Dr Jill Jones-Soderman
Founder, Foundation for the
Child Victims of the Family Courts
FCVFC.org - a 501(c)3
|| FCVFC.org - Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts
by Bill Murray
NAASCA is delighted to present one of our most recent family members, and to announce our intention to include her distinct voice in our efforts, in any number of ways.
Dr Jill Jones-Soderman, PHD, MSW, MSHS, has been in the private practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mediation and child advocacy for over 35 years. Her involvement in her own continuing education currently includes interdisciplinary studies in psychoanalysis and court case forensics.
A major interest and ongoing aspect of her work involves the study of the violation of civil rights and confidentiality in various provinces of the Court system, with particular emphasis on the abuses in Family Courts throughout the country.
Jill provides an explanation of some of the main components and mission of the foundation she founded, FCVFC, a 501(c)3 whose work clearly resonates with many NAASCA family members concerned with the Civil Rights of our children.
You'll find complete contact info for Jill at the bottom of the page.
Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts
...WHAT WE DO!
by Dr Jill Jones-Soderman
The Foundation aggressively confronts and remediates violations of a parent's or child's civil rights at the hands of the Family Courts, and corrects court actions, errors, malfeasance or violations which resulted in injurious situations for the client. Most cases are high conflict situations, which often contain a major aggression against the child, such as intentional neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or profound, pervasive hostile conduct toward the child and/or the child's rights and financial estate. Foundation evaluations often investigate and uncover the parties who may be culpable, negligent or involved with professional malpractice.
Foundation for the Victims of the Family CourtsThe Foundation's core services involve children's home and family situations, which in affluent situations often lead to substantial financial issues, creating highly emotional and financial stakes. The Foundation's work can be stressful, but can be enormously rewarding to the professionals involved, and obviously beneficial to our many satisfied clients.
Each case starts with planning and strategy, and every case is different. Confidentiality, mutual trust, and safety of the client are key starting points of every case. Cases receive analytical evaluation and ongoing therapeutic intervention with the client and family members is considered. Witnesses are identified and deposed and papers filed. If necessary, The Foundation files complaints against judges, adversarial expert witnesses, guardians ad litem, medical personnel, doctors, psychologists, etc., on behalf of our clients' interests.
Foundation clients receive meticulous services. Work entails extremely labor intensive investigations, consuming many hours of work by skilled legal forensic experts, attorneys, paralegals and editors, checking and double checking facts. Services involve finding missing documentation in the history of cases, and the matching and cross-referencing of billing statements line-by-line, in order to authenticate that billed consultant work was actually performed, and not only invoiced and not provided.
The Foundation goes beyond normally expected forensic and legal services, as we deal with the following issues on a regular basis:
Reversal of misguided transfer of children and custody, from the hands of the Protective Parent to the hands of the Abuser:
These cases most often revolve around issues of extreme psychopathology such parental alienation, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse. Identifying factual information, entwined with mental health/psychodynamic material always requires careful, ethical expert witness testimony and a nuanced understanding of the multiple issues in play.
Addressing child sexual and emotional abuse:
The Foundation has seen that child abuse is very poorly addressed by the Family Courts. Children are not only silenced – allowed no voice in their own story and their own fate, but are often maligned and discredited by authorities during custody proceedings. The truth of children is often suppressed by those who may have an equity position in the outcome of the case, in clear violation of their safety, privacy and civil rights.
In Family Court we all too often find that children have no voice and no rights. In such cases, we refer to them as “prisoners of the court”.
Our experience has indicated that judges, lawyers and other court officials do not usually have an understanding of the nuances of psychoanalytic / psychodynamic issues. Cases hinge on the legal model of logic – logic that can argue both sides of a dispute as a legalistic maneuver which decides right and wrong/ guilty and innocent. But guilt and innocence are applicable only where there is indisputable physical evidence of abuse. Sexual and psychological abuse are often physically untraceable, requiring the subtle investigation of experts, and the articulation of their professional findings to objective judges, which is what The Foundation strives to do.
