On Saturday, October 21st, Iowa Family Preservation Project-(IFPP), Families United Action Network-(FUAN), Leading Women For Shared Parenting, Family Forward Project, Paternal Guardians of Iowa, and affiliates hosted the event “Advocate Intervention Convention.” Advocates, medical professionals, national experts, political candidates, and a group of approximately 40 concerned citizens met at the Regency Hotel in Clinton, Iowa to discuss urgent family matters.
This event discussed American Disability Act-(ADA) Advocacy Services, Training, and the need for these services within Iowa. See this article.
Special focus was on matters related to PTSD onset during child protective services and custodial divisions. These issues have been a highly sensitive talking point due to the high profile cases in Iowa such as Natalie Finn, Mason Wycoff, Sabrina Ray, and Malaya Knapp. Many are finding out, this is a national, systemic, and ongoing epidemic that is placing children, families, and the community at risk.
Speakers included Connie Reguli, a Tennessee attorney and the founder of “Family Forward Project.” Dr. Lynn Kahn, the 2016 Independent Party of Iowa presidential candidate. Dr. Karin Huffer, ADA advocate & trainer. Dean Tong, Certified Forensic Consultant who specializes in high-conflict child custody/false abuse cases. Jake Porter, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate. Travis Grassel, FUAN Lead Lobbyist. Jeannine Eldrenkamp, Iowa Family Preservation Project-(IFPP) founder. Several members of the community who shared their personal experiences.
NOTE: A transcript of this video appears at the end of this post.
Lobbyist, Travis Grassel commented, “The Des Moines and Clinton events exemplify how important it is to promote family preservation. Children’s right to have both their parents is fundamental to their development and their future community productivity.”
Families and advocates gathered in Clinton, Iowa. Family rights activist Connie Reguli, Dr. Lynn Kahn, ADA specialists Tanya Myers and Melissa Martin gave live presentations. Reguli discussed the elements of civil rights litigation and how the legal nuances create a challenge for families.
Dr. Lynn Kahn, the author of The 95% Failure Rate of Foster Care in America, spoke about her next article on Solutions. She encouraged political activism and building a coalition of organizations to support family court reform.
Myers and Martin described how to become an ADA advocate and how the Court must comply with this law. Victims of the system also shared their stories of how they have been abused and tormented by the broken system of child welfare. The atmosphere of the meeting was supportive, eager, and energized for change.
“Families no longer stand alone in Iowa Family Courts,” expressed event organizer Jeannine Eldrenkamp.
These groups plan to host several events throughout the state of Iowa, and possibly national events to increase education, awareness, and lobbying communications of many obvious yet overlooked reforms that are leading to almost daily tragedies of children that are forced to deal with the foster/state systems.
On behalf of Iowa Family Preservation Project-(IFPP), Families United Action Network-(FUAN), and all other organization involved in this event, we would like to say thank you to our speakers, Connie Reguli, Dr. Lynn Kahn, Jake Porter, Dr. Karin Huffer, Dean Tong, and Travis Grassel. Our other presenters deserve a big thank you hug too. And of course, all of the dedicated, concerned citizens who attended this event.
The host for this event was Iowa Family Preservation Project-(IFPP)
Phone 815 632 7665 | Iowafamilypreservationproject@gmail.com
Iowa Citizens for Justice
Leading Women For Shared Parenting
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Please note this transcript has been edited for clarity.
...the family forward project grids.
I'll try to get the other people who are in cross groups to go ahead and share that as well. It's some of the stuff that you... a lot of it you know like title four funding, the conflicts with the
judges, some of the state information, but it's kind of in an organized fashion.
Some people have asked me if they can get a copy of that PowerPoint. I'm absolutely fine sharing that PowerPoint. It's very good for you to learn how to do that presentation yourself. It's very good for you educating other people with it so I'm very willing to share it anybody wants it.
So what I want to talk about today... also I had a packet yesterday of some documents... If you did not get that yesterday, please get one today. I've not heard anybody else to talk about this. It's not an easy solution but let me tell you about it.
There is something called the Uniform Code Commission. The Uniform Code Commission is a national organization. They write uniform laws, for instance, the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform trust code, the Uniform Code for child custody jurisdiction, and the uniform code for child support enforcement.
These are uniform codes that are created. Then once they have created and totally written out that uniform code, it is sent out to the states and the representatives in the states. Then they try to get the states to adopt the whole entire Uniform Code. Now, the reason that this is an important thing to think about is because, as I said yesterday, the entire code in Tennessee is broken.
Then as I heard Latoya talk yesterday about all of their recommendations, which are very similar to my recommendations, it's a realization that the entire code in Iowa is broken as well. So it's really a start from scratch. There are a lot of things that need to be addressed.
A uniform code though is not a simple solution. You've got to get somebody on the Uniform Code Commission number one. It's a big commitment. It has to be an attorney.
You know I do what I'm doing today without compensation. I'm an attorney. I work hard. I try to pay my bills with that and then come out and reach out to all of you so that we can take the next step in reform. So you have to get an attorney on the Uniform Code Commission.
You have to have people within every single state to be able to pull up the codes in those states because ultimately you have to show why you need a uniform code. So you have to pull up like the I think they said in Iowa, it was 232 In Tennessee, it's title 37.
So you have to go through each state and pull that up and have somebody who can sort of cross-reference what those points are and why it's so inconsistent. But here's why it's an important thing to look at because the right to parent is a constitutional right. That is even stronger than some of the other things that they've written uniform codes on like the Uniform Commercial Code.
I mean that's about commercial paper. The reason we have that code is because bankers have a lot of money and they could put somebody into that place to develop that code. So that's an option that we've not talked about yet. I've thought about it many times... creating a uniform code for parental rights and family integrity. It's one of those things hanging out there.
So what I want to talk to you right now is about a class-action lawsuit. A class-action lawsuit would be a civil rights lawsuit. 42 USC 1983. I like to have a board I can write on, but since I don't, I made flashcards. and we're going to put them up there. I hope you can see them
42 USC 1983... This is a law... Let me tell you how this law developed. After we abolished slavery in the United States the black man was still not free. He basically was treated as a second-class citizen, put on the back of the bus, he was beaten up in voter lines, I mean he really was not free.
They had one civil rights law that they passed in about 1874 or something like that I don't remember the year. It said that every man has a right to their constitutional rights. Well, it still didn't work. We had all of the stuff and of course, everybody who's been around a while knows about the 60s and all of the civil rights stuff that happened in the 60s.
This one right here, 42 USC 1983, was passed in 1964. That is the one that created the law that created money damages for civil rights violations. Now, let's talk about what the some of the important elements are and what you have to prove. Number one is it has to be a person who violated...