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Posted by Anne Caroline Drake J.D. on August 22, 2010 · 19 Comments


Claudine Dombrowski and her daugher got caught up in a Kansas-style tornado of injustice and pretext on Friday.  There are so many abusive narcissistic wizards in this courtroom catastrophe that I felt like Dorothy inOz when I heard what happened.  


You Decide:  Incompetence, Pretext, Cover-Up, or Best Interests of the Child?

In the 14 years this case has been pending, Ms. Dombrowski has gotten just one day of justice back in January when she and Rights for Mothers‘ founder Nancy Carroll packed the courtroom. Judge David Debenham allowed her the First Amendment right to shine a bright light on the injustice perpetrated by Hal Richardson and facilitated by GAL M. Jill Dykes.  

GAL is the legal term for guardian ad litem.  These attorneys are appointed by the court to protect the bestinterests of the child in custody battles.  They are supposed to remain neutral and protect and advocate for the child.  It’s a sweet gig for attorneys.  

Pretext is the legal term for blowing smoke up the court’s ass.  It’s a nice way of describing a courtroom that operates more like a mushroom farm.  As you may know, mushrooms thrive when they are covered in shit and kept in the dark.  


Sealed Records, Gag Orders, and Closed Court

Judge David Debenham’s first order of business on Friday was to clear the courtroom of witnesses to the proceedings.  He claimed it was in the best interest of the child.  Then, he confiscated Ms. Dombrowski’s cell phone, ordered the records sealed, and issued a gag order.  This is from the court docket:  

‘Court finds that Dr. Rodeheffer’s report of May 18, 2010, has been published on the website of Respondent. Court suspends Respondent’s parenting time pending final hearing in this matter. Respondent’s counsel is to review Respondent’s cell phone to determine if there are images of report on Respondent’s cell phone – Respondent’s phone time with minor child to continue but to Petitioner’s home phone. Due to publication of report on the Internet, which deals with minor child, Court finds that there is a privacy interest of the minor child that is central to these proceedings and outweighs the public interest and orders that the files, records, and transcripts of the case be sealed until further order of the Court. J. Dykes to do order.’  

Before I rip into the pretext and cover-up in this order, this is what Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had to say about a Rhode Island judgewho issued a similar order:  

“This court order is a blatant violation of the First Amendment.  If she believes she is being treated unfairly, or if she just wishes to make people aware of her case, she should be able to do so free of a court-ordered gag rule”  

Was Hal Richardson held in contempt of court for routinely denying visitation between his daughter and her mother?  Hell no!

By the time he and GAL Dykes got done manipulating the judge, Ms. Dombrowski was the one in the hot seat. . .for shining a bright light on the truth. . .for exercising the very same First Amendment rights the judge guaranteed last January. 

clip_image004Claudine after being raped and beaten in 2000

Is GAL M. Jill Dykes Incompetent, Corrupt, or Clueless?

Before the hearing on Friday, I sent GAL M. Jill Dykes a professional courtesy e-mail message.  A part of me was hoping she might make better decisions if she was apprised of the dynamics of PAS (parental alienation syndrome), domestic violence, and manipulation of the legal system as an instrument of abuse.  I also addressed my very legitimate concerns about a minor child residing in a house with a child’s coffin as a coffee table and a gun on the wall with a convicted criminal as custodial parent.

Her GAL-pal Rene M. Netherton sent me a threatening e-mail message in response.  I guess I was supposed to be intimidated into silence.  I wasn’t.  

Instead, I was dumbfounded that licensed professionals would engage in behavior more common for junior high kids.  The tone and tenor of her comments let me know I was dealing with an abusive narcissist.  They can’t handle criticism and project their own evil intent onto others.  It explains why they are unable to distinguish between perpetrator and victim.  

Ms. Netherton was GAL in this case before Ms. Dykes.  She didn’t respond to my concerns about Hal Richardson’s criminal record or choice of decor.


Best Interests of the Child

Yes, folks that’s a child’s coffin.  The photo doesn’t show the gun on the wall.  Y’all have sounded off with your concerns about the safety of a child residing in such a hostile environment.  GALs, Rene M. Netherton and M. Jill Dykes don’t get it.  I’m not terribly surprised.  Ms. Netherton misses simple stuff like the fact that “privileged” is spelled incorrectly in her boilerplate. 


Halleck G. Richardson Has an Extensive Criminal Record

According to Stop Family Violence, the abuse of Ms. Dombrowski and the minor child started when she was four months pregnant and discovered that Mr. Richardson had lied to her about being married.  He beat her.  As you can see, she was sporting a black eye when she gave birth to the child in 1994. 

On February 18, 1995, Mr. Richardson was arrested for domestic battery and damage to property (95 CR 00836).  A no contact order was issued on February 21 which he immediately violated.  His bond was revoked when he failed to appear.  Shawnee County (KS) Court Services Officer Mary Kelly sent a memo on March 14 to Judge James P. Buchele regarding sentencing and probation: 

Mr. Richardson has been placed on probation five times in the past 15 years.  I do not believe he is a good candidate for probation. . .I recommend. . .a psychological evaluation and follow all recommendations for treatment.  [emphasis added] 

Nevertheless, Judge Buchele let him off with a slap on the wrist in a plea deal.  The domestic battery charges were reduced to disorderly conduct and the damage to property charge was dismissed.  Although he was ordered to get a psychological evaluation, he never did.  He was released from probation on June 13, 1996 after getting expelled from a court-ordered batterers group:

§ 3/6/95:  Fred Eisland:. . .marriage that ended in divorce and there was some violence there and he and his current partner are fighting.

§ 5/29/96:  . . .rude and disrespectful to female co facilitator as evidenced by his combative stance, his repeated interruptions, his sexist language, his monopolization of the group with his loud voice, and his refusal to accept responsibility for his own actions.  Appears to be inappropriate for group.  JSM

§ 6/5/96:  No show

§ 6/10/96:  . . .client very disruptive during group. . .constantly challenging the structure of the program.  Client attempted to use the group as a forum to discuss his negative views of the local judicial system.  Client refuses to see himself as anything but a victim.  Very inappropriate actions for a group setting.

§ 6/11/96:  Called PO and client to tell them that he had graduated as far as I was concerned.  He only has 17 sessions, but is causing too much trouble with his mouth. Terminated, with cause.  Will not be accepted back.  JSM  [emphasis added]


Stop Family Violence reports this wasn’t the end of the violence.  In 1996, the injury you see in the above photo required 14 internal and 14 external stitches.  Ms. Dombrowski was raped and beaten in 2000.  On August 25, 2003, Kathleen Sales attacked Ms. Dombrowski with a hammer and broke her arm.  Ms. Sales claimed she was hired by Mr. Richardson, who assured her she wouldn’t be prosecuted.  She wasn’t.


Ms. Dombrowski isn’t Mr. Richardson’s only crime victim.  Somehow he cons, manipulates, badgers, and bullies his way into walking away with just a little slap on the wrist: 

§ April 4, 1984:  guilty of misdemeanor ~ 6 years probation and $50 fine; discharged from probation on July 18, 1984.  (82 CR 01860)

§ October 20, 1989:  guilty of battery against a law enforcement officer ~ 1 year supervised probation; charges of DUI and obstruction of justice were dismissed; $75 fine; discharged early from probation on July 24, 1989.  (89 CR 01537)

§ March 28, 1991:  guilty of attempted battery on August 13, 1990 ~ $283.66 victim compensation for medical costs; no contact order to protect Jon Rayls; no alcohol or drugs; 1 year supervised probation; discharged early on April 29, 1991.  (90 CR 1308)

Richardson Was on Supervised Probation When He Petitioned for Custody

Mr. Richardson petitioned for custody on March 4, 1996. . .three months before he was expelled from the batterers group for being a disruptive lost cause.  He was released from probation on June 13, 1996. 

Yet, the GALs and the court-appointed child psychologist perceive Ms. Dombrowski as the dangerous party.  In fact, GAL Dykes asked for an escort to protect her when she left the courtroom on Friday. 

