protecting children from incest and family violence through research, education and advocacy.
We aim to reform family court through education and awareness, unite as one voice in the movement to protect children and support victims of abuse
In the United States, 58,000 children a year are court-ordered into partial or full custody with their violent and/or incestuous abusers after their safe protective parent attempts to protect them through divorce court.
When abuse is reported in a custody case, 60-75% of abusers gain custody across the country and one study shows 85% of abusers gain custody in California.
Researchers have documented over 500 children killed during the past nine years with 175 instances of children killed in a two-year period by parents involved in contested custody cases.
Divorce courts are not following best interest of the child standard. Children are being silenced instead of protected.
The majority of these cases are mothers losing custody to the fathers, especially when there is domestic violence. This happens because:
Professional training downplays child abuse claims, despite research showing 98% of these claims are valid.
Children’s reports of physical and sexual abuse are minimized, even when there is strong evidence.
Debunked junk science labels such as “Parental Alienation Syndrome” are used against mothers to discredit abuse claims.
Custody evaluators are often biased toward the parent who pays them.
Mothers spend on average $100,000 trying to protect their children and 27% declare bankruptcy. Without resources for an attorney, they lose in court when litigating against a seasoned attorney.
Children who report abuse are believed and protected from their abusers.
Child safety needs to be the priority of custody and visitation adjudications.
Courts need to resolve safety risks and claim of family violence first as a fundamental consideration, before assessing other best interest factors. This needs to be accomplished with the correct training.
Congress needs to schedule oversight hearings on family courts’ practices with regard to the objective, fair, and unbiased adjudication of children’s safety and civil rights.
You Can Help
Donate to California Protective Parents Association (CPPA) through PayPal or send your check or money order to:
CA Protective Parents Association PO BOX 15284 , Sacramento, CA 95851
CPPA is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit and your donation is tax deductible, Federal Tax ID number is 94-3341470
California Protective Parents Association joined the Mother of Lost Children in May as they rallied in Washington DC to bring greater awareness and change to the systemic obstacles facing abused children and their families.
Mothers of Lost Children Gather for Mother's Day Conference
Mothers of Lost Children March for Children's Safety in Family Courts