Federal Representatives to State Courts: Improve Adjudications

From The Center for Judicial Excellence:

Guess what?

It’s August Recess — and federal lawmakers are home in their Districts until Labor Day!

Now is your chance to get your House Rep signed on
as a co-sponsor of H Con Res 72 to prioritize child safety in family courts!

Join us for a one-hour advocacy training with Kathleen Russell, Executive Director of the Center for Judicial Excellence, and Connie Valentine, the Founder of the California Protective Parents Association to learn:

  • What does H Con Res 72 say?
  • What happens when it passes the House of Representatives?
  • How do I schedule a meeting, and with whom? house concurrent res 72 8 2018
  • Who and what should I bring to the meeting?
  • What should I say there?
  • How should I follow up?
  • What is most effective? (hint: good legislators supporting good laws!)

To RSVP for the ZOOM call, send your: name, county, state, phone number and email address to: gettraining@yahoo.com

You will receive a personal invitation via email after speaking with us to ensure that this call is a good fit for you! Together, we will do this!!

child safety days dc september 9 to 12 2018

Also, join us this September 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Washington DC! We will train protective parents on Sunday afternoon to lobby for child safety in family courts and then fan out for three days of meetings to seek even more H Con Res 72 co-sponsors and supporters.

If you can get yourselves to DC, we can put you to work for child safety!

Let’s Do This!

 

Current list: Cosponsors: H.Con.Res.72 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)

 

10th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference Fundraiser

Are you getting your garden ready for Spring?

This is from the Battered Mothers Custody Conference:

Our organization needs your help. For every purchase made on this site Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Battered Mothers Custody Conference. Please click on the photo below to see how you can help today!

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… or, become a co-sponsor, exhibitor or advertiser! 

From the BMCC website:

Each year the conference draws more mothers and an ever-widening assortment of professionals from the legal, social work, mental health, and academic fields, making it an excellent forum for:

 – Marketing your products and services

 – Disseminating your organization’s materials

 – Advertising your agency

 – Gaining national exposure

 – Attracting new clients

 – Networking with others in the field

CONFERENCE CO-SPONSORSHIP  $150

 Includes:

– An exhibitor table for the entire weekend

– Listing as a Co-sponsor in conference program and on website

– 1/4 page Ad  in conference program

 

Please email your business card and/or ad artwork to mhannah413@aol.com by April 25, 2013.  Thank you!

Good News From The California Protective Parents Association

Dear Friends,

 

Save the Dates.  2012 is an action-packed year…

 

March 1 :

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will hold a Congressional Briefing to share results of evidenced-based programs and practices.

Court Practices and Programs to Improve Justice and Safety for Children and Families from 10:00 to 11:00 am, 2226 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.

RSVP to Sarah Grabowska at sgrabowska@ncjfcj.org or 775-784-6711.

You may send in your written testimony, if you cannot attend.

March 16-17 :

Conference in Phoenix, Arizona –  Our Broken Family Court System 

March 19-21 :

The U.S. Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence – The “Defending Childhood Task Force” – will hold the third public hearing in Miami, Florida focused on children’s exposure to violence in their communities and at school.

If you cannot attend, you can e-mail comments by April 24 to defendingchildhoodtaskforce@nccdcrc.org or send to NCCD, Attn: Defending Childhood Task Force, 1970 Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland, California, 94612.

 

April 28:

 Eighteenth Annual Child Sexual Abuse Conference at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 East 14th Street, Davis, California from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Healing from Trauma: Clergy Abuse with Keynote Speaker Jaime Romo. There is no cost for the conference.

May 6-8:

Fourth Annual Mothers of Lost Children Mothers Day demonstration/lobbying in Washington, DC.

We are holding this event the week before Mothers Day this year.

 

Sunday, May 6:

Time: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm for a silent vigil and march around the White House.

6:30 – 7:30 pm for a silent candlelight vigil.

Place: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW in front of the White House.

 

Monday, May 7 :

Time: 10:30 am to 3:30 pm for our first formal coalition meeting and lobbying workshop.

Place: Sewall Belmont House Suffragists’ Headquarters, 144 Constitution Ave, NE

Contact cppa001@aol.com right away to sign up for the workshop (seating is limited).

A small fee of $40 is needed due to high cost of the historic space.

 

Tuesday, May 8:

Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm to lobby at the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives

  • Most of us stay at the inexpensive International Hostel, 1009 11th St NW, Washington (202) 737-2333
  • Be sure to bring your Mothers of Lost Children T-shirts! We will bring more in case you don’t have one. We wear white like the Liberian women .
  • We follow in the footsteps of the mothers who demonstrated every Thursday afternoon at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina to protest government torture and murder of their adult children. In Sacramento we demonstrate on Thursday afternoon at the family court to protest the legalized beatings, rape and murder of children.
  • For information on previous Washington DC demonstrations, go to the Mothers of Lost Children website.

DV LEAP Newsletter

From DV LEAP Newsletter December 1, 2012:

Dear friends,

DV LEAP now receives even more pleas for help from protective parents struggling in family court to keep their children safe from abusive fathers. In large part, this dramatic increase in requests for assistance is a result of wide publicity about our significant federal grant to fund both trainings and technical assistance (consulting) on custody and abuse litigation, as well as our new contracts with 6 attorney and psychologist experts in that field.

While the federal grant provides seed funding for approximately 2 hours of consulting for about 100 parents, we already know that far more (e.g., 10-20 hours) time is needed for most cases. Because these cases are complicated, and often involve unrepresented litigants facing major law firms on the other side, devotion of significant hours (but still far less than would be required for full representation) can be critical. In one recent case, the consultant’s many hours (mostly unfunded) spent reading documents from the case, assessing the litigation, and explaining strategy and approach to the mother actually helped turn the case around for the protective parent when she returned to court (still unrepresented).

Many protective parents helped by DV LEAP consulting say that this help made a huge difference to them. Our consultants have superb know-how and experience with these cases, and are able to provide unique insight into the claims frequently made by abusers seeking custody, as well as the challenges of combating faulty custody evaluations. In fact, several of our consultants have helped turn around cases that were headed in the wrong direction.

To help keep mothers and children safe, we want to provide sufficient consultation with time for protective parents.