You’d think with all the convictions, blood, cuts, and bruises they would be deeply concerned for the safety of the minor child and do everything possible to protect her from her criminal father.  Nope.  They’ve forced her to reside with a convicted criminal, his coffin coffee table, and the gun on the wall.  The courts have failed to protect her every day of her life. 


Kansas First Lady Stacy Parkinson’s Commitment to Preventing Child Abuse

Nancy Carroll’s Rights for Mothers site was flooded this weekend with comments from around the world from people who are more familiar with the injustices Ms. Dombrowski and her daughter have experienced than I am.  Someone suggested we lobby the Governor of Kansas. Gov. Mark Parkinson on his web page claims:  

Married to his wife, Stacy, for more than 25 years, the Parkinsons are active in community and charitable organizations, including co-chairing the successful Sunflower House Capital Campaign which raised $4.2 million to support the child abuse assistance agency. They also completed a $6.7 million Capital Campaign for SAFEHOME, one of the most comprehensive domestic violence agencies in Kansas. Both involvements led the United Community Services of Johnson County to name the Parkinsons 2006 Co-Citizens of the Year. They are parents to three children: Alex, Sam, and Kit. They belong to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood. 

The governor and first lady are both attorneys.  Gov. Parkinson claims to have a farming background.  The First Lady’s e-mail address:

The governor’s snail mail address and phone number: 

Office of the Governor 


300 SW 10th Aveue, Suite 241 S 

Topeka, KS  66612-1590 

(785) 296-3232 

I think we need to ask them why the judges, GALs, and court-appointed psychologists in Kansas are so clueless about PAS and manipulation of the legal system as an instrument of abuse.  Why aren’t the judges in Kansas going to training?  Why don’t they have copies of the judicial guide? 


Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law

Mama Liberty, in her comment, advised us that the FBI is the lead agency to investigate government officials who “under the color of law” fail to protect citizens.  This is what the FBI says on its site:   

U.S. law enforcement officers and other officials like judges, prosecutors, and security guards have been given tremendous power by local, state, and federal government agencies—authority they must have to enforce the law and ensure justice in our country. These powers include the authority to detain and arrest suspects, to search and seize property, to bring criminal charges, to make rulings in court, and to use deadly force in certain situations. 

Preventing abuse of this authority, however, is equally necessary to the health of our nation’s democracy. That’s why it’s a federal crime for anyone acting under “color of law” willfully to deprive or conspire to deprive a person of a right protected by the Constitution or U.S. law. “Color of law” simply means that the person is using authority given to him or her by a local, state, or federal government agency. . . 

Failure to keep from harm: The public counts on its law enforcement officials to protect local communities. If it’s shown that an official willfully failed to keep an individual from harm, that official could be in violation of the color of law statute.  [emphasis supplied and added] 


Judge Susan B. Carbon

The FBI, of course, is part of the U.S. Department of Justice which is the same agency that oversees the Office of Violence Against Women.  Frequent visitors to this site know that the new director is former New HampshireJudge Susan B. Carbon, who literally wrote the book on preventing PAS and manipulation of the legal system as an instrument of abuse.  I believe it might be prudent for us to lobby her office for funding to pay Ms. Dombowski’s attorney fees and expert witness costs.

Lynn Rosenthal at the White House has been asked by President Obama to investigate the PAS issue.  She came to the National Coalition convention in California to listen to the concerns of mothers who are fiercely trying to protect their children from abuse.  

Please visit Rights for Mothers to read about the worldwide outrage that manifested into an international grassroots campaign that was launched after this post was published.

I think it is time for us to take a stand ~ to pick a landmark case ~ to give it everything we’ve got.  In my professional opinion, the judge, the GALs, and the child psychologist deciding what’s in Ms. Dombrowski’s child’s best interests lack the expertise and competence to make those determinations.  And, I think their claims that they are acting in her best interests by sealing records and confiscating phones and closing the courtroom doors is nothing but a pretext to shield them from charges of corruption, incompetence, and callous indifference. 

Sound off, please. . .here and on your own blogs.  And, please follow Nancy Carroll’s lead in lighting a candle of hope to pierce the darkness for Claudine Dombrowski and her very vulnerable daughter. 

Update:  Since this post was published, a grassroots international campaign has been launched to protect Claudine’s daughter.  There is an extensive e-mail list in the comment section of everybody who is anybody in Kansas state government.

My e-mail to Ms. Rosenthal at bounced back.  Does anybody have the correct address???

Thanks to everyone who is supporting Claudine Dombrowski and her beautiful daughter.

Stop 14 Years of Injustice ~ Be There: August 20 @ 9:00 AM, Shawnee County District Court, Topeka, Kansas



19 Responses to “Injustice in Oz: Are Judge David Debenham and GAL M. Jill Dykes Acting in theBest Interest of the Child or Engaged in a Cover-up?”

1. clip_image014jobby says:

August 22, 2010 at 9:23 AM

To those of you more experienced than I, you’re saying that the GALS in this case are typical? I was thinking of applying for a GAL for the kids because I have no other legal representation for them. Judge Isaacson of Klamath County Oregon threw out my restraining order because I did not report the abuse while we were in it; we got away. Now he’s subjecting them to criminals in his family, so I got their conviction records, and did not let them go on one visit. How can I protect my kids? They don’t even know these people from his family. TheyT are now living with him. The kids are scared.

2. clip_image014[1]Elisa Breitenbach says:

August 22, 2010 at 9:27 AM

I just got this today on my Facebook. Keep up the good work. This story is a heart breaker.

3. clip_image015familycourtmatters says:

August 22, 2010 at 10:11 AM

AnneCaroline — excellent post, I will link to it. I am completing a post today also quoting from the record. I googled “Claudine Dombrowski” and got over 307,000 results. I always appreciate the visual organization and clarity in your posts, something my technical skills to date lack.


Her GAL-pal Rene M. Netherton sent me a threatening e-mail message in response. I guess I was supposed to be intimidated into silence. I wasn’t.

Instead, I was dumbfounded that licensed professionals would engage in behavior more common for junior high kids. The tone and tenor of her comments let me know I was dealing with an abusive narcissist.

> > can you post, or quote, that email? (or would you get a gag order?). Without quotes, it’s hearsay to the readers.
>>We should no longer be dumbfounded by any licensed professionals behaviors any more, not after the amount of judges caught with child pornography, or engaging in sex with minors (a JudgeThompson out of NJ, in racketeering (2 judges in Luzerne Co. PA), taking bribes (Garson out of Brooklyn), or anything else. A NJ judge threw a mother in jail coming back from, as I recall, South Korean, as she was reporting FOR a hearing when that same judge pulled an international ex-parte custody switch based on the father’s word. Both parents were professional musicians and child abuse allegations existed in the other country. “Judges are people too” and along with priests, pastors, and fathers, we know they come in all different kinds of ethical flavors. If I’m not mistaken, you know also that when the robe goes on, it indicates an office, not necessarily the ethical responsibility in that office, which it’s up to us people to safeguard and keep in check — which is becoming harder and harder with the advent of the family court system and its mental health professionals in the mid 1900s.

> > >Speaking of which,….As apt as the labels (narcissistic abuser) may be, I think we (who don’t appreciate battered mothers losing custody of their children to the batterer, inappropriate gag orders, and watching — as a message to the rest of the nation — what happens to such mothers when they say NO! STOP! and ENFORCE THE COURT ORDER (which was what the last hearing was about). It’s a scare tactic like the Inquisition — kneel, or be punished. Sometimes I have wondered if (overall) it’s actualy actually a wide-scale breeding program (not engineered by decent people, obviously) — to breed independent mothers out of the system. It may take a few generations, but exceptions like Claudine continue to take a beating. It’s a GOOD fight and an important one.

>>It would help if, when Claudine is blogged, references to her IACHR (links) were enclosed, and to the Castle Rock v. Gonzales one as well.

>>”Fight fire with fire” doesn’t apply, I think, to the reverse-diagnosing of professionals with their own labels. The issue is, the psychological labels are justifying criminal behavior in the courts. I do it, of course, and it’s important to do — but ALSO important is to understand what other tools these professionals are employing. PAS is not the only one — and probably not the main one. The main one appears to be the simple “Bribe,” whether a literal one (in individual cases) or an implicit one (steering business towards certain professionals who will rule accordingly). The professionals being verbally slimed by us (after they slime a protective mother) are probably impervious to this, so long as their chain of power and access to the money that goes with it are undisturbed.

