The following proclamation was written in 2008. Parental alienation is a terribly painful situation that leaves one feeling a total lack of control and a sense of helplessness.
Children should be allowed to love both parents and to be loved by both parents without feelings of guilt.
Former Governor Beebe was instrumental in bringing awareness to this chronic issue that plagues thousands of citizens of our state. We must not give up hope. For where there is hope, there are possibilities for change.
Here is the original Declaration of Parental Alienation Awareness Day by then Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe from April 25, 2008:
TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS COME – GREETINGS:Parental alienation, often found in high-conflict-divorce and custody situations, involves manipulative language used by a parent with a child, which can result in destroying the loving and warm relationship they onceshared with the other parent.
Professionals agree that the problem of parental alienation exists and is damaging to children and the effects can last well into adulthood, with serious consequences.
Behaviors that indicate parental alienation include speaking negatively about a parent to or in front of a child, interfering with communication and visitation between parent and child, and discussing inappropriate information with a child that can destroy the bond between that child and a loving parent.
Parental alienation takes advantage of the suggestibility and dependency of children, depriving them of their right to love and be loved by both parents.
Using alienating tactics with children is confusing, frightening, and robs them of their sense of security.
There are more than 2.4-million divorced North Americans, including the parents of more than one-million children under the age of eighteen, with nearly as many unmarried couples with children separating.
Education and understanding build awareness that children should be allowed to love both parents and feel loved by both parents.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MIKE BEEBE, Governor of the State of Arkansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the laws of the State of Arkansas, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2008, as PARENTAL ALIENATION AWARENESS DAY across the State of Arkansas, and I urge all Arkansans to help raise awareness of the importance of strengthening parent-child relationships and avoiding causing further distress to children caught in the crossfire of people they love.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Arkansas to be affixed this 10th day of April, in the year of our Lord 2008.
MIKE BEEBE, GOVERNOR