Justice and Safety for Shirley Riggs and her children
Shirley Riggs twice fled with her children from Independence, Missouri to rescue them from court ordered unsupervised overnight visits with their sexually abusive father and grandfather. Shirley now sits in a jail cell awaiting 2 trials – one to terminate her parental rights and give full custody to the sexually abusive father; the other a criminal trial for felony custodial interference in which she faces a possible 16 years in prison.
Meanwhile, Shirley’s four children (2 girls, 2 boys, ages 7-15) are currently in foster care under the legal custody of the Missouri Children’s Division, where unsupervised visitation with the pedophile father continues with the stated aim of reunification.
CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST HOLLY ANN COLLINS (Sept 23) Fourteen years after she kidnapped her children and fled the country to keep them safe when a U.S. family court ordered the father who had broken 8 year old Zachary's skull should have custody, Holly Collins is absolved of wrong-doing. (more )
The Truth About Parental Alienation Syndrome
Don't be fooled by Alec Baldwin and the programs that are supporting his propoganda about Parental Alienation. Parental Alienation is junk science, developed by a pedophile, and used as a legal tactic in custody cases to get abusers off the hook. (more )
Over 58,000 children a year ordered into unsupervised contact with abusive parents
According to a conservative estimate by experts at the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (LC), more than 58,000 children a year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States. This is over twice the yearly rate of new cases of childhood cancer. (more )
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