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Is OCSE Footloose in Tuscaloosa? (a.k.a., “When Nonprofits Exist JUST to attract Healthy Marriage/Fatherhood/Child Support Grants”)

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I’ve never been in Alabama. However, a certain grant caught my attention, obviously (see bottom of yesterday’s post).

From the wonderful Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we can see for FY 2011, a BLUE slice of the pie representing “ACF” -under which is the Child Support Enforcement sector (OCSE).  (Run it yourself, here; select a year).  The pie chart to the right is “RECOVERY” grants.

We can see clearly below that the Administration for Children & Families is the 2nd largest “OPDIV” of this organization, second only to “CMS”

FY 2011 Total Awards By OPDIV   (Non-ARRA, left side, enlarged):  

OPDIV

Number of Awards

by OPDIV

#%

Dollars

$%

ACF 

5,326

8.82%

$46,701,050,209

12.86%

AHRQ 

438

0.73%

$86,375,812

0.02%

AOA 

1,252

2.07%

$1,426,176,372

0.39%

CDC 

3,254

5.39%

$1,907,271,773

0.53%

CMS 

1,228

2.03%

$287,470,619,870

79.19%

DHHS/OS 

305

0.51%

$703,251,936

0.19%

FDA 

146

0.24%

$21,778,285

0.01%

HRSA 

4,977

8.24%

$5,859,728,607

1.61%

IHS 

586

0.97%

$1,470,562,942

0.41%

NIH 

40,830

67.62%

$15,046,009,385

4.14%

SAMHSA 

2,037

3.37%

$2,323,266,163

0.64%

Total

60,379

100%

$363,016,091,354

100%

“Administration for Children and Families”

ACF  includes welfare, medicaid, child support, and of course marriage, fatherhood, abstinence promotions — as well as many wonderful projects supporting hospitals, medical research and other topics relating to our health.   So “ACF” is definitely an ‘OPDIV‘ to watch, as to our national budget, particularly as so many of the privately-contracted child support enforcement companies have been caught in defrauding the public (and overbilling the gov’t etc.), which (alas) doesn’t always prevent them from going on to get the next whopping grant somewhere else — in a different state, or for a different purpose, etc.).

Child Support Enforcement is so important it has its own Program Office designation, which is “OCSE.”  Under OCSE (I see, when I just ran a report) there are only 4 “CFDA’s” showing up:   93.563 (basic enforcement), 93.564 (“Research”),  93.597 (Grants to states for “Access and Visitation” @ $10 million/yr since 1996), and 93.601 (“Demonstrations and Special Project”)

“CFDA” = “Category of Federal Domestic Assistance”

The ACF funds (2011) child support enforcement — especially as it is evolving and expanding, and seems intertwined with fatherhood promotion, which then-President Bill Clinton, by Executive Memo, said should be intertwined throughout the Executive Branch (which any President is, naturally, the CEO of) — a little harder to track down.  Not to mention, the people administering some of the child support at the state level continue to declare that child support enforcement shouldn’t just be about, well, child support enforcement — but (like all the rest of our ruling institutions) — should “EVOLVE” (aka “expand,” infinitely).  Add to this an open invitation from then-President George Bush (Junior), also by Executive Order, to the faith-based component, the sky, apparently, is the limit on research and demonstration “Isn’t-that-Special“? [See SNL’s “Church Chat“]projects to transfer money from noncustodial parents (AKA Dads — it’s still basically presumed that mothers are not noncustodial, by and large, and not working, I guess) — to the households on welfare because Dads weren’t paying up.

. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .

The problem is when something gets lost in transit (“Undistributable Child Support Collections”) as well as translation.  If one thinks of it simply as water — and a plumbing system — it’s clear there are a lot of leaks (unintentional), but then others seem to enjoy tapping into the flow for various purposes, including Family (re)Design.

Of this, it looks like ALABAMA got $5 billion from HHS (of course states get grants from other Departments, notably DOJ, DOE, etc.)

Search Criteria:
Fiscal Year = 2011
State = ALABAMA

State

Awards

Award Actions

CAN Award Amount

ALABAMA 

741

1,221

$5,116,252,082

Grand Total

741

1,221

$5,116,252,082

Yesterday I looked at the “CFDA 93.601″ (Special Improvement) portion of the OCSE’s approximately $4 billion/year enforcement agency.  I was particularly gripped by a certain state — Alabama, which got $100,000 for a Co-Parenting class.  Hmmm.  That, combined with the words “Family Resource Center” definitely caught my attention, and I spent hours examining nonprofit names, boards of directors (per their tax filings), and a good amount of time on the Alabama Secretary of State’s Business Search Site.  Some of the information I emailed to friends/colleagues.  Particularly after running across an older blog:

