The California Safe Child Coalition Believes Children Should “Maintain a Relationship” with an Abusive Parent… Is this What the Mother’s Movement Stands For?
The point of this article is not debate the merits of supervised visitation but to point out the conflicting messages of some of the leaders in the Mother’s Movement; that, on one hand, say children should be protected from an abuser, even to remove all contact with that parent and, on the other hand, say an abusing parent deserves a relationship with the child they have harmed—and this relationship should be fostered, and encouraged to grow in supervised visitation (which will lead to unsupervised visits, and likely the alleged abuser will gain custody). SO what does the Mother’s Movement really believe?
Quote: “The California Safe Child Coalition works with national, state and local government agencies, private organizations and individuals to keep children safe.”
“We seek a massive culture shift in the California court system. We strive to endure that children remain safe in the custody of protective parents, while maintaining relationships with their abusing parents through court-ordered supervised visitation”. This includes parents who have sexually abused children.
WHO IS THE CALIFORNIA SAFE CHILD COALITION?
The California Safe Child Coalition is compromised of some of the largest organizations leading the Mother’s Movement today; many who have appeared at the Battered Mothers Custody Conference (BMCC).
The Center for Judicial Excellence, The Center (CJE). CJE’s Director helped to organize and lead the first ever Mother’s Day Protest at the White House.
|Entity Name:||CENTER FOR JUDICIAL EXCELLENCE|
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|Agent for Service of Process:||JEAN A. TAYLOR (President , Co-Founder)|
According to the 2010 Tax returns, the CJE Officers are:
Jean Taylor- President
Mary Lee Strebl- Vice-President
Cesar Lagleva- CFO/Treasurer
Raphael Durr- Director
Marivic Bay Mabanag- Director
According to the taxes, these are all unpaid positions, working an average of 10-25 hours a week. CJE takes in a large amount of monetary donations, of which only $25 a year is membership dues (see below “Kathleen Russell and CJE Money Trail”).
California Protective Parents Association (CPPA)
|Entity Name:||CALIFORNIA PROTECTIVE PARENTS ASSOCIATION|
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|Agent for Service of Process:||KAREN ANDERSON|
NOTE: CPPA originally opened as a charity and later re-established itself as a corporation.
Karen Anderson (Director of CPPA) has lobbied for legislation to limit the Court’s ability to order supervised visits for parents accused of sexually abusing their children. She is also a mediator working with families involved in the court system, working as a Certified Mediator in accordance with the California Dispute Resolution Programs. Anderson also calls supervised visitation a scam and a racket.
Mothers of Lost Children (MOLC)
Results of search for “Mothers of Lost Children” returned no entity records
Note: On Feb. 14, 2011 Karen Anderson (CPPA) held a protest with Mothers of Lost Children in Washington, D.C. to “protest the enormous expenditure or tax dollars to help get ex-prisoners and known abusers connect with their children, and the heartbreak for mothers when this funding is misused and misapplied.” http://crispe.org/forum/index.php?topic=4667.0;wap2
Child Abuse Solutions (CAS), Child Abuse Solutions, Inc.
Results of search for “CHILD ABUSE SOLUTIONS” returned no entity records as being a corporation in California.
CAS is supposed to be an educational non-profit but no results were found at the National Center for Charitable Statistics. The information for CAS traces back to Meera Fox Attorney at Law.
Incest Survivors Speakers Bureau of California (ISSBC)
A “grassroots” organization of mothers raising awareness of child sexual abuse. ISSBC offers conferences, training, and accepts donations, filtering the money through CPPA: http://www.issb.us/donations.html. Results of search for “CHILD ABUSE SOLUTIONS” returned no entity records as being a corporation in California, and no results found of ISSBC found as a non-profit.
ISSB California Officers
Executive Director and Founding Member- Andrea Ransdell
Legislative Director- Heather Markert,
Research Adviser and Founding Member- Kathy Dreyer
The California Safe Child Coalition
Results of search for “The California Safe Child Coalition” returned no entity records.
THE CONTRADICTION: QUOTES FROM THOSE IN THE MOTHER’S MOVEMENT AGAINST SUPERVISED VISITATION BETWEEN A CHILD & AN ALLEGED ABUSER
These statements from advocates and mothers in the Mother’s Movement directly challenge California Safe Child Coalition’s statement that abusive parents deserve a relationship with the children they have abused, and that relationship should be fostered in supervised visitation. Keep in mind, the purpose of supervised visitation is temporary, and almost always results in unsupervised visitation, and increased custody.
Many of these leaders/advocates/mothers believe that a child who has been abused will be at risk for further abuse if they continue to have a relationship with a parent who has harmed them in the past, and that placing a child in supervised visitation with an abuser is traumatic. Many of these voices come from mothers who have been through the family court system, have dealt with supervised visitation, and witnessed its failures.
So who is the California Safe Child Coalition fighting for, and why??
