Mothers of Lost Children will march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House in Washington DC to protest children being taken from safe mothers and given to battering and sexually abusive fathers. The family court cover up is similar to Penn State and the Catholic Church cover-ups.
We march because the majority of child abductions in the US are of children involved in custody disputes, children in foster care, and homeless children attempting to escape abusive homes.
We march because, in over 98% of cases of abuse allegations in US family courts, the allegations are substantiated by forensic evidence, facts, witnesses, and child victims, but judges routinely find them to be false and give full custody to abusers and molesters.
The US family-court system is now one of the most corrupt legal systems in the world, with the US second only to Romania for the worst treatment and conditions of children.
Children who run away to escape abusers are vulnerable to kidnapping and trafficking. Resources for runaways:
Abused children in the court system are vulnerable to kidnapping by either parent. Resource for abducted children and their parents:
I was kidnapped by my abusive parent after I was removed from his care by the court and placed into kinship care. My kidnapper has never faced justice, and I have never received compensation for the damage caused by the crime. Please help:
~Tiffany Moon Foundation
Just before Christmas when I was 7 years old, I was torn from my loving mother’s arms and handed over kicking and screaming to the father who was abusing my brother and me. My Dad had fractured my brother’s skull by repeatedly slamming him into a wall. He had testified in court that he had broken my Mother’s nose three times and dislocated her shoulder while my brother and I watched in horror. To make it even worse, we were denied all contact with our mother- no visits, no calls, not even letters. We loved our Mom so much and suddenly she was just gone. A family court judge had ordered a change in custody for me and my brother Zachary, based largely on the junk science of Parental Alienation Syndrome. The judge never spoke with me or my brother, yet his decision ruined our lives. This judge and the therapists he forced us to see even went so far as to tell us that we were not allowed to even talk about the abuse we continued to suffer at the hands of our father. If we did, or if we tried to show anyone our bruises, then they threatened that we would no longer be allowed to see our mother at all.
It’s sad, but Jennifer’s story is all too common in America’s family courts. Across the country, family and divorce court judges are making decisions that are not in the best interests of the children they are sworn to serve. Jennifer Collins story and that of her family is told in the story http://nowayoutbutone.
Contested custody cases – which make up 15% of all divorce cases in the U.S. – are often mishandled, with the worst cases resulting in harmful outcomes for children of divorce.
Today, many court professionals have been mistrained to be highly skeptical of reports of domestic violence and child abuse in divorce cases. As a result, children are being taken from safe parents and forced by courts to live in the homes where they report being beaten and raped.
Research shows that when batterers request custody, 7 times out of 10 they receive it*. Even more alarming, research shows that when children report sexual abuse in custody cases, more than 9 out of 10 of them are placed in the partial or full custody of their identified perpetrators**.
Billions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted needlessly every year through this broken system. The outcome is always great suffering for the children, but as we all know, in the most dire cases, it can also lead to their deaths. In fact, a research project tracking custody-related child deaths between 2009 and 2010 identified that a total of 175 news reports were published about children being killed by their abusers during that brief two year period.
The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence estimates that 58,000 children each year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States.
After hearing testimony at a Congressional briefing about the abject failure of family and divorce courts to keep our children safe, Congressman John Conyers was appalled. He later wrote:
“At the Congressional briefing, as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, I, John Conyers, called for an oversight hearing to assess where we are in our work on the impact of domestic violence on children, and what more can be done.”
The United States must be proactive in ensuring the physical and sexual safety of abused children of divorce. It is imperative that our nation’s leaders fix this broken system to ensure that children like Jennifer are protected in the family courts. We demand that Congress hold oversight hearings on the need to reform the U.S. family courts.
Please sign this petition and share it with your friends. Our children are counting on us.
*American Judges Association, Domestic Violence and the Court House: Understanding the Problem…Knowing the Victim, 2012
**Neustein & Goetting, Judicial Responses to the Protective Parent’s Complaint of Child Sexual Abuse, 1999
Mothers of Lost Children are returning to Washington DC for our 5th year of protests, vigils and march’s. Margaret Candler is devoted to the “Free Elsa Newman: an innocent mother” campaign
Margaret Candler, Maryland, USA
Why I March,
When I carry my sign to Free Elsa Newman on the DC Metro, people often ask me about it. No one can understand that good moms are OFTEN trashed when they mention child abuse in family court, Everyone believes that American courts ALWAYS give custody to good moms. May that time come! Annually family courts place 58,000 children in the unsupervised care of their abusers (The Leadership Council.) Sign if you haven’t and spread the word: www.justice4elsanewman.com
Elsa Newman is and innocent mother who has been falsely accused of a crime she did not commit. Elsa has served 12 years of a 20 year sentence and was denied parol in January 2013 Free Elsa
Join us in prayer for the Children in Northern California at The Community Congregational Church-UCC in Benicia. The Community Church will be hosting the second annual mother’s of lost children prayer vigil for northern California 5/10/2014 @ 11:00 am.
