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Undocumented Father Gets Visa To Fight for His Children

Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

United States Immigration authorities have granted a Mexican man additional time in which to try to regain custody of his children before being returned to his native country. Read about it here (Colorlines, 10/26/12).  Felipe Montes lived … Read the rest

Michigan Wants to Terminate Deported Mom’s Rights

Monday, September 24th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

It’s a case much like that of Jesus Ramirez and his daughter Maria that I wrote about here.  In this case, the names are different and so is the state, but otherwise it’s pretty much the same.  Once … Read the rest

Iowa’s Use of ‘Voluntary’ Safety Plans for Children Obscures Rate of Foster Placement

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The State of Iowa is using “voluntary” safety plans for children to give the appearance that its Department of Human Services has lowered its rate of taking children into foster care.  Read about it here (Des Moines RegisterRead the rest

Mother Kills 4 Year Old; Anti-Father Movement Silent

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

A Houston mother is behind bars because she beat her four year old son to death with a belt.  According to her two daughters, ages eight and six, Vastie Coleman routinely thrashed her children with various implements.  In this … Read the rest

TX Review of Foster Care Ignores Real Problems

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

In the past, I’ve excoriated various commentators in the news media for whom state child welfare officials are too hesitant to take children from their parents and place them in foster care.  I’ve pointed out that numerous studies show … Read the rest

Abducting Mom Gets Custody in Italian/Australian Case

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

An Australian mother who abducted her four children from their home in Florence, Italy and continually violated Australian court orders for their return to their father was rewarded with custody last week.

I’ve written twice before about this case … Read the rest

Canadian Man Set to Lose Parental Rights Due to Weight, 360 Lbs.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

A Canadian dad will likely lose his children in part because he’s overweight.  The man hasn’t been named by the Canadian press because the case involves minor children.  Read about it here (New York Daily News, 6/21/12).… Read the rest

NH and MS Deny Attorneys to Indigent Parents in Child Welfare Cases

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the past nine months, New Hampshire has refused to appoint lawyers to represent indigent parents in child welfare cases.  The unsurprising result is that more and more parents lose their dependency cases in court meaning that their children … Read the rest

Book Review, Part 1: The Silence of the Mockingbirds

Thursday, March 15th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

The Silence of the Mockingbirds, Karen Spears Zacharias (307 pp., MacAdam/Cage).

I’ve been asked by MacAdam Cage to review Karen Spears Zacharias’ fine book, The Silence of the Mockingbirds.  It’s scheduled to come out on April 1st … Read the rest

Father: ‘If they had given me my son, he’d still be alive today’

Sunday, March 4th, 2012 by Robert Franklin, Esq.

Another child is dead at the hands of his mother to whom child welfare authorities gave custody despite her violent and drug-addicted past, and his father’s pleas that the boy be placed in his care.  Read about it hereRead the rest