Petition update

APA to Form Working Group on High-Conflict Family Relationships!

Parental Restoration

Dec 9, 2016 — We recently received the following email from Dr. Caldwell of the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families:

"The [APA] Boards discussed the item on high-conflict family relationships, and decided to move forward with forming a working group to review the relevant literature. It is my understanding that they are working through the necessary process to put a working group together. That process will take some time, but I expect to know more about the working group sometime after the first of the year."

You may remember, from way back in April, that the first step the APA takes to address any topic is to put together a group of experts (a working group) to focus their time on addressing the topic. During their April meetings the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families put forward a motion to request such a group specifically for our situation. One board they met with passed the motion. The second board took its sweet time, but they finally addressed our concerns during their November meeting and they have also passed the motion!

This has only happened because we, all of us together, made it happen! This is a major success and is the direct result of this petition and hundreds of letters sent to the APA leadership from targeted parents.

We will continue to move forward. This may seem like a slow start, but we are moving a huge boulder that has been sitting between our families and the help we need. We, all of us, are not going to let the APA get away with ignoring our families anymore!

Please share this petition with others. Let them know about the progress that is being made. We are not going to stop until we get the help our families need.


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