“When a child is ripped from a loving, safe, protective, parent and placed with an abuser an entire family and community is affected. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, church members, other siblings, etc, All suffer the loss of a child they love and want safe. We all suffer so much in so many ways. The Help The Greens team and Community Congregational Church-UCC in Benicia are hosting the second annual mother’s of lost children prayer vigil for northern California 5/10/2014 @ 11:00 am. This is a time for all those affected by the loss of a child to court licensed abuse to come together in prayer for these children and their families, everyone is welcome. This is not a protest. Please join us in prayer for these children and their families.” http://www.cccucc.org/
Help the Greens is a grassroots Child Victims Advocacy group that has grown out of the Court Licenced Abuse of Jennifer Green and her three daughters. Help the Greens are collecting signatures for a recall campaign to recall Judge Daniel Healy. To Learn more about the efforts to protect children from Court Licenced Abuse please go to Help the Greens on facebook. You will find information about Jennifer and her daughters, a go fund me account to bring the girls home and information about a recall campaign.
Please share the event and go to https://www.facebook.com/HelpTheGreens?hc_location=timeline
“Why I March” was a recent event on facebook asking for Mothers to share their stories. Some of our Mothers have been actively lobbying for many years and we are so grateful to Linda Marie for sharing her experience.
Why I March….from Linda Marie Sacks Daytona Beach, Florida
“I March to keep my promise to my daughter’s. In 2007, they said “Mommy fight for us and do something every day to get us back and don’t ever stop”.
I March as one Mother, but I stand for the thousands and thousands of Mothers who have lost custody of their children, unjustly through the failure of the family court and “official avenues” who have failed to protect them.
I March to let the world know that in America we have a national crisis. In the last 20 years, over 1 million children have been court ordered to unsupervised contact with a physically or sexually abusive parent following a divorce in the United States.
I March to speak for my daughters and all of America’s children who named and identified their named perpetrator, only to be called a liar by the family court judge, given a false diagnosis by the Court Evaluator to dismiss, ignore and suppress credible evidence of abuse and then place the children in the physical custody of the abusive parent.
I March to let the world know that the safe, “Protective Parent” has all rights terminated, or is placed on supervised visitation without a case plan or reunification plan for years and years.
I March to let the world know that the Child Protective Services does not protect children, but the protection is for the perpetrator. I March to tell the world that and batterers and molesters are getting custody of our children. I March so that one day we will have Congressional hearings.
I March on behalf of all Mothers who are in fear of judicial retaliation, I March for countless Mothers across the US who have their Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech violated and have been erroneously Court Ordered “gagging” them from speaking about their case…
I March to keep my promise to my children and all of America’s children, that I will always do something every day to speak up for this injustice and one day justice will prevail for all of our children.”
Please join us in DC and our efforts to bring our children home. Mothers of Lost Children are returning to Washington DC for our 5th year of protests, vigils and march’s.Your tax deductible donation will be used to send a mother to Washington defraying the costs of this grassroots movement.
Thank you for your support help us send mothers to washington-http://mothersoflostchildren.
In this article Kelly Rutherford tells her story which is not much different than the 58,000 children a year who lose contact with their safe loving mothers. A story that effects the movie stars, the nurses, the kindergarten teachers. Kelly is now leading the charge in the development of a new ‘Children’s Justice Campaign’ a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising social consciousness as to the breadth and scope of iniquities committed against innocent children by the U.S. family court system. Through a massive media campaign, the CJC seeks to educate the general public about the health and safety risks to children exposed to current family court practices, using statistics, scientific research, and victim testimony. “Our mission is to inspire fellow American’s to take action, demanding transparency and accountability within our courts, and ultimately creating new standards of practice that will honor the needs of a child by making their physical and emotional well being the top priority in divorce and custody litigation.”
