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1 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Fathers Support Center, St. Louis (FSC) Legal Clinic PROVIDING QUALITY & AFFORDABLE LEGAL SERVICES by Halbert Sullivan, CEO Chester Deanes, Director of Community Outreach Presented February 22, 2012 by Halbert Sullivan, CEO Chester Deanes, Director of Community Outreach

2 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Our Mission To foster healthy relationships by strengthening families and communities Our Vision Every father is a responsible father who is committed to a cohesive family relationship.

3 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 The Family Formation Program The Employment Development and Mentoring Program Youth Leadership and Development Program Fathers Rap: A Self-Help Fatherhood Support Program Male Wellness and Health The Legal Clinic FSC Programs

4 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Who We Serve FSCs typical clients are: African-American Males Ages Unemployed/ Underemployed Non-custodial Fathers with Limited Interaction with Children Men who want to be responsible fathers

5 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Children from fatherless homes are: 8 times more likely to go to prison. 5 times more likely to commit suicide. 20 times more likely to have behavioral problems. 32 times more likely to run away. 10 times more likely to abuse chemical substances. 9 times more likely to drop out of high school. 33 times more likely to be seriously abused. 73 times more likely to be fatally abused. One-tenth as likely to get A's in school. On average have a 44% higher mortality rate. On average have a 72% lower standard of living

6 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 The Legal Clinic The FSC Legal Clinic offers affordable legal assistance through the services of 2 attorney, social worker and law students thus making visitation attainable. Our work is to put the father back in the picture. The Fathers Support Centers Legal Clinic works to challenge the consequences of fatherless families and improve the lives of our communitys children.

7 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Services Offered Legal Visitation Child Support Modifications Expungements Legal Custody **Only in cases where children are in jeopardy of becoming wards of the state.

8 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Market Overview Analysis revealed no legal clinics reserved for the poor that focus on issues of noncustodial, non-resident parents visitation and child custody Pre-paid Legal – Does not handle family law matters Family Law Attorneys and Firms- Too expensive FSC Consumer Reports: 75% report negative experiences with our competitors (law clinics, family law firms and family law attorneys).

9 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Market Overview Market Segmentation Consumers based on Legal Issues

10 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Operations and Logistics

11 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Legal Clinic Structure Attorney2 Law StudentsSocial Worker

12 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Goals- Short-term Operating Goals Develop a Business Plan and a Strategic Plan Develop a Procedural Manual Meet with select area Judges and Prosecutors and introduce the Law Clinic Hire Family Law Attorney and recruit two 3 rd year law students. Develop Payment Plans Provide legal services to 165 customers

13 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Goals- Intermediate Operating Goals Review and update Business Plan and Strategic Plan Maintain relationships with area Law Schools Review and update Procedural Manual Review and update Payment Plans Review and update assessment tools Develop a meeting plan with those select Judges/Prosecutors Develop plan to expand the services offered at the Legal Clinic

14 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Goals- Long-term Operating Goals To become the premier Legal Clinic in the State that provides services to our population Successful Branding of the Legal Clinic to make FSCs Legal Clinic the go-to place Develop additional Law Clinics in the State Develop an Internship program with area Law Schools for the purpose of recruiting and maintaining Law students and supporting their education goals Continued advocacy for policies that recognize the parenting rights of the never-married non-custodial parent

15 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Measuring Social Value Measurements of Social Impact: Number of non-custodial (clients) paying child- support Number of non-custodial (clients) that remain in the childs life Number of non-custodial parents referred to program by previous clients

16 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Measuring Social Value cont Number of fathers receiving legal visitation Number of fathers receiving child support modifications Number of fathers receiving custody (only when children are at risk of being placed in state care ) Number of non-custodial parents participating in other FSC programs

17 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Potential Risks Major Professional liability Performance Competitive response New laws/ regulations on legal clinics Minor Growing too quickly Frequent turn-over Competing internal priorities Mission Creep Losing focus Spending financial resources single bottom line

18 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Funding and Sustainability Start-Up Funding Board of Directors investment -$15,000 SEIC Investment- $35,000 Sustainability Diverse revenue streams Fees for client services Investment/ interest income Expand target market

19 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Senate Bill 140 CHILD SUPPORT COURTS Courts can now refer defendants to education, vocational/employment training substance abuse treatment, or work programs. Upon completion, the defendant may have the charges against him/her dismissed reduced or modified Each participant must be a nonviolent person. Criminal non-support matters may be charged as a class A misdemeanors as opposed to class D felonies

20 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Senate Bill 140 (contd) If placed on probation or parole, payment of current support and satisfaction of arrears may be required Failure to pay may result in further sentencing Nonviolent first and second–time offenders currently incarcerated may be considered for work release Courts have the ability to structure payments based upon the defendants net income Provides greater opportunity for sustainable employment, thereby impacting the financial and emotional support of the child

21 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Senate Bill 141 Clear, definitive notification of possible paternity judgments Fathers are given opportunity to challenge paternity judgments with genetic testing Fathers have until December 31, 2011 to set aside paternity judgments entered before August 28, 2009 For judgments entered after August 28, 2009 fathers have two years from the date of the judgment to challenge paternity

22 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Senate Bill 141 (contd) If the father is not the biological father, the court may enter a judgment setting aside previous judgment of paternity, extinguish current and past support modify the childs birth certificate Fathers may also apply for orders to expunge any criminal nonsupport charge or conviction Fathers have no cause of action under SB 141 to sue the State of Missouri for any child support that was previously paid

23 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 This act allows: Child support to be terminated if the state registry indicates that the child is 21 years old and the support order does not require further payment Automated the termination of the child support order when support is The act also allows for a hearing regarding a child's emancipation when it is disputed by the parties, rather than treating the dispute as a motion to modify the support obligation. This act requires the family support division to advise the obligor of the procedures to contest a lien placed, by the family support division, on workers' compensation benefits on the grounds that such lien is a mistake of fact. If prima facie evidence is established, the obligor may only assert mistake of fact as a defense. The obligor shall have the burden of proof on such issues. Missouri House Bill 1694

24 13 th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference Restore the Legacy of Fathers – Los Angeles, CA 2012 Fathers Support Center, St. Louis 4411 N. Newstead Ave. St. Louis, MO (314)


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