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Message ID: 8678
Date: 2010-10-25

Author:Todd McDonald

Subject:Re: information for Family Court Judges

I think we are talking about two different things. I was replying to the comment about family preservation which I see as something that happens before placement and in fact to prevent placement. You seem to be talking about reunification. In regards to preventing placement I was noting that family preservation does not work, at least that is what the research posted on this listserv seems to indicate. I am not a researcher, just a practitioner. I don't know how well family preservation programs work to reunify families. Todd --- On Fri, 10/22/10, DeanTong@aol.com wrote: From: DeanTong@aol.com Subject: Re: information for Family Court Judges To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu Date: Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:06 PM Doctor: Are you saying that family preservation is not in the best interests of children? According to the Adoption & Safe Families Act, in juvenile court post-dependency cases, Child Protective Services (CPS) "must" first make reasonable efforts toward family reunification/preservation before they petition for Termination of Parental Rights and the latter cannot commence until the child(ren) has/have been in state care for 15 - 22 months. In family court cases involving moderate to severe alienation, I think it is always advisable to lobby the court for the appointment of a reunification/reintegration therapist and/or parenting coordinator. There is an organization called the Rachel Foundation (www.rachelfoundation.org ) that has helped courts in cases of parental alienation. Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Consultant/Expert 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell 813.523.5187, Emergency Cell DeanTong@aol.com http://www.abuse-excuse.com/ Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney. He is not licensed to give legal advice and nothing herein should be construed to be legal advice. If you need legal assistance please consult with an attorney in your area by checking here http://www.abanet.org/lawyerlocator/searchlawyer.html . This e-mail is strictly confidential pursuant to the Attorney/Work-Product Doctrine. In a message dated 10/22/2010 10:15:54 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, tmac5528@yahoo.com writes: Cheryl I don't think there is any compelling evidence on family preservation. Many discussions on this list indicate that family preservation did not work. But other researchers could speak in greater detail about these programs. Todd --- On Thu, 10/21/10, cheryl majka wrote: From: cheryl majka Subject: information for Family Court Judges To: Child-Maltreatment-Research-L@cornell.edu Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:21 PM I am looking for examples of information/briefing packets suitable for judges who are considering family preservation/family restoration matters in children's/family courts. The information I am after is not related to laws/legislation but more regarding impact/outcome for children/families that would be compelling for judges/magistrates. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Cheryl Majka Project Officer Community Services nsw

I think we are talking about two different things. I was replying to the comment about family preservation which I see as something that happens before placement and in fact to prevent placement. You seem to be talking about reunification. In regards to preventing placement I was noting that family preservation does not work, at least that is what the research posted on this listserv seems to indicate. I am not a researcher, just a practitioner. I don't know how well family preservation programs work to reunify families. Todd --- On Fri, 10/22/10, DeanTongaol.com wrote: From: DeanTongaol.com Subject: Re: information for Family Court Judges To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu Date: Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:06 PM Doctor: Are you saying that family preservation is not in the best interests of children? According to the Adoption & Safe Families Act, in juvenile court post-dependency cases, Child Protective Services (CPS) "must" first make reasonable efforts toward family reunification/preservation before they petition for Termination of Parental Rights and the latter cannot commence until the child(ren) has/have been in state care for 15 - 22 months. In family court cases involving moderate to severe alienation, I think it is always advisable to lobby the court for the appointment of a reunification/reintegration therapist and/or parenting coordinator. There is an organization called the Rachel Foundation (www.rachelfoundation.org ) that has helped courts in cases of parental alienation. Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Consultant/Expert 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell 813.523.5187, Emergency Cell DeanTongaol.com http://www.abuse-excuse.com/ Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney. He is not licensed to give legal advice and nothing herein should be construed to be legal advice. If you need legal assistance please consult with an attorney in your area by checking here http://www.abanet.org/lawyerlocator/searchlawyer.html . This e-mail is strictly confidential pursuant to the Attorney/Work-Product Doctrine. In a message dated 10/22/2010 10:15:54 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, tmac5528yahoo.com writes: Cheryl I don't think there is any compelling evidence on family preservation. Many discussions on this list indicate that family preservation did not work. But other researchers could speak in greater detail about these programs. Todd --- On Thu, 10/21/10, cheryl majka wrote: From: cheryl majka Subject: information for Family Court Judges To: Child-Maltreatment-Research-Lcornell.edu Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010, 5:21 PM I am looking for examples of information/briefing packets suitable for judges who are considering family preservation/family restoration matters in children's/family courts. The information I am after is not related to laws/legislation but more regarding impact/outcome for children/families that would be compelling for judges/magistrates. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Cheryl Majka Project Officer Community Services nsw