April 25, 2016: Parental Alienation Awareness Day

WHEREAS, alienating behaviors are often found in high conflict divorce and custody situations; and,

WHEREAS, parental alienation includes speaking negatively about a parent to or in front of a child, interfering with communication and visitation as well as discussing inappropriate information with a child, such as details of the marriage, court proceedings, or financial matters.  These behaviors can not only destroy the bond between a loving parent and child, but can cause mental and emotional harm to the child; and,

WHEREAS, parental alienation is considered harmful to children as the alienating tactics used on the children are confusing, frightening, and rob children of their sense of security; and,

WHEREAS, parental alienation deprives children of their right to love and be loved by both parents; and,

WHEREAS, professionals agree that the problem of parental alienation is damaging to children and can affect them into adulthood with tragic consequences; and,

WHEREAS, with awareness comes education and understanding, and the power to stop the abuse of innocent children caught in the crossfire of the people they love;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2016 as Parental Alienation Awareness Day in Michigan.