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Pictures In The Clouds ( Photography and Quote)/ Unstoppable Mothers

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#2 What hurts you the most about not being in your child’s life

“What hurts me the most about not having you in my life; I miss our lazy, fun summer days by the pond.

While lying near the water, looking up at the sky and listening to the frogs,

we would play our favorite game -finding letters or pictures in the clouds.”

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“Temporary” Custody ( Photography and Quote) / Unstoppable Mothers

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#1 The most outrageous action a judge took in your family court case

“The Judge gave my children’s father temporary custody after I have been the primary placement parent since birth. This “ temporary” custody is two years and counting. My ex was arrested for battery and convicted of DV. All this is perfectly acceptable to this Judge. .. Why?”

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I MISS THE DAYS WHEN WE LIVED AS A FAMILY ( A DAUGHTER’S LETTER AND DRAWING TO HER PROTECTIVE HERO MOM)

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Judge admits to secret communication with attorney about custody order / Fox 54 WXFG

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Fox 54 Investigates: Courts and custody battles

WFXG FOX54 reporter Nick Lulli is digging deeper into the family court system of the Augusta judicial circuit.MORE
First, the Georgia appeals court said that judge misinterpreted law when he denied a Columbia County mother custody. Then, he said he would consider removing himself from the case because the mother’s attorney said he was biased against her.

But, according to court records Judge Daniel “Danny” Craig didn’t do that; instead, he suspended all visitation rights of the mom in addition to admitting to secret communications outside the courtroom with the dad’s attorney, which allowed the father to arrange the kids’ removal from the state. Plus, the two independent custody experts on the case said the mom posed no danger to the children.

Julia Bloodworth, the most recent guardian ad litem on the case, who has two decades worth of experience with children, in an affidavit said the judge coordinated his plans with the father’s attorney to remove the children from Augusta, without the mom, the guardian, or her attorney even knowing the kids were gone from school.

The Columbia County mother is revealing her face because she wants the community to understand what she calls injustice.

In a September order, Judge Craig said her children’s expression of being “afraid and concerned” to live with their mom was “comparatively profound.”

But Judge Craig never presented any evidence in his order of physical or emotional abuse, and the guardian ad litem said she never saw any either.

“No, no, I was not abusing our children,” said the mother. “We had a guardian ad litem. She says in her affidavit she spent more time working with our family then any other in her two decades of experience, and there was no concern by her.”

Days after the the most recent order, guardian Julia Bloodworth filed an affidavit with the court.

In it – she said, “In all of my conversations with them, including many phone calls with [the son], neither of the children ever acted or sounded as if they were afraid of their mother or concerned for their personal welfare at their mother’s home.” In addition, Bloodworth said it may have been the father who was “manipulating” them through the use of parental alienation – allegations the father’s attorney denies.

Bloodworth said she wasn’t involved in the drafting of the order at all, which she feels, may go against her contract and order written and signed by the very same judge.

“The guardian who knew our family wasn’t allowed to speak,” said the mother. “She wasn’t heard. And that was the whole point of her being assigned to our case.”

In the order, Judge Craig admits to calling one of the the father’s three attorney days before the order was issued to make sure the father would be in Augusta for the execution of the order, which would allow him to move the children to Ohio, denying the mom a hearing that’s required under Georgia law.

I asked the mom, “the guardian ad litem didn’t know? You didn’t know? Only your ex-husband’s attorneys?”

“And Judge Danny Craig,” said mom said.

But Judge Craig signed a certificate of service swearing he’d served all parties with his order before filing it with the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office time stamp shows it being clocked in at 11:50 in the morning, while Judge Craig’s fax time stamp shows it didn’t get sent to the mom’s attorney until nearly three and a half hours later.

“Our children were already gone out of school, before my attorney was notified,” said the mother. “We didn’t know. We were the last to know.”

That’s right: the mom sent her kids to school, and she didn’t know they were gone until they didn’t get off the school bus.

“[I am] stunned, even though so much has happened that didn’t seem right,” the mother said. “It’s still shocking that it was this blatant.”

Judge Craig said he can’t comment on this case because it’s an active case.

But one of the attorney’s for the surgeon ex-husband did agree to speak on the case during an on the record meeting at her Augusta law firm.

Barbara Barnett ‘Bobi’ Claridge disagrees with the assertion her behavior is considered improper because during the phone call the judge only said:

“Have your client here on a date certain; tell me what that day is.”

Claridge said she was not aware the judge didn’t make the same phone call to the mom’s attorney.

“I do not know if he did or did not relate that information to Ms. Portnoy,” said Claridge.

I then asked if she knew the children were gone before the mom’s side even knew; Claridge said she did.

“I was aware the order was issued, my client was told to pick them, and did so,” said Claridge.

Upon further investigation into this case, we found in court documents that a previous psychologist guardian also hired by Judge Craig to determine custody for the same children in this case also recommended the children remain in the mother’s care.

According to the final divorce order in that case, Judge Craig also “found” that there was no evidence in favor of the mom, thereby totally denying the existence of that psychologist which he had appointed.

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March 19, 2015 at 9:39 am

Mother and Son Reunited After 17 long years!!

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First time seeing my son since he was 5 years old. My daughter’s 1st time meeting her big brother! Such an amazing feeling!!! Prayers have been answered!!! One of the Happiest moments of my life!!!