HERE (no years selected) is CFDA 93601 for ALABAMA:

Fiscal Year

OPDIV

Grantee Name

County

Award Number

Award Title

Action Issue Date

CFDA Number

CFDA Program Name

Award Class

Principal Investigator

Sum of Actions

2010

ACF 

Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center, Inc

TUSCALOOSA 

90FI0108 

CO-PARENTING WITH RESPONSIBILITY 

08/30/2010 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

TERESA COSTANZO 

$100,000

2008

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0077 

FAMILY CONNECTIONS IN ALABAMA- (PRIORITY AREA #3) 

01/11/2008 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

VICKI C COOPER-ROBINSON 

$0

2007

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0077 

FAMILY CONNECTIONS IN ALABAMA- (PRIORITY AREA #3) 

12/29/2006 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

VICKI C COOPER-ROBINSON 

$0

2007

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0077 

FAMILY CONNECTIONS IN ALABAMA- (PRIORITY AREA #3) 

08/20/2007 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

VICKI C COOPER-ROBINSON 

$100,000

2006

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0077 

FAMILY CONNECTIONS IN ALABAMA- (PRIORITY AREA #3) 

08/24/2006 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

MARIAN LOFTIN 

$100,000

2005

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0077 

FAMILY CONNECTIONS IN ALABAMA- (PRIORITY AREA #3) 

08/30/2005 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

MARIAN LOFTIN 

$100,000

2003

ACF 

AL ST CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT PREVENTION BOARD 

MONTGOMERY 

90FI0047 

SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS P.A. 2 

12/20/2002 

93601

Child Support Enforcement Demonstrations and Special Projects  

DISCRETIONARY 

ALICIA LUCKIE 

$200,000

Now, yesterday, I was looking up a group in Marshall County, on which a founding incorporator was a judge; and this just also was apparently on a Child Policy Council

The “Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Board” is tied to “The Children’s Fund” apparently;

http://ctf.state.al.us/Programs.htm

LIST OF PROGRAMS:

PROGRAMS
For the Program Year 2010-2011, CTF funded approximately 179 community-based child abuse prevention programs across the state. The programs provide services to children and families. The types of programs included: Parent Education and Support, Fatherhood, Home Visitation, Community Awareness, Respite Care, School-based, Non school-based/After School and Mentoring.  These programs are supported by State and Federal dollars through four main funding streams.

HISTORY

The Martin-Aldridge Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Act
Alabama’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Act, or ACANP, was adopted by the Alabama Legislature in 1983 to address the state’s growing problem of child neglect and maltreatment. While several state agencies already existed to deal with different aspects of child abuse, none of these agencies specifically focused on solving the problem before it occurred. It was clear that Alabama needed to create a state agency with its own board, funding and staff to be dedicated solely to preventing child abuse. To address the problem at it’s origin, instead of merely addressing the symptoms of what could have beenprevented The ACANP Act established The Children’s Trust Fund. These state dollars are intended to provide annual funding of community based prevention programs throughout the state as well as create a self-sustaining pool of funds to provide for funding these programs in the future. As Alabama’s ONLY agency designated to prevent child abuse and neglect, it will be our goal to encourage and support each community in this state in their efforts to find new and effective solutions for preventing child abuse before it occurs, and ultimately strengthening Alabama families to prevent this tragedy in the future.

This includes a “Fatherhood Forum” under the links:

OR, CFDAs under which “visitation” and “Fatherhood” might occur (I chose only 2011 through 2010, Alabama):

Fiscal Year

OPDIV

Grantee Name

County

Award Number

Award Title

Action Issue Date

CFDA Number

CFDA Program Name

Award Class

Principal Investigator

Sum of Actions

2011

ACF 

AL ST ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS 

MONTGOMERY 

1101ALSAVP 

FY 2011 STATE ACCESS & VISITATION 

10/08/2010 

93597

Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs 

CLOSED-ENDED 

 

$149,264

2010

ACF 

AL ST ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS 

MONTGOMERY 

1001ALSAVP 

FY 2010 STATE ACCESS & VISITATION 

11/25/2009 

93597

Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs 

CLOSED-ENDED 

 

$137,856

2010

ACF 

AUBURN UNIVERSITY 

LEE 

90FE0001 

HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION, PRIORITY AREA 1:ALABAMA COMMUNITY HEALTHY MARRIAGE INITIATIVE (ACHMI) 

09/24/2010 

93086

Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants 

DISCRETIONARY 

FRANCESCA ADLER-BAEDER 

$1,899,487

2010

ACF 

THE HIVE CREATIVE GROUP 

HOUSTON 

90FE0093 

HEALTHY MARRIAGE DEMONSTRATION PRIORITY AREA 3 

09/27/2010 

93086

Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants 

DISCRETIONARY 

MARY PALO 

$549,976

Well, while I’m here, who else is promoting marriage/fatherhood in AL?  At least, with HHS help….

