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COMMISSIONER BILL HARRINGTON'S
MINORITY REPORT AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE
UNITED STATES COMMISSION ON CHILD & FAMILY WELFARE

A COMMISSION CREATED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF:
P.L. 102-521 10/25/92 U.S. Code Citation: 42 USC 12301


REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT AND THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
JULY 1996


"As a society, we must come to grips with the obvious social reality that parental integrity, begets parental responsibility, while parental disenfranchisement quite logically begets parental despair, dysfunction, and even disappearance. This tragic symptom triad constitutes the 'destroyed father syndrome.' a rampant and terrible psycho-social affliction that is treatable and, more importantly, preventable. As with all 'diseases' a thorough understanding of its etiology is essential before fruitful efforts at treatment (and prevention) can reasonably be expected."

Dr. Robert Fay, M.D.


CONTENTS

PART ONE -- COMMISSION PERFORMANCE

This Commission Failed To Fulfill Its Congressional Mandate
This Commission Rebuffed The Specific Concerns And Issues Of

90% Of All Non-Custodial Parents
This Commission Rejected Joint Custody And Shared Parenting
This Commission Recommended Eliminating Prejudicial And Hate
Language In Family Matters
This Commission Failed To Include In Its Majority Report Vital
Research On Unmarried Fathers And Fatherhood
This Commission's Lack Of Interest In National Fatherhood
Evesnts Is Noteworthy In Itself
This Commission Failed To Include In Its Report And Act In
Accord With Contemporaneous Federal And Statewide Action
To Restore Fatherhood
Other Recent Family Policy Commissions Have Also Overlooked
The Crisis Of Fatherlessness
This Commission Refused To Hear And Consider Significant
Social Welfare Issues
Wrongful Government Intervention In Family Life
A Fatherhood "Apartheid" Policy Continues To Create "Fathers In
Exile"

PART TWO -- POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

53 Suggested Action Plans For A Unified National Family Policy

Which Emphasizes Father Involvement As The Optimum Way
To Enhance Child And Family Well-Being
I.) White House Action
II.) Congressional Action
A.) Congressional Action - Tax Code
B.) Congressional Action - Welfare Reform
C.) Congressional Action - Democratic And Republican Party
D.) Congressional Action - Child Support Collection Pilot Programs
III.) State Action
IV.) Adoption Action
V.) Courts, Judges And Lawyers Action
VI.) Education Action
VII. )Business Sector Action
VIII.) Family Violence Action

Summary

PART THREE -- FATHERS IN EXILE

Social And Cultural Roots Of 23,000,000 Fatherless Children
A Fatherless And -Less And -Less World
Blaming Fathers For Fatherlessness
Has History Conspired To Alienate And Exile Fathers?
The American Family

EPILOGUE
Welfare 1996: HR 3734 - The Missing Element
WORKS CITED
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