# Family court
Beverly Hills Doctor Sues DCFS Over False Allegations of Child Abuse
An affluent doctor's DCFS case highlights the corruption low-income families face in the child welfare system. Beverly Hills doctor Susan Spell filed a $750 million lawsuit against Los Angeles County to regain custody of her four children, who were wrongfully removed from her care without a warrant or court order.
Family court abused discretion ordering children to Family Bridges reunification therapy, appellate court rules
The Second Appellate District Court reversed an order, in favor of the mother, that would have sent two children to Family Bridge’s 90-day reunification program last January.
Woman Blames Hormones for Why She Lied About Father's Paternity🙄
Woman Blames Hormones for Why She Lied About Father's Paternity🙄. The Importance of Paternity Testing in Child Support Cases. In a recent viral video, a courtroom hearing regarding paternity and child support sparked controversy and criticism from viewers. The video highlights the need for mandatory paternity testing in child support cases, to ensure fair legal proceedings and avoid fraudulent claims.
Did the Stanislaus family court overlook abusive behavior when granting father full custody?
Mother loses custody after ex-husband allegedly reported that she attempted suicide. (Modesto, Calif.) Modesto police unexpectedly arrived at Juliet Ramos’s house, according to Ramos’s fiancée, Mike, who answered the door that day in September 2020.
Two children barricade in room after court ordered to live with father who they say abused them
A sixteen year old in Salem Utah, Ty, is speaking out about his experiences in the Provo, Utah (4th District) family court system on TikTok. He and his 12-year-old sister Brynlee, have been ordered to live with their father. They have made allegations of abuse against their father but equally concerning are their claims that family court professionals assigned to their case are refusing to protect them. Ty and Brynlee have barricaded themselves in their bedroom after being court ordered into a controversial reunification camp that they are hours away from being sent to.
Opinion: Child Welfare Laws Are Fundamentally Flawed
The Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) signed into law by President Clinton in 1997 is having the exact opposite effect of its original intention. The purpose of the ASFA was to improve the lives of children in foster care by establishing three primary goals for child welfare. The goals were safety, permanency, and well-being.
Milwaukee Mom Waits for Answers while the State Profits from her Pain
For many, January 1st marks new beginnings and renewed optimism, a time for reflection and appreciation. Many people around the world ushered in the New Year surrounded by family and loved ones with hope and optimism for what lies ahead. But for thousands of Milwaukee parents, it just marked one more year without their children as they wait for answers from Child Protective Services.
Reunification camp survivors expose for-profit industry’s relationship with family courts
Ally Cable sharing her experience with Family Bridges’ reunification camp via TikTok on April 29, 2022.Photo by(CJEYouthSpeak) (Sacramento, Calif.) When Ally Cable was 16, she and her younger sister were taken from their mother and flown to Montana where they were subjected to a Building Family Bridges reunification therapy in a hotel for four days.
Santa Cruz police violently seize 13-year-old who was ordered to reunification therapy
In late June 2021, Santa Cruz police officers forcibly took thirteen-year-old Brooke Murdoch from her mother after a judge ordered the teen be taken to Sonoma psychologist Rebecca Bailey for “connection-focused therapy,” with her father. Connection focused therapy is a process designed to introduce, re-introduce or reinforce the bond between family members, according to Dr. Bailey’s website. Brooke’s parents, Rhonda Reyna and David Murdoch shared custody but in May 2021, Brooke no longer felt safe with her father and preferred staying with her mother. After about four days of forced therapy with Dr. Bailey, paid for by Murdoch, was then granted full custody and Reyna has not seen her daughter since.
Child files restraining order against mother day before forced to “reunify” with abusive parent
Friends and supporters of Maya Laing protesting in from of a Santa Cruz courthouse on Friday, October 28, 2022.(Courtesy of Tina Swithin) The day before Maya Laing and her brother Sebastian were taken against their will to a court-ordered reunification camp, Maya filed a temporary restraining order against her mother.
Missing Florida boy found in Canada two Months after disappearing
The missing Miami, Florida, boy who disappeared two months ago, has been located in Canada. Six-year-old Jorge “Jojo” Morales who went missingSupplied by FBI. Jorge "Jojo" Morales, a 6-year-old boy from Miami, Florida, who was reported missing on August 21, 2022, has been "found safe and in good health" in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Separate demonstrations held for two children caught between contentious custody battle
Protests were held today in Los Angeles and Watsonville in support of two children that a Santa Cruz court had taken from their home and placed in a “reunification camp” last week. Reunification camps and reunification therapy is not based on any proven, medically peer-reviewed treatment of abused children. Maya’s mother solicited the services of Dr. Lynn Steinberg, a self-proclaimed expert witness in “parental alienation” in family courts and “reunification therapy”, who urged the court to place the children with her in reunification. Friends of Maya, 15, and Sebastian Laing, 11, gathered in front of the Watsonville Courthouse chanting “Maya and Sebastian, hear our voices.” The Center for Judicial Excellence with support from MetooMoms picketed in front of Dr. Steinberg’s Los Angeles reunification office.
Family court forcibly removes children from father’s family, places them in reunification camp
Two Santa Cruz children were physically removed from their aunt's home by “transporters” and taken to a reunification camp by court order last Thursday. Reunification camps are a controversial method in which children are removed from their preferred parent or safe parent, despite their allegations of abuse or mistreatment directed towards the other parent. After their parents divorced a few years ago, Maya Laing, 15, and Sebastian Laing, 11, live with their father and stepmother who are their preferred parents. About a year ago, Maya began to voice claims of abuse by her mother. Santa Cruz family court appointed a reunification therapist to Maya and Sebastian’s case who then had them placed in a reunification camp based on claims of their father “alienating” them from their mother. Maya and Sebastian’s story is one within the family court system where reunification is commonplace.
Michigan Teen Forced To Endure Reunification Therapy With Her Alleged Abuser Makes TikTok Plea
In Lenawee County, Michigan, a father was sentenced to 14-days in jail after his children refused a second round of court-mandated reunification therapy with their mother. protesting in front of courthousecourtesy of Marogi family Via TikTok.