Fathering Court Initiative City And County

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It’s about children and families. The fathering Court is designed to give non-custodial
parents the tools to become financially and emotionally responsible for their children.
Parents are educated, counseled, and encouraged to place the needs of their children
first. By emphasizing the needs of the children, The Fathering Court seeks to promote
the well-being of potentially thousands of children in St. Louis City and County
who are involved in the child support enforcement system.

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Fathering Court Initiative City And County

  1. 1. COBURN ENTERPRISE, LLC -presents- FATHERING COURT INITIATIVE ©
  2. 2. What is the Fathering Court? <ul><li>It’s about children and families. The fathering Court is designed to give non-custodial </li></ul><ul><li>parents the tools to become financially and emotionally responsible for their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Parents are educated, counseled, and encouraged to place the needs of their child(ren) </li></ul><ul><li>first. By emphasizing the needs of the children, The Fathering Court seeks to promote </li></ul><ul><li>the well-being of potentially thousands of children in St. Louis City and County </li></ul><ul><li>who are involved in the child support enforcement system. </li></ul><ul><li>Fathering Court Involves: </li></ul><ul><li>Involved Fathers </li></ul><ul><li>Involved Children </li></ul><ul><li>Involved Community </li></ul><ul><li>St. Louis City & County Prosecutor’s Office </li></ul><ul><li>Family Support Division </li></ul>
  3. 3. Summary of the Introduced Bill <ul><li>Sponsor: Walton </li></ul><ul><li>HB 1652 – Criminal Nonsupport Courts </li></ul><ul><li>This bill allows a circuit court to establish a court division for disposition of cases involving criminal </li></ul><ul><li>nonsupport. A criminal nonsupport division will have the authority to refer defendants for criminal nonsupport </li></ul><ul><li>education, vocational or employment training, or to work programs. After successful completion of a court- </li></ul><ul><li>ordered training program or commencement of support payments, the defendant may have the charges, petition, </li></ul><ul><li>or penalty against him or her dismissed, reduced, or modified. An eight-member Criminal Nonsupport </li></ul><ul><li>Divisions Coordinating Commission will be established to coordinate and allocate resources made available </li></ul><ul><li>through the newly created Criminal Nonsupport Division Resources Fund. The bill also creates new penalties </li></ul><ul><li>for any person convicted of criminal nonsupport as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>A { 1 st }offense will result in a suspended imposition of sentence and an appropriate period of probation. </li></ul><ul><li>A { 2 nd } offense will result in suspended execution of sentence and an appropriate period of probation. </li></ul><ul><li>A { 3 rd } or subsequent offense will be punished within the range for the class of offense that the defendant was convicted of as provided by law. </li></ul><ul><li>During any period that a nonviolent defendant is incarcerated for criminal nonsupport, the court will, if the </li></ul><ul><li>defendant is ready, willing, and able to be gainfully employed and except for good cause shown, place the </li></ul><ul><li>defendant on work release in order to satisfy the defendant’s obligation to pay support. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Criminal Non Support Charges Filed <ul><li>There are two kinds of criminal non-support that could be filed on the defendant by the </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecuting attorney’s office. </li></ul><ul><li>Misdemeanor – up to one year in the county jail, or a $1,000 dollar fine or both. </li></ul><ul><li>Felony (6 months or $5,000 dollars) – up to one year in the county jail or five years in the penitentiary, $5,000 fine or both. </li></ul><ul><li>All charges are filed with the defendant’s information sheet . </li></ul><ul><li>Referral: </li></ul><ul><li>The public defender meets with the defendant, and in turn discusses the defendant’s </li></ul><ul><li>Issues with the prosecuting attorney to see if the defendant qualifies for fathering </li></ul><ul><li>Court. The defendant is then given the case manager’s card and referred to the case </li></ul><ul><li>Manager for a brief screening. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Criminal Nonsupport – Misdemeanor 26040 <ul><li>THE STATE OF MISSOURI </li></ul><ul><li>{DEFENDANT’S NAME} </li></ul><ul><li>{Race} {sex}; {Date of birth}; {social security number} </li></ul><ul><li>{street address, city, state, zip}, </li></ul><ul><li>Defendant </li></ul><ul><li>The prosecuting Attorney of the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, charges that defendant, </li></ul><ul><li>{Defendant’s name}, in violation of Section 568.040 RSMo . Committed the Class A misdemeanor </li></ul><ul><li>of nonsupport punishable upon conviction under Section 558.011.1(5) and 560.016 RSMo . In that </li></ul><ul><li>between {Charge period}, in the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, the defendant knowingly </li></ul><ul><li>failed to provide, without good cause, adequate support for {child(ren)’s name(s), the defendant’s </li></ul><ul><li>minor (child or children) for whom defendant was legally obligated to provide such support. </li></ul><ul><li>Robert McCullough </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecuting Attorney of St. Louis County, State of Missouri, by </li></ul><ul><li>____________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Prosecuting Attorney {Bar number} </li></ul>