Please make your gift to DV LEAP today so that we can ensure that every one can receive the skilled advice that will lead to safe outcomes.


Veteran attorneys join DV LEAP staff

Please join us in welcoming two new attorneys to DV LEAP. Nirupa Narayan and Michael Bassett are each working part-time with DV LEAP to replace our dear colleague, Elizabeth Liu who worked with DV LEAP for 4 ½ years. Both Ms. Narayan and Mr. Bassett come to DV LEAP with significant experience and we are excited about our ability to expand our reach and assist more survivors through their efforts.

Ms. Narayan was the Managing Immigration Attorney at the Tahirih Justice Center where she managed the organization’s immigration and pro bono programs and represented immigrant survivors of gender-based violence. She previously worked at Boat People SOS providing immigration and family law representation to survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Prior to joining Boat People SOS, Ms. Narayan was a staff attorney with the Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s family law division and AIDS Legal Project. Ms. Narayan has provided training and technical assistance to domestic violence and immigration service providers, pro bono attorneys, courts, law enforcement agents and community groups. She currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project. Ms. Narayan holds an LL.M. degree from American University, Washington College of Law and a J.D. degree from New York Law School. At DV LEAP, as Senior Staff Attorney Nirupa will be focusing on our DC projects, including outreach, partnering with pro bono lawyers on DC appeals, and local trainings.

Mr. Bassett comes to DV LEAP from the private practice of law in Ohio, in which he has focused on advocating for survivors of domestic abuse in complex custody (and other types) of litigation. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Bassett worked for the Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he worked on the creation of the office’s victim’s advocacy program, as well as designing the county’s first domestic violence protocol. Mr. Bassett has served on the Port Clinton Board of Education and the Board of Directors of Ottawa County Transitional Housing. Mr. Bassett received his BA from American University in 2002, and his JD from the University of Toledo in 2005. His focus at DV LEAP will be on consulting on and litigating custody and abuse appeals, and we are confident that his strong record of success in these cases will help survivors and their children around the country.

Joan Meier
Executive Director

California Protective Parents Association Newsletter

CA Protective Parents Association
Dear Friends,

We are thankful for new attention on the family court crisis.
 

Occupy Wall Street, focused on changing the economic status quo, met opposition. We who are focused on changing the family court status quo see a glimmer of light.

Last month two excellent Congressional briefings were held in Washington DC.

  • The first was on October 11 on the mental health impact of violence and trauma on children, organized by WitnessJustice http://www.witnessjustice.org/.
  • The second was on October 12 on the effects of domestic violence on children, organized by NCADV http://ncadv.org/ and Makers of Memories http://www.makersofmemories.org/.
  • Several Congressmembers, including John Conyers from Michigan and Bob Casey from Pennsylvania are calling for oversight hearings on the systemic failure to protect children.

The Penn State scandal shows that respectable married men commit heinous sexual acts against children. The belief system that men own children, can injure them with impunity, and be covered up by officials is being exposed.

Please join us, under a pseudonym if needed, to expose the family court collusion with abusers.

1. If you are a mother who has been fighting the family courts without success, contact Jane at Abuse Freedom jane@abusefreedom.com She has a reporter from CNN who wants your stories of children who were molested and then the molester ends up with child.

2. Sign a petition to save four year old Mila from ongoing abuse and possible trafficking.http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-the-united-states-save-mila?utm_medium=tw itter&utm_source=share_petition

3. Demonstrations are starting at Sacramento Family Court. Please contact Mary atsurvivefcsbrutality@gmail.com for more information, especially if Stephanie Stilley MSW from Sacramento was/is on your case.

4. Come to the Battered Mothers Custody Conference on January 7-9, 2012 in Albany NY.www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org

We will be presenting on the ongoing www.mothers-of-lost-children.com demonstrations and hope to organize a Washington DC demonstration right after the conference. As Mothers on Trial author Phyllis Chessler (who will be speaking at the conference) said in admiration of the mothers, “Barefoot and weaponless, they fight on.”

5. Grade your court officials at www.DistinctionInFamilyCourts.com and complete a survey atwww.mothers-of-lost-children.com, especially if PAS or alienation was used in your case.

6. We have been encouraged by Congressional staff members to send as many emails and letters as possible to Congress and the White House. The more emails that are sent on a subject, the more attention it gets. Personal letters make even more of an impact. This petiton method makes emailing easy.

  • Consider signing a petition to Congress for oversight hearings for family court crisishttp://www.petition2congress.com/5607/family-court-crisis/

Feel free to use/edit this letter, or create your own

LETTER TO ELECTED U.S. OFFICIALS

We are calling for oversight hearings into a growing public health crisis: 58,000 children are placed with batterers and molesters by U.S. family courts every year. www.leadershipcouncil.org.

Such adverse childhood experiences destroy childhoods and result in an increase in adult substance abuse, obesity, sexual promiscuity, depression, suicidality, heart disease, cancer, pulmonary diseases, and problems with intimate relationships and work. www.acestudy.org. When abused children are provided safety, they can become healthy adults. Instead, children are being court-ordered to violent, dangerous homes.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has called our country to task for human rights violations in Gonzalez v United States of America case, stating that the U.S. has an obligation to investigate systemic failures to prevent their repetition in the future.(p. 52) and implement precautionary measures to protect women and children in the context of domestic violence. (p. 63) http://www.law.miami.edu/hrc/hrc_gonzalez_usa.php

1. FAMILY COURT. Family court does not focus on keeping children safe. There are many reasons for this failure. The often surreal court process includes a cottage industry of private professionals. Litigants with money may be ordered to an evaluation at their own expense.  The mental health professionals charge whatever the market will bear. In this cozy relationship, courts rely on the professionals to provide reports that conform to their belief systems; the professionals rely on the court for on-going lucrative appointments and provide reports pleasing to the court. These professionals often do not comply with the laws and rules of court that govern them. They minimize or ignore child abuse and domestic violence and produce dangerously flawed reports.

Judicial decisions affecting children’s lives are based on opinion and bias, not facts and evidence.

