Good news, new information and request from California Protective Parents Association…

This good news, new information and request is from the California Protective Parents Association: 

Dear Friends,

1. The Mothers March in Washington was fabulous! 

 We assembled in front of the U.S. Department of Justice with our signs, banners, new Safe Child Coalition flag and white Mothers of Lost Children T shirts.  Karen Anderson, Executive Director of CA Protective Parents Association, gave the Attorney General’s public relations officer a packet explaining the family court situation and documentation of the destruction of evidence during an audit by Marin County family court. We then marched to the U. S. Senate buildings where we fanned out in teams to attend appointments with U. S. Senate aides. We all had the same request: Congressional hearings. The aides were appalled at what we told them. We ended the day with a wonderful photo at the Sewall Belmont house,  headquarters of the suffragists  a century ago. 

 The next day we stood vigil in front of the White House for an hour before joining the huge One Nation demonstration at the Lincoln Memorial. Thanks  to everyone who came, and everyone who supported us in so  many ways.  We believe our two events this year will have historic significance.  Pictures and press clips will be posted soon.

 What can you do to help now? Follow up is crucial. Please write a letter to your two U.S. Senators with the same request:  we need Congressional hearings.  They need to hear directly from their constituents.  Locate your Senators at Faxed personal letters are more significant than emails. If you decide to remain anonymous, tell the Senator you fear judicial retaliation and must use a pseudonym.    

       The Honorable ________
       Re: Request for Congressional hearings on the failure of family court to protect children

       Dear Senator ________:
       I am writing to urge you to schedule Congressional hearings on the failure of     

       family courts to protect children, and the retaliation against mandated reporters

       and parents who report child sexual and physical abuse. The scope of this

       problem is staggering:  nationally, over 1000 children per week are placed with  

       their identified batterers or molesters by family  

       Children are being maimed and killed in completely preventable tragedies.  As your

       constituent, I want you to know this is happening in our state. It has happened

       to my children.

2. Press Conference at Marin Courthouse on Tuesday Oct 12.  

Center for Judicial Excellence invites you to  a picket and press conference one week from today. More than 1,000 flyers have been distributed in Marin, San Francisco and Alameda counties in the past week by three great moms.

You can register by clicking this link, then clicking the button at the bottom of the page that says “Register.” Your name will not show publicly. If you are bringing any friends or family or guests, please be sure to add them to your registration.

Let us know if you need a place to stay if you are coming from out of town!



California Protective Parents Association Updates:



CA Protective Parents Association



Dear Friends,

1. The annual  International Violence, Abuse and Trauma conference will be held in San Diego in mid-September. It is a great networking opportunity.  Child Abuse Solutions will present a 3 day evaluator training prior to the conference. Dr. Geraldine Stahly will present the protective parent research on Tuesday.

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2. You can  view pictures, videos and write up about the May 2010 Mothers Day vigil and march at  


We will return to Washington DC on October 1, 2010, which is the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness month.  At 11:00 am we will hold a press conference in front of the US Department of Justice at 950 Pennsylvania Ave NW to request an investigation into family court endangerment of children.  


Afterwards, we will march to the Senate Buildings to meet with Senate aides and request Congressional hearings. Please contact us if you want to participate in the Senate meetings. Packets and talking points will be provided. It would be helpful to bring several copies of a 1 page summary of your case.


We will end the day with a vigil at the Sewall Belmont house, the suffragists’ headquarters 100 years ago.


On Saturday Oct 2 we will gather at the White House again for a vigil and speakout. 


We will wear white T-shirts saying Mothers of Lost Children.


Many thanks to Renee Beeker for this great article:

3. See below for a short Public Service Announcement about the family court crisis which we encourage you to send to television stations in your area. Just email them this link and ask them to run it as often as possible. The files are titled “Child Custody PSA – 2 x 30 –” and “Child Custody PSA – 2 x 30 – SD.mpg”.  Anyone can download the file by right-clicking on the appropriate file (high definition or standard definition) and choosing “save target as” or “save link as” (depending on their browser).


4. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence conference in Anaheim was wonderful! The custody track included talks by two judges who are appalled at the harm being done to mothers and children in family courts. Mo Hannah and Barry Goldstein presented at the well-attended plenary session. A White House advisor spent over 2 hours listening to family court litigants to gather ideas how the  Federal government can help us. The  most heartening part is that the NCADV understands that battered mothers losing custody is setting the domestic violence movement back 30 years. They receive an increasing number of frantic phone calls every month, and are concerned about the problem which is affecting so many domestic violence victims.

5. Great news! AB 1050 was signed into law by the CA Governor. It gives the court more guidance and encouragement to speak directly to children.


Best, Connie