Protective Parents for Children's Rights

Forum for protective parents and advocates who are concerned for children's safety and rights to be heard in custody decisions. This forum is dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence and child abuse from being revictimized in the legal system.

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/29/09 “Children Taken By the Family Courts” Handprints Albany, New York For the 1st year, the Seventh Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference 2010, Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody, A National Crisis VII: “Now That We Know, What Are We Doing About It?” is hosting the construction of children’s handprints who have been taken by the family courts. January 8th, 9th, and 10th 2010 in Albany, New York. This is a national crisis in the family courts all over the US and Mothers are losing custody….unfairly by a court system that is not protecting our children. Just imagine, a long clothesline, with mini wooden clothespins, and handprints of all sizes, representing protective mothers and their children who have been “legally kidnapped” by the family courts. We are asking Mothers who have lost physical custody of their child(ren) to create handprints to commemorate their lost child(ren). Throughout weekend of the conference, we will be providing materials and ask Mothers to add paper cut-out handprints to the clothesline. However, Mothers do NOT need to be in attendance at the conference in order to add their handprints. Please mail the handprints before Jan. 2, 2010 to: Linda Marie Sacks P.O. Box 730966 Ormond Beach, FL 32173 Questions… Linda Marie 386-453-3017 after Jan 2, 2010 please mail to: Dr. Mo Hannah, Chair, BMCC 2010 26 Purtell Avenue Latham NY 12110 518-210-2487 Instructions: Place your child’s hands on a piece of paper, cardstock works best, trace your child’s handprints (left and right) on colored paper, cut out and write a message if you’d like and mail before the conference to Linda Marie, as she will constructing the clothesline and will have it at the conference. After the Jan. 2th date…please send to Dr. Mo Hannah. Sadly, if you cannot see your child(ren) to trace their handprints, please, trace YOUR handprints for every child you have lost to the crisis in the courts. Once the handprints are constructed, we will lend it out to individuals and organizations for promoting and publicizing the problems faced by battered mothers and children within the family court system. One day justice will prevail…..thanks to all the wonderful people who are part of the solutions to the family court crisis. Contact: Dr. Mo Hannah, Chair BMCC 2010 518-210-2487 or Linda Marie Sacks 386-453-3017


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    Human Trafficking in Divorce Court 3


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    Human Trafficking in Divorce Court 3 Empty Human Trafficking in Divorce Court 3

    Post by 24/7Parent on Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:26 pm

    There appears to be an increase in contentious custody disputes
    between divorcing parents. Some mental health professionals have
    suggested that this has created an "epidemic" of false abuse reports as
    a strategy of accusing parents. Other professionals report evidence of
    an increase in the labeling of parents who report child abuse or
    domestic violence during custody disputes such that parents who attempt
    to protect their children from abuse may actually lose custody as a
    result. Several high profile cases have led to increased public
    attention, and fractious public debates have erupted between groups
    supporting the alleged perpetrators of abuse as victims of malicious
    accusations on one hand, and groups supporting the reporting parent as
    the victim of malicious psychiatric labeling on the other.

    Empirical studies have established the increase in child abuse in
    families in which there is domestic violence, and the increase in
    custody challenges by fathers who have a history of battering. There is
    increasing recognition that custody disputes are an extension of the
    power and control tactics of domestic violence, and battered women's
    problems of child custody are now well-established and have been
    addressed in many states by changes in family law statutes. A few
    studies document the custody problems of battered women, who make up a
    subset of "protective parents." However, there have been no studies to
    date on the extent of the overall phenomenon of "protective parents,"
    the psychiatric labeling of protective behavior, or the extent to which
    protective behavior appears to be justified by the circumstances and
    evidence in custody cases.

    The current study is the pilot
    results of a national survey undertaken to study the issue of
    protective parents. Sixty-seven self-identified "protective parents,"
    male and female, completed a 101-item questionnaire describing aspects
    of their custody disputes. The pilot data to be presented includes the
    systematic documentation of the phenomenon of protective parents by
    including demographic factors, economic impact, and the full variety of
    protection issues including the range of allegations by both parents
    and others, the variety of expert examinations, diagnosis and
    testimony, family court response, and outcomes for children.

    The following information is preliminary data from a national survey
    sponsored by California Protective Parents Association and Our Children
    Our Future Charitable Foundation. Self-identified "protective parents"
    completed a 101-item questionnaire describing aspects of their custody
    dispute. The following information is pilot data from the first 67
    participants, as of May 2003.

    Participants: 66 mothers; 1 father
    105 children involved (59 girls, 46 boys)
    253 attorneys involved (average of 4 per participant)

    Total spent on cases: $4,618,150.00:
    Average per case: $74,000.00

    90% of mothers were primary caretakers and had custody at separation
    87% of mothers reported domestic violence
    58% of mothers continued to experience violence after separation
    76% of fathers threatened to take custody of the children

    89% of protective parents reported allegations of abuse in court:

    • 76% reported allegations of child sexual abuse were raised in court
    • 67% reported allegations of child physical abuse were raised in court
    • 58% reported medical/physical evidence of the abuse
    • 76% reported other corroboration of the abuse
    • 23% of children received Victims of Crime funds for related therapy

    65% of protective parents were advised not to report abuse (due to the risk of losing custody) This advice was given by:

    • attorneys - 55%
    • mediators - 10%
    • court personnel - 7%
    • advocates - 7%
    • others - 23% (AFDC worker, police, psychologist, judge, family court advisor, shelter staff and 11 other protective parents)

    88% had psychological evaluations:

    • The average cost of the evaluation was $6,541.00
    • 61% were not permitted to see the evaluation/recommendation
    • 96% believed court personnel ignored or minimized allegations of abuse
    • 48% of mothers were labeled with "PAS" (Parental Alienation Syndrome)
    • 36% were labeled as "alienators"
    • 69% lost custody as a result of the psychological evaluation

    84% reported they were denied adequate presentation of information or witnesses
    98% believed they were discredited for trying to protect their children
    67% lost custody in ex parte proceedings
    59% lost custody in proceedings with no court reporter present
    67% were threatened with sanctions if they "talked publicly" about the case
    OUTCOMES (Some participants reported more than one outcome)
    Father has custody; mother has unsupervised visitation - 48%
    Mother has custody; father has unsupervised visitation - 17%
    Father has custody; mother has supervised visitation - 29%
    Mother has custody; father has supervised visitation - 3%
    Father has custody; mother has no contact with the child/ren - 29%
    Mother has custody; father has no contact with the child/ren - 0%
    Mother and father have joint custody - 17%
    91% of mothers believe their children are still being abused
    67% have stopped reporting abuse for fear that contact with their children will be terminated
    75% of the children continue to report abuse
    81% of mothers no longer believe they can protect their children
    This survey project is ongoing. Please contact us at if you would like to receive a survey form by mail, or get the survey form online at the Mothers of Lost Children site.

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    Human Trafficking in Divorce Court 3 Empty Is this research still on going?

    Post by denomshi on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:43 am

    I went to the site where the survey is posted to see if this is still an ongoing survey, because the date listed here for the prelim data from teh first 67 people is 2003...On the site they have the data compiled for the first 22 people and the first 67 but nothing since 2003.

    Does anyone know if this is still a research project that is being done currently?

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