Letters to the Editor

Raising awareness of parental alienation

April 25 is National Parental Alienation Awareness Day and I will be at the state Capitol, with other targeted parents, to alert the public about “the domestic violence of our time.”

“Parental alienation involves the ‘programming’ of a child by one parent to denigrate the other ‘targeted’ parent, in an effort to undermine and interfere with the child’s relationship with that parent, and is often a sign of a parent’s inability to separate from the couple conflict and focus on the needs of the child. Such denigration results in the child’s emotional rejection of the targeted parent, and the loss of a capable and loving parent from the life of the child,” according to Edward Kruk, an associate professor of social work at the University of British Columbia, who specializes in child and family policy.

The natural inclination of all children to love both parents is a cultural value. For most people, the concept of a parent methodically manipulating a child to hate the other parent is grossly abnormal and for most people inconceivable.

Family, church and community members, and mental and legal professionals must understand and take action toward the reunification of an alienated parent and child.

To learn more about this devastating phenomenon, visit www.paawareness.org.

Della Cowall, Lansdowne

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