Court employees are likewise compromised: they must provide reports that conform to judicial expectations. They sometimes boast to their colleagues of gifts received from wealthy parents. Litigants with money may also be ordered to pay for an attorney for the child. The attorney rarely represents the child’s wishes, instead advocating for the parent with the most resources. Judges have been prosecuted for receiving cash for kids and cash to throw cases.

If Child Protective Services does not substantiate child abuse, the court may incorrectly assume that abuse did not occur. CPS defers to the family court instead of intervening to remove children from unsafe court placements. District Attorneys rarely prosecute incest or child abuse cases when custody is in dispute.

The wealthier parent (usually the father) hires an aggressive attorney and the parent with less money (usually the battered mother) becomes self-represented after resources are depleted. This inequality of power yields predictable results, despite a California law requiring the court to ensure both parties have attorneys when one does.

Not surprisingly, 70% of batterers who seek custody obtain it.http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/pas/dv.html.

Wide judicial discretion leads to tragic, sometimes fatal, mistakes. There are no standardized protocols, often no court reporters or transcripts, no ability to appeal, and no oversight of these “star chamber proceedings”.   The system fails children, but succeeds well for batterers and molesters.

2. FOSTER CARE. Children are being raped, physically abused and killed while in government placements. CPS guidelines are not always followed, often children are taken without due process, and safe relative placement may not be utilized as required. There are financial incentives for adoption that result in removal of adoptable children from their homes. Juvenile dependency hearings are secret, protecting perpetrators rather than victims. Children in foster care are medicated for symptoms of trauma instead of talking about their grief. CPS fails to remove children who are court-ordered to abusive parents.

3. FUNDING. The imbalance of funding is creating corruption which has filtered through all manner of government and related agencies. One example is that $500 million in taxpayer dollars (in this time of grave deficit and poverty), is designated for the fatherhood initiative through the US Department of Health and Human Services. “The goal is to have former prisoners paying child support and reconnecting with their children as soon as possible.” (Washington Post June 21, 2010.) Nothing is designated for a motherhood initiative. This gender-biased funding must be eliminated, or turned into a parenting initiative. There is no study that shows these funds are improving children’s lives; however, there is ample evidence that it is ruining them. Fatherhood organizations funded by HHS are known to advise previously incarcerated criminal fathers how to get custody and child support, instead of how to get a job and pay child support.

We urge you to hold oversight hearings on the systemic failure of family court and CPS to protect children as recommended by Congressman John Conyers at the October 12, 2011 Congressional briefing on the effects of domestic violence on children.

Mothers Day 2011 Vigils, Speakouts, Marches, Demonstrations and Prayer

From The California Protective Parent Association Newsletter:

1. MOTHERS DAY IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 

Mothers of Lost Children and their supporters are having a speak-out and candlelight vigil on Mothers Day May 8, 2011 at the White House in Washington, D.C.  from

6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Please note the time change.

6:00 pm speak-out

7:00 pm march

7:45 pm candlelight vigil

Information will be available Sunday night about activities on Monday.

There is also another event for mothers in the afternoon organized by a separate group.  Here is the information we have:  http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=hpskip#!/pages/Million-Mom-March-Mothers-Day-2011-in-Washington-DC/153380204718360 

2. DAY AFTER MOTHERS DAY IN SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Mothers and supporters are meeting on Monday May 9 in Sacramento, California to bring attention to the broken family and juvenille court systems which harm victims of domestic violence and child abuse. 

Noon              Assemble at the West side of CA State Capitol (10th Street between L and N Streets) to pray.

12:30             March from the State Capitol to the Appellate Court.
1:30                Demonstration
3:00               Assemble in the Committee Room at the Capitol. Assembly Member Fiona Ma is the keynote speaker.

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CALIFORNIA

Information from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/may92011march/

Please join us on May 9, 2011 at the California State Capitol. Our mission is to bring attention to the issue of how our broken family and juvenille court systems are harming victims of domestic violence and child abuse and to demonstrate to the public the severity and extent of the crisis in our family and juvenile court system and other corrupt court systems throughout the country. Second, we are assembling, along with our legislators and experts in domestic violence and child abuse, to discuss possible ways to end the crisis and bring justice to those whose rights have been violated.

Event Schedule:

12 Noon: Meet on the South side of the California State Capitol to assemble and pray.

12:30 to 1:30 pm: March at the State Capitol and up to the Appellate Court house.

1:30 to 3 pm: Demonstrate in front of the front of the Capitol/Lunch Breaks worked in there somewhere.

3 to 5 pm: Assemble on the south side of the Capitol for speakers and panel discussions.

Check out our “Links” to get information on organizations that will be supporting us at the march, to connect with us on Facebook, and to listen to the 4Justice radio show featuring our event! See our “Messages” for more detailed information about the event and how you can help!

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 HAWAII

Information from AngelGroup.org :

Join Us On Maui For Mother’s Day!

 
 
Written by Dara Carlin | Examiner | 02 May 2011

dara_carlin_maui_mothers_dayMother’s Day is fast approaching, this Sunday, May 8th – time to buy “the perfect card”, send some flowers, make brunch reservations or dinner plans!

Our earliest recollections of Mother’s Day likely include memories of construction paper cards made at school, held together with Elmer’s glue, written in crayon or magic marker and perhaps a little glitter; flowers hand-picked from a neighbor’s yard and noble attempts at making a pancake breakfast in bed. Even though these efforts were done for Mom, the reward was actually ours as we waited in excited anticipation of her response: the smile that makes you swell with pride knowing you did good and the embrace of unconditional love that only a mother’s arms can provide.

For victims and survivors of abuse, however, these memories are only hopes and dreams – Mother’s Day for those impacted by domestic violence and child abuse is an annual day of agony where outstretched arms remain empty and feelings of isolation, loneliness and loss are all-consuming. For mothers and children who have lost each other through domestic violence, Mother’s Day is particularly excruciating as the day will hold a very painful journey to a gravesite where regrets and even happy memories will torment those left behind.

Death is not the only way that mothers and their children are separated through domestic violence however. For those moms “lucky” enough to have “successfully escaped” domestic violence, too many lose custody of their children to their abusers in subsequent child custody and visitation proceedings in family court. The Leadership Council http://www.leadershipcouncil.org conservatively estimates that 58,000 children PER YEAR are ordered into UNsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States.

