Asking for Your Support

Wendy Perry, Rod McCall, and I are in the midst of planning our trip to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the American Psychological Association, bringing your voice to the APA and calling on them to become your allies in solving the pathology of “parental alienation.”

We have a question for you…

Do you, the community of parents fighting for your children, want us to hold a press conference when we arrive in Washington?

I’d strongly recommend it. 

The power of the Petition to the APA is in the content of the petition introduced into the structure of the APA.   But media attention and focus on the pathology of “parental alienation” is an important weapon in our fight for your children, and our Washington, D.C. trip provides a valuable opportunity to begin generating this media attention.

I would strongly recommend a press conference to begin our trip to Washington.

The problem is… Wendy, Rod, and I cannot financially afford to put on a press conference.  We need help.  To put on a press conference will cost $500 for a room at the National Press Club and an additional $3,000 for a press consultant to help us get the press to the press conference. 

With all of the other financial expenses that Wendy, Rod, and I are personally incurring surrounding our trip to Washington, we simply don’t have the money to create a press conference.  We need your support.

If you want a press conference for your voice in Washington and with the APA, you will need to help us finance it.  We need your help.

I have formed a nonprofit 501c3, The Childress Institute for Child Development, with the goal of bringing education, training, and solution to the pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce.  Working with my attorney, The Childress Institute for Child Development is now available to accept donations to support its work.

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We are asking for your help in funding a press conference.  If The Childress Institute for Child Development receives enough donations, then we will hire a press consultant ($3,000) and schedule a room at the National Press Club ($500), and we will host a press conference for your voice.

If we don’t receive enough donations, then we will figure that a press conference is not something that the community of parents is interested in.

Additional Funding:

The Childress Institute for Child Development would also like to host an Erasing Family event on Friday evening in Washington, D.C.  The documentary Erasing Family is an important voice for parents and children caught in the pathology of “parental alienation.”  Supporting the documentary is exceedingly valuable and important.

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the major legal-psychological professional organization involved in child custody, is holding its annual convention in Washington, D.C. during the period of our trip to Washington.  The Childress Institute for Child Development will be purchasing a vendors table at the AFCC convention ($750), paid for by me personally. 

We would like to use this forum of The Childress Institute for Child Development table at the AFCC convention to drive the family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists to an Erasing Family event on Friday evening.  At the Erasing Family event, the legal and psychological professionals will be treated to clips from the documentary, and cocktail party access to Dorcy and I for professional-level cocktail party discussion, professional dialogue, and conversation.

What we want to achieve is to make watching the documentary Erasing Family a requirement of professional responsibility when it is released, for all family law attorneys, guardians ad litem, minors counsels, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists.  Promoting a Friday evening Erasing Family event to the AFCC convention is immensely valuable in achieving this goal.

Our goal in Washington with the APA is also to schedule a meeting with representatives of the APA’s Board of Directors while we are in Washington.  The APA’s Board of Directors is meeting from June 8-12 (we are in Washington from June 6-9, overlapping with the BoD meeting).

In addition to increasing the awareness of the AFCC, we would also like to make watching of the documentary Erasing Family a requirement of professional responsibility for the Board of Directors for the APA.  Erasing Family is your voice, the voice of parents and children caught in the devastating family pathology of “parental alienation.”  We would like to provide the Board of Directors of the APA with complimentary tickets to the Friday evening (June 8th) Erasing Family event.

We will also be scheduling meetings with our congressional representative’s offices while we are in Washington.  We would like to encourage the congressional staffers we meet with to also come to the Erasing Family event, to increase the knowledge of congressional representatives regarding the devastating family pathology of “parental alienation.”

If parents choose to fund a press conference, then promoting the upcoming release of the documentary, Erasing Family, will also go a long way in our next phase of enlisting media attention to the pathology of “parental alienation.”

A Friday evening Erasing Family event is immensely valuable for a variety of reasons.  The problem again is financing.  Wendy, Rod, and I cannot afford to personally finance such an event (location and appetizer nosh).  We need your help.

Your contributions to The Childress Institute for Child Development will go toward funding this Friday evening Erasing Family event, allowing us to keep ticket prices to the event reasonable ($25) rather than a barrier to attendance ($150) to cover expenses.  Tickets to the Erasing Family event at $25 sold through an ipad at the Childress Institute for Child Development vendors table at the AFCC convention, and provided as complimentary to the Board of Directors of the APA and to congressional staffers, will encourage the greatest level of participation from family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, and court-involved therapists (the nominal cost encourages commitment to attend and provides us with a head count for the event).

We need your help.  If The Childress Institute for Child Development receives enough donations from the community of targeted parents, then we will pay for the Erasing Family event.  Otherwise, we cannot personally afford to finance such an event.

This is your voice.  We need your help.

Personal Note

On a personal note, I am deeply appreciative of both Wendy Perry and Rod McCall in agreeing for come with me to Washington, D.C. to deliver the Petition to the APA.  They are doing so at their own personal expense.  Their hotel and airfare costs are not inconsequential for them at a personal level.

I would like to use any additional money that may be collected by The Childress Institute for Child Development surrounding the Washington trip to help Wendy and Rod with their travel expenses.  They are traveling to Washington to represent your voice and the voice of your children.  Helping them with travel expenses is the right thing to do.

Donations

The time is now.  We are on the battlefield for your children and families now.  We need your support.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want a press conference for your voice, then we need your help in funding it.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want an Erasing Family event on Friday night for family law attorneys, child custody evaluators, court-involved therapists, the Board of Directors for the APA, and congressional staffers, then we need your help in funding it.

If you, the community of targeted parents, want to provide support to Wendy and Rod in representing your voice to the APA, to the AFCC, and to Congress, then we need your help.

I established The Childress Institute for Child Development specifically to serve as the organizing core in education, training, and solution for the attachment-related family pathology of “parental alienation” in high-conflict divorce.  Funding a press conference, funding an Erasing Family event in Washington, D.C., and supporting travel for parent-child advocates carrying your voice and the voice of your children, is consistent with the mission and goals of The Childress Institute for Child Development.

Please consider making a financial contribution to The Childress Institute for Child Development.  Whatever you can afford, $25, $50, more if you can. 

I know fighting the pathology of “parental alienation” is expensive for parents.  I know you’ve spent thousands and thousands of dollars fighting against the lies and trying to restore the healthy emotional and psychological development of your children.  I understand.

I am also asking you to consider where the solution is.  Did the money spent on attorneys lead to a solution?  Did the money spent on “reunification therapy” result in a solution?

Supporting a press conference, Erasing Family event, and travel for your parent-child representatives to speak your voice in Washington, D.C. will lead to a solution.  Please join us in solutions.

The Washington, D.C. trip is the empowerment of voice, your voice.  It is time.  We are on the battlefield for your children and families now, to end this pathology for all children everywhere.  Please consider our request for your support.Childress Institute for CD Logo

The Childress Institute for Child Development:
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Craig Childress, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, PSY 18857

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