This quote is long, but Los Angeles is important to understand, because the family law system, and a major player in it (AFCC organization) originated out of this area. They’re corrupt, it’s been exposed, and they simply don’t care.

This quote also illustrates problems that come up a LOT in the family law system, because so many participants in there have engaged in criminal activity already — batterers, child molesters, and partners (mostly mothers) trying to get safe. If we are HONEST, most questions in life often boil down to money and privilege, not just privilege alone. They go together.

Blacklisted News 07-06-2010: California Implodes • How would you feel if you knew your federal tax dollars were being used to finance California’s corruption?

• You may be surprised to learn that the California State Legislators and the LA County Supervisors went to Washington D.C. to obtain the maximum federal funding for their extensive welfare, medical and illegal alien imprisonment programs, in order to claim the federal tax payer money in an end run around the other states.

Imagine the end of the democratic process through judicial corruption, like that in LA County, replicated in your community.

{{NOTE: we don’t have to imagine — we’re in it!}}

Richard Fine is a a tax payer advocate who exposed massive judicial corruption in LA County and is rotting away in prison. While there has been no trial, sentence or conviction against him, he has been in solitary confinement for the last 15 months. The discovery of judicial corruption, coupled with a violation of the Brown Act by the Los Angeles County Supervisors could justify the firing and criminal charges against the LA County Supervisors, the California State Los Angeles Superior Court Judges, the California State Legislators and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, among many others.


Watch this video of Richard Fine describing the evil triangle of corruption between the LA County Supervisors, the LA Superior Court judges, LA County Sheriff Leroy Baca, LA District Attorney Steve Cooley and the California State Legislators who all cover for each other:

Since 2005, only 3 people have won cases against the County of Los Angeles when a LA Superior Court judge decided the case, leading many to conclude that the illegal payments authorized by the LA County Supervisors are bribes. Judicial Watch won a case, Sturgeon vs. LA County, which declared that the payments to the LA Superior Court judges are illegal. Both the LA Superior Court judges and the LA County Supervisors are incriminated in the illegal payments. But the California State Legislators, in bill SBX211, granted retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution to the judges and LA Supervisors- this is concrete evidence of criminal activity; why else would they need it?

Interestingly, when the California State Legislators granted the retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution to the judges and the LA Supervisors, they extended the retroactive immunity to all government officials associated with the illegal payments, including themselves! And Arnold Schwarzenegger is also complicit because he signed off on the bill.

Meanwhile — on the opposite coast foundation and tax dollars go to social science experts to talk about innercity crime and poverty and how injecting the same faith-based agencies into government programs through groups like Brookings, The Urban Institute, Johns Hopkins, and other institutes at major universities, about how tohandle the (supposedly) foreign species of human beings that commit crimes. At least the crimes Hal Richardson did:

In a similar vein, Robert Woodson, president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, suggests that the reason programmatic religion may reduce deviance and delinquency is that faith-based social-service providers, armed with a religious sensibility, often go above and beyond the call of duty and act in ways that inspire an unusual degree of trust among program beneficiaries. In his 1999 book The Triumphs of Joseph, Woodson recalls:

I will never forget the sight of former felons and addicts washing pots and pans and scrubbing down pews in restitution for some violation of a program’s rules. Previously not a threat of a death sentence or life imprisonment meant anything to these individuals who accepted homicides as a fact of life and anticipated a life span of under thirty years. Yet they had willingly accepted the discipline of an unpretentious sixty-year-old outreach minister because he had won their trust. …..

[earlier in the piece]Today, however, we have many first-rate statistical and ethnographic studies that supply some preliminary answers. Though far from definitive, the evidence to date suggests that religion can improve individual well-being and ameliorate specific social problems.

These enablers are as interested in their statistical studies as they are in the wellbeing of who they’re studying. As to churches, it’s known that some of the worst abusers are religious (though Hal doesn’t seem to be!).

It takes some time to put the picture together, but it’s not TOO hard to grasp. I think we have a better chance of helping Claudine and others like her if — along with the obviously important protests as this – we remember to continue teaching about the financial corruption, which is linked to the character corruption. And you CANNOT do that without looking at how federal tax dollars are being distributed to the courts and agencies associated with them.

The governor and his wife attend church in Leawood, Kansas? Then I’m sure they are aware of a Fathering Center there, which I have been looking into (because they were visiting my cite). These groups are globally minded, to spread the particular anti-gay (and with that, anti-independent-women who aren’t afraid to leave a bad marriage or relationship, or be single mothers, an “anathema”) not just throughout United States, but also especially Africa seems to be a target.

Here are 3 links. One is to a Marriage Enhancement organization in Arizona. I guarantee you, the same policies affected the Richardson/Dombrowski case. Justice is justice, and it takes a real “piece of work” to assert that a criminal like that deserves custody. That ‘piece of work” is the fathers’ rights / responsible fatherhood movement. It affects everyone who pays taxes, because it’s corrupt in agenda (gender bias is buit-in), destructive, gets families killed by requiring constant contact — sometimes at taxpayer expense through these grants, and supervised visitation centers funded in part by them).

“the Family’s Ties to Anti-Gay Legislation in Uganda: Dispatches from the Culture Wars” (“The Family” being the secretive Arlington-VA-based group, National Prayer Breakfasts, Ultra-Right-Wing agenda; Jeff Sharlett has written about). Posted on: November 30, 2009 9:30 AM, by Ed Brayton

As I’ve written about before, Uganda is currently considering an incredibly brutal anti-gay law. Apparently it’s not good enough to make homosexuality illegal and put people in prison for it for life, now they may go even further and put gays to death – along with anyone who advocates on their behalf. And now — surprise, surprise — it turns out that the people behind this in that country are members of The Family.

Jeff Sharlet, the foremost — perhaps only — expert on The Family (aka The Fellowship), did an interview with Terry Gross on NPR last week in which he pointed out the links between the Uganda politicians pushing this legislation and The Family:

Mr. SHARLET: Well, the legislator that introduced the bill, a guy named DavidBahati, is a member of The Family. He appears to be a core member of The Family. He works, he organizes their Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and oversees a African sort of student leadership program designed to create future leaders for Africa, into which The Family has poured millions of dollars working through a very convoluted chain of linkages passing the money over to Uganda.

GROSS: So you’re reporting the story for the first time today, and you found this story – this direct connection between The Family and the proposed legislation by following the money?

Mr. SHARLET: Yes, it’s – I always say that The Family is secretive, but not secret. You can go and look at 990s, tax forms and follow the money through these organizations that The Family describe as invisible. But you go and you look. You follow that money. You look at their archives. You do interviews where you can. It’s not so invisible anymore. So that’s how working with some research colleagues we discovered that David Bahati, the man behind this legislation, is really deeply, deeply involved in The Family’s work in Uganda, that the ethics minister of Uganda, Museveni’s kind of right-hand man, a guy named Nsaba Buturo, is also helping to organize The Family’s National Prayer Breakfast. And here’s a guy who has been the main force for this Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda’s executive office and has been very vocal about what he’s doing, in a rather extreme and hateful way. But these guys are not so much under the influence of The Family. They are, in Uganda, The Family.

GROSS: So how did you find out that Bahati is directly connected to The Family? You’ve described him as a core member of The Family. And this is the person who introduced the anti-gay legislation in Uganda that calls for the death penalty for some gay people.

Mr. SHARLET: Looking at the, The Family’s 990s, where they’re moving their money to

COMPARE with this one:
National Association for Marriage Enhancement (from Lavendar Liberal: SEARCHABLE DATABASE OF ANTI-GAY & PRO-EQUALITY DONORS)

One of the most enduring — and vilest — anti-gay organizations you’ve never heard of, operating, albeit transparently, under the guise of “enhancing” opposite-sex marriages as a mask for their real agenda.

MSNBC: “The National Association of Marriage Enhancement … helped drive successful referendums in Arizona, California and Florida to pass laws” to restrict marriage to opposite-sex bigots.