  6. 6. Criminal Nonsupport – Felony 26031 <ul><li>Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri </li></ul><ul><li>Complaint </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Non-Support – Felony 26031 </li></ul><ul><li>STATE REQUEST A SUMMONS </li></ul><ul><li>THE STATE OF MISSOURI </li></ul><ul><li>{DEFENDANT’S NAME} </li></ul><ul><li>{Race} {sex}; {Date of birth}; {social security number} </li></ul><ul><li>{street address, city, state, zip}, </li></ul><ul><li>Defendant </li></ul><ul><li>Before the Honorable {Judge name} of the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, </li></ul><ul><li>Comes now, the Prosecuting Attorney of the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, being duly sworn upon oath and upon information and belief, and states that there is probable cause to believe that during the months of {moths that defendant failed to provide support}, the accused committed the following crime; the class D felony of nonsupport in violation of Section 568.040 RSMo . punishable upon conviction under Sections 558.011.1(4) and 560.011 RSMo . in that in the County of St. Louis, State of Missouri, the defendant knowingly failed to provide, without good cause, adequate support for {child(ren)’s name(s), the defendant’s minor {“child or children”} for whom defendant was legally obligated to provide such support and that the defendant knowingly failed to provide support in each of six individual months within {one year period that the charge falls within} </li></ul><ul><li>_______________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Bar # </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe and sworn before me this _____________day of______________, 2007, </li></ul><ul><li>_______________________________________________- </li></ul><ul><li>JUDGE/CLERK </li></ul>
  7. 7. Information of Prosecuting Attorney Criminal Nonsupport – Felony 26031 <ul><li>THE STATE OF MISSOURI </li></ul><ul><li>{DEFENDANT’S NAME} </li></ul><ul><li>{Race} {sex}; {Date of birth}; {social security number} </li></ul><ul><li>{street address, city, state, zip}, </li></ul><ul><li>Defendant </li></ul><ul><li>In the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, Term 2007 In Division _____ thereof, designated by the rules of said Court as Criminal Division ______, </li></ul><ul><li>COUNT 1: 26031 </li></ul><ul><li>The Prosecuting Attorney of the St. Louis County, State of Missouri, charges that the defendant, {Defendant’s name}, in violation of Section 568.040 RSMo . Committed the Class D felony of criminal nonsupport punishable upon conviction under Sections 558.011.1(4) and 560.011 RSMo , in during the months of {months that defendant failed to provide support}, in the St. Louis City/County, State of Missouri, the defendant knowingly failed to provide, without good cause, adequate support for {child(ren)’s name(s)}, the defendant’s minor {“child or children”} for whom defendant was legally obligated to provide such support and that the defendant knowingly failed to provide support in each of six individuals months {one year period that the charge period falls within} </li></ul><ul><li>Robert McCullough </li></ul><ul><li>Prosecuting Attorney of St. Louis County, State of Missouri, by </li></ul><ul><li>____________________________________________________ </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Prosecuting Attorney {Bar number} </li></ul>
  8. 8. OVERALL OBJECTIVE <ul><li>To decrease the recidivism within the penal institution and to increase the </li></ul><ul><li>number of non-custodial fathers participating in the financial and emotional </li></ul><ul><li>needs of their child(ren). </li></ul><ul><li>How it Works: </li></ul><ul><li>Non-custodial parents who are charged with criminal nonsupport of their child(ren) may be given the opportunity to participate in this alternative program as an alternative to a jail sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the Drug Court model through a combination of needs assessment, case management, intensive court supervision and connecting parents to community resources. </li></ul><ul><li>(continue) </li></ul>
  9. 9. OVERALL OBJECTIVE <ul><li>After completing Fathering re-entry training classes, successfully completing treatment, obtaining domestic and “ green collar jobs” employment and paying the appropriate amount of child support, a father will graduate and the criminal charges shall be dismissed. </li></ul><ul><li>The Fathering Court is challenging the notion of “dead beat” dads and moms by exploring the possibility that, given a second chance, these men and women can become more effective and productive fathers and mothers and responsible citizens, and help raise healthier children in a healthy sustainable environment. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Fathering Court Benefits to Community <ul><li>Cost Avoidance - $45.00 per day jail cost (x) 110 active fathering court </li></ul><ul><li>participants and graduates (x) minimum jail sentence of 180 days ( could be </li></ul><ul><li>up to 5 years ) = $891, 000 per 6 mos. $1,782,000 per year </li></ul><ul><li>{Figures are based on city and county jail cost} </li></ul><ul><li>Crime and addiction prevention when child(ren) have contact with their father’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Child Support being paid to parents for child(ren) prevents welfare tax dollars paid by Missouri citizens. </li></ul><ul><li>More success in school by child(ren) who are fathered. </li></ul><ul><li>Parent’s develop productive re-entry skills to obtain substantial gainful employment. </li></ul><ul><li>Father’s returning from a period of incarceration have a meaningful opportunity to be productive parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Father’s become volunteers working with interagency ( optional ) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Fathering Court Goals <ul><li>Develop clear and consistent standards to determine when we: </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend termination </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend shock time </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend termination status </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend modification </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend similar InterFaith Life Changing programs ( ALGOA & W.E.R.D.C.C . ) </li></ul><ul><li>- Recommend graduation </li></ul><ul><li>Document the contacts between FSD and fathers and benefit of such contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Measure the payments prior to Fathering Court and during Fathering Court </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Commissioner with clear information regarding status of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Develop/Streamline forms and checklists </li></ul><ul><li>Increase our coordination of employment, housing, mental health, drug rehabilitation, and other social services for participants. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Services Provided <ul><li>Primary Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Case Management ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Intense Supervision by Judge </li></ul><ul><li>Public Defender Assigned to docket </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling and Treatment ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Referral and Assistance (interagency) </li></ul><ul><li>Fathering Classes ( The Father’s Support Center, St. Louis ) </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Modification ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Education Services for Children ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Custodial Parents Supportive Services ( interagency ) </li></ul><ul><li>Fatherhood Interfaith Life Changing Services ( Coburn Enterprise, LLC ) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Key Features <ul><li>Judicial involvement – participants meet with Judge regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Case Management – with a CSE background committed to assess the needs, then support and guide fathers. </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant District Attorney – assigned to these cases. </li></ul><ul><li>Fathering Training Classes administered through: </li></ul><ul><li>- The Father’s Support Center, St. Louis </li></ul><ul><li>- Other collaborative agencies and 501©3 organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Public Defender – assigned to the participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Child Advocate – obtains services for children. </li></ul><ul><li>Interfaith/Community Service agencies commitments to serve the participants and their children in the following areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Employment Referral and Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Drug & Alcohol testing and treatment </li></ul><ul><li>Medical and Mental Health Services </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation and Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Counseling & Mentoring </li></ul>
  14. 14. Desired Outcomes continue Criminal Nonsupport Charges Referral to Fathering Project Fathering Support Court Division 22 Drug/Alcohol Test Case Manger Literacy Alcohol/Drug Dependency Housing Transportation Employment Mental or Medical
  15. 15. Desired Outcomes Case Manager Payment Arrangement Consumer credit Counselor (if necessary) Mediation/Modification (if necessary) Fathering Classes Graduation
  16. 16. Fathering Court Initiative <ul><li>What Is Fathering Court </li></ul><ul><li>Smoothing the way for children is what the Fathering Court is all about. This is a Pilot </li></ul><ul><li>project initiative in St. Louis City and throughout St. Louis County Missouri, designed </li></ul><ul><li>to establish financial responsibility and emotional bonding of parents and their </li></ul><ul><li>children. Raising up the needs of children, as their parents are in dispute about </li></ul><ul><li>financial responsibilities is of utmost importance to the well being and success of </li></ul><ul><li>thousands of children. </li></ul><ul><li>Fathers who are charged with criminal non-support of their children may be given the </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity to participate in this rehabilitation program as an alternative to a jail </li></ul><ul><li>sentence. Through a unique combination of needs, assessments, case management, and </li></ul><ul><li>connecting people to the necessary resources, The Fathering Court is challenging the </li></ul><ul><li>notion of “dead beat” dads and exploring the possibility that fathers’ given a second </li></ul><ul><li>chance can become better fathers, more productive and responsible citizens, and help </li></ul><ul><li>raise healthier, happier children . </li></ul>
