05 Oct What California societal woes are directly related to our family and juvenile dependency courts?
Suicide, mental health disorders, physical illnesses (see Kaiser’s ACES study on the CDC website), substance abuse, parental alienation, isolation, climate control (families living apart, parties of one, no shared resources), loneliness, poverty, homelessness, etc. We have a created a society of adults who were damaged as children by our own “family” court systems and we are now in the third and fourth generations of victims of these “family” courts. The organization that told us “children are resilient”, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts also told us that we shouldn’t be concerned about separating a child from his/her primary caregiver, thus #NoAFCC. These “professionals” now get to treat the same adults who were damaged as children and make even more profit off of the damage they created. Parents need jury trial rights to #ResolveConflictQuickly and stop AFCC members from profiting off of breaking up our families and separating children from their parents.
Our government unbelievably tries to “fix” other judicial systems. In 2017, the Washington Post wrote about the U.S. federal government’s $300 million plan to equip Mexico’s courthouses, train police, and attorneys in order to overhaul their criminal judicial system that was failing miserably. Why? “The problem is not that people are getting out of prison,” said Guillermo Zepeda Lecuona, a law professor at the University of Guadalajara who is an expert on the US plan for Mexico’s judicial system. “It’s that they are not going in.” From the beginning of the Covid-19 crises, Mexico failed to enforce life saving techniques on its citizens, most likely because it had no ability, no monetary resources, to do so. Thus the family is of utmost importance in Mexico because the country lacks sufficient law enforcement outside of the court system. Should we take lessons from Mexico’s family court system that is designed so much better than ours, to prevent unwarranted governmental interference, UGI? Yes. We need to stop our family and juvenile dependency court crises with rights similar to what we give the criminally accused in our nation, jury trial rights before a state can take legal rights/custody of a child from a parent. Mexico’s family law system is designed to #PreventUGI. Ours should be too. Family is, and always has been, important.