On the home page is the forthright question, “Did you know parental alienation is a form of child abuse?” I am relieved with the organization’s straight-up honesty about this and refusal to sugar-coat or pretend the alienating parent has any justification for their heinous actions.
Coming up very soon, the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO) is hosting several low-cost ($10 each) webinars with nothing needed but your Internet connection and speakers. Topics scheduled so far include Custody Battle First Aid; Legal Perspectives of Parental Alienation; and The Pathology of an Alienator. Click here for dates, times, cost information, and to register.
Even if you don’t choose to attend a webinar, the PAAO website is full of information. There are articles such as “What is parental alienation?”, including early signs of parental alienation; links to information about hostile-aggressive parenting; children’s letters and parents’ letters; reunification stories; merchandise to support the PAAO’s efforts; and ordering information for the stuffed bear Abuzz, with “Mom loves me” and “Dad loves me” embroidered on his paws. Abuzz’s role? According to the website, “Abuzz’s job is to educate the public and parents about how some adult behaviors are harmful to children. He will in effect be an extension of the child, expressing and voicing what the child can not, in order to make parents understand how they are harming their own children by their Parental Alienation behaviors.”
Watching the devastating effects of parental alienation attempts has made me a strong supporter of organizations like this one. Alienators hide in a court system that actually rewards and encourages their sick behavior, and the kids, as always, pay a heavy price.