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Why did we decide to Fight the System and start The Foundation?
In 2001, I became involved in the case of a 12-year-old boy, I.E., who sadly committed suicide by strangling himself with a belt tied to his bedpost, placed around his neck, by his own hand... I heard his screaming and crying from the emergency room before he passed away. Initially, I had no idea he was a VICTIM of a disinterested, abusive and sometimes corrupt Family Court System…

Foundation for Child Victims of the Family CourtsBefore I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
Those who hold the power of life and death are Family Court Judges, who rule on the basis of their own discretion...not on the basis of law, and not according to the rules of evidence. Judicial discretion is so broad in Family Court that their rulings are rarely overturned in Appeals Courts. Family Court Judges may act with or without, and sometimes in spite of the knowledgeable recommendations of mental health professionals.
And then, I became involved in other cases where children, or the caring parent in a home, were tossed aside and ignored; the child misplaced back into an abusive situation or into an inappropriate official setting.

Before I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
I heard the account of the death of a child at her mother's hands, a mother who was then afforded the privilege of contact with another child by the Family Court… The Coroner stated, "She (the mother) used her child’s ears as a handle... fortunately she lost consciousness quickly," chronicling the series of injuries inflicted on 22 month old M. of Kentucky...
The Family Court Judge stated to a family member of the murdered child, about the mother, "She's so pretty, she looks innocent... we try to think the best of people..." And returned custody of another child to her, pending trial…

Before I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
That many recommendations made to the Family Court by mental health professionals and Agencies are often critically flawed, leading Judges to make biased, wrongful or injurious decisions for the most vulnerable victims.

Before I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
I heard the words of a mother recount the events leading to the transfer of custody from her loving hands to an abusive ex-spouse. "The judge brought me into chambers after my child was injured again. She said, “I will give you full custody but you must give him (my ex) unsupervised visitation every other weekend." “I said no!” So the Judge became angry and then gave my ex full legal custody of my child, and I got supervised visitation! I never thought by not doing what the judge requested that it would result in her turning the wrath of her power on me."

Foundation for Child Victiims of the Family CourtsBefore I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
That this happens all the time, to the most loving parents, and the most vulnerable children. Why does it happen? Because it can! Frankly, there are often NO checks and balances for the runaway train that is the Family Court system.
The Family Court litigation process can forever fracture the relationship between already hostile parents, and compounds insult with injury by words and actions hurled in a public forum, never to be forgotten. These words and actions often doom the litigation to a never-ending pursuit of the last word.

Before I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
By 2005, the case of I.E. became a fiasco, ending in his death. His fate was sealed when evidence was suppressed, witness tampering was allowed, bias and misconduct from both Judge and evaluator were tolerated, and, as a result, the family's history was rewritten by those who sought to impose their version of reality on the facts of the case.

Before I came to know first-hand, I never knew...
That one organization, THE FOUNDATION FOR THE CHILD VICTIMS OF THE FAMILY COURT, could make a difference. We aggressively assess cases, work with embattled families and guardians, and represent children engaged the Family Court system / Social Service agencies / Child Protective Services fighting to restore parental rights and the rightful custody of children to safe quarters.


The Foundation wishes to honor the child victims of such circumstances by writing about their lives and defending their rights before the Courts.

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