But don’t worry: They don’t hate you — they only want you dead {{This refers to this organization’s presence in Uganda, same agenda as above. They have since stated they are “not involved”}}

Dr. Martin Ssempa, a pastor at Makerere Community Church, has received an award for his fight against homosexuality. Ssempa and his wife Tracey received the plague from Apostle Alex Mitala, the overseer of the National Fellowship of Born Again Churches in Uganda.

This was during the “Great Marriage Celebration” organised by the National Association of Marriage Enhancement in conjunction with the National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches in Uganda at Nakivubo Stadium over the weekend. …

{{National Assoc of Marriage Enhancement, Phoeniz, AZ is getting grants ($1mil so far) steered to it through its director’s close association with (can you say “brother of?) {at time of the article I read} head of Finance committee of the AZ GOP. Ties to Bush, you bet. Also ties to one of the world’s largest cults, the Unification Church (Moonies, formerly). By now, we should be as scared and indignant as we are about the OUTRAGES that Claudine’s been going through for 14 years (so far). When civil rights faces religion,it’s good to remember that religious fanatics (as opposed to some of their, probably, law-abiding, basically decent followers, or other law-abiding, reasonably normal people who just don’t believe in a god) are not above war, and consider laws, rights, things like that, rather “flexible” when there’s a god, and his agenda, to be served and enforced on the rest of the world, at their expense, too.}}

[Mitala] said homosexuality was one way of making the world extinct. …Ssempa thanked the Christians for standing by him and said he was encouraged by their support to continue with his campaign.

He proposed the establishment of a national marriage alliance to counter homosexuality….

Gee. . . .wonder which country he got that idea from . . . . .
This is a 501(c)3 organization that support(ed) Ssempa, til it became politically embarrassing to do so:

The National Association of Marriage Enhancement
13422 N Cave Creek Rd, Ste 3
Phoenix, AZ 85022
05/16/06 – $5,000.00 – Cash – Filed: 06/30/06
10/17/07 – $2,000.00 – Cash – Filed: 06/16/08

Now let’s talk about what we might want to speak with these Kansas Governors about, a nice married attorney couple, and before talking, Let’s Get Honest about what they probably are already aware of. One doesn’t get to be governor, or a legislator, with zero awareness of these types of things:

They also completed a $6.7 million Capital Campaign for SAFEHOME, one of the most comprehensive domestic violence agencies in Kansas. Both involvements led the United Community Services of Johnson County to name the Parkinsons 2006 Co-Citizens of the Year. They are parents to three children: Alex, Sam, and Kit. They belong to the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood.

The governor and first lady are both attorneys..

ZipCode of SAFEHOME received $21mil of HHS/ACF grants in last 5 years, through ACF. I’m betting some of these include fatherhood programs:

ZIP Code = 67042
Summary = Agency
Organization Number of
Awards Amount
ACF 73 $ 21,334,641
Total: 73 $ 21,334,641

From 1998-2008, the Access/Visitation (“KS-SAVP”)awards affecting Claudine’s case, which she knows about) have gone to the Dept. of Social and Rehabilitative Services. 2009-2010, they went straight to the Office of the Governor. In addition, Catholic Charities, got a cool $2 Mil,2006-2010 for what’s labeled Marriage promotion, but even the letters of the grants say “FE” (as in “Fatherhood Education”): One grant, 90FE112, which if you click on the link, it reads “DISCRETIONARY.”

I’m “sure” Catholic Charities will be entirely neutral on the issues of forcing marriage reconciliation, or at least joint parenting vs. single mothers. (What was that priests are called, every week – — “Father So and So” )

Apparently the ACF, which is part of the U.S. Fed. Gov’t/Exec. Branch, is still trying to Rehabilitate men like Hal, and Behaviorally Modify (i.e., suppress) feisty women like Claudine. Maybe they are trying to breed protest out of the populace, to make life easier for those at the top.

But, at $100,000/year, can someone start demanding an account of the results?

Not including any unaccounted for $$ which may pay off a judge or a licensed professional, or a supervised visitation monitor (or which, admittedly, might not…), it’s already been established, officially, that these grants are being used to intentionally affect custody decisions (towards Dads, UNLESS they are genuine protective Dads) through bringing in the mediators and professionals. This is thebest the Federal Government can’t do, since actually reaching down from Washington, D.C. to Kansas or anywhere else, and directly ordering a judge to switch custody to batterers and child-abusers, child rapists (which would be too blatant), the job has to be done, really, outside the courtroom. This makes what goes on IN the courtroom a virtual farce. And this is what we ought to be blogging on at least as much — how that happens, and stopping the funding that enables it.

I’m going to be “obnoxious” and post the chart here. I’ll try to put up a google link to this also, if it doesn’t come through.

AnneCaroline, thank you for putting my with my preachy style and long posts. However, I’ve been in the courts over a decade, am a noncustodial mother by fraud, and looking back, have pretty good idea when and where the above influences (in addition to the local ones, my ex’s supporters) came into the mix. My court docket has been almost nonstop from the first day we went into family court, and has consistently deleted income from my life, not just also two daughters that I raised. There comes a time, when you might (traditionally) think you’ve gone past the top curve of the productive work years. I can document one-third of my ENTIRE life dealing with DV issues, and one-half of my ADULT life. Never has any family law hearing improved the situation, at all. Every time I go near the place, something valuable is lost — or, at best, a total waste of time and same status quo. I’m about to take on another major legal against one of the participants. I plan to win, not lose, and am just very distressed that more women don’t understand the scope of the situation, the FOREST for the TREES.

When you moderate this, I tried a quote (or indent) within a quote on the NAME section, if it doesn’t come out perhaps you know how to correct.

Here’s one of the glades in that forest, from, Advanced Search. I searched only 2 CDFA codes.

CFDA Number = 93086,93597 {healthy marriage~fatherhd; Access-Visitation, which federally mandated program is an off-shoot of a sweeping revision of welfare (nationwide) to acommodate helping Noncustodial Fathers, and administered federally through the Child Support agency. (See for some summaries)

Recipient ZIP Code: 67214-3504

FY Award Number Budget Year
of Support Agency Award Code Action
Issue Date Amount
This Action
2006 90FE0112 1 ACF 0 09-25-2006 $505,154.00
2007 90FE0112 2 ACF 0 09-20-2007 $505,354.00
2008 90FE0112 3 ACF 0 09-14-2008 $530,368.00
2009 90FE0112 4 ACF 0 09-17-2009 $530,368.00
Award Subtotal: $2,071,244.00

{{NOTE: these types of grants DO go back to 1995, but this database no longer pulls them up on a search}}

Recipient ZIP Code: 66612-1505

FY Award Number Budget Year
of Support Agency Award Code Action
Issue Date Amount
This Action

1998 9701KSSAVP 1 ACF 2 05-31-1998 $116,319.00
1998 9801KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 09-01-1998 $116,319.00
1999 9901KSSAVP 1 ACF 2 08-16-1999 $103,133.00
2000 0001KSSAVP 1 ACF 2 08-22-2000 $103,133.00
2001 0101KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 08-23-2001 $103,133.00
2002 0201KSSAVP 1 ACF 2 08-06-2002 $100,000.00
2003 0301KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 09-11-2003 $100,000.00
2003 9701KSSAVP 1 ACF 10 02-21-2003 ($5,120.00)
2004 0401KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 09-15-2004 $100,000.00
2005 0501KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 09-14-2005 $100,000.00
2006 0601KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 09-19-2006 $100,000.00
2007 0701KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 07-20-2007 $100,000.00
2008 0801KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 01-30-2008 $100,000.00
Award Subtotal: $1,236,917.00

Recipient ZIP Code: 66612

FY Award Number Budget Year
of Support Agency Award Code Action
Issue Date Amount
This Action
2009 0901KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 12-23-2008 $100,000.00
2010 1001KSSAVP 1 ACF 1 11-25-2009 $100,000.00
Award Subtotal: $200,000.00

Total of all awards: $3,508,161.00

Your governors live in Leawood, KS near a major organization, website, and there is a “National Center for Fathering” out of there.

Natl Center for Fathering” BOARD members

NCFF “Funding” page: 29% sales, 32% govt’ Foundation grants, 39% individuals.

