From our inception, CJE has recognized that the most problematic aspect of the family court crisis is the almost complete lack of oversight of the numerous players and court appointees in family courts. From judges, psychologists, lawyers for the children, guardians-ad-litem, and mental health appointees who serve as parenting coordinators, parenting coaches, special masters, reunification counselors, expert witnesses and mediators (now called CCRCs in California), the family law cottage industry has exploded into a highly profitable, and for the most part, completely unregulated, profit-driven industry that charges exorbitant fees to parents for services they do not want or need, while far too many children suffer by being forced by court order to live or visit a parent in a violent or abusive home.
CJE has been hard at work to hold all of the respective California oversight agencies accountable for their role in the family court crisis. We led the successful lobbying effort to secure the Commission on Judicial Performance audit in 2016; we have addressed the Judicial Council of California at nearly every one of their meetings for the past three years; we have participated in four of the past five meetings of the California Board of Psychology; and we recently added the California Board of Behavioral Sciences to our 2018 calendar. Our work at these meetings is to educate the Board and Council members about the family court crisis that is harming so many California children, to urge their swift action to remedy the crisis, and to hold them accountable for protecting the public by disciplining their licensees who violate the standards of professional care that these Boards are responsible for enforcing.
We invite the California public to join us at these meetings as we continue to educate the responsible oversight agencies about the crisis in the courts across the state. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us at an upcoming meeting in your area.
Here is our Director’s recent testimony in front of – or about- these Oversight Boards:
2.16.18 Board of Psychology
2.22.18 Board of Behavioral Sciences Meeting
3.05.18 Dept of Consumer Affairs Sunset Review Hearing
To see Judicial Council testimony, click here.
For upcoming BOP, BBS, and JC meeting dates, visit our Events Page.