Dr. Francesca-Adler-Baeder:  See site linked above.  The circle begins to complete.  I’ll be back tomorrow… to finish connecting the dots.

  • THE HIVE CREATIVE GROUP (Marketing/PR agency):

The Hive Creative Group (basically an ad/pr agency) — per the Secretary of State Site,

Entity ID

Entity Name

City

Type

Status

224 – 147

The Hive Creative Group, Inc.

DOTHAN, AL

Domestic Corporation

Exists

1

 @ 113 North Herring, Dothan, AL Incorporated in ab. 2002 by David McCormick and Mary Palo.  Here’s the street address (per map) (photos are approximate location, but it’s a residential neighborhood).  The “HIVE” is obviously a reference to BeeHive.… how sweet:  Self-described as “over 30 years in marketing, PR, advertising, graphic design and program development..enjoy working with nonprofits . . . . a leader in designing quality  literature for abstinence programs…  In 2006 they were awarded a “HEALTHY MARRIAGE INITIATIVE GRANT” through the HHS called “Just the Facts   . Straight Talk About Marriage.”      Their Products page (check it out) has 6 hyperlinks — the bottom 3 relate to abstinence — exclusively — the top one, delivery (having babies) and the 4th one, I can’t tell, but it’s aimed at high school seniors.     The links simply show their media products…. T’shirts, posters, etc. FREEDOM, WHY WAIT, and STATs…

I like to see what other companies various Incorporators create, so here’s a nonprofit started around 2009 by HIVE co-incorporator, Mary Palo:

Entity ID

Entity Name

Officer | Agent | Incorporator

Position

224 – 147

The Hive Creative Group, Inc.

PALO, MARY

Incorporator

570 – 827

Healthy You, Inc.

PALO, MARY A

Incorporator

1

Started in December 2009, to “IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE VIA EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES/AWARENESS” and at

112 ADRIS PLACE, DOTHAN, AL 36303, about 5 miles away and right near the SSA building  112 Adris Place also shows up as The Hive’s address, and  “Hutchinson Investment Group” (for what it’s worth)…. [Jason Williams The Hive Creative Group 112 Adris Place Dothan, AL 36303, as a board member of 

American Advertising Federation….at least in Dothan, AL.   Tax Exempt World shows “Healthy You, Inc.” (same address) incorporated about a year ago, 5/2010.  It’s EIN (for future reference) is “EIN: 271458281″   We are so lucky to catch the start-up of this NONprofit organization run by a marketing professional with abstinence education proclivities and somehow a connection to getting HHS grants.

Mary’s “National Association of Professional Women” profile reads:   “My name is Mary Palo and I am the President for The Hive Creative Group, Inc. My company’s principal products and services include Advertising and Marketing. My expertise is Medical and Social Marketing. I received my Associates degree from LaSalle University and my area of study was Interior Design. I am currently involved with Zonta Professional Woman. My hobbies and special interests are Reading. The charity that I am most passionate and drawn to is Black History Museum, Childrens Home and Child Advocacy.”
 
(Incidentally, the database “NCCCSDataweb.URBAN.org” allows one to look at the nonprofits in an entire county and various other searches, it is very helpful.  When 990s have been filed, it also can access them.  One of the largest ones in Dothan (which this address is near) appears to be Wiregrass foundation, you can look at the statements (I believe I saw $85million in non-tax-exempt assets), it clearly is supporting a lot of local nonprofits, including several religious groups and a “Ramily Service Center.” 

Disgusted with the system

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Of course I wasn’t looking for people “disgusted with the system” (one need not actually look for such people, they are everywhere) but for information about this Marshall County (Alabama) Family Resource Center closing its doors for lack of funding — and then my having separately discovered that the “Marshall County Visitation and Family Center” (separate nonprofit, EIN#, everything) was still going strong — thanks to Alabama Healthy Marriage (etc.) funding — primarily fatherhood; and a big “?” about why a local judge activist in fatherhood promotion, on the incorporation paperwork of numerous local nonprofits, including this resource center — and the resource center goes belly-up shortly after it was formed, like within about 2 years.   Then we have sad articles about how they are lacking funding, and the poor, poor families that won’t get their services any more, such as:

From 2011 January:

Marshall County agencies find new homes after Family Resource Center closes

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 3:19 pm

By Malarie Haven |malarie.haven@sandmountainreporter.com |0 comments

Many area organizations have found new homes over the past two months after the Marshall County Family Resource Center closed its doors in November.

