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Tomorrow, 25 April 2007, is International Parental Alienation Day Day.

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on April 25, 2007

As posted on CYFSWATCH NZ

Tomorrow, 25 April 2007, is International Parental Alienation Day Day.
Tuesday, 24.04.2007, 08:36pm (GMT12)

Parental Alienation Day

Tomorrow, 25 April 2007, is International Parental Alienation Day Day.


“Parental Alienation behaviours are behaviours done by a 3rd party, which interfere with the normal parent-child relationship. These behaviours may be done by the other parent, extended family, courts, or social services. They may include such behaviours as speaking negatively to or about a parent in front of the child, interfering with communication and visitation, and sharing inappropriate information with the child.”


There are few cases that I am aware of where Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), or Hostile Aggressive Parenting was not a feature in the breakdown of family relationships, and the involvement of the Family Court almost guarantees that PAS will not only be present, but will be a part of one parent’s strategy of “winning” the children, family home and child support.

There is now a vast amount of research into PAS and its destructive consequences, but with the exception of very few cases, Jayden Headley springs to mind, the Courts and associated “professionals” have ignored the pleas of the alienated parent, and in some cases the children.

The reality is that few judges accept PAS as a form of child abuse, and in most cases the abuser is rewarded with full custody of the affected child. Likewise, Court appointed psychologists, despite being trained in the field of psychology, either don’t accept PAS as an abuse, are unable to link developing behaviours in affected children with PAS, or simply don’t listen or report on allegations or descriptions of PAS.

Over the years there has been the development of a network of affected parents, researchers, consultant social workers, doctors and others to bring about awareness of PAS and encourage the courts and associated professionals to take the behaviour and tragic results seriously. There is no doubt that PAS is child abuse, and therefore the Courts must be encouraged to intervene as soon as possible.

Parental Alienation Day is a time to bring about awareness of PAS, and to reflect on the millions of effected children and parents internationally.  


Campaigners in the US have initiated a Petition to the United Nations 1503 Human Rights committee. The Petition reads; 

“I/we the undersigned call on the 1503 Committee to investigate this systematic destruction of the rights of children and families by states and government agencies throughout the industrialised world”.

The Petition can be found here.

Many may question the ability and commitment of the United Nations to address such an issue, but the Human Rights Committee’s recent slamming of the New Zealand Family Court is very encouraging. Read NZ Herald report.

Information about the International Parent Alienation Day can be found here.



Wayne Pruden

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