Foundation for Child Victims of the Family CourtsAddressing Parental Alienation (PA):
Parental Alienation is an extremely complex, multi-dimensional and toxic family dynamic, whose central theme is the alienation of a child/children from the love and loyalty of one parent to the exclusive attachment to the other parent. A central theme of PA is the intense hostility, without reason, on the part of the child toward the parent who has seduced the child into favor. The elements that compose the dynamic of PA tend to involve highly complex psychological mechanisms of nuance and duality, issues not well understood or well regarded by the Court's tendency to a right/wrong, innocent/guilty paradigm.
Creating New Public Policies:
The Foundation is deeply concerned with issues resulting from antiquated state and Federal public policies which determine custody and child welfare practices. As we know from direct experience, and as widely reported in the media, the system of “Child Protective Services” is broken. Therefore, influencing the creation of new state and Federal law in our area of expertise is a primary concern of The Foundation.
Taking on Child Protective Services, an agency that has the capacity to remove children from parents, to intrude on lives in multiple ways:
The insistence on providing medication, therapy, removing children from one home or one parent and transferring children or adopting them to other parents are a few of the multiple violations of a powerful, well resourced, agency. CPS staff is generally at a level of a series of bureaucratic autocrats who are poorly trained and function at a level of following manuals. Dealing with government/administrative agencies is a major focus of engagement, strategy and study. The Foundation is focused upon/engages not only in issues related to individual cases but the analysis, critique, development of models of care and intervention which are geared toward dealing with creating public policy, law, lobbying, writing, public speaking to alter the public consciousness and dialogue.
Assisting Disengaged Contacts
The Foundation is frequently contacted by people who need assistance, but whom have not engaged our services. Some have” given up”, having been defeated at some point in the litigation process because of failure of funding, energy, humiliation, guilt, or fear. Many of these contacts remain in touch with us for years and we continue to hear their thoughts and feelings unfold, learn from them and write about them. Some contacts are parents whose children have been seized by the Courts and transferred to the children's abuser. These parents have either had their rights terminated by the courts, via protective orders, sanctions or limited visitation orders. Coerced consent orders are sometimes filed, where ex parte communications through lawyers/judges inform the parent that unless some contingency is completed, that parent will never see their child again. These matters are very much front and center of the knowledge and arsenal of tactics and techniques with which the Foundation challenges the Courts. The Foundation was created to amplify these issues in the public forum, to bring them to public and professional consciousness, hence the focus on Foundation ” think tank” conferences and large legal and mental health workshops.
Giving Voice to the Voiceless
The Foundation has, over the years, written about those who fear fighting the Family Courts. We write about our clients, under aliases and strict confidentiality, and about people whom have chosen not to work with us, who feel defeated by a judicial system that was created to defend them, but which has failed them. The Foundation plans to create an FCVFC Press to write about topics that we have been unable to publish because the topics are considered too controversial for mainstream publishers.
Some of our articles are already published on various web sites and online press. Our desire is to greatly expand our publishing work and speaking engagements, and to engage in public policy creation to create a more responsive and caring Family Court system.
Foundation for Child Victims of the Family CourtsFighting Retaliation against “Whistle blowers”:
As The Foundation has been thrust into the role of “public crusader” in relation to the Family Court and child care system, we have become interested in protecting “whistle blowers” who assist other vulnerable populations. Government agencies, with their endless resources, viciously pursue those who speak on the part of vulnerable populations, especially vulnerable populations that are battling against formidable entities. Neither the Courts nor government entities take kindly to whistle blowers jeopardizing enormous source of funding and financial opportunities. The Foundation finds itself in the unenviable position of having clients desire our services, but at the same time fearing the tactics used by adversarial agencies and Courts, and hostile family members. The Foundation is fearless in exposing situations of possible corruption and fraud when the client's or their child's reputation is at stake, especially when one our client is the subject of libel, defamation and fraud. The tools The Foundation uses to deal with judicial malfeasance rests upon shedding air and light onto the malefactor, aggressive legal action, expert witness testimony, investigation of the source of corruption and publication of the machinations of such acts.