In the Sweden with love article, Rutherford was asked about her Family Court Case: Two years ago in a U.S. family court, your children were technically deported to a foreign country. What happened?
Kelly: The day the final ruling came down, there was two choices for the judge. The first one was for the kids to stay in the country in which they were born and had lived all their lives, to stay in their schools and to stay with their primary caretaker which was their mother. My daughter was two years old at the time and my son was five, so it was very traumatic for them. I offered to take them to see their father every single holiday and all summer. I wanted them to see him a lot until he had figured out his visa situation. That was a big deal at the time, because the kids had never spent more than two nights at a time away from me. The other option was to take the kids out of school, away from their mother, away from their country, and plop them into a brand-new school, a brand-new environment and a brand-new country which no one had any connection to. I had 50/50 custody, but I would have it in a foreign country. So I’ve spent two years flying to see my children and trying to find a hotel or a place for us to spend time together as a family.
to read more go to:
58,000 Children http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/med/PR3.html
When I lost custody of my little girl after she told her teacher that her father was hurting her. I was devastated. I am a kindergarten teacher and have been working to protect children all my life. No evidence mattered in this family law case only the perverse legal strategies would prevail, violating my civil rights and the right to protect my child.
I too am a mandated reporter, when my daughter reported abuse it was my duty to file a report and my responsibility as a parent to provide safety. The court ignored the evidence of abuse and witness statements giving custody to the identified perpetrator, the school folded under the bullies threats of litigation and I was fired. I fight now for whistle blower protection and the rights of children in family and dependency court proceedings.
Each year I return to Washington DC with Mothers from across the Nation to demand Justice. Our courts have violated our rights and its time that we hold a federal oversight hearing on the abuses in family and dependency courts; where evidence is ignored and perpetrators not victims are helped by lawyers and court orders with perverse incentives to leave children in dangerous homes being the new norm.
Mothers of Lost Children have been joined by women from all walks of life; nurses, lawyers, teachers, homemakers, and movie stars. Nurturing mothers who lost custody to the bully. Children are losing their mothers because men who don’t want to share custody, pay child support or have abused their children and are being rewarded/protected by a system that disregards the needs of children. Our tax dollars are funding a governmental agency that is guilty of trafficking victims of abuse.
Sadly, our numbers are increasing every year. It is my dream that together we will bring these children home and prevent this tragedy from continuing. We are part of a national movement to prevent abuse if you would like to participate there are several small things that you can do to help. Writing letters to your representatives is still a very effective way to send this message. We are asking the Federal government to hold oversight hearings on the civil and human rights violations of our children. We want oversight and Financial Audits on the Funds that fuel the war on women and children. We are asking for the protection of physical, emotional and sexual safety of children being our highest priority in family and dependency courts.
We believe that a safe childhood is endangered and want the Surgeon General to declare the effects of adverse childhood experiences, dangerous to the health and welfare of our citizens and our nation. To help sponsor a mother or help defray costs of travel etc, you can make a tax deductible donation through paypal at http://
please sign our petition http://www.change.org/
Thank you, for helping us save our kids,
An American Mother
Please, Join us in Washington D.C. May 11 ,2014, for Mother’s Day at the White House.
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In addition, we wanted to share with you an interview Kelly just did in “Sweden With Love.” In this article, Kelly speaks openly about how she has been coping after a family court judge ordered her young children to live in another country. It is a story of love, loss, despair, and joy– a beautiful inspiring piece.
Barnett said the group was mobilized under the Mothers of Lost Children, a social and political campaign whose goal is to support mothers who have been separated from their children by courts and to bring awareness to instances where children have reported abuse yet remain in the custody of or unsupervised visitation with their identified perpetrators.
“All that these litigants are asking for is neutrality,” Barnett said.
“Victims’ rights is really what we’re fighting for,” she added.
Last year, Healy became the focus of a group litigants who alleged that, as a family law judge, he violated their civil and constitutional rights, among other claims.
The main proponent of a recall effort against Healy, Jennifer Green, was present on Friday, asking people to sign her petition.
The Benicia resident says she needs to gather 12,000 signatures by Aug. 1 to get the recall effort on a ballot.
“Before all of this, I never protested once in my life,” Green said, adding that she’s collected about 2,000 signatures in the past few weeks.
***For more info about the Petition go to
Help the Greens on facebook http://www.gofundme.com/1yw9bk