Cleveland protesters say Father Lives Matter in demand for change in child and family services

Demonstrators want child abuse awareness to consider a father’s presence valuable
Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 8:13 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) -It’s a rarity that single-parent homes have Dad as the single parent.

It could stem from the treatment they get in the family court system.

One local group calling itself Father Lives Matter is trying to change that narrative.

Demonstrator Jennifer Hamlet thinks the system has the wrong impression on a father’s presence and value.

“I do believe that this institution is designed to keep our Father’s out of our children’s lives,” says Hamlet.

Others here share Jennifer’s views.

Joe Jones, for one, is passionate about the crusade of the Father Lives Matter movement.

“This demonstration today is about families who became victims of child abuse awareness. We believe if many of these children would not have been removed or killed a short time later, some children got illegally moved. That shouldn’t have been removed at all. We don’t want them retrained. We want DCFS used as a case of emergency type thing,” said Jones.

It’s that motivation alone that captured the attention of many.

While their voices were heard, it didn’t cause much of a commotion because no one on the inside responded to their peaceful protest.

“We demand that the people who are making these decisions listen to us and what we want,” says Jones.

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