would end up like my parents. Fall, my brothers and sisters, but don’t you dare GIVE UP! You will see that life gets greater later.

Published on May 15, 2015 as part of Children’s Rights’ “Fostering the Future” campaign. The opinions expressed herein are those of the blog author and do not necessarily represent the views of Children’s Rights or its employees. Children’s Rights has not verified the author’s account.
The post The Race of My Life: A Runaway Kid’s Story appeared first on Children's Rights.
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  • States’ Child Protective AGENCY’s FAIL in Many Performance TESTS

If your child Failed in school, wouldn’t you be concerned?
Below are two major tests, one might say, the Child Protective AGENCY takes.. And, heck not even every year. There are 2 major Groups, with 7 items in each. The two Major Groups are:

  • Outcomes;
  • Systemic Factors
>>>>> Read More
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  • National Coordinator of the Family Survey Program
    When One Deals with the Child Protective AGENCY
    >>;LearnMor