The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts works with protective parents who are fighting for custody of their children. We are here to understand your case so as to provide the services you need and help you better understand what’s happening in the family court system.
The Foundation aggressively confronts and seeks to remedy violations of a parent’s or child’s due process violations, access to the court, and issues of professional malpractice.
How does the process start?
You will call the Foundation office at 866-553-6931 and speak with me, explaining your situation. If the consult evolves into n agreement for the process to move forward, we will present you with a Preliminary Memorandum of Understanding that addresses moving forward with the evaluation and formation of an intervention plan.
After payment is received, we will begin the process of review of all your court documents, including the initial petition, motions, orders, and transcripts. You will provide a detailed personal case history timeline, as well as information on witnesses and other collateral contacts. This will help us understand the big picture and make an analytic evaluation.
Based on an initial assessment, with contribution from various experts, we then formulate an intervention plan.
After reviewing our recommendations with the client, we will prepare to move forward. At all phases of case review, you will be kept aware of the schedule of work. You will need to be available to answer questions as well as to approve court filings or other types of actions initiated to assist with your case.
We go above and beyond for our clients
The Foundation goes beyond normally expected services. Ongoing therapeutic intervention with support for the client(s) will be available. We also deal with the following issues on a regular basis:
The focus of forensic consultation is the review and evaluation, analysis, and scrutiny of evidence that appears in a court case: evidence validity, flaws in evidence, evidence not provided, fraudulent evidence, evidence critique, and evidence that needs to be provided to support the client’s case.
Forensic consultation takes place in the context of the entire court case, as we deal with the analysis of your case and plan strategy to win custody and regain your legal rights.
The focus of forensic advocacy is the ability to analyze complex material and integrate such material in the litigation rhetoric. This we do through capturing and translating our client’s in-depth understanding of their case with our understanding of court dynamics, creating a complete, thorough case litigation narrative.
Various dimensions of advocacy extend beyond the immediate courtroom process. Services that are provided include, but are not limited to:
- Intervention with social service
- Government & private agencies
- Mental health professional
Reversal of wrongful transfer of child custody
These cases most often revolve around issues of extreme psychopathology or criminal behavior such as sexual and psychological abuse. Identifying factual information entwined with mental health and psychodynamic material always requires careful ethical expert witness testimony and a nuanced understanding of the multiple issues at play.
Addressing child sexual and emotional abuse
The Foundation has seen a history of child abuse very poorly addressed by the family courts. Cases hinge on the legal model of logic – logic that can argue both sides of a dispute as a legalistic maneuver which decides right and wrong/guilty and innocent. Guilt and innocence, even under conditions of indisputable physical evidence of abuse, can be argued in such a manner as to raise doubt as to the identity of the abuser, thus failing to protect the subject child.
Courts have been notoriously resistant to admitting child testimony, even in the form of in camera interviews with judges. This complex of issues presents unique challenges to defending protective parents and children presenting abuse charges in the context of custody litigation. Children are silenced, not allowed a voice in their own story or their own fate. Often they are even maligned and discredited by authorities during custody proceedings. The truth of children is often suppressed by those who may have an equity position in the outcome of the case in clear violation of the children’s safety, privacy, and civil rights.
Our experience has indicated that judges, lawyers, and other court officials routinely do not understand the nuances of psychoanalytic/psychodynamic analysis or psychotherapeutic intervention as a treatment modality. Courts tend to deal with therapeutic intervention as an “arm of the court process,” either for developing proof/evidence of abuse, or “correcting the thinking” of protective parents and children whose complaints of abuse and heinous crimes were found by the court to be “unfounded.”
Sexual and psychological abuse are often physically untraceable. Victims may hide or deny symptoms of harm. The process of engaging subjects in disclosure and articulation of harm requires the subtle investigation of experts and the articulation of their professional findings to inquiring judges, which is what the Foundation strives to do.
Assisting disenfranchised parents
The Foundation is frequently contacted by people who need assistance, but who have not engaged our services. Some have given up, having been defeated at some point in the litigation process because of humiliation, guilt, or fear, or because of lack of energy or failure of funding. Many of these contacts remain in touch with us for years and we continue to hear their thoughts and feelings unfold, learn from them and write about them.
Often these parents have had their custody rights terminated by the courts, or they exist with limited visitation orders. Coerced consent orders are sometimes filed, where improper communications through lawyers/judges inform the parent that unless some contingency is completed, that parent will never see their child again. The Foundation was created to amplify these issues in the public forum, to bring them to public and professional consciousness, so these matters are among the arsenal of tactics and techniques with which the Foundation challenges the courts.
