This advice comes from media expert David Curl, who oversees an international nonprofit effort to transform our approach to family separation. He also points out that ordinary people need to see how this issue affects them. Even though only a small percentage of parents end up in court to resolve custody issues, custody laws affect all separating parents by establishing norms about what is believed to be in the children’s best interest.
Dr. Curl offers six general policy guidelines that are useful in lobbying policymakers and influencers about needed changes to address parental alienation:
1. Treat family breakdown as a child health and social issue.
2. Educate and support families better, especially around separation.
3. Promote and invest in healthier, evidence-based approaches that prevent harm.
4. Require non-adversarial approaches when children are involved.
5. Introduce specialized training and accreditation for all professionals involved.
6. Simplify family law and make the long-term welfare of children paramount.
• Follow parental alienation experts on social media and blogs by myself and other PA experts for up-to-the-minute information.
• Join a local parental alienation support group—or start a new one.
• Offer to do a talk about Parental Alienation to a community group.
• Become active in one of the parental alienation awareness organizations,
• Suggest a school-based intervention to teach problem-solving skills to children experiencing divorce or separation (such as critical thinking skills).
• Contact your state legislators to express your concern and views about what your state needs. Find out if your state has a default custodial recommendation of equal parenting time and whether it contains provisions to assure adequate assessment to prevent alienated children from being forced to live with an alienator.
• Volunteer to be on a State Task Force to explore needed legislation.
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