While Hawaii has some of the best domestic violence statutes in the country (like 571-46(9) that I mentioned in a previous article which says a perpetartor of family violence should not be awarded sole or joint custody of the children) the problem is that domestic violence is either ignored, marginalized, minimized or litigated away so the statutes designed to protect women and children from ongoing abuse never get applied. The result is that domestic violence survivor moms – some of the best and most protective parents around – become childless after having their children (sometimes literally) ripped away from them.

This Sunday, May 8th, I will be joining a group of domestic violence survivor moms and their supporters on Maui from 9:00am – 12:00pm in the K-Mart parking lot at the corner of Haleakala Highway and Dairy Road for a sign waving and peaceful demonstration calling attention to motherless children and childless mothers taken away from each other through domestic violence and/or family court proceedings that ignored evidence of abuse.

PLEASE put on some purple (the color that represents domestic violence) and come out to join us or give a drive-by and a honk to let these brave and protective parents know that your heart is with them. A petition will be circulated demanding that the law be applied and adhered to in cases of violence and abuse so that the children born into such situations will remain in the arms of their protective parent rather then the clutches of an abuser.

The event on Maui will be in solidarity with the Mothers of Lost Children http://www.mothers-of-lost-children.com/ speakout and candlelight vigil in front of the White House in Washington, DC that will begin just as our Maui event ends (6:00 – 9:30pm Eastern Standard Time). To see last year’s White House event, go to: http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-442413

On Monday, May 9th, moms and their supporters will be gathering in Sacramento, CA outside of the State Capitol to call attention to the broken family and juvenile court systems which harm victims of domestic violence and child abuse. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/may92011march/

So please come join us and help to spread the word to show your support for our makuahine and keiki this Mother’s Day so that by next Mother’s Day, outstretched arms may be received by embraces.

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NEW JERSEY

From strengthenoursisters.org

Press Release- Photo Op
Contact: Sandra Ramos. 973-831-0898 or 862-686-2771
Strengthen Our Sisters to Hold Mothers Day Demonstration to Protest Mother’s Losing Custody of Their Children to Batterers
 

On Friday, May 6th , Strengthen Our Sisters will hold their 6th annual Mother’s Day demonstration in front of the Passaic County New Jersey Courthouse, 401 Grand Street, Paterson, at 12:00 noon. Joined by mothers all over the world, the demonstration will consist of mothers and their supporters marching with empty baby carriages to protest the trend in court rulings that award custody to batterers and child molesters on a regular basis.

“All too often this happens because batterers can afford high priced attorneys who know how to manipulate the victim and the system. Contrary to popular belief, According to a Presidential Task Force Domestic Violence Report in 1996 ; state’s : “70% of Batterers who seek custody of the children get full custody.”  Fatherhood Funding receives in excess of $500.000.000.00 to fix bad dad, these funds are diverted and used to take mothers children and give them to the abusive father under the pretense of ‘involving fathers’ in their children’s lives. Mothers across the Nation call for a Congressional investigation into the failure of family courts to protect children and the potential fraud, waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Obama (and Congress) you are killing children with the tax payer’s money. STOP FATHERHOOD FUNDING NOW!

During the past two decades, mothers have been losing custody of their children (even nursing infants) in increasing numbers to fathers who are convicted or identified batterers, child molesters, drug addicts, gang-bangers and felons . Family courts force children into the custody of abusive fathers at alarming rates , allowing these men to continue controlling and abusing their victims .Mothers who stayed in abusive relationships to “protect” their children were charged for ‘failure to protect’. Mothers who left their abusers and tried to be “friendly” and co-parent in the face of ‘ Mandatory Shared Parenting Laws ‘, lose their children to abuser’s and Mother’s are being ordered to ‘Supervised Visitation’ or are completely denied ANY contact with their children.Sandra Ramos who founded the first shelter for battered women in North America, and who is also a professor at William Paterson University and Ramapo College is asking that people think about what they will be doing on Mother’s Day and to try to imagine how they would feel if their own children had been taken from them and placed with dangerous perpetrators. She posed the question, “How would they feel if they had to wake up each morning not knowing what horrors or tortures their children might be enduring, with the knowledge that they could do nothing legally to protect them?” In addition, the mothers are forced to pay child support or go to jail.“We must raise public awareness about the terrifying power of the courts,” Ramos said. “We have a comprehensive and growing file of cases where children have been taken away from caring non-abusive loving protective parents and placed with the abusive parent. Far too many children have been placed in harms way by court orders. We are asking for re-examination of cases by an unbiased review board when judicial misconduct has been reported.”  There has been a wide range of interest nationally in this phenomenon and was addressed at the Mother’s Custody Conference in Albany, NY in 2011. Ramos who speaks throughout the country and was the keynote speaker at the first World Conference of Women’s Shelters says that she has been besieged with calls and reports from mothers who have lost custody, or are in danger of losing custody, everywhere she goes.“Research shows that half the men who abuse their wives or girlfriends abuse the children too and there is evidence to show that such abuse escalates post separation. Children who grow up with abuse are more prone to behavioral problems, depression, eating disorders, suicide, school failure and increased drop out rates, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, adult criminality, and are more prone to becoming involved in abusive relationships as adults,” says Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology at Siena College,. Dr. Hannah, whose professional focus is on couples therapy and dynamics of abuse, was the chief organizer of the Mothers Custody Conference.People are encouraged to bring signs for the protest as well as empty baby carriages. Buttons will be handed out saying “The Court is the Cash Register and Children Pay the Price” , as well as “ Children should be Seen Heard, Believed, and Protected .” People who wish to participate should call, 973-831-0898 or email info@sosdv.org It is hoped mothers will come forth with their own stories which will be filmed at the protest. The event will be filmed by Jackie Aluotto, film producer personified of Pick it Up Pictures. The event will have marching, drumming, singing and a speak out.Following this demonstration we will be joining the Million Mom March Mother’s Day 2011, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington, D.C .Mother’s of Lost Children, American Mothers Political Party, Courageous Kids, Mothers For Custodial Justice, Mothers From the East Coast to the West Coast and more Mothers and Organizations are Marching in Washington D.C on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 8th, through Monday May 9, 2011.

