Local father working on co-parenting application

Many blended families have multiple children with different parents, keeping track of everything can get hectic for some. Children often are involved in divorces, so a Bakersfield man created a way to manage what sometimes can be complicated schedules.
BAKERSFIELD, CA - Many blended families have multiple children with different parents, keeping track of everything can get hectic for some. Children often are involved in divorces, so a Bakersfield man created a way to manage what sometimes can be complicated schedules.

Single father Jon Vaughn says he began working on a mobile application after looking for a way to keep records and better communicate with the mothers of his two daughters.

"I thought it was important and there's been times where I feel like I should've had better record so I started looking for something and I couldn't really find what I was looking for," said Vaughn.

He says most of the programs he found focused on scheduling.

Vaughn said, "There's so much more to a child's life and people that are connected to that you can't just do that in a calendar."

Genesis focuses on three parts: child custody, visitation, and support.

"I'm combining the communication between these parents and, at the same time, allowing them to keep these notes too," said Vaughn.

One feature allows the user to notify the other parent when the child is picked is picked up or dropped off.

Vaughn said, "Even though she knows that I'm going to get her, it's still comforting knowing hey ok he's got her. But I forget all of the time. It's just like I get her and then she's there and she's telling me about her day and I just forget. In this, when I go to pick up, now I can easily just click the pick up and it will automatically send her a text saying hey I got her."

Although Vaughn says he's been working on Genesis for two years, it's still in the early stages. He created a Kickstarter page, a site that allows people to pledge money to fund creative projects, with hopes of raising $81,000 to develop the app.

Vaughn says a web-based version of Genesis will be available toward the end of the year. He says he hopes to have the mobile app version available shortly after. 
 
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