Kathleen Russell – The Faye Yager of 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.


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