Crisis In The Family Courts

Stop Family Courts From Sending Children To Live With Their Abusers

Posted in Uncategorized by abatteredmother on September 6, 2013


Stop Family Courts From Sending Children To Live With Their Abusers

A message from the Stop Abuse Campaign Give children the right to a safe home to grow up in

Thank you to Andrew and Ken!

The state of our family and divorce courts is a mess.

We’re hoping you’ll help us fix them by signing this petition.

Dear Friends,

In 1994 Holly Collins became an international fugitive when she grabbed her three children and went on the run. It all happened because a family court had ignored Holly’s charges, the children’s pleas, Holly’s broken nose, Zackary’s fractured skull, and other medical evidence of domestic violence. The family court in Minnesota gave full custody of Zackary and Jennifer to Holly’s ex-husband. It was at that point that Holly came to believe she and the children had No Way Out But One.

Contested custody cases are often mishandled. They make up 15% of overall divorce cases, and that’s a lot of children. This exposes children who have already been abused to further damaging trauma.

Today many court professionals have been mis-trained to be highly skeptical of reports of domestic violence and child abuse in divorce cases. As a result, children are being taken from safe parents and forced by courts to live in the homes where they report being beaten and raped.


Research shows that when batterers request custody, 7 times out of 10 they receive it.

When children report sexual abuse in custody cases more than 9 out of 10 of them are placed in the partial or full custody of their identified perpetrators.

The children are doubly harmed because the critical attachment to their primary caregiver is also broken.

Billions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted needlessly every year when our children are exposed to more abuse. The outcome is always great suffering for these children but as we all know it can also lead to their deaths.

After hearing testimony on the abject failure of family and divorce courts to keep our children safe Congressman John Conyers was appalled.


He later wrote:

"At the Congressional briefing, as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, I, John Conyers, called for an oversight hearing to assess where we are in our work on the impact of domestic violence on children, and what more can be done."

The United States must be proactive in ensuring the physical and sexual safety of abused children of divorce and separation.  We demand Congress hold oversight hearings on this matter.

Please sign this petition and share it with your friends. It’s the only thing that works.



Just copy and paste this URL into your URL bar at the top of your internet page.


In addition, join us in person on National Safe Child Day, October 1, 2013 at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW at 11:00 am to protest
courts taking children from safe mothers and giving them to child abusers. We will march to the US Capitol to demand Congressional oversight hearings.

The state of America’s children must be something we all care about. Our children are counting on us.

CA Protective Parents Association | | |
P. O. Box 15284
Sacramento, CA 95851

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