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A Son’s Perspective on His Mom 

“When you start something you do not quit.” This is a saying that my mom would always tell me. In my opinion, she is one of the most influential people I have ever known because, she has gotten me to do great things, I have looked up to her achievements, and she is very loving and nurturing. She has always helped me when I needed it or saw a great opportunity that would make my life better.

First of all, my mom has gotten me to do great things. She convinced me to start doing cub scouts which I did that for five years and I recently transferred into boy scouts with no intention of quitting. Now, I love boy scouts because I get to camp, hike with my friends, and learn valuable lessons. Furthermore, she had me start piano which I have been doing for three years and I love that too. My mom recently inspired me to do martial arts and I have committed to it for a year now. She has always gotten me to do great things. I have also always looked up to my mom.

In addition to the many reasons my mom, has been so influential in my life one of the most important ones is that I look up to what she does for work. She is a lawyer for children and does many things to advocate and help them. First of all, she helps kids get adopted and makes their lives better because they are given an oppo11unity to be adopted into a family who will truly nurture them just as my mom does me. In addition to that, she stands up for kids if they get in trouble at school when they didn’t do anything or when their side wasn’t heard. She advocated for them and makes sure their constitutional rights are met. She will not stop working until it is fair.

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Staggering Statistics: The Need for Special Education

Who needs special education?  Accord­ing to national statistics, perhaps the better question is, who doesn’t? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in six children in the United States has a developmental disability, ranging from mild disabilities, such as speech and language impairments, to severe developmental disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and intellectual dis­ability.

In 2018, the CDC reported the estimated prevalence of autism among the nation’s chil­dren to be 1 in 59 children, a fifteen percent (15%) increase from 1 in 68 children two years prior.

In the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5, 2013), the American Psychiatric Asso­ciation reported that five percent (5%) of children have attention-deficit/hyperactiv­ity disorder (ADHD). However, three years later in 2016, a parent-reported study on ADHD diagnosis and treatment, approxi­mately 6.1 million or nine point four per­cent (9.4%) of children ages 2-17 had been diagnosed with ADHD. Further, nearly two-thirds (64%) of children with ADHD also had another mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder such as conduct disor­der, anxiety, depression, autism, or Tourette syndrome.

According to Paediatrics & Child Health, five to ten percent (5% to 10%) of the popu­lation is considered to have dyslexia. Linda S. Siegel, Perspectives on Dyslexia, Paediatrics & Child Health (Dec. 2006), at 581-87.

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Senate Bill 115 Would Give Sperm Donors Standing to Petition for Paternity

Vince Vaughan stars in a new comedy being released in November called The Delivery Man. Vaughan plays a character (David Wozniak) who anonymously donated sperm twenty years earlier. !e sperm bank made a mistake, and his sperm was used to conceive 533 children. Thrown into a whirlwind of emotion and uncertainty, Wozniak decides to surreptitiously seek out his children. In the process, he establishes relationships with many of them. Wozniak discovers his true purpose in life is to be a father.

Would Wozniak be able to fille a paternity action in California to establish parentage for any of these children? According to a recent decision by a Los Angeles court: no. The court found a sperm donor does not have standing to file a paternity action.

Three laws came into play in the decision.

First, Family Code section 7613 provides:

The donor of semen to a licensed physician and surgeon or to a licensed sperm bank for use in artificial insemination or in vitro of a woman other than the donor’s wife is treated in law as if he were not the natural father . . . unless otherwise agreed to in writing . . . prior to the conception.  Cal. Fam. Code § 7613(d) (Deering 2013).

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