When it comes to determining child custody, some say the courts favor the mother. Do they? Should they?
According to Halbert Sullivan and Lisl King Williams, Missouri courts more often give custody to mothers than to fathers, and make it especially difficult for a low income father that was never married to the mother of his child. Sullivan is the founder and CEO of the Fathers' Support Center, located in North St. Louis. Williams is the director of legal services there.
Judge Jimmie Edwards speaks at today's press conference. Edwards created the youth-focused Innovative Concept Academy, which will benefit from a grant from the Department of Labor to create job training opportunities for criminal offenders.
Ex-criminal offenders in the St. Louis region will get assistance in finding jobs through two new grants from the Department of Labor.
The Fathers' Support Center received a $1.4 million grant, and the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment is working with the Center to create more job training opportunities for former felons. The “Training to Work – Adult Reentry” grant will fund job training through Ranken Technical College.