The center once housed several different service organizations, including Marshall County Alzheimer’s Services, Care and Assurance for the Aging and Homebound, Marshall County Visitation and Family Center and various satellite offices.

Leaders of the nonprofits said the move has not affected their services, and they are pleased with the locations. …

The Marshall County Visitation and Family Center, which provides parenting classes, fatherhood initiative classes and supervised visitation, moved to 103 South Hambrick St. in Albertville.

We’re really enjoying the new location,” director Christina Morgan said. “It’s local and next to the courthouse so it’s convenient for court.”

and (note — copied from the blog – I was unable to locate the link to the original article on the “Sand Mountain Reporter” just now, or by web search.  Blogspot credits the author and paper, and is I believe “fair use” of the material):

Visitation scales back after losing funds

Published February 12, 2008


GUNTERSVILLE — The Marshall County Visitation and Family Center laid off three employees Friday as officials try to figure out a way to get funding following a grant mix-up.

The Marshall County Commission has paid more than $56,000 of the center’s expenses but cannot afford to pay any more.

The center has been operating without funding since Oct. 1 because a Department of Justice grant — believed to expire Sept. 30, 2008 — actually expired Sept. 30, 2007.

One can see what grants they are getting from their 990s, which are public record, and searchable at http://nccsdataweb.org.

Salaries and other expenditures have been paid by the county for the past four and a half months, officials said.

The center laid off three of its five employees in an attempt to scale back costs.

“It’s a good program,” said Commission Chairman Douglas D. Fleming. “Nobody’s against it. We just don’t have the funds to fund them. Hopefully, they’ll get a grant approved and we can get reimbursed.”

County Administrator Nancy Wilson said the county is not amending the budget just yet because officials are hopeful for some type of grant approval in the future.

“We’re not going to go through all that trouble until we have a definitive answer,” Wilson said.

The nonprofit Visitation and Family Center is a United Way of Marshall County organization and primarily is funded by federal grants. It is governed by a board of directors.

The center is located on Worth Street in Guntersville and provides supervised visitation for noncustodial parents who have had their visitation rights discontinued by a court.

Executive Director Christina Morgan heads up the center.

Commissioners pledged their support of the center during a meeting Monday, saying they will do what they can.

Presiding Circuit Judge Howard Hawk thanked the Commission for its support up to this point and praised the work at the center.

John Young of the District Attorney’s Office said the center’s board plans to meet today.

or, earlier (in 2008), same song:

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Mission Statement TOP empowers people to achieve their full potential. We provide resources to promote self-sufficiency, strengthen families, adn prevent child abuse and neglect thus improving the quality of life for all members of our community.

Family Resource Center, Inc. (Tuscaloosa’s One Place [TOP]) Tuscaloosa, AL
“Co-Parenting with Responsibility (CPR)”
“Funding Opportunity: “Family Centered Services”

CPR is a comprehensive program designed to educate and involve both parents in the child support enforcement process as well as coordinate services that promote family strengthening and support. Partners include Tuscaloosa Department of Human Resources, Family Court, Drug Court, Bradford Health Services, Workforce, and others. The project will target low-income, unwed parents who are involved with child support enforcement (CSE) in Tuscaloosa. Participants may enter the program voluntarily or through court order from CSE, family, or drug courts, and will include both custodial (CPs) and noncustodial parents (NCPs). The program also will provide comprehensive services to both parents. The family court judges plan to order both CPs and NCPs to participate in CPR and plan to hold additional dockets requiring participants’ appearance.

TOP will assign a Family Support Specialist who will serve as CSE/court liaison as well as case manager for CPR families. The Program Coordinator will assist with teaching activities, complete all evaluations and help participants get needed services.) All work will focus on improving the consumer’s understanding of the child support process, increasing child support collections, and improving parental involvement and family relationships. TOP will serve 80-100 families per year. Clients will enter the program the beginning of each month and will receive information related to child support, parental rights, basic parenting skills as well as communication and relationship skills. TOP also will provide job search, résumé preparation and will link with the Career Development Center (non-CSE services will be paid from other than grant funds). Referrals to other agencies (such as Alabama Employment Services) will be made for other services not offered by TOP. The project team will meet monthly.

Goals:

Knowledge of CSE will increase by 30%
20% improvement in parent cooperation and commitment to cooperate with CSE
20% increase in CSE collections
25% of participants will find employment
Improved custodial/noncustodial relationships
Mediation services for parents will increase by 20%
50% increase in visitation between NCP and his/her child
Long-term outcome includes strengthening the relationship between CSE and other stakeholders to improve services to families.

Grant Number:90FI0108
For Information, contact: ACFOCSEGrantsinfo@acf.hhs.gov
Project Period:09/01/10 – 08/31/2013

 

 

 I’ll be back tomorrow… to finish connecting the dots.

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