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Piqui’s Law

A bill known as Piqui’s Law would prohibit court-ordered family reunification therapy or “camps” as part of a child custody or visitation rights proceeding, that is predicated on cutting off a child from a parent with whom the child is attached, is moving through the legislature.

Authored by Senator Susan Rubio, the intent of SB 331 is to increase the priority given to child custody court proceedings affecting the custody and care of children, excluding child protective, abuse, or neglect proceedings and juvenile justice proceedings.

Scientifically unproven, reunification therapy is a controversial method in which children are removed from their preferred parent or safe parent, often used as a tactic to deflect allegations of abuse or mistreatment directed towards the other parent and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

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Reunification or not?

Ally Cable

(Sacramento, Calif.) When Ally Cable was 16, she and her younger sister were taken from their mother and flown to Montana where they were subjected to a Building Family Bridges reunification therapy in a hotel for four days.

“My sister and I were kidnapped from a courthouse in Johnson County Kansas and transported to a remote city in Montana,” Cable said.

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Reunification SELF HELP

Q & A – What is a reunification camp

reunification camp

A reunification camp is a program designed to help families who have been separated due to high conflict, parental alienation, or other issues, to reunite and rebuild their relationships. These camps are typically run by mental health professionals and are aimed at providing a structured and supportive environment for families to work on their relationships and develop new communication and coping skills.

During a reunification camp, families may participate in group therapy sessions, individual therapy sessions, and other activities aimed at building trust, improving communication, and fostering positive relationships between family members. The specific program and length of stay may vary depending on the needs of the family and the goals of the program.

Reunification camps are not suitable for all families, and they may not be effective in all cases. It is important for families to work with mental health professionals to determine whether a reunification camp is the right choice for their situation and to ensure that they receive the appropriate support and guidance throughout the process.

©Linda Turner 2023

Parental Alienation PA

Working With Alienated Children and Families: A Clinical Guidebook

This edited volume is written by and for mental health professionals who work directly with alienated children and their parents. The chapters are written by leaders in the field, all of whom know how vexing parental alienation can be for mental health professionals.

No matter how the professional intersects with families affected by alienation, be it through individual treatment, reunification therapy, a school setting, or support groups, he or she needs to consider how to make proper assessments, how to guard against bias, and when and how to involve the court system, among other challenges.

The cutting edge clinical interventions presented in this book will help professionals answer these questions and help them to help their clients. The authors present a range of clinical options such as parent education, psycho-educational programs for children, and reunification programs for children and parents that make this volume a useful reference and practical guide.