Give Children The Right To A Safe Home To Grow Up In

A petition to The Congress of the United States of America


It’s sad, but our family courts are a mess.  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.

Contested custody cases are often mishandled. They make up 15% of overall divorce cases, and that’s a lot of children. This exposes children who have already been abused to further damaging trauma.

Today many court professionals have been miss trained 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.

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.

The children are doubly harmed because the critical attachment to their primary caregiver is also broken.

Billions of our taxpayer dollars are wasted needlessly every year when our children are exposed to more abuse. The outcome is always great suffering for these children but as we all know it can also lead to their deaths.

The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence estimates that 58,000 children are injured each year in this manner. In less that two years a total of 175 children have been killed by their abusers.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found that the failure of the United States to adequately organize its state structure to protect children was not just discriminatory but also constituted a violation to their right to life.

One recommendation by IACHR is “to adopt multifaceted legislation at the federal and state levels, or reform existing legislation, including protection measures for children in the context of domestic violence. The inter-American system has affirmed for many years that it is not the formal existence of such remedies that demonstrates due diligence, but rather that they are available and effective.

Today they are not.

After hearing testimony on 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.”

Click here to read Senator Conyers complete opinion, “Preventing domestic violence must begin with the children.”

The United States must be proactive in ensuring the physical and sexual safety of abused children of divorce and separation.  We demand Congress hold oversight hearings on this matter.

Please sign this petition and share it with your friends. It’s the only thing that works.

The state of America’s children must be something we all care about. Our children are counting on us.


1 comment to Give Children The Right To A Safe Home To Grow Up In

  • jennifer

    I have never hurt my children, I have never put them in danger, I have done the best I can and could as a single mom to take care of my children.. The time I need help and I ask for help from the homeless hotline in Missouri, because that’s where my mailing address was and that’s where my children went to school!!I get lied to bye Kansas SRS acting like she was with the homeless hotline in Kansas, witch that’s where I was with my children in a hotel with my boyfriend before he left me.. My children was taken from there school in Missouri for a child in need of care, but it was not just my children that was in need of care I was too and my life and my childrens lives flipped upside down for what? for there own selfish needs I did what I was supost to do I asked for help and got lied to and my children taken from me for no reason! thank you state of Kansas for the lies and not helping families in need!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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