The Iowa General Assembly begins its session January 13, 2020 at 8:00 am.
FUAN will add Title IV Federal Funding - 2020 research resources as needed to these pages to aid your understand the pros & cons of the bill.
Check back here often. FUANs recommendations and bill language can and may evolve throughout the 2020 session.
Title IV federal funding review and reform of incentive programs.
- Federal law
- Iowa Budgetary issues
a. Federal Funding under these acts places a burden on the state even though it is proposed to help. The regulations imposed on the state for these funds burden the voters of the state. For example, the Department of Human Services continuous claims of loss and ever-increasing budget requirements.
b. Title IV-D “incentive programs” have failed in its intent of helping the truly needy and has only caused unnecessary conflict for families and allowed for children to be used by parents in order to gain a financial edge over one another by means of custody and child support orders when in reality, both parents desire to be equally involved. The continual increase of single parents over the past few decades indicates that there is an incentive for parents to separate.
c. Penalties for non-compliance under these acts by Federal mandate do not allow for the state to protect their own voters. Both the citizens and the state can fail to meet the federal requirements which can result in jail time and financial hardship for otherwise productive citizens, and fines to the state which result in additional Iowa taxpayer burdens.
d. This federal funding has been proven to hurt families more than it has ever helped low income individuals and families by creating a cycle of broken families and endless growth of the welfare system.
e. Incentives received by the state under federal programs encourage animosity between parents, putting children in the middle of a battle by the parents to be the beneficiary of the child support which the federal program rewards. Therefore, the incentive program is not in the “best interest of the child(ren)” who are caught in the middle of the financial war.
There is no proposed language that applies to Iowa Code.
We feel that this would be best handled as a budgetary issue wherein we recommend refusing to accept federal incentive program funding.
- Human Resources,
- Adoption and Foster Agencies,
- Juvenile Corrections,
- Local and State Police Departments,
- Schools for all ages and curriculums,
- Counselors, psychologists, and other medical professionals
- Family Members
- Friends, and other community members that associate with those going through a custodial division
- Local Churches
- Homeless Shelters
- Child Support Recovery Unit and other grantees
- Other Service Agencies that deal with troubled youth or families in need
The listing of the following people, organizations, state departments and offices in no way implies agreement or disapproval with the recommendations of FUAN. It is to simply acknowledge that in-person contact was made, and discussion relevant to our causes and concerns were addressed during those encounters.
Members of the Legislative, Executive and Judiciary Branches, ISBA, and Iowa Department of Human Services have been consulted which includes but is not limited to the following individuals:
President, Donald Trump
Dr. Linda Nelson
Charles Palmer Former Director DHS
Jerry Foxhoven Former Director DHS
Vern Armstrong DHS
Wendi Rickman DHS
President of “The Fatherless Generation, Dr. Torri Barton
Attorney Connie Reguli
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
Former Gov. of West Virginia, Garry Johnson
Former Congressman David Young
House of Representatives Oversight Committee
Representatives and members of the Supreme and District Courts
Diane Dornburg ISBA
Iowa Citizen For Justice
Forensic Psychologist – Attorney Demosthenes Lorandos
The Iowa Supreme Court
Iowa Fathers Association
Attorney, Jacob Van Cleaf
Attorney Kerry Finley
Attorney Daniel Herting
Former Representative Dan Kelly
Former Representative Ken Rizer
Former Representative Walt Rodgers
Senator Ted Cruz
Senator Rick Santorum
Senator Rand Paul
Senator Joni Ernst
Senator Charles (Chuck) Grassley
President of TERM- The Fathers Rights Movement, Thomas Fidler
TV host, John Harvey
Former Representative Chip Baltimore
Former Representative Clel Baudler
Former Representative Josh Byrnes
Former Representative Peter Cownie
Former Representative David Heaton
Former Representative Jake Highfill
Former Representative Kevin Keoster
Former Representative Sally Stutsman
Former Representative Rob Taylor
Former Representative Ralph Watts
Attorney Tom Feigen
Former Jimmy Carter Administration employee, Robert Krause
President of IFPP - Iowa Family Preservation Project,
L.E.A.P — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Asian & Latino Coalition
Renaissance Center of Iowa
Sherry Palmer - PhD
Former Senator Mike Gronstal
Former Senator Todd Bowman
Senator Mark Castello
Former Senator Dick Dearden
Former Senator Jeff Danielson
Former Senator Rita Hart
Senator Kevin Kinney
Senator Matt McCoy
Former Senator Steve Sodders
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley
Missouri Gov. Nixon
Clive Police Lieutenant Mario Colman
Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer
Congresswoman Cindy Axne
Daniel Zeno ACLU
Dawn Turner district 2 Regional Supervisor
Gary Bucher Owner of Mid Iowa Occupational Testing
Harold Colman – Iowa Child Support Recovery Unit
As well as many other respected community leaders and organizations and residents all over the US, including:
Dr. Mark Roseman, Founder, and CEO of the Toby Center for Family Transitions
We'll post links to relevant information to enhance your point of view about this issue. Please watch the three videos at the top of the page. They all contain excellent thought-provoking information.