Require states to notify all adoption agencies
within 200 miles of the foster home or last known parental home when
parental custody rights have been terminated. Allow states to contact
adoption agencies outside 200 miles at their discretion. After a child lives in foster care for more
than a lifetime total of 150 days, terminate parental custody rights and
let the child be adopted by the best available parents. Give states $40,000 in federal funds for every
child in foster care successfully adopted.
Eliminate TANF. Create a $5200 annual refundable tax credit for all American children age zero to four living in one minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year. Create a $5500 annual refundable tax credit for all citizen children age zero to four living in two minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year. Create a $5800 annual refundable tax credit for all citizen children age zero to four living in three minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year. Create a $6200 annual refundable tax credit for all citizen children age zero to four living in four minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year. Create a $6600 annual refundable tax credit for all citizen children age zero to four living in five minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year. Create a $7000 annual refundable tax credit for all citizen children age zero to four who live in six or more minor child families, not receiving public
assistance in the past year.
Create federal agencies to administer and
distribute all vouchers and credits described herein.
Create a 30 percent housing voucher or refundable tax credit for
all families having minor children and are below 100 percent of
the "official" poverty level for that size family. For families at or above the poverty level, gradually phase the voucher or credit down
until reaching families at 80 percent of median family income for that size
family. Create a new agency to keep tabs on who
has custody of every American child, to audit those claiming child
related vouchers or credits, and to ensure that no nonexistent dependents
are claimed, that no child is claimed more than once, and that other
fraud is eliminated.
Index all vouchers, credits, and other policies to inflation.
Give states latitude in deciding how to
spend WIC money. Require all WIC recipients' children to
receive all necessary vaccinations when they pick up benefits.
Create a universal nurse home visitor program
similar to the Prenatal and Early Childhood Nurse Home Visitation
Terminate parental contact for parents
convicted of abuse or neglect. Allow contact when the child reaches
Separate visitation from child support. Keep the adoption tax credit, and make it refundable.
Federalize child support. Take child support
payments from wages the way payroll taxes are. Hire private agencies to find dead-beat parents
when other methods fail. Pay teenage females ages 13 to 18 $1.50 per day if they remain childfree.
Cut the dependent, personal and standard
deductions by 40 percent. Keep the adoption credit and make it refundable.
Require universal pre-marital counseling with
licensed counselors, based on research having high, enforced standards.
Create two types of marriage for couples to choose between:
1. Covenant marriage:
At the time of any divorce in a covenant marriage:
If both individuals want a no-fault
divorce, immediately grant a no-fault divorce. If one or both individuals want
an at-fault divorce, immediately grant the divorce and decide post-divorce
duties and rights via legal proceedings later.
2. An automatic no-fault at divorce marriage that immediately grants divorce.
Work to equalize Social Security benefits for spouses.
Eliminate funding for family preservation programs.
Automatically tax the gifts, inheritances, net income, and fringe benefits of noncustodial parents of minor children to provide child support. Tax at 15 percent for those with one child up to a maximum payment of $36,000 per year, at 24 percent for those with two children up to a maximum payment of $57,000 per year, at 30 percent for those with three children up to a max of $77,000 per year. Add four percent and $21,000 to the max for each child beyond three up to a maximum of 46 percent. Divide payments among custodial parents on a per child basis, except when the costodial parent of a disabled child deserves a greater percentage. Create a federal parent locator service to assist in enforcement of child support. Require noncustodial parents not paying required child support to attend a program similar to Charles Ballard's. Require 47 hours of community service every time a parent gets behind more than an amount equal to one month's child support payment.
Require parents or guardians convicted of child abuse or neglect or have had a child removed because of abuse or neglect for more than one month to undergo mandatory vasectomy or tubal ligation. Require babies born drug addicted or with fetal alcohol syndrome to be immediately placed for adoption. Prohibit the sale of alcohol and cigarrettes to pregnant women.