The National Center for Fathering receives its funding from three primary sources: resource sales & training fees, grants and gifts from individuals.

In 2006, the Center derived 29% of its income from resource sales and training fees. The National Center received 32% of its funding through corporate, government and foundation grants. Individuals who contribute to the Center’s mission provided 39% of its revenue.

The National Center for Fathering is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as an organization exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(a), 501(c)3 and 509 (a)(1). All gifts and contributions to the National Center for Fathering are fully tax deductible in accordance with state and federal regulations.

Oh yeah, and for a reminder (above), they, too, are involved in sub-saharan Africa. Seem to go for vulnerable populations….Opening a new center down there. Nice to know your $$ will be helping locally with good causes…..

FAMILY LIFECHANGE CENTER (aka “Happy Families”) – South Africa (scroll down for description)

Notice — phrasing associates Happy Families and Family Life Change Center with FATHERING.

Sounds like it’ll probably happen approximately how it did in the US, by the same means, meanwhile creating opening a wonderful new market whose $$ may help support the effort to stop divorce, and get those dads back in their kids’ lives in the US as well. These include bringing in the court professionals, mediators, etc. This is already going on — here’s one Forensic Psychologist’s link: — but the NCFSA is likely to have an overtly religious tone, also:

Here’s “Partnership” page from a Word of Life Ministries (Zimbabwe) page hosting the South African arm of the group from Leawood Kansas, where Claudine’s Governor & wife live. I thought it’d be talking about, say, nonprofit, or corporate partners — but it was the same old, same old. This was part of a “Holy Ghost Conference” put on by the National Centre for Fathering, which is right there on the website page.

“God said Let us make man in our image and let them have dominion according to our likeness… So God created man in his image; in his own image created he them”

Right from the onset we see God in partnership creating a partnership of male and female and giving them the five-fold mandate for their purpose on earth that is

In some kind of Freudian slip (?) they omitted “and female,” and other words, misplaced “according to our likeness” [ a key point of the verse, of the Genesis Story, if not the entire Bible's story]. The whole verse, which most churchgoers, including kids, and particularly people who are having Eve’s sin and their consequent guilt rammed down their throats and into their consciences, can quote that verse — a fairly short one — by memory without screwing it up, deleting segments, rearranging segments, and thus tangling up the basic meaning. It goes simply like this {bear with me — this is about who people receiving federal $$ are hanging out with, if not sponsoring–and only “incidentally” finding captive and very profitable global markets for their theories and trainings, such as “Championship Fathering. Or I wouldn’t have brought it up!”:

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his [its] kind: and it was so. 25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind,/em>, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;male and female created he them”

It obviously has a flow, and repeated phrasings, and with a little exposure (written or spoken), it almost speaks itself. It takes extra effort to garble it up and miss the main point of the verses (only 2), of Genesis (basic to the Bible) and the Bible story.

The some type of reasoning will continue to garble up, re-arrange, omit significant parts of, and simply forget the main point of the Bill of Rights (not that long), the Declaration of Independence (not that long either), the basic concepts of facts, evidence, law, and so forth. That same type of reasoning can come up with theories like the real problem with the US is fatherlessness, and start institutes and nonprofits to promote it, not only all over the US (and particularly when it comes time to vote for more funding) but overseas also.

This type of thinking is going to “not notice” Claudine’s stitches, bruises, coffin & gun, violations of court order .

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

The obvious switch in phrases from “God saw that it was good {5 times] ” & “after its kind” [7 times] about all the anmals to, suddenly “it was VERY good” and “in the image of God, ” (3x in two verses, must be important) when creating man/male and female, doesn’t refer to gender (the beasts mate and have offspring) but Spirit.

Go figure, these marriage promotion (and “Holy Ghost Conference”) guys omit that, and focus on their agenda, putting men and women together, for ever, or it is “very bad,” and we have all the programs and resources to fix that, for a fee….. That really is the mentality of some of the most abusive religions — women do NOT exist separately: Mormons (remember Yearning for Zion & CPS?), Islam, sharia law as to women, Catholics when it comes to women as incubators, and other rigid definitions of persons as simply functions of a larger corporation. Which appears to be what this group was thinking. . . they go on:

God the father, God the son and God the Holy Spirit had a partnership meeting were they decided to embark on a very serious and divinely significant project.

If you can find some evidence for that statement in Genesis 1 (like the phrase), or even the word “partnership” then it’s understandable why mere court professionals, unaided by “The Holy Ghost” or an acquaintance with how to interpret plain English, are getting a little scrambled up trying to read U.S. laws, rules of court, or even “Read My Lips — PAS is junk science” from NCJRS and elsewhere, “The Batterer As Parent” material by Lundy Bancroft. They may cite bits and pieces, but their head is somewhere else. Probably with the prevailing power structure, for which, again, one has to look at the money (and organization) trails. Which are outside the courtroom.

The point of the Genesis 1 section they TRIED to quote was to focus on the quality of a person (spirituality ~ cf. character), not woman-blaming or divorce-blaming. Or “the devil-made-me-do-it” blaming (as Genesis goes on to narrate). The Jesus this is supposedly all about actually saved a woman from being stoned for adultery, much later; is credited with saying things like “God is no respecter of persons” (ERA before its time) and “in heaven they neither marry nor are given in marriage” (Guess he wasn’t a Moonie) and one of my favorites, along those lines:

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

I’ve been a “schoolteacher” (well in my subject matter) and also been in the courts, and been studying these grants and organizations closely for a while now. From what I can tell, it is this government’s attitude and intention that the entire populace (except the policymakers, of course) are all still “under a schoolmaster” (i.e., their programs) and that eventually that will become ALL of us.

Moreover, a look at their grants (through and another type of look, WHo has associations with WHOM (i.e., conflicts of interest) shows me that the exact intent IS to segregate everyone by racial, economic, religious and most of all, gender profiling. This goes for the DV funding also. Not just in the US, either.

The irony is, a lot of them are doing this in the name of “Christ.” Those that don’t, use a similar philosophy — our missionary-minded zeal to “help” and “fix” marriages (and basically, everything – especially helping Children (which draws the MOST $$$ and funding) is no less faith-based and laughable. If they didn’t have the tools to do so.

I hope you can allow this comment, but please let me know if you can’t. I have shown a trail of breadcrumbs (a large one) to address how, backing up from Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Pretoria, South Africa to Arlington, VA (“The Family”) and of course Washington, D.C. programs dating to around 1995, at least, (fatherhood stuff), and again reaching out to Leawood Kansas (not to mention Phoenix, AZ), how two women could, with a straight face, take a woman’s cell phone, throw her in jail for speaking out (I forgot Lorraine Tipton in WI, also), and ignore the 67 contempts, to date, stitches, bruises, and law to keep that circus of a court case going, going, going — like “The Energizer(tm) Bunny,” or a virus for that matter. . . . (Or me, complaining about it…)

4. clip_image016Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 22, 2010 at 12:36 PM


Klamath County isn’t known for jurisprudence favorable to women. Sorry to be the bearer of this news.

Quite frankly, the judicial corruption in OR is why I write this blog. By now, you might have connected the dots. If not, scroll over the photo of lady justice with your mouse for a clue. I use that photo almost every time I write about judicial corruption.

How can you protect your kids? The only honest answer I can give you is to get them the hell out of OR. The state of WA has a kick-ass Address Confidentiality Program. Unfortunately, they don’t have the resources to get you financially established, and its a bitch getting a job when you can’t rely on references from former employers.

Also, you’ll probably have to sever ties with everyone you know ~ ALL your friends and family ~ because you’d be shocked how stupid people are about not revealing where you live. They just don’t think about the consequences. The judge who has been stalking me since 1992 knew exactly where I was less than five minutes after I arrived in WA State because my own mother stupidly revealed my address to a woman who claimed to be a friend. She was one of his moles. Told my mother a whopper of a story, and she fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Happens all the time.

There’s an awesome domestic violence shelter in Pacific County, but there aren’t many jobs around there. Our welfare benefits are pretty good.

