Kathleen Russell – The Faye Yager of 2018

January 5, 2018

Kathleen Russell, Protective Parent Movement, No Professional Credentials

Kathleen Russell of The Center for Judicial Excellence in San Rafael, California has no professional credentials other than a psychology degree like Faye Yager who was a interior decorator. Yet, she is one of the leaders of the “protective parent movement” of 2018. She is the Faye Yager of 2018.

Since the ’80s and the start of the “protective parent movement”, Protective Moms were told that they would have to go to any extreme including committing acts of civil disobedience to get sole custody of their children. This would include perjury in filing false CPS Reports to parental kidnapping. As the Family Court System and Child Protective Services improved with Court Appointed Professional Evaluators, Guardian-Ad Litem Attorneys for Minors and improved CPS Staff over several decades — most parents accepted joint custody. But there were always a number of moms that were not willing to accept joint custody and wanted to write their former spouse out of their child(rens) life. The protective moms never had any evidence of child abuse in their cases. The Family Courts were now encouraging coparenting and discouraging parental alienation. That’s when the Protective Parent Movement went after the Family Court Judges as well as the Psychologists for the new Family Reunification Therapy Camps in parental alienation custody cases.

In the Protective Parent Movement, the same names occur that have been around since the Faye Yager Children of the Underground days such as Judge Sol Gothard, Dr. Joyanna Silberg and Jennifer Collins/Holly Collins. These individuals have always supported the protective parent movement.

So now in California you have Kathleen Russell of the Center for Judicial Excellence that appears to believe she is the watchdog of California’s Family Court. She is actually one of the new leaders of the Protective Parent Movement and is really a lobbyist for the Protective Parent Movement Attorneys and Professionals. She and her group are supporters of California Senate Bill 170 that are trying to allow children 10 years or younger from testifying in court. Currently minors don’t typically testify in court and family court evaluators and guardian ad-litem attorneys for the minor are tasked with testifying for them. But as we have seen in other cases, protective parent lawyers or any lawyer can get a minor to say just about anything in court or video testimony.

We hope that the Family Courts and Psychology Boards in California and others States don’t take Kathleen Russell and The Center for Judicial Excellence too seriously in 2018. They are a lobby group with extremest Faye Yager-like tenets. You have to remember, Kathleen Russell has no professional credentials. You would imagine that she and her group encourage protective parents to file complaints against those psychologist/psychiatrists that issue unfavorable Family Court Evaluations.

If Kathleen Russell really wants to be taken seriously, she needs to go to law school or get a psychologist license.

If you want to see Kathleen Russell and her protective parent group’s initiatives for 2018, see here:


1. Influence Family Court Judges since they are elected (San Francisco, Sacramento)

2. Influence the California Board of Psychology

3. Influence any anti-joint custody/anti-coparenting legislation such as CA SB 190.


What about some Privacy for the Sandra Grazzini’s Children in 2018?

January 5, 2018

Sandra Grazzini was found guilty of six counts of felony deprivation of parental rights on September 21, 2016. On November 10, 2016 Dede Evavold was also found guilty in September 2016 of six felony counts of deprivation of parental rights. On May 2, 2017 Doug Dahlen and Gina Dahlen were sentenced to one year in jai for their role in the Parental Kidnapping.

In February 2017, actress Kelly Rutherford was able to declare bankruptcy and potentially walk away from $1.1 million she owed her family law firm and substantially reduce the $1.57 million in child support owed her former custodial spouse. That being said, Kelly Rutherford has appeared to move along with her life as a non-custodial parent. You don’t see any social media posts about her custody dispute and/or former spouse.

As of July 2017, protective parent mother Maya Tsimhoni continues to litigate in court with her former spouse. However, despite 8 years of litigation, $400,000 in joint legal fees, 1,0001 docket entries and 21 lawyers involved in her case — she or her representatives no longer post on social media about her case or her children.

Unfortunately, Sandra Grazzini and her friend Dede Evavold have been unable to move along with their lives and respect the privacy of Sandra’s children and former spouse. Evavold is alleged to have been posting about the case and Sandra’s former spouse on the Internet. A court hearing for this alleged probation violation by Dede Evavold will be held on January 9, 2018.

Despite their belief as “child protectionists”, their support for the “Protective Parent Movement” appears to have given them a self-proclaimed license to commit acts of civil disobedience. And this act would include violating any court order to not violate the privacy of the victims of their felony crimes.

So as we start off 2018, we want to know what makes Dede Evavold and Sandra Grazzini and their case so different than that of Rutherford and Tsimhoni? Why would Grazzini’s supporters still disparage Sandra’s custodial former spouse? We really hope the judges involved will take action in 2018 to give the Grazzini children some privacy in 2018. We really hope that those third party supporters of Grazzzi will wake up in 2018 and realize that disparaging the former spouse on the Internet is not respecting the privacy of the children in this case.

