Complaint Against Kerry Smith, PhD, psychological evaluator To the Board: I am writing to you as the Executive Director of the Foundation for Child Victims
PROTECTIVE PARENTS NEEDING HELP IN FAMILY COURT
Your children deserve a safe and happy childhood
You want to give
it to them
The Foundation for Child Victims of the Family Courts helps protective parents navigate the family court system
~to defend yourself and your children against the system.
~to maintain your credibility and reputation.
~to be able to provide your children the safe and happy childhood they deserve.
“I never anticipated this nightmare of litigation”
You thought you would take steps to change an abusive situation.
You had no idea this would be your time of greatest danger.
You thought when you brought forward your child’s allegation of abuse, your child would be believed.
You had no idea you would be accused of coaching your child.
You brought forward clear evidence and testimony of the child’s abuse.
You had no idea you would be in danger of being charged with “parental alienation.”
You thought your child would be protected.
You had no idea there would be talk of “reunifying” your child with the abuser.
You had no idea that you would be suddenly accused of personality disorders and mental illness.
You had no idea. That you would suddenly be in danger. Of losing your child.
But it wasn’t your fault.
You did the right thing. You did what you’ve always been told was the way to protect your child.
You didn’t know the corruption of the family courts. Why should you? All along, you’ve been making the best decisions you can with the information you have.
Really, what’s happened is that you’ve discovered the family court’s dirty little secret.
You've found that the family court system is broken
- Accusations of “parental alienation” at the mention of abuse.
- Beliefs that children should be “reunified” with abusers.
- Judges, attorneys, and guardians ad litem who do not understand abuse and do not want to understand it.
- A good-old-boy under-the-table system.
- Lawyers and “best interest attorneys” who work the system instead of caring about their clients.
- Predetermined outcomes according to who has the money.
- Corrupt judges who answer to no one.
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“In the family court system, who can I trust to care for my children?”
The sad truth is, almost no one. In this broken and corrupt system, almost everyone in the system is part of the system. That’s why you’ve done everything right but STILL haven’t seen justice.
That’s why you need help from someone who knows the system. But works outside of it. As a protective parent, you still have to navigate this system, but you don’t have to do it alone.
At the Foundation for Child Victims of the Family Courts
You'll find that our top priority is helping our clients protect their children.
Like you, we want to protect the children and give them the safe and happy childhood they deserve.
But unlike you, we’ve been helping protective parents navigate the ins and outs of the corrupt and broken family court system system for over a dozen years.
You can get the help you need in 3 steps
You’ll place a call or send an email to set up a no-charge initial consultation.
You’ll describe your situation with the family courts.
You’ll pay a flat fee (nonrefundable) to engage us to perform a forensic evaluation of your case.
You’ll also pay to engage other professionals as the FCVFC deems necessary (e.g., designated forensic psychotherapist, designated forensic accountant, designated attorney to advise your own local attorney, etc).
These will be professionals who understand the corrupt family court system.
You’ll secure the team to help you move forward in the best interest of your children.
Once we agree to work together and you have hired the professionals that the FCVFC deems you need, you will release to the FCVFC the authority to coordinate and oversee all actions and decisions having to do with your case, including any interactions with the press.
The FCVFC will be glad to work with any personnel you already have in place who are willing and ready to follow our instructions.
With the FCVFC at the helm, you’ll be able to navigate the family court system with confidence.
When you retain us as your advocate, you can get the help you need to protect your children from an abusive court system. Here's how:
Whether or not you have your own attorney, we will confidentially
- Analyze and protect evidence, legal documents, and testimony of your case.
- Provide a clear definition of your case as to the law, policy, and causes of action.
- Provide a family dynamic assessment.
- Assess the roles and functioning of various court actors.
- Provide support, oversight, consultation, and interventions.
“I have questions” (We have answers)
When you’re navigating the bewildering, broken, and corrupt family court system for the sake of your children, you need a guide who’s been there and knows what it’s like.
You need someone who understands how the game is played but is willing to reject the all-purpose one-size-fits-all solutions. You need someone who knows how to find the better path.
You need someone who thinks outside the box of “this is the way we always do things here.”
You will be securing the attorney that we recommend separately from the FCVFC. He will then advise you or your attorney (or another attorney we find for you in your state) as to the best course of action in your state.
The FCVFC has connections with lawyers who have the same desires, to protect children and prosecute crimes committed by actors in family and probate courts.
We ask that you be straightforward and honest with us.
We ask that you trust the FCVFC as we take over the oversight and decisions of your case.
We ask that you trust the FCVFC to find the best way forward to deal with the challenges of the family court system.
We ask that you hire the experts we tell you to hire and make and keep appointments with them.
We ask that you bring with you a willingness to sustain hope and energy during this challenging process.
Engaging the FCVFC requires a nonrefundable fee to conduct the thorough assessment and evaluation that we agree on in our initial consultation. It also involves hiring other professionals as we deem necessary.
Neither we nor the other professionals you will hire will charge you on an hourly basis. Each of us charges a flat fee. (We regret to say that we do not offer pro bono services at this time.)
“Who's behind this nonprofit?”
JILL JONES SODERMAN
Founder and Executive Director
By the age of twelve, Jill Jones Soderman was working as a nurse’s aide at Memorial Hospital of Queens (NY), emptying bed pans, changing beds, and comforting young children who suffered from terrible diseases or were undergoing terrible treatments. Read more . . .
