Family Court Reform Shares: Tips for Grassroots Advocacy in Family Court, GAL Program

The advocacy group Family Court Reform shares tips on how to make changes, and initiate reform, in the family court system and Guardian ad Liem program through grassroots advocacy efforts: A Basic Tool Kit for Grass Roots Family Court Reform

Family Court Reform says about their reform efforts, “We grew our program, Family Court Reform by stages and degrees, learning by trial and error as we grew. 

We quickly set two fixed goals: (1)education of the public about the need for reform of family courts and Guardians ad litem, and (2) legislation to produce change. 

We feel that you can’t have legislated change for these dysfunctional systems without an enlightened, aware public that will support and push for change.  Legislation also requires that we  educate legislators about the family court and Guardian ad litem problems, and also that we help voters connect with legislators and- as constituents/voters – express their views and their wishes.”

The tips offered are broken down in easy to read suggestions, and are based on the experiences of advocates already working towards reform.

One suggestion not included in this list that I would add is to research the pertinent issues involved, and be willing to talk to or network with a broad base of people/professionals who have experience and/or knowledge on the issues.

What I appreciate about the FCR tips is that they are realistic. – Taking into account the complexity of the system problems in the family court and GAL program, reform is a challenging task that will require hard work, dedication and perseverance (it’s a long term project, progress may not happen right away but is a result of continued effort).  I also liked the positive tone of the article.

What did you think about the FCR tips for grassroots reform? Any ideas or suggestions of your own? Please post your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: I like this picture because it reminds me of the different forces (legal system, family law professionals, family dynamic, community etc) that commonly impact a family involved in a family law dispute.

About EJ

Parenting Abused Kids (PAK) reflects the personal thoughts and opinions of "EJ" sharing her experiences of surviving domestic abuse and injustice in family court. PAK also includes news and informational articles about abuse and family court issues. The purpose of PAK is to raise awareness of the challenges domestic abuse survivors to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic abuse, compounded with the struggles of ongoing family court litigation. PAK will also discuss and raise awareness about issues related to parenting children who have been abused, and often present with emotional and behavioral problems. Parenting Abused Kids is not affiliated with any professional group, political group, organization or religious affiliation. My sincere love and support goes out to abuse survivors and their children. I am so sorry for what you have endured, and pray your lives will be filled with the happiness you so deserve. Thank-you for visiting!
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