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

From mothersoflostchildren.wordpress.com:

Join the Mothers of Lost Children in Silent Vigil at the White House on Mothers Day

UPDATE: New hours for the Vigil to be held on Mothers Day, May 8th, 2011. 

There will be a speakout scheduled to start at 6:00 pm in front of the White House.  This will be followed by circling the White House, going down 17th St. over to Constitution Ave. then up 15th St. until we return to the front of the White House.  This will be what we did last year, but just continues the journey completely around the White House complex.  A candlelight vigil will then begin, being held until 9:30 pm.  Bring your signs, banners, and candles (battery operated if possible).  We will have a few to hand out, and will have some “Mothers of Lost Children” t-shirts also.  If you have any questions, please email “mothersoflostchildren@gmail.com”.   Contact phone number is (317) 455-5827.  This change will hopefully allow this vigil to happen without any problems. 

A protest is still being worked out for the front of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services at 11:00 am on Monday, May 9th.  Stay tuned for more information coming on that.  Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Protest held on February 14th, 2011, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

before they threatened to have us arrested.

We are going to be at the White House again on Mothers Day 2011, to protest the use of taxpayer funds to support fatherhood initiative programs, which have been effective in helping abusive fathers in taking custody of children away from their victims.   Extra accommodations have been secured at the hostel we usually stay at for these events, which have been going on about three times a year, so if you can’t find a place to stay, email mothersoflostchildren@gmail.com about this.  This is a clean, safe place to stay and costs only $38.00 a night (breakfast included!).

Some of the organizations taking part and supporting the Silent Vigil include Mothers of Lost Children Chapters in California, Indiana and Delaware, the California Protective Parents Association, the Center for Judicial Excellence, the National Organization for Women, and the Battered Mothers Custody Conference. Many other organizations are also included.  If you cannot attend the event in Washington, D.C. on Mothers Day, something will be planned in Indiana that you can attend.  Other states will be holding similar events, and Ms. Hodge will be coordinating a lot of these as she has publicity contacts nationwide.

So stay tuned for more information…hope you can attend this year’s event!  Last year was very successful in many ways.  There were hundreds of mothers in vigil.  It needs to continue until the practice of giving abusers custody of children stops.

Mothers of Lost Children Silent Vigil from Mothers Day, 2010

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Food Preparations for Freedom Seder Yields Healing to Salvation for Survivors

The Freedom Seder for survivors of abuse, is the brainchild of the Voices of Justice, and has taken off with an emotional and overwhelming response. Donations for food, and donations for money from all over America are simply awe inspiring. During this season of Galus-to-Geulah (from captivity to salvation), survivors have joined together and bonded over the preparations, which continue to be gargantuan.

As the potatoes were peeled and the onions were chopped, emotions of long suppressed feelings of shame, anger, and abandonment by loved ones and the community resurfaced, but in a new healthy way. As the kugels were baking and the horseradish was flavored, the friendships and feelings of acceptance have taken root.

This event would not have been possible if Sherree wouldn’t have offered her magnificent commercial-sized kitchen in Lawrence. With enough room for everyone to command their own counter space, and an unlimited variety of kosher for Passover equipment and paraphernalia, this preparation is a pure culinary treat.

Along with the therapeutic properties of interpersonal connections and validations, this first annual event has blossomed into something larger than life.

The time has come for survivors to support each other.

A special Yasher Koach to Bina who arranged a carpool for the volunteers, and for Rivkie who offered to tackle the 6 cases of chicken, with a smile! Yasher Koach to Yanky and Motty, for peeling and chopping vegetables, that took two van-rides to get to Lawrence! Yasher koach to Annie for making pan after pan of kugel and stuff. Yasher koach Shmuel for schlepping and driving, smiling and patiently waiting.

What a zechus!

If anyone is available to come today to Lawrence and help with the last batch of cooking, please call 1-800-958-2904 to let us know that you are coming.

Thank you!

Urgent Call for Those with a Baccalaureate Degree to Join ACS in New York

Child Protective Services in New York has a division called Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). Although caseworkers in this division are called Child Protective Specialists, they have historically been neglectful of children’s needs. With last week’s news story of the death of a child, changes need to take place.

Although we are asking for the city to take action, we citizens of New York need to take action too. We need qualified people to get jobs with ACS in New York. Only then can we change the system from within. We want to make a difference and this is how we can make that difference.

Would you lie to a family court judge and write a report that you “visited the home six times and there presents no danger to the children”, when in reality, you never even knocked on that door?

Well, it’s been done before by workers with supposed baccalaureate degrees.

Now we will do this the right way.

We will stand by the children of New York, because every child has rights. Under the constitution, children have a right to life and a right to education. Children also have a right to have their emotional and intellectual needs be met so they can reach their highest potential.

Since there is currently no statute defining the measure of psychological and emotional abuse, a worker must use intuition and training to escalate a case to the domestic violence division. It is usually only after the DV workers step in that hidden abuses such as unwarranted parental alienation, incest and neglect can be discovered and addressed. The sooner qualified workers offer their services, the sooner more children will grow up safely protected from their abusers.

Most positions in New York City government are filled through civil service examinations which are administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Click here for the application information and job requirements. Before applying for this job, please get in contact with us. The Coalition Against Legal Abuse NY will assist you in this holy work.

The Coalition Against Legal Abuse NY is comprised of ultra-Orthodox Jewish women who are aligned to combat corruption in the Brooklyn, New York District Attorney’s office. Please contact coalitioncalany@gmail.com for more information.

How to Expose a National Scandal Part 8: Petition the United States Supreme Court

 

Mother Taking Her Case to United States Supreme Court

 

In our nation’s family courts, what happens when a parent in good faith presents evidence that the other parent has abused their child?

Ask Linda Marie Sacks, a mother in Florida who lost contact with her children for trying to protect them.

She’s been allowed to see her two daughters for only 79 hours in three years and ten months. With no case plan or reunification plan provided by the family court, this is the longest family law referral in the history of the Daytona Beach supervised visitation center.

A 2008 press release from the Leadership Council says, “According to a conservative estimate by experts at the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (LC), more than 58,000 children a year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States. This is over twice the yearly rate of new cases of childhood cancer. “

On May 6, 2011, the Friday before Mother’s Day, Ms. Sacks will file a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C. in her continuing effort to be re-united with her children. After years of hearings in the Florida state courts, this mother will ask our highest court to consider her obligation to protect her children and her right to unsupervised contact with them.

