Protective Parents Michigan rally for child safety, family court reform

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 12:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 5:14 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The group Protective Parents Michigan gathered at the Capitol Wednesday to bring more awareness to the importance of a family court system.

Advocates are pushing to prioritize child safety, recognize the unique circumstances and needs of each child and family unit, and make decisions based on the best interests of each child.

They said children from all over the country are ordered to have unsupervised contact with an abusive parent or are ripped from their safe parent’s home entirely to be sent to reunification camp with their abusers.

They want Kayden’s Law implemented in Michigan and all 50 states.

“Kayden’s Law specifically would implement trauma information to all legal and court professionals to enable them to make proper decisions when it comes to violence being insinuated in family court issues,” said Cecily Riney, with the National Safe Parents Coalition.

Kaden’s Law is in memory of 7-year-old Kayden Mancuso, who was murdered by her father during a court-ordered unsupervised custody visit. The visit was granted despite Kayden’s mother raising safety concerns in court during the custody litigation.

Organizers want people to know that resources are available.

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