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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/29/09 “Children Taken By the Family Courts” Handprints Albany, New York For the 1st year, the Seventh Annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference 2010, Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody, A National Crisis VII: “Now That We Know, What Are We Doing About It?” is hosting the construction of children’s handprints who have been taken by the family courts. www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org January 8th, 9th, and 10th 2010 in Albany, New York. This is a national crisis in the family courts all over the US and Mothers are losing custody….unfairly by a court system that is not protecting our children. Just imagine, a long clothesline, with mini wooden clothespins, and handprints of all sizes, representing protective mothers and their children who have been “legally kidnapped” by the family courts. We are asking Mothers who have lost physical custody of their child(ren) to create handprints to commemorate their lost child(ren). Throughout weekend of the conference, we will be providing materials and ask Mothers to add paper cut-out handprints to the clothesline. However, Mothers do NOT need to be in attendance at the conference in order to add their handprints. Please mail the handprints before Jan. 2, 2010 to: Linda Marie Sacks P.O. Box 730966 Ormond Beach, FL 32173 Questions…..call Linda Marie 386-453-3017 after Jan 2, 2010 please mail to: Dr. Mo Hannah, Chair, BMCC 2010 26 Purtell Avenue Latham NY 12110 mhannah413@aol.com 518-210-2487 Instructions: Place your child’s hands on a piece of paper, cardstock works best, trace your child’s handprints (left and right) on colored paper, cut out and write a message if you’d like and mail before the conference to Linda Marie, as she will constructing the clothesline and will have it at the conference. After the Jan. 2th date…please send to Dr. Mo Hannah. Sadly, if you cannot see your child(ren) to trace their handprints, please, trace YOUR handprints for every child you have lost to the crisis in the courts. Once the handprints are constructed, we will lend it out to individuals and organizations for promoting and publicizing the problems faced by battered mothers and children within the family court system. One day justice will prevail…..thanks to all the wonderful people who are part of the solutions to the family court crisis. Contact: Dr. Mo Hannah, Chair BMCC 2010 518-210-2487 mhannah413@aol.com or Linda Marie Sacks 386-453-3017 lindamariesacks@aol.com

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    Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, versus Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vermont

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    Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, versus Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vermont

    Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:46 am

    No
    Horrible treatment of a child to further some bizarre agenda where children are routinely taken from their biological mothers. How is this in the best interest of the child?

    Anyone who thinks this is a great decision should be forced to leave their family and move against their will.

    Step-mothers get custody over a parent?

    Don Surber Blog at Dailymail

    The case of Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, versus Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vermont, has gone from a nasty little divorce with a bizarre custody battle to a criminal case. Miller has renounced lesbianism and become an evangelical Christian, and gone into hiding with her daughter.

    Miller and Jenkins were joined in a civil union in Vermont in 2000 (Democratic Governor Dr. Howard Dean had opposed gay marriage, insisting on the very civil unions option that Republican President George Bush and now President Obama embrace).

    Marriages last about 5 minutes in this country and so no one should be surprised that gay marriage (civil union) leads to gay divorce.

    During the marriage — civil union — Miller gave birth to Isabella, now 7, which made Jenkins the step-mother.

    Custody wound up being granted to the step-mother.

    Now the mother and the child have disappeared.

    This happens in straight divorces as well. I remember covering such a kidnapped-my-own-child story more than 30 years ago when I tried to be an honest journalist.

    Gay marriage — civil unions — are no panacea for any problem because straight marriages are no panacea either.

    The judge originally granted custody to the mother but the step-mother won appeals in both the Virginia and Vermont supreme courts with the U.S. Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal. Both sides seem to have plenty of money for lawyers. I also get the feeling that if she had not renounced the gay lifestyle, Miller would have kept custody.

    Absent some abuse by the mother — and promises of liberal visitations belie that — the child belongs with he mother and not the step-mother. And where is the father of Isabella?

    But we are treating the step-mother like a father, aren’t we? If so, we are fools.

    The Associated Press report:

    MONTPELIER, Vt. – The birth mother of a 7-year-old Virginia girl must transfer custody of the child to the woman’s former lesbian partner, a Vermont judge ruled, adding that it seems the woman has “disappeared” with her daughter.

    Vermont Family Court Judge William Cohen ordered Lisa Miller of Winchester, Va., to turn over daughter Isabella to Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven at 1 p.m. Friday at the Virginia home of Jenkins’ parents.

    But in the Dec. 22 order denying Miller’s request to delay the transfer of Isabella, Cohen wrote: “It appears that Ms. Miller has ceased contact with her attorneys and disappeared with the minor child.”

    Miller and Jenkins were joined in a Vermont civil union in 2000. Isabella was born to Miller through artificial insemination in 2002. The couple broke up in 2003, and Miller moved to Virginia, renounced homosexuality and became an evangelical Christian.

    Cohen awarded custody of the girl to Jenkins on Nov. 20 after finding Miller in contempt of court for denying Jenkins access to the girl.

    The judge said the only way to ensure equal access to the child was to switch custody. He also said the benefits to the child of having access to both parents would be worth the difficulties of the change.

    Mathew Staver, Miller’s attorney, declined through a spokeswoman to comment on the case.

    A listing for Lisa Miller in Winchester, Va., says the phone line has been temporarily disconnected at the customer’s request.

    Jenkins’ attorney, Sarah Star, said she hopes Miller is simply not communicating with her attorneys but plans to comply with the order.

    “It is Ms. Jenkins’ intent when she has custody of Isabella to allow as liberal contact as is possible with her other mother,” Star said Tuesday.

    When Cohen dissolved the civil union, he awarded custody to Miller but granted liberal visitation rights to Jenkins.

    The supreme courts of Virginia and Vermont ruled in favor of Jenkins, saying the case was the same as a custody dispute between a heterosexual couple. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which declined to hear arguments on it.

    If Miller does not turn over Isabella, the most likely scenario is that she would be held in contempt of court and a warrant would be issued for her arrest, said Cheryl Hanna, a professor of constitutional law at Vermont Law School.

    “I think the underlying thing is the fact that they are a lesbian couple doesn’t mean that the court’s going to treat this any differently than if they were a heterosexual couple,” she said.
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    Re: Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, versus Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vermont

    Post by denomshi on Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:29 am

    Good point...many of the people that think this type of thing is best for the child...probably have never had to uproot their entire lives AGAINST their will and move to a strange place away from their loved ones!
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    Re: Lisa Miller of Winchester, Virginia, versus Janet Jenkins of Fair Haven, Vermont

    Post by 24/7Parent on Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:51 am

    This story makes me angry to no end. I don't care about this being a lesbian couple. The issue isn't gay marriage and this has nothing to do with gay rights. The children are always forgotten amidst "adult" issues. Please tell me how it can be in any child's best interest to be removed from his/her primary caregiver? Judges need to provide written explanation for ALL of their rulings.


    The judge said the only way to ensure equal
    access to the child was to switch custody. He also said the benefits to
    the child of having access to both parents would be worth the
    difficulties of the change.

    Please provide evidence of this, judge. Not commentary or opinion. This child could now grow up to hate the judicial system AND her "other mother." What sense does this make?

    The Supreme Court is a bunch of criminals. So much for justice.

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