The U.S. Supreme Court is more likely to grant a petition for a writ of certiorari when multiple Amicus Briefs are filed along with the petition. This is an opportunity for our highest court to establish the parental right to protect children from intrafamilial abuse.

If your organization would like to help write and/or help gather Amicus Briefs for this case, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

The questions to be presented are:

  1. If a parent makes a good faith allegation of abuse, with documented evidence,
    in an effort to protect his or her children, should that parent be deprived of physical
    custody of those children, or have contact with those children supervised indefinitely without a case plan or reunification plan provided by the trial court?
  2.  Does a state court violate the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments when it
    deprives a parent of physical custody and limits that parent’s contact to supervised
    visitation with children, for taking the reasonable action based upon a belief,
    supported by facts that children need protection from abuse?
  3.  Does a state court’s custody decision that deprives a parent of access to his or her
    children  indefinitely, unless supervised, without a finding of unfitness by clear and
    convincing  evidence, which effectively terminates parental rights,
    violate the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments?

 

If you would like to receive copies of any/all related documents, contact:

Linda Marie Sacks
386-453-3017
lindamariesacks@aol.com

 

Press please contact:

Kathleen Russell
Executive Director
Center for Judicial Excellence
495 Miller Avenue, Suite 304
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Main 415.388.9600 Fax 415.388.4610

Valentine’s Day Vigil at the White House

 

From the California Protective Parent Association newsletter:

The Mothers Movement is a persistent, insistent civil and human rights campaign.  We will never give up until this horrible nightmare for children and nurturing  safe mothers ends.

Mothers of Lost Children are gathering  on Sunday February 13 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the White House for a vigil. Do bring warm clothes and your white t-shirt. We will meet at the International Hostel that night at 6:00 pm for a planning meeting. On Monday February 14 (another poignant holiday for moms who have lost their children to abusers) we will gather at the US Department of Health and  Human Services at  200 Independence Ave SW for a press conference at 11:00  am. We will march to the Senate buildings to ask for Congressional investigation into huge expenditures for fatherhood (zero for motherhood) that end up with such terrible outcomes for children. See http://www.mothers-of-lost-children.com/ for more information.

Seeking Managing Attorney for Custody and Abuse Project

From The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project:

 

DV LEAP is pleased to announce that we are seeking a Managing Attorney for our Custody and Abuse Project.  The position is anticipated to be ¾ time, with benefits. Through our Custody and Abuse Project, DV LEAP responds to the growing number of domestic violence victims around the country losing custody of their children or being required by courts to turn over their children for unsafe visitation with an abuser. Because these outcomes are widely fueled by the misuse of faulty psychological theories often proffered by neutral evaluators and other court appointees, the Project seeks to educate judges, evaluators and attorneys/advocates about the misuse of such theories and to improve accurate assessment of cases involving domestic violence. The Project will do this through (1) trainings for judges and court-appointed neutrals; (2) trainings for lawyers and advocates on how to combat these problems in litigation; (3) written resources materials for all four professions as well as for pro se litigants and organizations working with pro se litigants; and (4) expert technical assistance and mentoring for lawyers, advocates, and pro se litigants in individual cases.
 
The Managing Attorney will have lead responsibility for management of a two-year federal grant for this Project, working closely with DV LEAP’s Executive Director. To see the job description and additional information, including how to apply please click here or contact Oliver Black at oblack@law.gwu.edu. 

Leadership Institute for Justice

 From The Center for Judicial Excellence:

 

Leadership Institute for Justice 
 

California Women of Color ~
 

Have the courts placed your children in harm’s way despite evidence of abuse? Has justice for you and your children been denied? If so, you have been confronting the crisis in the family courts. And you are not alone.

 

How can we fix the family courts? With a committed and vocal group of parents who are willing to share their stories and advocate for policies that can repair the broken aspects of the system. 
 

What can you do? Harness your power and become a leader in the nationwide movement for family court reform!

 

SILENT NO LONGER: Empowered Women of Color Confronting the Family Court Crisis
A leadership development program offered by the Center for Judicial Excellence thanks to a generous grant from the Community Action Fund of the Women’s Foundation of California Friday Evening, March 11th – Sunday, March 13th, 2011  At the Headlands Institute, beautifully situated on the pristine Marin Headlands, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH

  Join Us

Be part of this extraordinary weekend of healing, sharing, learning, and strategizing, as we prepare to take our movement to the next level in 2011. Space is limited, so please apply early. If your application is accepted, you will be invited to participate in the program at no cost to you. The program includes: lodging, meals, and all workshops and materials. English-Spanish translation and interpretation services will be provided.
 

Click here to apply online before February 8th!
 

PLEASE HELP US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS TRAINING

 

 

Will a 48 HOURS Investigation help?

 

From the California Protective Parents Association:

 

Let us know at cppa001@aol.com if you want to be contacted:

A freelance reporter has asked 48 Hours to cover our issue from the perspective of crimes that are being mishandled. She is looking for current cases in which there is evidence of criminal activity such as molest, and a family court trial is coming up.

Dear Team: In the Sprit of Unity, Let’s Meet at the Field!

 

Dear Team: 

Although we’ve all heard grumblings about one group not doing what the other group is doing, remarks about not being vocal enough, remarks about being too vocal, too rebellious, too “New Age”, too intellectual and not intellectual enough, we’re somehow moving this cause along anyway. Different approaches and the same goal seem to be somehow moving us forward at the speed of light! Yayy team! 

Here’s more exciting news about the upcoming Valentine’s Day demonstration in Washington, D.C. from the California Protective Parents Association: 

SAVE THE DATES: February 13 and 14, 2011.