So, you have a lot to think about. I urge you to connect up with the Rights for Mothers and Mama Liberty bloggers. The women who write those blogs have been walking in your shoes for a very long time, and they’re kicking some serious ass. I’m VERY impressed with what they’ve done with absolutely no resources.

My best advice is to plan your strategy very, very carefully. And, keep your cards very close to your vest. You know your ex better than anybody. A lot of people who profess to be experts don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. So, I think you are best off with other mothers ~ y’all are an incredibly resourceful bunch.

I think your answers are going to have to come from outside the legal system. You aren’t likely to see much justice in Klamath County. Ironically, I have a cousin who is single and lives in your neck of the woods. He won’t help me. So, he isn’t likely to help you either. It’s too bad. He’s a smoke jumper for the forest service. Those guys are fierce.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

5. clip_image016[1]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 22, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Thanks, Elisa. I spent all day on that post yesterday ~ it was how I coped with the incredible injustice.

What the folks in Shawnee County, KS haven’t yet figured out is that we won’t give up or shut up. And, I don’t think they realize the amazing support Claudine is getting behind the scene from some incredibly powerful people. Her case has generated international scrutiny from professionals who are all asking WTF???

My hunch is that we’ve got ourselves a bunch of big minnows who have been swimming in a small pond too long. They don’t see the sharks circling, and they are too stupid to realize they went too far this time.

Thanks for your support of Claudine and her daughter. They are going to need it to survive this.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

6. clip_image015[1]familycourtmatters says:

August 22, 2010 at 12:59 PM

OK, “mea culpa, mea culpa.” On reading this excellent post, and responding to what I felt were some of the blind spots here (i.e., what should be also addressed as to why these things can happen, and are still happening), including why 14 years in the courts Just Ain’t Enough Punishment for a woman who’s already Had Enough Punishment (as has her daughter) — my comment ran to about 5,000 words.

While I”m trying to get what I wrote (and carefully html’d with links, blockquotes, cites, and a form of reasoning, I still say!), onto the LetsGetHonestBlog (above), where I was yesterday putting some of Claudine’s and Hal’s docket on-line, here’s some comic relief, although this ain’t no joke:

It’s from the Welcome to’s
Tongue in cheek but pathetically true!

Copyright 2009 – All Rights Reserved – Email

Common Sense:
1. form of logic reserved for common people 2. objectively unverifiable form of logic 3. form of logic that minimizes or eliminates the highly specialized hair splitting , perpetuitous analysis that helps us appear more intelligent than the masses 4. form of logic non expert in nature.

1. one of the best tools devised to deny jury trials to the unresourceful and ineffective 2. those who organize or disorganize, identify or misidentify and label or mislabel particulate matter into a truth or evidence for recognition by and consideration of the trier of fact 3. people whose job is similar to the replicators on Star Trek.

1. term means what the Judiciary says it means 2. adherence to the Secret Canons of Judicial Conduct 3. a festival or gathering.

1. group of Judges forever more impressed with themselves than they should be 2. group of Judges highly respected and regarded regardless of their production or quality of work. 3. synonymous with Royalty.

1. the precious and proper administration of laws effectuated by legal analysis and the Secret Canons of Judicial Conduct; said administration being unaffected by the end result, even when the end result is the improper administration of laws. 2. more of a privilege than a right. 3. due to the value of Justice, every possible option of denial should be considered so it never is dispensed casually, freely or indiscriminately.

Justice For All:
1. “all” in this phrase means those who are left standing after judiciously applying the Secret Canons of Judicial Conduct and legal analysis to their case 2. phrase really means the possibility of Justice for all provided the person desiring Justice knows or can pay for skills effective in the manipulation of legal and procedural minutiae and the Secret Canons of Judicial Conduct.

1. the vast selection of written and unwritten ingredients which we recipe to make Judicial Decisions. 2. analogous to the Bible in that it can be made to say whatever one desires 3. impossible to break provided a Judicial Decision incorporates it in some form or fashion. 4. synonymous with the terms “Silly Putty” and “Whatever” 5. written word with the power to create illusion of equal and fair justice for all.

Legal Analysis or Legal Reasoning:
1. thinking usually independent of and unaffected by objective reality 2. the process of using legal terms to alter, create or deny reality 3. process used to maintain or assist the status quo, power structure and the resourceful and effective 4. a thought process commonly raised to the level of stupidity while maintaining the appearance of brilliance 5. sometimes called inverted intelligence.

Limine, Motion in:
1. selection or elimination of evidence for the purpose of directing a trial in the direction we feel it should go 2. legal tool which can never result in injustice due to the right of appeal.
Objective Reality:
1. that which is unwritten and usually not incorporated into Legal Analysis or Judicial Decisions 2. that which can not be verified 3. that which requires expert testimony for verification and identification.

1. whatever is the preferred viewpoint of the judiciary 2. opposite of “reality based”

Pro Se Litigant:
1. litigants with invalid arguments 2. bastards who forget we are trying to run a business here 3. those who don’t understand what “members only” means 4. those unfamiliar with their place in this world.

1. whatever experts say for pay 2. whatever the Judiciary decides through the use of Legal Analysis.

This is better viewed on the site above, and may provide SOME comic relief. Warning — it’s a bit scatological, for example, it starts out with: “Ad Hoc Decision:
1. Whatever 2. A screwing so fine tuned it can target a specific hemorrhoid.”

Then again, after a certain point, what else could accurately describe the process?
Then again, I think the guy who wrote this, Marv Bryer, also helped audit the L.A. Judges Slush fund (who had screwed him in a custody fight), which is partially responsible for the valuable document on the California Now Family Law Page, “Family Court Report 2002″ and which has been essentially ignored, I’m coming to believe, by most court reform groups since about then.

This “” site — apparently old — seems to come from Rhode Island. Maybe this information about its PRO SE WAY (talking) might be helpful to other viewers still in shock about Claudine Dombrowski’s situation.

“I can state with certainty that if you go against the status quo in Rhode Island and point out wrongdoing of the judiciary they will ruin your legal practice and make it impossible for you to win a case.”

–Quoted by a well known lawyer who was discussing the Rhode Island Judiciary, (several categories, and I have to get back to rescuing my 5,000 word reply — it’s been half a day in the doing!)

Get the psychologists (etc.) OUT of the court system by pulling their financial plug.
Get — ALL of us — basic legal information, including how things work — from other sources than our Local Bar Organizations. . . . . .

This author (who then provides a link to Legal Abuse Also be aware, it has a link to “Fathers for Justice.”)

“Do people still find justice in our system? Sure, it happens. More than not your only ‘justice’ will be the fact you can cost your wrongdoer a fortune in time and money spent fighting you, especially if you are Pro Se. Public embarrassment and exposure also affects wrongdoers. Many times the system won’t let you win, but you can still fight. If enough people fought, wrongs would still be righted even with a system as corrupted as ours. Wrongdoers would stop committing wrong only because of the repeated cost of litigation, public exposure and embarrassment. Also don’t forget there are other, civil, legal and lawful ways to go after wrongdoers via various forms of protests.


“I never received justice in any substantive way. Oh, there was a thing here or there that gave me small smidgens of justice. But some points need to be made here:

* Part of my recovery was accepting I would not see the justice I expected and deserved according to our Constitution.
* Part of my recovery was realizing that this country has, in many ways, written off our Constitution and rights of redress.
* Part of my recovery was accepting that corrupt, lying, thieving, completely callous people remain in positions of power without correction.
* Part of my recovery was realizing that my wrongdoers would absolutely dread having to litigate anything with me again because I gave them a serious run for their money.
* Part of my recovery was realizing I cost my wrongdoers a LOT of money – much more than they thought they would ever spend given the fight I gave them.
* Part of my recovery is knowing that hundreds of people a day are using this site for various reasons and are helped or informed by it.
* Part of my recovery was deciding I was going to find a way to live and achieve some degree of enjoyment out of life despite my knowledge of the unbelievable corruption of the American system that I have knowledge of.
* Part of my recovery was accepting I can be legally right and be rejected by a corrupt system. We are no longer a country of laws, we are a country where laws are “creatively interpreted”.

