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Custody Court Crisis
New research from the Department of Justice confirms what many mothers know already. The custody court crisis means too many courts are making dangerous decisions that send children of divorce to live with violent domestic abusers and child molesters. Help protect these children. Help pass the Safe Child Act.
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Adults who abuse their partner or their child shouldn’t be awarded custody of their children. Victims should not be forced to co parent with abusers. Yet, according to the Department of Justice’s research, this is what our custody courts are doing. More than 58,000 children’s lives are put at risk by the custody court crisis each year.

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Custody Court Stories

“Father] appears to be very fond of his children and even if he was engaging in sexual inappropriate behavior with them, he would be doing it in a kind fashion.”

Custody Court Judge

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The Safe Child Act

Health & Safety

Today a child’s health and safety is one of several factors judges consider in custody decisions. The Safe Child Act requires courts to make protecting the health and safety of children their priority.

Use Latest Research

Many courts are still using old discredited theories like Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) when determining child custody. New research like the Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACE) study by the CDC shows the far greater harm created by awarding custody to abusive parents.

Trust Real Experts

People providing expert testimony in domestic violence cases should be qualified as domestic violence specialists. The current standard of a general degree in psychology, psychiatry or any other mental health discipline doesn’t suffice, leading to poor judgments that cause children to suffer.

Respects Protective Mothers

Protective mothers have a child with an abusive partner who, during the divorce or custody process, finds her abusive partner is threatening to take custody of her child. Often, but not always, these cases involve child abuse as well, and the term could be applied to a case where there is child abuse, no domestic violence, and the abuser still gets unsupervised time with his children.
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Our Mission

We protect children from trauma. Six out of ten children suffer trauma regardless of economic status. Current systems keep most kids alive, but kids deserve more. They deserve not to be maltreated. And an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Ban Child Sex Dolls

 Right now, teachers, coaches, babysitters, and neighbors, in every town in America, can purchase lifelike, anatomically correct dolls designed to simulate sex with a child. And it’s perfectly legal.

Protect High Risk Children

Maternal Home Visiting programs give mothers who are at high risk for abusing their children the skills to fix their own lives, parent successfully and break the cycle of abuse. 

Justice For Sex Abusers

Research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused. An epidemic greater than childhood cancer and an epidemic that dramatically increases the risk of the seven leading causes of death in America.

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The Custody Court Crisis

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is a theory created by Dr. Richard Gardner for use against protective mothers in custody and divorce proceedings.  PAS is not based on any research but rather the personal beliefs, experience and bias of Dr. Gardner.  He assumed that virtually all reports of domestic violence or child abuse must be false.  PAS is not recognized by any legitimate scientific organization and is not included in any version of the the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

How Children Are Harmed

10 forms of childhood trauma dramatically increase the risk of 7 out of 10 of the leading causes of death in the United States. High doses of these traumas impact the brain system, the immune system, and the hormonal system. People exposed to very high doses have a reduced life expectancy of 20 years.

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