The focus of Forensic Consultation is the review and evaluation, analysis, and scrutiny of evidence that appears in a court case: evidence validity, flaws in evidence, evidence not provided, fraudulent evidence, evidence critique, evidence that needs to be provided to support the client's case.
Forensic Consultation takes place in the context of the entire court case, as we deal with the analysis of your case and plan strategy to win custody and regain your legal rights!
The focus of Forensic Advocacy is the ability to support our client through the litigation court process, dealing with the client's in depth knowledge and understanding of their case and our understanding of Court dynamics.
There are multiple dimensions of advocacy which extend beyond supporting the client in the immediate court room process. Services that are provided include, but are not limited to: intervention with social services, government & private agencies, physicians and mental health professionals.
Identification and Confrontation of Possible Judicial/Legal Fraud, Corruption, Abuse of Power/Abuse of Due Process Rights:
Evidence based case evaluation is a tool in the exposure of Judicial/Legal Fraud, Corruption, Malfeasance, Abuse of Power, Abuse of Due Process Rights, if any. The Foundation stands against Legal/Judicial intimidation of court litigants, and in support of those professionals who fight for children and families by reporting the suppression of evidence which indicated the presence of sexual abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse of children by the abusive party. The ability of the Court and it's labyrinth of connecting governmental institutions provides the basis for the disenfranchisement of numerous professionals, including numerous lawyers, psychologists, social workers, and all levels of mental health and medical professionals who defend and advocate for their clients. Professionals who are thus attacked are rendered impotent by the Courts to protect their clients. The chilling effect of attacks against professionals who speak out on controversial issues is that future professionals are reluctant or overtly unwilling to confront controversial issues, preserving the veil of secrecy and culture of corruption that currently exists.
The lack of public awareness and the alienation of the public against whistle blowers who support the public welfare is an issue to be defined by The Foundation.
The Foundation Board, staff and state-by-state Special Advocates know all too well that Courts across the country exercise their power to suppress the knowledge of the existence of corrupt judges, and the participation of members of the legal community who support Judicial corruption. which then becomes part of the unspoken, consensual functioning of the Courts. Judicial and legal fraud and malfeasance exist in courts across the country. The damage caused by these institutions to families and children is devastating. Numerous people know of the problem; few are willing to step up to the task of dealing with the problems, even those noted in their own cases. Families who do not deal with these issues, where they exist, in their own court cases for fear of retaliation expected, face devastation as a result of their own fear, denial, and apathy. Corruption is empowered and further institutionalized through denial and apathy, when litigants fail to confront such issues where they are known to exist.
Identifying and confronting the above issues is a large part of the work of each case accepted by The Foundation, and a critical aspect of validating our client's claims and restoring our client's credibility.
The Foundation praises the work of the many honest, ethical, hard working members of the legal/judicial/law enforcement community, whose work and efforts are impaired by the existence of fraud and abuse of power.
The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts is committed to filing complaints against court officials, expert witness providers to the courts and all court actor, on behalf of our clients. We often publish those complaints as part of writing that elucidates the core issues of concern to the Foundation.
We want the public to be aware that writing a general complaint about a provider is not adequate. That complaint must be forwarded to the licensing board that supports this providers' services to the public.
Complaints against Richard Spitzer are familiar to the Foundation and a copy of a complaint filed against Mr. Spitzer and his organization are published under" Articles of Interest" - FCVFC.ORG.
Additionally, The Foundation goes beyond normally expected services, such as obtaining furniture, housewares, and transportation for needy clients in times of crisis.
Besides our core child and family support services, The Foundation offers mediation services for Business Partnerships and other disputes.
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