alienation gets a day
By Walter H. Schneider
2006 05 14
The Sunday issue of canada.com newspapers carried a story about a
divorced Ontario woman who sabotaged her children's relationship with
their father (in spite of court orders to the contrary) and was stripped
of her custodial rights. The full story is not in the public domain on
It is remarkable that a search through news.google.com for "parental
alienation" provided 23 entries on the search-return list. Twenty years
ago one would have been lucky to find perhaps as many as three such
articles in the news throughout a whole year in the whole world. (Update
2006 10 04:
today's search for "parental alienation" on news.google.com provided
a search return list with 10 entries, even though
a web search for the same phrase provided 228,000 entries.
Parental alienation is not deemed news-worthy.)
The issue of the parental alienation syndrome (PAS) and the escalating
growth of PAS and its consequences are being discussed in an article by
Kathleen Parker, a much-syndicated journalist who often writes about
issues concerning fathers rights and the abrogation and violation of
those rights after separation and divorce.
Parental alienation gets a day
By Kathleen Parker
May 12, 2006
Proclamations generally have the same riveting power as
supermarket ribbon-cuttings, but a recent one in Maine is being
celebrated as a small victory for children and noncustodial parents
wounded by divorce.
The proclamation, signed by Gov. John E. Baldacci, recognized
April 25 as "Parental Alienation Awareness Day."
As good as the articles and the exposure they provide of the issue of
PAS are, what the articles on PAS I read today have in common is that
all of them address cures for problem symptoms, not the eradication of
fundamental problem causes.
The basic issue is that we need fathers within and not families without
Certainly, the full restoration of parental rights for fathers will not
end PAS (and PAS happens not only in divorced families), but it will
greatly lessen the emotional and psychological problems encountered by
children who are being subjected to the consequences arising out of
divorce and PAS.
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Posted 2006 05 14