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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 Camps!

Amid her custody battle with ex-fiancé Randall Emmett, the Vanderpump Rulesstar commented on the latest happenings of the show while also sharing her frustrations with the family court system and discussing her battle against reunification camps.

“I always say protecting your child is a luxury. There’s very few people in the family court industry who are looking out for the best interest of your child,” Lala began on the May 17 episode of ABC News‘ Nightline. “When it comes to the family court system, you have to know what your future, what your child’s future, could hold because this could be your reality one day.”

In recent months, as she continues to fight for custody of her two-year-old daughterOcean Kent Emmett, Lala has been protesting reunification camps, which attempt to repair relationships between children and a parent they don’t want to see through therapy without their primary custodian.

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.

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Reunification Programmes!

Empirical evidence and clinical literature have consistently revealed that the greater the level of severity in parental alienation cases, the greater the likelihood that the child and rejected parent will not reconcile with of without traditional therapeutic approaches.

The treatment for severely alienated children and their family members is entirely different from that of mild or moderate alienation cases. In severe cases, the alienating parent and alienated child are too determined and too delusional to respond to any form of traditional therapy

(Darnall, 2010; Fidler et al., 2013)(Baker 2006; Darnall, 2010, Gardner et al., 2006; Reay, 2007, 2011; Warshak, 2010)

Parental Alienation PA

Reunification Therapy: A Comparison of Outcomes in the UK Family Court System

Karen Woodall

The Family Separation Clinic specialises in reunification therapy in cases where children resist or reject contact with a once loved parent.  We regularly achieve successful outcomes in our work using a wide range of different approaches and interventions which are matched to our differentiation of the underlying reasons why a child is in such a situation.

This week we have been reviewing two cases in which we have successfully reunited children with the parent they were once adamantly rejecting and I thought it would be worth sharing some of the key indicators in these two very different cases.

The only thing at the outset which was the same in each of these cases was that the children involved were completely rejecting, all to the point of hysterical refusal on attempts to help them see a parent.

Case 1: Four children, aged between 8 and 13, all rejecting their mother. Children were…

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