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR SO LONG: Here’s an older link, same old story. It clearly references the money motivation (child support) as a situation the courts engendered, after a federal revision of welfare laws:

Critics of parental alienation believe the theory became popular in the courts for a different reason than what Gardner cites. They say the trend started in 1992 shortly after the federal government mandated that states had to raise child-support payments or lose welfare funding.

“The only way for men to get out of paying more in support was to get more of the child’s time, and it kicked off the custody wars,” says Robin Yeamans, a family-law attorney in San Jose. “Attorneys representing these men were casting about for ways to get custody, and they found that parental alienation syndrome was a weapon that could be used in the battle.”

The result was that, by the early ’90s, a legion of women, in California and all over the country, began losing custody of their children after court-appointed psychologists and psychiatrists testified they were alienators, and the trend continues today.

Maria Duncan, a 44-year-old Stanford grad who lives in Los Gatos, recently lost custody of her daughter to her ex-husband — a convicted batterer — after she was deemed a potential alienator. Her ex-husband had been found guilty of two counts of spousal abuse — for spitting in Duncan’s face and shoving her up against a wall in the San Jose courthouse where he was arrested.

The San Jose court-ordered psychologist in her case recommended her ex-husband get custody of their daughter because Duncan had a “grudge toward men” and might become an alienator in the future.

“This parental alienation stuff is garbage,” says Duncan, who can only see her daughter one day a month. “If we start punishing people based on future acts they may commit, we have lost all semblance of sanity.” Duncan says once you’re labeled an alienator, potential or otherwise, “it’s impossible to undo the damage. As soon as the court makes that kind of ruling against you, it’s unlikely it will ever change things.”

That’s from 1999 Insight Articles, “Has Psychiatry gone Psycho?” and “The Scarlet Letter”. Scrolling down, many readers may recognize key players in this (incl. Richard Gardner, Karen Anderson, Irene Jensen case, Janet Johnston, Wallerstein (up in N Calif area and closely tied to the courts),

When we are in this realm, and have remained there for over a decade, perhaps another approach is needed than reminding the courts that the ruling was insane, or the professional made a bad call. Here’s Irene Jensen’s case, from same site:

. . . Irene Jensen of Salt Lake County, Utah, also can document a long history of physical and sexual abuse by her ex-husband. He is listed in Utah’s Child Abuse/Neglect database, and nine experts, including 6-year-old daughter Brittany’s pediatrician, provided testimony to the court supporting the abuse accusations. But Jensen’s ex-husband was awarded sole custody of Brittany in 1995, and Jensen is allowed just one eight-hour visit each month and prohibited from making any other contact with her daughter.

…Skepticism has run so high in the case that one pediatrician tried to file a suspected abuse report after finding numerous bruises on the little girl shortly after Ashley had ended a visit with her father, but the DCFS refused to accept it because the parents were fighting over custody of the child.

The court has been equally wary of such accusations. Two court-ordered psychiatric evaluations branded Jensen “a parental alienator” who was brainwashing her child, and Commissioner Ragins concluded that the real threat to the little girl was from her mother, not her father.

The upshot was that Ragins stripped Jensen of nearly all rights to her daughter in 1997 — several months after the Utah episode. His ruling severely limited her visits with Ashley to eight hours a month with a court monitor, whom Jensen must pay $240 for each visit. He also barred all phone contact

{{Plenty of money changing hands around there….}}{{Access Visitation Funding seems relevant. But VEry few people want to even talk about it, still…}}

. . . . Karen Anderson’s daughters, ages 4 and 7, told her and child protective services that they had been molested by their father. The Amador County, Calif., sheriff’s department provided a statement supporting the accusations. But during the custody hearing, Anderson was barred from testifying or presenting evidence and witnesses. Her ex-husband was awarded sole custody of the children, and she is allowed only court-monitored three-hour visits twice a week.

ERGO, we are already in la-la-land. This has nothing to do with the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Law, Rules of Court, or (incidentally), the welfare of any children. It’s a business structure, PERIOD.

Time to start barking up a different tree — OR change the tune of our barks, adding the other frequency which talks about this to the egregious cases, which are the Status Quo.

I just googled LOOK at how many are straight-out Fatherhood groups.

(Here’s from CALIFORNIA — Center for Families, Children, and the Courts)
The Judicial Council is charged with administering and distributing California’s share of the federal Child Access and Visitation Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement. These grants, established under section 391 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–193, 110 Stat. 2258)—title III, section 469B of the Social Security Act—enable states to establish and administer programs that support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children.

The congressional goal of the Child Access and Visitation Grant Program is to “remove barriers and increase opportunities for biological parents who are not living in the same household as their children to become more involved in their children lives.” Under the federal statute, Child Access and Visitation Grant funds may be used to support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation [with] their children by means of activities including mediation (both voluntary and mandatory), counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement (including monitoring, supervision and neutral drop-off and pick-up), and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements.

The use of the funds in California, however, is limited by state statute to three types of programs:

* Supervised visitation and exchange services;
* Education about protecting children during family disruption; and
* Group counseling services for parents and children.

Those who still think that “noncustodial parents’ actually includes mothers, go to the back of the class.
These types of situations are EXACTLY where the problems have shown up, nationwide. Understandable, as these are federal grants to the states…..


This is not about the COFFIN in the dining room, it’s about the ELEPHANT in the Courthouse, that too many sites bemoaning in justice in the courts just don’t speak about. If they did too openly, there’d be hell to pay….

These programs were being devised and developed in faraway places and clean, safe, conference rooms while a lot of us were being assaulted and injured in front of kids, at home in our living rooms (and a lot of other places). I.e., in the 1990s, like Claudine.

And very little monitoring is being done of WHAT they do with those millions (at least in this state). . . . It might be a better use of time to track down some of those organizations receiving the subsidies adn ask them to show some results. Then go to Washington DC (you can bet the people receiving the funding know of the hearings and don’t miss deadlines getting in their pleadings for more, and boasts about how many families these help — with anecdotal of “families served” evidence.

Meanwhile, I’d better go apply some of this advise from the “” site in R.I. about Legal Abuse Syndrome:

“I am NOT suggesting we resign ourselves to a country not governed by the Constitution the way it is supposed to be. I am saying: You Must Recover For Your Sake And The Sake Of Your Loved Ones”

(etc.) see you later, I’ll bring a link to the original comment if mine didn’t pass muster!

And NOT for that reason only. You must recover because there is not enough people that know what is really going on. Not enough people know how corrupt the system has become.”

7. clip_image016[2]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 22, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Family Court Matters, I always approve your comments. I think you were one of the first subscribers to my blog, and I deeply appreciate your interest and comments.

However, they almost always get caught in WordPress’ spam filter. It might be a combination of the length of your comments + the links you embed in them.

You’ve done an amazing amount of research in a very short time. I’m impressed. And, I like the way you phrase things ~ there is so much to absorb in your post that I’m not able to quote you exactly ~ “kneel or be punished” and “we don’t hate you ~ we just want you dead” are so spot on.

The purple words in my posts are links ~ I did provide several links back to the Stop Family Violence page about Claudine. I’m not surprised there are that many Google links about her. Her story has garnered international attention and scrutiny. I don’t think the folks in Shawnee County KS get it ~ they went too far this time.

That’s how new laws get created ~ some jerk crosses the line. People get mad enough to demand change.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

8. clip_image016[3]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 22, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Family Court Matters,

Did this post touch a nerve or what??? TWO exceedingly long comments. . .both got caught up in WordPress’ spam filter. I love, love, love the Black is White Law Dictionary ditty.

However, as a fellow writer, I think you will find that folks will actually read what you write more if you break it down into shorter and more concise pieces. When I write a long post like this one about a serious issue, for example, I always include lots of photos because people need a break as they digest all that information.

Most people won’t read a 5,000 word article. But, they will read fifty articles that are 100 words long. Why? The editing required to get it to 100 words yields a powerful message. Writing is easy. Editing is hard. It’s the editing, however, that produces a piece people will actually read and absorb.

You are a very insightful person. Funny too. I think you’ll find traffic to your own blog will increase if you post concise comments directly related to the one that trips your trigger.

My two cents,
Anne Caroline

9. clip_image015[2]familycourtmatters says:

August 22, 2010 at 2:09 PM

Well, I know you are absolutely right about that, and thanks for being straight-up enough to say it.

