# Maya and sebastian laing
Santa Cruz Supervisors want California to eliminate family court reunification programs
Actions taken after public outcry over children forcibly taken from their grandmother’s home. Maya and Sebastian Laing(Instagram) (Santa Cruz, Calif.) After public outcry for two children forcibly removed from their grandmother’s home last month, The Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors passed a directive for the Department of Human Services to work with the County Counsel to determine potential options to regulate the actions of private youth transport companies who are hired to remove children from their home.
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.
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.