Communiqué de Platform for European Fathers
The Platform for European Fathers jointly with parent organizations from 30 countries worldwide from Australia and Zanzibar to Scandinavia, France, Italy, Portugal, The United States and Brazil are marking Tuesday April 25th as International Parental Alienation Awareness Day.
Parental Alienation describes the situation in which one parent influences a child to reject the other parent. Sometimes the alienation is deliberate and intentional. It can also develop unintentionally where the alienating parent creates unbearable emotional pressure forcing the child to take sides. Either form can result in significantly increased risks of both mental and physical illness for children in both the short and long term. Children are at risk of loosing half of their prospective emotional support.
The Parental Alienation Awareness Day is held to highlight the issue to the United Nations, European Union, national governments, judges, lawyers and the various professionals who work with children and families.
This issue affects large numbers of children and families worldwide as well as grandparents and other extended family members who find themselves cut out of the life of a child who previously loved them and enjoyed their company but now, without explanation or good reasons says he/she no longer wants any relationship at all.
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About European Fathers (PEF)
The Platform for European Fathers (PEF) is a cross-national non-governmental organization (NGO), based in Brussels, Belgium, as a federation of national organizations, who have been co-operating on equal parenting, involved fatherhood, gender equality and men’s and fathers’ civil rights across European borders. PEF is transparent and supportive network, aimed at giving a voice to member organizations at the European and national policy level, monitoring children’s health, family law and policies. It can be characterized as a vehicle to facilitate equality of parenting for fathers and mothers, to promote of shared parenting and involved fatherhood to all 27 EU countries.
Peter Tromp, Msc, President
Telephone: +31 30 238 3636
Jesper Lohse, MBA, Press contact
Telephone: +45 2622 9730