Generally what happens is, I read a post, I respond, I research or pull together research, and actually stick it on there. It’s therapy (did I mention, I had a parent — the other one — just die, leaving no contact with kids, no work, and no parents — plus despite 1st post, I really don’t “do” church) and not in the former profession. Housing is at risk, currently (what else is new). . . . . . SO focusing and writing like this really is kind of free therapy (like how many of us actually have health insurance….); if it helps other people, that’d be great also.

Wherever the pen (so to speak) lands, that’s where it keeps going til the post or dialogue feels complete.

The other purpose is to simply to sow MY wild oats, or treasures found here and there, which are those thoughts, in a variety of places and blogs. This may not make sense, but when you’ve been stalked, etc. there’s this ‘foreshortening” of long-term planning; part of the intent is to get it out there, even if the form isn’t right.

But I am working on a blog to do exactly what you say — say a few short things, and then spill my guts on the topics — in one place. Most people don’t hit the comments link for a lecture, I know.

In other world, I’d be in research, but this kind of research about misappropriation of federal grants programs isn’t like to get grants from the same sources. (one never knows, maybe I should try . . .)


10. clip_image016[4]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 22, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Wow, LGH! That was some awesome writing! You probably have PTSD. One of my visitors ~ wish I could remember who ~ told me that focusing intently on something is a great way to make a PTSD episode dissipate.

When I’m in the middle of a PTSD episode, I write. I find the struggle to express myself helps me work through what’s going on. If I’m having a particularly bad episode, it sometimes takes me awhile to get something worthy of sharing. Yet, those are some of my best pieces.

I also have developed the habit of writing in my journal every morning. It is an excellent way to keep track of my progress (or lack thereof) and to work through issues. When I finish a journal, I make notes in front of the next one regarding significant events and thoughts. This has helped me appreciate that progress doesn’t always comes in leaps and bounds. Sometimes it literally is one step at a time. We think we aren’t making progress because it is slow and steady, but all of a sudden we discover we’re at a new place.

You are an excellent writer and researcher. Your ability to synthesize is remarkable. These are exceedingly valuable skills in a wide variety of professions. My suggestion is to see what trips your trigger and go with it. See what happens.

When I started this blog a year and a half ago, I never dreamed 300 people would visit each day ~ almost 60,000 in total so far. When I started out, it was just a trickle. WordPress is free.

Along the way, I have met some extraordinarily cool people who share my mission in life. We’re at critical mass in terms of numbers and talents. So, I’m excited to see how this might play out. My work may not pay off this week or this month, but I think it will eventually. . .it already has in terms of spiritual blessings.

I think the most important thing for people like us is to know we aren’t alone. Not even close. There are so many of us out there that I think we’ll all be shocked when we start breaking down the walls of silence in a serious way.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

11. clip_image014[2]All emails to KS. Gov.-- Attorney General-- Sec State and Senate says:

August 23, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I copied and pasted your article and Nancy Carroll’s without images but with links back for my letter and I sent to all above starting w governor then sec of state since claudine is on th SAFE AT HOME ACP program– then on to the auto reply house and senate

GREAT JOB EVERY ONE!! ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Lance Kinzer ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

12. clip_image016[5]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 23, 2010 at 9:35 AM

I’m going to update the post to let folks know all these e-mail addresses are available in the comment section. Great job!

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

13. clip_image015[3]familycourtmatters says:

August 23, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Dear ACD and ACD blog:

Here we go again. HTML space is free, hopefully, and I’m just writing to write…. Nothing heavy today…Thank you.

We (all) have to stop meeting this way (just kidding). .. . .

So, currently, I’m looking at the business model overall, because we tend to overlook it as a diagnostic tool in these systems, and because it ALSO may provide tools for women like me to get out from under. It’s very revealing.

OK, I’m done (for) now. Have a wonderful day.

14. clip_image014[3]Robin Shaye says:

August 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Anne Caroline – Love your analogy of comparing a courtroom to a mushroom farm especially, “mushrooms thrive when they are covered in shit and kept in the dark.” I have been studying abusive narcissists for years and have written a book which is in the final stages of editing. Please feel free to check out my website – you can google it at In the meantime, thanks for keeping these travesties of our courts in the forefront. The more outspoken the victims are, the stronger we get and maybe it will bring about a change, creating fairness in our courts and not mushroom farms.

15. clip_image016[6]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 23, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Thanks, Robin! I visited your web site and added it to my blog roll. If your publisher sends me an advance copy of your book, I’ll be happy to write a review.

I howled at your joke about the narcissist and the lightbulb. We’ve got to keep our sense of humor, eh?

BTW, I don’t use the word “victim.” We aren’t victims. We are phenomenal women who had a lousy experience, and we’re moving on down the road with sass and style. And, yes, from time to time we kick some serious butt.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

16. clip_image016[7]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 23, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Family Court Matters,

Before I experienced domestic violence and started this blog, I was a consultant and leadership coach. Since you were the first person to subscribe to my blog, I have decided I’m going to coach you on your writing. I don’t have the luxury of time to help individuals, but you are a special person to me.

From now on, I’m going to limit your comments to three or four VERY short paragraphs and only one comment/post. I know this is going to be tough for you. But, you will thank me down the road because this exercise will help you achieve clarity in your thinking.

The other thing it will help you do is get to know the other bloggers.

You will notice that I have edited today’s comment down to what I sense you know for sure today. The remainder of your comment I think was your internal struggle to figure out where you fit in the scheme of things. This is something best done in private and over time in your journal. You are a very smart and determined person, and I have every confidence that you’ll figure it out.

My concern for you today, FCM, is that I sense this particular post has triggered a very painful PTSD episode. The thing that I know for sure is that when I’m having a particularly bad PTSD episode I need to take myself on a mini-vacation ~ an artist’s date. You shouldn’t feel guilty about giving yourself some time to heal and enjoy life for a moment.

I hope you have a wonderful day too. We all need moments of joy.

Sending hugs,
Anne Caroline

17. clip_image014[4]Earl Richards says:

August 24, 2010 at 4:13 AM

Any family court judge who grants custody of children to a wife-beater, to a criminal and to someone who holds the court in contempt, should be charged with child endangerment. If the wife-beater is a danger to his (ex)wife, then he is a danger to her children. This is pure, common-sense and one does not need a law degree to understand this. This court should be open to the press/media, to the public, because the public taxpayers are paying for this court, so the public has a right to know how their taxes are being spent, and to court watchdog organizations. The “deadbeat” court reporter should be replaced by a media reporter, because Rikki could be killed, if she is not immediately removed from the custody of Richardson, and to stop the Shawnee Family Court from becoming a secret court. If there is danger to Rikki, then the public’s interest overrides the child’s interest. Some family courts are powerful. secret societies. If judicial immunity is not ended, then the family court judges will keep on breaking the law and keep on receiving bribes for decisions that do not any sense.

The Gals, the judges, the psychologists and the lawyers are not incompetent or clueless, they are corrupt, because it does not take 14 years to render a custody decision. The Shawnee Family court wreaks of cover-ups and corruption. The Gals, the judges, the psychologists and the lawyers are collecting fees and salaries for the past 14 years,and Claudine and Rikki are suffering, and Rikki life is in danger. Richardson should never have been granted custody of Rikki in 1994, when Claudine received a black eye from Richardson, Richardson might give Rikki a black eye. The Child Protection Services should remove Rikki immediately. Why don’t Lynn Rosenthal, Susan Carbon and Eric Holder look into this, and do something?

18. clip_image016[8]Anne Caroline Drake says:

August 24, 2010 at 8:16 AM

From your lips to God’s ears, Earl. Actually, somebody in the executive office of the White House checked out this story yesterday on Rights for Mothers!!!

And, Mama Liberty discovered a law ~ investigated and enforced by the FBI ~ called “color of law” which makes it a federal crime to fail to protect. However, I wonder if it is ever actually enforced. . .I think that’s a huge part of the problem. . .the laws are out there. . .they don’t get enforced.

Once again, Earl, you’ve given me a great idea! Thanks for your support and input ~ always valuable.

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