Addressing “parental alienation”
the central theme of the concept of “Parental Alienation” is often the alienation of a child/children from the love and loyalty of one parent to the exclusive attachment to the other parent. When the courts observe hostility on the part of the child toward one parent, it is assumed that the other parent has committed “parental alienation,” tainting the child’s mind and manipulating the child’s emotions.
I am deeply concerned with issues resulting from antiquated state and federal public policies that determine custody and child welfare practices. As we know from direct experience, and as is widely reported in the media, the system of “Child Protective Services” (CPS) is a mass bureaucracy that wields enormous power under statutory authority of immunity from prosecution. The Attorney General’s office is the legal arm of authority prosecuting parents. The caseworker staff tend to lack skills or methodology for understanding complex personality dynamics. The inability to differentiate sociopathic and psychopathic personality constellations presented by the most dangerous of the child abusers responsible for crimes perpetrated by the population for which CPS caseworkers are responsible makes it more likely that the abuser will become the preferred parent in the estimation of the first responder to a scene of abuse.
Dealing with government/administrative agencies is a major focus of engagement, strategy, and study. The Foundation focuses not only on issues related to individual cases, but also on the analysis, critique, and intervention that applies to agency oversight and public policy.
Standing against violation of due process and equal access to the courts
Evidence-based case evaluation is a tool in the exposure of judicial fraud, corruption, malfeasance, abuse of power, and abuse of due process rights. The Foundation stands against judicial intimidation of court litigants, and in support of those professionals who fight for children and families by reporting the suppression of evidence which indicated the presence of sexual abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse of children by the abusive party.
The court and its labyrinth of connecting governmental institutions provide the basis for the disenfranchisement of numerous professionals, including lawyers, psychologists, social workers, and all levels of mental health and medical professionals who defend and advocate for their clients. Professionals who are thus attacked are rendered impotent by the courts to protect their clients. One chilling effect of attacks against professionals who speak out on controversial issues is that future professionals are reluctant or overtly unwilling to confront controversial issues, preserving the veil of secrecy and culture of corruption that currently exists.
Judicial and legal fraud and malfeasance are devastating families and children in courts across the country, but few are willing to step up to the task of dealing with the problems, even those who possess evidence within their own cases. Families who do not deal with these issues, where they exist, in their own court cases for fear of retaliation, face devastation as a result of their own fear, denial, and apathy. When litigants fail to confront such issues, corruption is empowered and further institutionalized through denial and apathy.
Identifying and confronting the above issues is a large part of the work of each case accepted by the Foundation, as is restoring our client’s reputation and credibility within the community. The Foundation praises the work of the many honest, ethical, hard-working members of the legal/judicial/law enforcement community, whose work, efforts and reputation are impaired by fraud and abuse of power.
The Foundation for Child Victims of the Family Courts is committed to filing complaints against court officials, expert witness providers to the courts, and all court actors who violate their fiduciary responsibility to their clients. We publish those complaints as part of writing that elucidates the core issues of concern to the Foundation and that benefits the client.
However, writing a general complaint about a provider is not adequate. That complaint must be forwarded to the licensing board that supports this providers’ services to the courts and the client litigant.
Giving voice to the voiceless
I have written about those who fear to fight the family courts. We write about our cases, under aliases, and about people who have chosen not to work with us, who feel defeated by a judicial system that was created to defend them but which has failed them. In all of these areas, we want to give voice to the voiceless.
The Foundation finds itself in the unenviable position of having clients who desire our services but at the same time fear the tactics used by adversarial agencies and courts. Government agencies, with their endless resources, viciously pursue those who speak on the part of vulnerable populations, especially vulnerable populations that are battling against formidable entities. Neither the courts nor government entities take kindly to whistleblowers jeopardizing enormous source of funding and financial opportunities.
The Foundation is fearless in exposing situations of corruption and fraud when the client’s or their child’s reputation is at stake, especially when one of our clients is the subject of libel, defamation, and fraud. The tools the Foundation uses to deal with judicial malfeasance rests upon aggressive legal action, expert witness testimony, investigation of the source of corruption, and publication about such acts.
Let’s work together
Understanding our process is critical to the success of your situation and ability to be an active participant in your case. There are many ways that we can fight for your rights and protections but we can’t do without you taking the all-important first step.