  17. 17. Fathering Court <ul><li>Issues That Prevent NCP From Paying Child Support </li></ul><ul><li>Parenting </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Criminal Non-Support/Contempt of court charges </li></ul><ul><li>Unemployed/Underemployed </li></ul><ul><li>Drug/Alcohol </li></ul><ul><li>Mental/Medical </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Mediation </li></ul><ul><li>Modification </li></ul>
  18. 18. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Identify clients needs </li></ul><ul><li>Identify interfaith and community service agencies to meet needs </li></ul><ul><li>Establish agency contact and partnership agreement </li></ul><ul><li>- Desired outcomes for clients </li></ul><ul><li>- Role and expectations of interfaith and community service agencies </li></ul><ul><li>- Referral process </li></ul><ul><li>- Compensation for services </li></ul><ul><li>Building a diversity team and teamwork </li></ul><ul><li>- Agree on desired outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>- Meet regularly – 1 on 1’s and team meetings </li></ul><ul><li>- Measure problems and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>- Recognize contributions and celebrate successes </li></ul>
  19. 19. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Action Steps </li></ul><ul><li>- Recruit local resources to address clients needs </li></ul><ul><li>- Build a diversity team </li></ul><ul><li>- Meet regularly – initially on a monthly basis, then quarterly </li></ul><ul><li>Clear outcome in mind at all times: Self-Sufficiency </li></ul><ul><li>- Extended time period - Immediate response </li></ul><ul><li>- Short timetables - Monthly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>- Specific actions - Quarterly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>- Immediate follow-up with client - Goal oriented </li></ul><ul><li>- Immediate follow-up with partner - Graduation </li></ul><ul><li>- Immediate response to client </li></ul>
  20. 20. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Build personal rapport with client </li></ul><ul><li>- Frequent personal contact </li></ul><ul><li>- Listen and encourage </li></ul><ul><li>- Hold accountable </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain weekly contact with judge, prosecutor, and father with training agency </li></ul><ul><li> - Discuss problems and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li> - Monitor desired outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Action Steps </li></ul><ul><li>- Formalize individual self-sufficiency plans with clear goals and expectations </li></ul><ul><li>- Use your team to monitor progress </li></ul><ul><li>- Provide frequent feedback </li></ul><ul><li>- Address problems and non-conformance quickly </li></ul>
  21. 21. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Fathering Court Implementation – Reporting Your Success </li></ul><ul><li>Agree on desired outcomes with key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>- Child Support payments </li></ul><ul><li>- Child contact </li></ul><ul><li>- Father-mother contact </li></ul><ul><li>- Fathering Practices </li></ul><ul><li>- Employment </li></ul><ul><li>- Attendance and participation </li></ul><ul><li>Documents, Measures, Report </li></ul><ul><li>- Maintain clients documents of achieved goals to report to the judge </li></ul>
  22. 22. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Action Steps </li></ul><ul><li>- Agree on desired outcomes with key stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>- Clearly communicate desired outcomes and measures </li></ul><ul><li>- Document and report regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Graduation Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>- Employed </li></ul><ul><li>- Paying current child support order plus something against arrears </li></ul><ul><li>- Drug and Alcohol free </li></ul><ul><li>- Regular visitation and involvement with child(ren) </li></ul><ul><li>- Mediation Complete </li></ul><ul><li>- Regular communication the child(ren)’s mother </li></ul><ul><li>- All issues being address successfully </li></ul>
  23. 23. Fathering Court Implementation <ul><li>Graduation Ceremony Elements </li></ul><ul><li>- Formal Recognition event </li></ul><ul><li>- Commencement address by Judge or other significant leader </li></ul><ul><li>- Formal presentation of diplomas </li></ul><ul><li>- Comments by each graduate </li></ul><ul><li>- Opportunity for comments by family members, others </li></ul>
  24. 24. Fathering Court Initiative <ul><li>This concept was developed as an initiative based upon model research study: </li></ul><ul><li>Jackson county prosecutor’s office ( Missouri ) </li></ul><ul><li>Family Support Division in collaboration with COMBAT </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>District of Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Fathering court </li></ul><ul><li>Honorable judge Milton C. Lee, jr. </li></ul>

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