Mothers of Lost Children will gather at the White House from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday 2/13 for a vigil and speak out about family court endangerment of children.  On Monday 2/14 at 11:00 am we will gather at the US Department of Human Services,  200 Independence Ave SW, Washington DC  for a press conference to protest the huge expenditure on Fatherhood and the zero expenditure on Motherhood. At noon we will march to Congress to ask again for Congressional hearings.  It is crucial to maintain our presence in Washington DC. We encourage all you brave and hardy souls to join us in person. Wear your warmest clothes.  See http://www.mothers-of-lost-children.com/

Please consider writing letters to your 2 US Senators and your 1 Congressmember (http://www.contactingthecongress.org/) to request Congressional hearings on the failure of family courts to protect children. You can attach a 1 page summary of your case, if you wish.

 

The following video is from TED.com. There’s been so much need for unity in our “movement” and in our country and in our world, I’ve posted this video for your viewing pleasure. Hope you enjoy it.

See you at “the field” in Washington, D.C. on Valentine’s Day!   

Live on USTREAM: The 8th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference

 

The 8th Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

 Click here to watch the conference LIVE on USTREAM!

 

Friday, January 7th, 2011

 

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Special pre-conference workshop: Karen Winner, Esq. How to Think Like a Lawyer on Legal Billing Issues
 

 • Registration begins at 4:00 p.m.
• Exhibitors, book sales, and Silent (Chinese) Auction beginning at 5 p.m.

6:00 Opening greetings by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other BMCC co-sponsors

song by Tynia Canada

6:30 – 8:00 Lundy Bancroft

8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Meet and Greet with Coffee, Tea, and Cookies

9:00 – Special Friday Night Workshop: Meditation with Rev. Anne Curtin

 

Saturday, January 8th, Morning Session
 

8:30 Plenary I: Attorney and Author Wendy Murphy, J.D. : Landmark Massachusetts ruling: Ensuring the Rights of Disabled Victims in Judicial Proceedings.

9:15 – 10:15 Introductions by Barry Nolan Plenary II: Protective Mother Holly Collins and her son Zachary Collins with Attorney Alan Rosenfeld, J.D.

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 11:30 Barry Goldstein, J.D., Joan Zorza, J.D. and Nancy Erickson, J.D. Panel on the book: Domestic Violence, Child Custody, and Abuse: Legal Practices and Policy Issues

11:30 – 12:15 Psychologist and Expert Joy Silberg, Ph.D.: Perspective of a Psychologist on the Front Lines

12:15 – 12:30 Break

 

Saturday, January 8th, Afternoon Session
 

12: 30 – 1:30 Saturday Working Luncheon: Professor and Producer Garland Waller: Screening and Discussion of No Way Out But One (working title): An Independent Documentary on Holly Collins – The First Woman to Be Granted Political Asylum on Grounds of Domestic Violence

1:45 – 3:30 Panel: Karin Huffer, Ph.D., Renee Beeker, Wendy Murphy, J.D., & Robin Yeamans, J.D.: Groundbreakers Present A New Trajectory: Managing Family Court Cases

3:45 – 4:45 Concurrent Workshop Session I

1. Renee Beeker & Paul Holdorf: The National Family Court Watch Project

The National Family Court Watch Project believes that large-scale data will reveal national trends and ignite a call for change in the family court system. The project is a conversation springboard and uses the technique of “quiet observer” to get a sense of what’s happening inside family courts. We report those findings publicly through a new conduit and work with judges and the public to find solutions. We will be sharing latest data update as well as information about the increasing involvement from professionals and educators as we expand this effort around the country.

2. Joy Silberg: Using Expert Witness Testimony in Family Court Child Abuse Cases

This presentation will review some of the effective ways to use expert witness testimony in family court child abuse cases. The roles for an expert in these cases can include criticizing existing custody evaluations, reviewing symptoms and disclosures of the child, or being court appointed to do a child protection evaluation. The presenter will emphasize how to avoid pitfalls and what points to emphasize when helping a judge look at the information from a new perspective.

 

Saturday, January 8th, Afternoon Session

 

Concurrent Workshop Session I (cont.)

3. Massachusetts Protective Mothers for Custodial Justice, Inc. RESPECT FOR ADVOCACY– PART II of “The Basics” RESPECT FOR ADVOCACY (PART II of “The Basics”)

I. Advocacy Basics

Working with Battered Mothers: Active Listening, Getting to the Matter, Getting to the HELP!
Supporting Battered Mothers: Resources, Abilities
Using Systems that Support Battered Women, Using Supports for Battered Mothers: What They Offer, What They Can’t & Why We All Need Each Other

II. Advocacy as Activism

– When to Resist, When To Comply & Whose Call That Is 
– Unity: Defining our “Same Page”
– Eliminating the Extraneous
– Defending What We Fought For In the New War for our Children

4. Karin Huffer, Crystal Morgan-Huffer, & Jason Huffer: Silenced No More – Self Protection in the High Tech Age: You are Not Paranoid–Just Hypervigilant and Smart

Thirty self-protective actions you must take to ensure your safety and self protection in this high tech age. Domestic Violence victims suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and if they are stalked, intruded upon, and left unprotected they suffer legal abuse syndrome. Learn to safeguard yourself in and out of court proceedings. Privacy protection, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, and Violence Against Women Act provide more protection than you may think.

5. Barry Goldstein, J.D.: How to Use the Book “Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Custody.”

Earlier in the day, Joan Zorza, Nancy Erickson and Barry Goldstein will discuss how to use the research in the book to help your case. The workshop will be a more interactive session in which protective mothers can ask questions about how to use the book in their individual cases.

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session 2

1. Erica Olsen: Violence Against Women in the Digital Age

Do you know how easy it is for some abusers to track their victim’s every move, to monitor everything they do on a computer, in their cars, or on certain phones? Like many criminals, perpetrators of stalking and domestic violence are often ahead of the curve on the use of technology. Through the Internet, high-tech global positioning systems (GPS), cell-phones and handheld computers, abusers use technology to further harm and control their victims. Understanding technology misuse is crucial to both supporting victims and holding offenders accountable. Drawing from survivor experiences and through videos and demonstrations, this training will illustrate the safety risks of phone, GPS, camera, Internet, and computer technologies.

2. Karen Borders: High Risk vs. High Conflict Family Law Matters, Identifying the Differences

This workshop will discuss Family Violence Risk Assessments which address high-conflict risk cases, which get labeled as high conflict cases and rarely get the proper assessment, leaving the risk to children and to abuse victims. While the goal remains to serve the best interest of the children, it is critical to prove or disprove any allegations before determining best interest of the children. This new risk based approach is well rooted in evidence-based practices and truly addresses the best interest of the children while keeping safety as the priority. Courts throughout the United States are recognizing this multi-disciplinary team approach and methods of assessment in handling these volatile matters.