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July 19, 2014 at 7:59 am

WILKES-BARRE — A former family court lawyer in Lackawanna County was sentenced Wednesday morning in federal court in Wilkes-Barre.

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Danielle Ross was sentenced to 12 months in prison and must pay restitution of about $63,000.

In December 2013, she pleaded guilty to attempted tax evasion.

The former family court lawyer from Lackawanna County who pleaded guilty to federal tax charges will now spend a year behind bars.

She was greeted at federal court in Wilkes-Barre by protesters.

Danielle Ross of Jermyn was a guardian ad litem – an attorney for family court – in Lackawanna County until last year. That’s when federal prosecutors filed tax charges against her.

She’s now going to prison and owes tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes.

Ross was hounded by protesters as she entered federal court.

According to court papers, Ross paid taxes on her base income as a Lackawanna County family court lawyer but did not pay taxes on the $202,000 she earned from extra billing hours.

As a family court lawyer, Ross was appointed to represent the best interest of children in custody cases.

At one point there was an investigation into possible corruption within Lackawanna County family court.

“What about the invasion of the lives that she’s impacted and destroyed during her conduct that she was in control of small children?” asked Joann Bender Hunting of Scranton.

Ross only faced the federal tax charges. In court she told a judge she’s ashamed and regrets what she’s done.

Her lawyer says she’s studying to get her doctorate which will be on hold while she’s in prison.

“It is more than we were looking for, very disappointed. We thought the circumstances were appropriate for a much lesser sentence. I disagree but obviously respect Judge Caputo’s decision,” said David Solfanelli, attorney for Danielle Ross.

Ross is suspended from practicing law, but in court she and her attorney made it clear she wants to work as a lawyer again someday.

Despite the protesters, some people in court agree she should go back to work.

“I was hoping for home confinement today. Maybe they’ll do a motion for reconsideration because I think she’s really done a lot for conflict and divorce cases that have to do with child custody issues,” said Lee Morgan of Scranton.

Ross is free on bail.

She has until May 12 to surrender.

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July 13, 2014 at 10:01 am

PMA International Blog Talk Radio Show- Hot Re-Runs/ PMA Intl’s first expert attorney Q and A

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Using The Internet Safely, While Advocating For Your Personal Custody Case

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unnamedPMA International always has safety as our leading priority. In light of this, PMA international will not release personal information and/or personal custody information about protective mothers and their children who are in active litigation. PMA International will not sponsor, endorse or support any event or activity that is engaging in the above due to the risk involved.( The only excepts to the above is at the discretion of PMA International’s Co-Founders and/or Executive Director Janice Levinson and Lundy Bancroft). PMA International advises protective mothers to be extremely cautious in revealing any personal custody details along with personal information about themselves and their children on the internet. Doing so, might prove to be very risky to you and your children’s personal safety and the outcome of your case.

Some safety tips for protective mothers to consider before deciding whether or not to reveal case details and personal information on the internet especially if you are in active litigation;

1. Posts on the internet create a historical footprint of you name and your child’s name which is very different if not impossible to remove.

2. Once your post is made public you have no control over who reads and shares your information.

3. Once your children become older they will most likely come across this information and this may affect your relationship.

4. Once older, your children’s peers will most likely come across this information and this may impact their friendships. In addition, this action may create your children being targets for bullies.

5. If you post personal details about your court case your judge and other court officials involved may read it and this might be used against you. Even if you post your information with the best of intentions, this does not mean court officials will see it the way you do.

6. You must be certain not to post your location or any information that could allow your abuser to find you or your children.

7. Do not use locator and map applications on face book and phones.

8. Be aware of pictures posted online that could reveal your location.

9. Caution your friends not to tag you in anything online that might reveal your location.

10. We all know when abusers are exposed the abuse escalates. Be careful about posting online custody information and personal details that could escalate abuse and endanger you and your children.

11. Be cautious and do your research on anyone asking for your personal and custody information. Also be very cautious with whom you decide to entrust your personal and custody information.

PMA International is an advocacy organization and we are not trying to discourage you from advocating for your personal custody case. We support protective mothers advocating for themselves in creative and cautious ways as to not endanger, themselves, their children and risk the outcome of their case.

The PMA International Team

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What Does The Quote That “58,000 Children Are Sent to Live With Abusers Every Year” Mean? / E.J Perth U.S.A Regional Director , Healing and Prayer Administrator- PMA International

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By E.J Perth

What does the quote that “58,000 children are sent to live with abusers every year” mean?

Actual Quote: “According to a conservative estimate by experts at the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (LC), more than 58,000 children a year are ordered into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce in the United States. This is over twice the yearly rate of new cases of childhood cancer.”

This number is an estimate, the link below explains how the LC came to that number in 2008. I have not seen current numbers.

CONTACT is explained as ,”This number includes BOTH those who are left in the sole care of an abuser and those who are required to have unsupervised visits.

“The LC admits they used estimates because there was a lack of information in certain areas.

The LCl says courts often fail to detect family violence so children’s lives are put into danger, “Once placed with an abusive parent or forced to visit, children will continue to be exposed to parental violence and abuse until they reach 18. Thus, we estimate that half a million children will be affected in the US at any point of time. Many of these children will suffer physical and psychological damage which may take a lifetime to heal.”
Link: http://www.leadershipcouncil.org/1/med/PR3.html

WE NEED UPDATED studies and evaluations to get current information, and be able to analyze trends in family courts, and what its failures are today. Updated info will also help determine how interventions in family court are working.

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