March 4, 2008
"The Report from the Wingspread Conference on Domestic Violence and Family Courts is now available on the AFCC Web site. Written by Conference Reporters, Professors Nancy Ver Steegh and Clare Dalton, the Report will be the centerpiece of a special issue of Family Court Review in July 2008. The conference was cosponsored by AFCC and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and work developed by conference participants will be featured at the AFCC 45th Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC."
AFCC eNews, Link to AFCC eNews (last visited 3-4-08 NVS)
California Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage
"The California Supreme Court peppered both sides of the same-sex marriage debate with questions today in a 3½-hour hearing into whether the state law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman is constitutional.
The hearing dealt with challenges to the law filed by nearly two dozen same-sex couples and the city of San Francisco, which entered the case after the court invalidated an order by Mayor Gavin Newsom that allowed nearly 4,000 same-sex couples to marry in 2004.
The plaintiffs argue that the California Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Those arguing to keep the law included the state of California, which says the definition of marriage is so deeply engrained in law that only the Legislature or voters have the power to change it, and conservative religious groups, which argue that marriage is for procreation. They point to domestic partnership laws as proof that same-sex couples are not being discriminated against."
By San Francisco Chronicle Link to Article (last visited 3-4-08 NVS)
March 3, 2008
"Wanted: men and women willing to walk into strange buildings in dangerous neighborhoods, be screamed at by unhinged individuals — perhaps in a language you do not understand — and, on occasion, forcibly remove a child from the custody of a parent because the alternative could have tragic consequences.
It is not the easiest sales pitch in the world, but it is the approach the New York City Administration for Children’s Services is taking in its new recruitment drive, meant to attract workers while informing them of just how difficult the job can be.
As in other child welfare agencies across the country, the retention of qualified workers is a perennial problem for children’s services. Currently, the average caseworker stays less than two years, and that includes some five months of training."
By Marc Santora, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 3-3-08 NVS)
Family Members Provide Child Care
"Grandparents serve as the primary caregivers for about 20 percent of the 11.3 million preschool children with employed mothers, according to data released Thursday by the Census Bureau.
Fathers provide slightly less child care than grandparents, the bureau found. About a quarter of the children under 5 spend most of their time in an organized program like a nursery school, day care or Head Start while their mothers worked.
Whether the mother works or not, relatives regularly provide some regular child care to almost half of the nation’s 19 million preschool children."
by Tamar Lewin, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 3-3-08 NVS)
China Reconsiders One-child Restriction
"China is studying how to move away from the country’s one-child-per-couple restriction, but any changes would come gradually and would not mean an elimination of family planning policies, a senior official said Thursday. The official, Zhao Baige, vice minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission, told reporters at a news conference that government officials recognize that China must alter its current population-control policies.
“We want incrementally to have this change,” Ms. Zhao said, according to Reuters. “I cannot answer at what time or how, but this has become a big issue among decision makers.”"
By Jim Yardley, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 3-3-08 NVS)