3. Nancy S. Erickson, J.D., LL.M., M.A. (Forensic Psychology): On Custody Evaluations

We will address as many of the following questions as time permits: Why are Custody Evaluations (CEs) ordered by courts? Have custody courts always used evaluators? Are they helpful to courts? Which mental health professionals (MHPs) are authorized to conduct them? How can I tell which MHPs are good evaluators? What rules, if any, are they bound to follow? What are the financial and other costs of CEs? How can I avoid an order for a CE? How can I prepare for one if necessary? How can I fight a bad one — including one that uses against protective parents junk science like Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)? What other psychological theories should I watch out for? What psychological “tests” are often used? Are they valid and reliable? How can I fight a bad CE in court? How can I report an incompetent or biased evaluator?

4. Dara Carlin & Dr. Joyce Braak: Advocacy with an Open Case

Professional advocacy is one thing but when you’re a mom with an open family court case, you’re dealing with an entirely different ball of wax; a mistake for you doesn’t mean a disciplinary reprimand – it could cost you your kids. This workshop will identify factors to bear in mind as you fight for your children (and your life!) with consideration for strategies that have worked (and failed). More than simply giving a presentation, I hope to encourage an exchange of experiences that will generate a list of ideas that we can disseminate to all conference participants. Mom Bloggers, especially – please come! 

 

Saturday, January 8th, Evening Session

 

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Screening of the documentary Power and Control: Domestic Violence in America in the main conference ballroom (take-out dinner available on site at hotel restaurant)

7:30 pm Ben Atherton Zeman: Voices of Men Redux [Warning note: Includes graphic images of violence.]

9:00 Special Saturday Night After-Hours Session: Strength in Numbers: Sharing stories, sharing strategies, and organizing at the local level. Organized by Nancy Erickson, J.D., Janice Levenson (Protective Mothers Alliance), Renee Beeker (National Family Court Watch), and Paul Holdorf, J.D.

We are calling all protective mothers to meet and organize at their local levels. We will discuss general objectives and report on progress made in 2010 for protective moms (PMs). We will then break up into small groups based on residence (or location of the court involved, whichever is more important): county, part of the state, state, or other geographic area. In the small groups, facilitated by PMs, we will find out what are the worst problems for protective moms in that geographic area, what are the resources for PMs, and what we think can be done to help PMs. Each group will report back to the larger group, and we will plan our strategies for 2011.

 

Sunday, January 9th Morning Session

 

8:30 Plenary 2: Attorney Toby Kleinman: Our children are at risk, and their health is endangered: How can we hold the court accountable to protect them?

9:30 Plenary 3: Attorney Michael Lesher: Facing family court dangers: CPS, law guardians, experts — Oh, my!

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 12:30 Panel: Join Up! Leaders of the protective mothers’ movement share what they’ve been doing—and ask you to join them…

– Janice Levinson/Lundy Bancroft, Protective Mothers Alliance
– Kathleen Russell, Center for Judicial Excellence
– Holly Collins
– Dara Carlin
– Ayanna Najuma, Inspirational Spirit of the Phoenix
– American Mothers Political Party
– Nancy Carroll: http://www.RightsForMothers.com
– Claudine Dombrowski: http://www.angelfury.com
– Lorraine Tipton: http://www.mamaliberty.wordpress.com
– Melanie Smith: Australian Shared Parenting Law Debate
– Randi James- http://www.RandiJames.com
– Kathy Lee Scholp & Jay Sutter: H.eroes O.n L.ine DE.fense N.etwork

12:45 – 2:00 Sunday luncheon– Q & A and Community Dialogue

2:00 Close

For more information, please visit: www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org.

We will be live streaming some – if not all – of the weekend’s events, and we’ll also make the video available online after the conference.

For further information, you can also contact mhannah413@aol.com with the subject line “BMCC.”

 

Domestic Violence, Abuse, Child Custody and an American family in the Netherlands

 

National Alliance to End Domestic Abuse
Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody Webinar

Join us as we hear Jennifer Collins, who at age 7, was abused by her father and ran away with her mother and siblings to the Netherlands to avoid being placed in the custody of her abusing father. Listen to her story and learn of the travails she and her family endured in order to escape the court ordered custody given to her father. Jennifer’s story does not seem real. How could her visitation supervisors ignore her cries for help?  How could the courts give custody of her to the father that had kicked, strangled and beaten her repeatedly? How could she and her mother and siblings be put in jail? Listen as Jennifer tells us her story and learn how after 14 years of  living abroad in anonymity, Jennifer and her family are now preparing to re-enter the United States. Jennifer’s story is one of many who show how our courts have failed battered children by returning them to their abusers.

Leading the discussion, Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Siena College in Loudonville, New York; Psychotherapist; Co-editor of Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issues; Chair for 8 years of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference (BMCC) helps us understand how domestic violence professionals; advocates, attorneys and social workers can help battered women and their children as they face contested child custody cases in family court.

 

What you will learn?

  • What indicators of domestic violence and child abuse are common in contested child custody cases?
  • Why do abusive men seek custody of their children?
  • What does the research say about the effects on children of witnessing domestic violence?  Of being legally separated from a protective mother?
  • Why have accusations of “parental alienation” become so commonly used against protective mothers?  How should attorneys for battered mothers respond?

 

Who should attend?

This comprehensive and innovative learning experience is for attorneys • social workers • therapists • DV service providers and advocates • children’s advocates • child protection workers • child abuse service providers • scholars who work on intimate partner violence, child abuse, child custody, or family law policy • physicians • nurses • physician assistants • nursing and medical students • practicing healthcare providers.
Co-sponsored by The National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world with 152,000 members and 56 chapters in the United States and abroad. One CE contact hour is available for social workers; instructions will be given on the call.

CEUs available free to National Alliance members. Non-members may receive one free CEU. Attendees may apply after the webinar.

Pre-registration is necessary to participate.

Questions? Email Geri Elias at gelias@jwi.org.