Words from Grateful Clients and Others
Dear Ms Soderman, There are so many of us who are in awe of your bravery and rely upon your leadership to fight for the rights of all children. The ruling in favor of Powell is a disgrace; a verdict to silence our children. We are not attorneys, we are a small group of moms destroyed by court corruption and “actors” as you say. Thank you for being the warrior our children need. Respectfully,
Massachusetts Mama Bears
Even though I was cleared as a safe parent, and abuse by the father was acknowledged, my daughter and I have been failed numerous times by the family court system as well as other organizations. As a result, my daughter has had to endure years of extreme abuse, not only from her father but also from the family court system.
As a mother, it’s heartbreaking to see your child, a precious gift you gave birth to, be turned into a martyr at the expense of someone else’s evil and greed. How can it be that a child is abused, people see and acknowledge it, but they can’t do anything about it, even when it’s their job to do so?
It is just too appalling.
Abuse victims can mentally take only so much before the depression and suicidal thoughts begin to overtake them, as they begin to feel and believe that death may be the only way out of the nightmare.
When I was referred to the FCVFC, it was the first time I could breathe since I could last remember, and the heavy burden was lifted after years of suffocating under litigation abuse. Jill not only understood what we had been enduring, but she actually had our backs. She kept me updated in the case, answered my questions, and allowed me to be a part of conversations that people had been keeping from me for years because they were trying to cover up what had happened to my daughter.
I am so thankful for the FCVFC taking our case and really fighting for my daughter and against the injustices that have happened to her, holding people accountable for their criminal behavior, and giving not only me but also my daughter our lives back.
I had given the last 8 years a noble try to gain custody of my son, spending all of my savings and my entire 401k on attorneys, but I had gotten nowhere.
Recently I started to represent myself, because I had nothing left. My 17-year-old son and I believed we would win this. While waiting for the verdict, I told myself that if my son was not allowed to stay with me that I had no choice but to end my life.
We did not win.
That night I sat at my computer crying, begging for help and praying for an answer. I searched for answers and for pro bono attorneys. I searched searches I have searched a thousand times before. This time, the FCVFC was the only site that appeared in the search.
I wrote my story in the “Get Help Today” message box on the FCVFC site and then kept searching. That night I emailed over 40 attorneys. Finally, at 11:30 pm I was getting into bed when I received this email from Jill: “Call me.”
I replied, “Now?”
She replied, “YES!!” We spoke for over 30 minutes while she heard my story.
I tend to get overly excited and put too much hope in other people, including attorneys who over-promise and under-deliver. That is NOT Jill! I have never met someone more dedicated to what she does.
Jill never forgets to ask how my children are doing, or if I need anything. Rather than just seeing us as a paycheck, she knows what we’re going through. When she wins a case, we all win the case. We celebrate the victories together. It means we are that much closer to getting our children home.
There are nice, kind people in the world, and then there is Jill. She lives and breathes to rescue people’s children. Somehow it seems like she doesn’t need to sleep or eat. I don’t know how she does what she does, because I can barely suffer through my one horrific story. . . . She has many.
Jill is the answer to my prayers in more ways than one.
We have been communicating diligently day and night about my case, and it’s absolutely enlightening to see how detail oriented he is. He has a very cool, calm, and collected approach to my case, he listens to my concerns very intently, and he can connect every piece of important information together like quilting a blanket with different material.
I have put a lot of thought into trying to put into words exactly what the FCVFC and Jill mean in my life and lives of my family. I simply can’t put into words the gratitude I feel.
Jill is a wonderful dedicated woman with a great heart that really wants to help the children when the system fails to protect them. She has brought hope back into sight for me when I felt like all hope was almost lost.
When I explain what brought me to work with FCVFC to people, I usually feel like they view me as irrational because the things these courts do are not always sane or moral. It’s hard to wrap your mind around some of the things done.
When I first called Jill, she was knowledgeable about my situation and very understanding. I felt such a strong gut feeling that this was the path I needed to take to stand a chance to help my child. I trust her even when almost anyone having anything to do with family courts has shown me to be corrupt. Jill works very hard to right the wrongs done.
When you don’t know where else to turn in this real life nightmare in family courts, I highly suggest contacting Jill at FCVFC to lead you the right way. I’m thankful the children have Jill fighting for them.
See What We're Doing
Honorable Judge Raúl Vega, I am writing to you as the Executive Director of the FCVFC, a nonprofit that litigants and advocates for the protected
Our Promise to You
When you comply with the terms laid out on this page and the terms laid out in the preliminary memorandum of understanding, we will sustain the work until we accomplish the agreed-upon mission.
You reported your child’s abuse because you loved and wanted to protect your child.
You’re fighting in family court because you love and want to protect your child.
When you partner with us
You can have an advocate who understands the family court system but is beholden to no one in that system.
You can know that a fearless advocate is willing to litigate against the court system that is performing corrupt activities.
Your goal is to protect your children. That’s our goal too. It’s within reach.
The Foundation for Child Victims of the Family Courts
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit
10001 Avenue of the Americas, 11th floor
New York, New York 10018
2040B South Church St. Ext.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
The first call to the FCVFC is without charge or obligation. After the initial phone call, we can discuss the terms of our engagement.