1,000,000+ signatures from parents and others standing up to the American Family Courts

1,000,000+ signatures from parents and others standing up to the American Family Courts

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This petition represents parents across America that are being silenced, criminally charged and/or losing custody in the effort of trying to protect their children from physical and sexual abuse by the other parent.

Current laws demand that the high bar of evidence needed to convict an abuser be met before a child can be removed from the custody of an abusive parent, yet the courts continue to buy the myth that the reporting parent is "coaching" and transfer custody to the abusive parent. It seems unbelievable, but it is happening repeatedly across America and psychologists have said that people do not fabricate abuse to this extent.

On the contrary, the small number of false allegations do not account for the high volume of physical and sexual abuse cases reported and it is simply not reasonable to dismiss all of these as false allegations just because not all children have the capacity or courage needed to make the required disclosures to authorities. 

We need to see a reformation to the current family law system that will:

  • protect reporting parents that suspect or witness abuse
  • lower the burden of evidence necessary to protect a child 
  • offer makeup parent-time and possibly financial compensation in cases where allegations prove to be false
  • hold reporting parents to a higher standard that if allegations are falsified, penalities will include heavy fines and/or serious criminal charges
  • ensure that custody not be taken as a penalty from a parent that has made an attempt to protect a child from abuse (if allegations are falsified, penalties mentioned above may be inflicted in place of restricting custody, which has been shown to be psychologically and emotionally damaging to the children)
  • allow expert witness testimonies to be considered in court as at least partial evidence, particularly where expertise in the field would lead to an educated opinion as to whether or not abuse likely occurred
  • to recognize that the burden of obtaining hard physical evidence is an unrealistic standard for proving sexual abuse and almost unattainable in most cases barring obvious unwanted physical evidence such as incestuous pregnancy
  • that judges consider the relationship of the children to each parent in making a decision and recognize that rashly changing custody from a primary caregiver to a visiting parent, particularly an alleged abuser, can have lasting devastating effects on the children
  • that judges also consider that while a false allegation has the potential to harm the accused parent it is not equatable to the resulting harm of a child continually subjected to physical and/or sexual abuse by a parent, that statistics show that most reports of abuse are NOT falsified, and that additional abuse and resulting deaths have occurred where authorities failed to protect children from "unsubstantiated abuse." 



Introduced to Congress July 24, 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/72 - UPDATE: H. Con. Res. 72 passed the House unanimously on September 25th, 2018. It has now been introduced to the Senate. 


7-year-old girl murdered on visit with father despite mother's concerns for safety and apparent efforts in court to protect her child: http://www2.philly.com/philly/news/crime/kayden-mancuso-jeff-mancuso-murder-suicide-manayunk-girl-murder-suicide-langhorne-20180807.html

Mother of four dies of "heartbreak" after collapsing on the court room floor after Family Court decision: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5898137/mum-died-broken-heart-collapsed-family-court-hearing-cardiac-arrest.html

Child's death could have been prevented had Family Court judges listened to mother's concerns: https://thecrimereport.org/2010/05/06/failure-to-protect-the-crisis-in-americae28099s-family-courts/

 Family Court Crisis tracked since 2008 - 657 children murdered by a parent involved in high conflict court cases: http://www.centerforjudicialexcellence.org/cje-projects-initiatives/child-murder-data/

California mother fights to reform Family Law after the murder of her 5-year-old son by his father: https://www.abc10.com/mobile/article/news/local/a-bittersweet-victory-in-the-fight-for-family-court-reform/103-587411779

Mother reunited with daughter after ten years due to her attempts to protect daughter from sexual abuse: https://aplus.com/a/maralee-mclean-child-advocate-protective-parent.html


  1. Ney, T (1995). True and False Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse: Assessment and Case Management. Psychology Press. pp. 23–33. ISBN 0-87630-758-6.
  2. Hobbs, CJ; Hanks HGI; Wynne JM (1999).Hobbs, CJ; Hanks HGI; Wynne JM (1999). Child Abuse and Neglect: A Clinician's Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 197. ISBN 0-443-05896-2.
  3. Child Abuse and Neglect: A Clinician's Handbook. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 197. ISBN 0-443-05896-2.Schetky, DH; Green AH (1988). Child Sexual Abuse: A Handbook for Health Care and Legal Professionals. Psychology Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-87630-495-1.
  4. Bolen, RM (2001). Child Sexual Abuse: Its Scope and Our Failure. Springer. p. 109. ISBN 0-306-46576-0.
  5. “You have to pop that bubble that people live in that would think a parent would never do anything like this and then that there’s no premeditation involved,” said R. Dale Smith, chief of the Special Victims Unit: http://amp.star-telegram.com/news/special-reports/article153578794.html
  6. 4-5% of CSA cases exhibit physical signs after 72 hours: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5607905/
  7. Mayo Clinic  Child Abuse Facts: https//www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/child-abuse/symptoms-causes/syc-20370864
  8. Parental Alienation Syndrome Theory and Origination Exposed http://www.thelizlibrary.org/liz/pedoph.htm 
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