Lawyers Board: Michelle MacDonald’s ‘serious misconduct’ warrants suspension of her law license

May 18, 2017

Michelle MacDonald (Photo: MissinginMinnesota.com)

[Read More on MissinginMinnesota.com]

[Read Brief In Re Petition for Disciplinary Action Against Michelle E Lowney MacDonald, a Minnesota Attorney]


Gina and Doug Dahlen Begin Jail Sentence

May 18, 2017

Doug Dahlen, Gina Dahlen (Photo: MissinginMinnesota.com)

[Read more at MissinginMinnesota.com]

A Case Study in How to Prosecute Family Abduction Cases

May 5, 2017

Convicted of Deprivation of Child Custody

Most District Attorneys in the United States have never prosecuted a Parental Kidnapping or Family Abduction Case. In 2016-17, Dakota County Minnesota Prosecutor Kathryn Keena prosecuted Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, Dede Evavold, Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen for Felony Deprivation of Child Custody. All four were found guilty and received jail sentences. Judge Karen Asphaug also sentenced Sandra Rucki and the Dahlens to jail time in day increments over a range of years. If there is any punishment that would be more appropriate for this type of crime is this form of sentencing. It allows the local Probation Department to more closely monitor the defendant after they are released from jail and results in protecting the victims of this crime.

In Parental Kidnapping cases, after the kidnapper is released from jail, in a number of cases the convicted protective parent attempted to snatch-back the child or commit the crime again. Since the convicted parental kidnapper normally goes back to Family Court to re-start the custody litigation, it provides the best possible scenario for the protective parent de-escalating the conflict. Although we have not yet seen that with Sandra Grazzini — we have seen it with other convicted protective moms. They eventually abide by the Custody Orders and make the most of their custody time with their children.

This type of sentencing should also help to motivate a recovered adult-child kidnapped to reunify with the left-behind parent. Although no court could order a reunification — all of us in the Family Abduction Community believe that Judges, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Child Psychiatrists, Child Psychologists should encourage the convicted protective parent to support the reunification in these cases. We’ve seen in some cases the adult-child that was kidnapped is concealed even after the protective parent was arrested and convicted. The left-behind parent is never reunified with their kidnapped child.

Eventually, we would like to see harsher Family Abduction Laws in both America and other Countries. Until that time, any prosecutor that is assigned a Family Abduction Case should review this case.

Congrats to Dakota County Prosecutor Kathryn Keena and Dakota County for their efforts and results in this case!

Gina and Doug Dahlen Sentenced to One Year in Jail

May 2, 2017

Gina and Doug Dahlen (Photo Credit: MissinginMinnesota.com)

Gina Dahlen and Doug Dahlen became one of the first third party accomplices to get jail time for their part in the teenager family abduction of Sandra Grazzini’s children.

During the Sentencing Hearing, their was chilling testimony by the father and the aunt about the lack of medical care provided to the teenager girls while they were underground.

As part of their sentencing, the Dahlens are prohibited from having non familial minor children stay overnight at their home.

According to http://www.missinginminnestota.com, “Judge Asphaug commended David Rucki for the pragmatic, practical, hands on realistic loving way he set about being a Dad to five children whose lives were turned upside down. She ended simply by saying “thank you.”

The decision by Doug and Gina Dahlen to plead guilty ensured that Assistant Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna successfully prosecuted all of the people criminally charged related to the disappearance of the Rucki sisters.

Editor’s Note: The successful prosecution by Dakota County Attorney Kathy Kenna ending in 2017 is a new criminal prosecution standard for Parental Kidnapping Cases. We applaud her efforts! We encourage other prosecutors with Family Abduction Cases to review her legal work.

We also praise the efforts and patience of the father and his family in this case who have endured so much. We admire everything he and his family have done.

For more information, see www.missinginminesota.com

Convicted Parental Kidnappers Gina and Doug Dahlen to be Sentenced May 2, 2017

April 6, 2017
Doug Dahlen, Gina Dahlen

Doug and Gina Dahlen – Sentencing Trial May 2, 2017 (Photo: MissinginMn.com)

The story of convicted parental kidnappers Gina and Doug Dahlen and their White House Ranch facility in Hermann, Minnesota continues to unfold. The ranch is currently up for sale and it has recently been disclosed that the ranch is part of the assets of the divorce between Doug Dahlen and his former spouse. The Dahlens apparently now have to sell the ranch as part of his divorce settlement.

The Dahhlen’s held Sandra Grazzini’s teenage children for 944 days with full knowledge there was a nationwide missing children’s search for these children. Let’s hope on May 2nd when the Dahlens are sentenced that they make a public apology for their actions. If they do so, that should go a very long ways towards deterring others from committing this crime. If they do no provide this apology, then they deserve to do the time in prison. It’s important that our criminal justice system send a strong message that our nation’s courts will not tolerate parental kidnapping or family abduction. #stopfamilyabduction #stopteenagerfamilyabudction