Wednesday, July 31, 2013
July 31, 2013
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BY: Erica Bryant
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed new legislation, called a Bill of Rights for Foster Children, into law. The legislation aims to better protect foster children across the state as some foster programs in the state were not meeting federal standards. Due to mismanaged funds, children were being bounced between dozens of temporary homes and given immunizations without parental consent. This Bill of Rights is working to address all these issues and take additional steps to make sure the state has the resources to protect these foster children.
wsoctv.com, July 23rd, 2013
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BY: Frances Parrish
The Grandparents Rights Association of South Carolina (GRASC) was founded four years ago by John Schafer after he lost his rights to care for his grandchildren when they entered the state’s custody. GRASC is dedicated to protecting the rights of grandparents and grandchildren. The organization introduced a bill in the South Carolina legislature that would encourage family courts to give custody to the grandparents or another relative in the case of the termination of parental rights. The bill, H3464, was signed into law last month. Schafer hopes to expand GRASC to all fifty states, aiming to make things better for all grandparents and grandchildren.
The Easley Progress, July 22nd, 2013
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BY: Russell Hulstine
The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to reconsider its July 17 order in the “Baby Veronica” case, instead directing the family court to finalize Veronica’s adoption by the Capobiancos. The court stated its decision was based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that the Indian Child Welfare Act does not apply to the case. Baby Veronica will be transferred back to South Carolina once the details are worked out. Both the National Congress of American Indians and the Cherokee Nation have released statements displaying their great sadness and disappointment in the ruling.
Newson6.com, July 24th, 2013
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FOSTER CARE/Kinship Care
BY: Brenda Gazzar
More than 300,000 grandparents in California have primary responsibility for their grandchildren, with nearly 65,000 of them being aged 65 or older. Twenty-thousand of those older grandparents care for their grandchildren without any other family member present. With the number of people in this age group projected to double in the next 30 years, it is likely that the number of grandparents raising grandchildren will increase at a similar rate or greater. Unfortunately, nearly half of the state’s custodial older grandparents do not have enough income to cover their grandchildren’s most basic needs and public assistance programs are unavailable to family caregivers.
San Bernadino Sun, July 17th, 2013
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The preceding are summaries of adoption/child welfare law news articles prepared by The National Center for Adoption Law & Policy. These summaries are provided for your information only and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center. We strive to print news that reflects the diversity of our readership and a variety of viewpoints and approaches to child welfare issues. While we may not agree with a position taken, we believe in the critical importance to our constituents of impartial reporting.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
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How to Visit Your Congressman
So this week it is only fitting that we walk you through just how to get that done.
1. Set up the meeting. You may want to gather friends and neighbors to go with you, since having a small crowd is a show of strength. Don’t let your friends’ unavailability stop you, however. A visit by one or two is much better than no visit at all.
Once you’ve identified who’s going with you, call the local office you want to visit. Tell them when you would like to come and see if they have a 15-20 minute slot available. If they don’t, be as flexible as you can in scheduling a different time.
2. Prepare. Decide what talking points you want to make, and figure out who in your group will do the best job of making those points. You can make up to 5 or 6 key points, but should keep focal-point speakers to only 1 or 2.
You want to ask your congressman to cosponsor HJRes 50, the Parental Rights Amendment. You can find a lot of talking points at ParentalRights.org/documents. When talking to your Congressman, consider Why We Need an Amendment, or some of the stories from our July 16 newsletter. And if your Congressman is a Democrat, be sure to print out a copy of the Zogby Poll from 2010.
When talking to your Senators, focus on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. We want them to oppose this dangerous treaty. You can find talking points at ParentalRights.org/crpd. (West Virginia residents: When visiting Senator Manchin, please focus on the Parental Rights Amendment and ask him to sponsor it.)
3. Show up. Gather your group somewhere other than the lawmaker’s office, so that you can arrive on site as one cohesive group. Arrive a few minutes early (between 3 and 10), and be prepared to wait patiently. Try to dress nicely, and do not let your group be unruly. (Taking children along is a great idea, but you need to make sure they will not be a distraction. Otherwise, it is better to leave them with a sitter.)
4. Make your presentation. You will want to have your points prepared, but also be ready to dialog. If you are visiting with a Democrat in the House, be sure to give them the Zogby poll which shows that 92.4% of self-identified Democratic voters agree with the traditional role of parental rights. (Point out this fact while you’re there.)
If your lawmaker or his staff have questions, answer those you can. If you don’t know an answer, be honest. Tell them, “I don’t know the answer to that, but I would be happy to find out and get back to you.” We will gladly provide the answers you need, and you will have set up a follow-up opportunity to build rapport with that office.
5. Follow up. When you get home (before you have time to forget), write a thank you note and mail it to the office. Thank your lawmaker for taking time to hear your concerns. You might also mention by name helpful staffers you met along the way. Was the receptionist especially hospitable? Or a staff liaison? You might mention her or him by name. They will hear about that, and you will likely win a friend in that office.
6. Let us know. Please shoot an email to David@parentalrights.org and let us know how your visit went. Please include your lawmaker’s name, how many went with you, which issue(s) you touched on (PRA or CRPD?), and your opinion of the meeting. (Please keep it brief, though. We are hopeful he will have to read a lot of these!)
Please keep in mind that encountering an unmoving Congressman or Senator is not failure on your part. You only fail by not making the visit at all. If you need to report that you “got nowhere,” we understand. It is still helpful for us to know where we stand.
If you have any other questions, please email David or give us a call at 540-751-1200 during office hours (8:30 – 5:00 Eastern, Monday – Friday). We look forward to helping make your office visit a success!
Common Core: Where Do We Stand?
Given the nature of HSLDA's mission, it should come as no surprise that they take a home schooling perspective. However, their legal analysis regarding such concerns as the federalizing of education and the development of a nation-wide, kindergarten to workforce database is of general interest to all parents, regardless of how you educate your child. I would encourage everyone to read this review to learn more about the threat of Common Core to your parental rights.
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