From Barry Goldstein: “We have seen repeatedly that courts create an urgency to restore normal visitation to fathers even in the face of serious safety risks…The(re is) disparity in how supervised visitation is handled between mothers and fathers…the courts that couldn’t wait to resume visitation with a dangerous father are willing to delay years before resuming normal visitation with a safe mother…”
And, “Instead of pressuring mothers to cooperate with their abusers they can be using their power and authority to require him to stop his abuse if he wants to have a relationship with the children. It is important for legislators and court professionals to understand that children do not need both parents equally. They need the safe parent more than the abusive one and their primary attachment figure more than their other parent. ..” “The Broken Court System: Is There Reason for Hope?” by Barry Goldstein: http://www.barrygoldstein.net/important-articles
From “Family Court Matters” : FCM posted an article on corruption and greed within the supervised visitation provider network, many of their comments also seem applicable to California Safe Child Coalition.. “Why, becomes the question, would an anti-domestic violence (“End Domestic Violence” indicates they want it to stop) be collaborating with the infamous Supervised Visitation Field, which is known to spring out of the father’s rights and welfare reform fountain?”
And,“Again, I have to ask, how could such a well-known (in the field) group go for so long absent any corporate existence? Not registered with the State of California to do business in California–but it sure looks like they are consistently billing and being paid to do business in California….” “Good Cause to Eliminate (Funding for): Access Visitation, Supervised Visitation, and Batterer’s Intervention, PERIOD!” http://familycourtmatters.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/good-cause-to-eliminate-funding-for-access-visitation-supervised-visitation-and-batterers-intervention-period/
From The Liz Library: “Supervised visitation cannot continue indefinitely, and controlling, violent, or child molesting parents aren’t going to change. So what is the point? ….
It’s a band-aid for 10 weeks, or 6 months, or whatever, and then the abusive parent will most likely go back to court, after behaving “safely” or “nicely” in the presence of supervisors, and get unsupervised visitation. The supervised visitation center will have made money, the parents will have lost money, the litigation will have remained open, the abusive parent will be even more angry and resentful, additional therapies and interventions will be recommended and tried (all as the abuse fades into the past and claimed irrelevancy), and overall, the entire situation will be even more miserable than it was before for the victims.” — The Liz Library, “Endless $tupidity: domestic violence victim advocacy for supervised visitation centers (Endless stupidity or professional self-interest–there’s no other choice.)” http://www.thelizlibrary.org/site-index/site-index-frame.html#soulhttp://www.thelizlibrary.org/supervised-visitation/supervised-visitation-stupidity.html
National Safe Child Coalition: Posted an article on August 12, 2103 about a man who killed his child during supervised visitation to spite his ex. NSCC followed with these thoughts, “They have dangerous people ordered into supervised visitation at the YMCA while protective parents who pose no threat are ordered into prison like rooms for supervised visitation with their children.”
KATHLEEN RUSSELL AND CJE’S MONEY TRAIL INVESTIGATED BY FAMILYLAWCOURTS.COM: WHAT TAX RETURNS REVEAL
Family Law Courts is investigating “DV advocates who don’t want to see women empowered” and they claim most advocates are corrupt, and in the business to make a profit, not help victims of abuse.
Family Law Courts has investigated a number of individuals and non-profits including Kathleen Russell of The Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE) aka “The Center”. Kathleen Russell is an unmarried woman with no children who is the co-founder and staff consultant at CJE. Why? Family Law Courts has pulled Russell’s tax records and raised allegations that CJE is just another money making organization within the family court system, similar to what protective mothers are fighting against.
Quote: (2008) “Tax records reveal in one year the Center for Judicial Excellence accepted grants and donations in the amount of $215,052.00 (Line “L”). Of that amount (Line 13) $187,000 went to outside sources. The source?
Page 4, Line 151. Kathleen Russell Consulting.”
Source 2008 Tax Returns Posted on Family Law: http://18.104.22.168/EINS/204892221/204892221_2008_054E013D.PDF
That’s means 86% of grants and donations to CJE went directly to Kathleen Russell Consulting.
Source 2010 Tax Returns are posted on Family Law: Courts: http://22.214.171.124/EINS/204892221/204892221_2010_07496338.PDF
From 2006-2010, CJE took in $922,323 dollars in grants and contributions, if 86% were paid to Kathleen Russell Consulting that would earn her $793,198 in 4 years. OR $198,299 dollars a year. With that large amount of money, you would hope to see a more substantial change in family court–not a solution that fosters a relationship between a child and an abuser, and throws the family back into the troubled family court system.
EVEN CLAUDINE DOMBROWSKI ADMITS: IT’S AL ABOUT THE $$ MONEY $$
Is it so far-fetched that the domestic violence advocates and leaders would compromise their stated goals to protect women and children to make a profit?
One more screen shot to consider…
This was taken from Barry Goldstein’s wall, keep in mind Barry is a former attorney who was disbarred after mishandling money belonging to a non-profit organization. Here Barry is begging his supporters “to contact local dv groups, colleges, and other other organizations that could sponsor (PAY) a program for me to speak at.”
Like Kathleen, Barry works as a speaker and consultant. What is a consultant? Someone who can give advice or share ideas about family court, domestic violence and related issues without a law license; and make a profit from speaking, public engagements, writing books, etc.
Claudine Dombrowski responds with this interesting comment,”Yo gf I’m awake. Eyes wide open 20 yrs. I also know that in the communities the heart people not all enjoy this you use what you can get it in any way you can. Through anyone you can.
It’s your choice. Try to balance like the dv orgs do (there funding is 3/4 fr tagged), or push the truth the common sense. Or…you can keep preaching to the choir… Put it where it needs to be.”