If you are a mother without custody, know that you are not alone. Approximately 58,000 children are 'legally' taken from their mothers each year through the family court system in the U.S
American Mothers of Lost Children - A Political and Social Campaign to Reunite children with their Safe Mothers
Mothers of 8 Children lost custody 25 years ago
Continually raped by her husband, she had to finally to get a divorce so she could stay alive thus lost custody because of her fragile health. The youngest was a six months old nursing infant ripped away from her breast at the courthouse. She still has no contact with her children and grandchildren despite trying years after years.
Robin Karr's lost custody of her two babies under 3 years old
The babies were ripped away from her by court- order and given to her abusive and violent husband 20 years ago.
She still has no contact with her children despite trying years and after years.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
ACEs can be prevented. Learn more about preventing ACEs in your community.
The Women's Coalition is fighting for Women's Right to Maintain Custody and the Power to Protect
Children from Abusive Fathers.
Children are being taken away from loving mothers and given to controlling, unfit and abusive fathers in epidemic numbers. Women are being silenced through gag orders, incarceration and threats of loss of contact with children.
Tina Swithin survived a Category Five Divorce Hurricane while acting as her own attorney in a custody battle that turned her family’s life upside down. In 2012, Tina published her first book, “DIVORCING A NARCISSIST: ONE MOM’S BATTLE” with the goal of letting others know that they weren’t alone.
Nadine Burke Harris
Nadine Burke Harris’ healthcare practice focuses on a little-understood, yet very common factor in childhood that can profoundly impact adult-onset disease: trauma.
Childhood trauma isn’t something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain. This unfolds across a lifetime, to the point where those who’ve experienced high levels of trauma are at triple the risk for heart disease and lung cancer. An impassioned plea for pediatric medicine to confront the prevention and treatment of trauma, head-on.
Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris noticed a disturbing trend as she treated children in an underserved neighborhood in San Francisco: that many of the kids who came to see her had experienced childhood trauma. She began studying how childhood exposure to adverse events affects brain development, as well as a person’s health as an adult.
Understanding this powerful correlation, Burke Harris became the founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness, an initiative at the California Pacific Medical Center Bayview Child Health Center that seeks to create a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children. Her work pushes the health establishment to reexamine its relationship to social risk factors, and advocates for medical interventions to counteract the damaging impact of stress. Her goal: to change the standard of pediatric practice, across demographics.
What others say“[Nadine Burke Harris] believes that regarding childhood trauma as a medical issue helps her to treat more effectively the symptoms of patients. Moreover, she believes, this approach, when applied to a large population, might help alleviate the broader dysfunction that plagues poor neighborhoods.” — The New Yorker