Safe Kids International — Cindy Dumas is the Executive Director of Safe Kids International. See their website and Facebook page.
Kathleen Russell — She is the Executive Director of the controversial activist group, the Center for Judicial Excellence in San Rafael, California. Despite no professional credentials, this narcissist and self-proclaimed watch dog over California’s Family Courts is promoting the protective parent agenda or cause. As the progressive Family Law Courts in California move toward directing high-conflict divorce cases to Family Reunification Workshops or Programs, her organization wants to roll back the concept of co-parenting / joint custody to maternal custody. When a protective parent violates numerous court orders, does she really think that the therapists and family law judges are receiving money in brown paper bags? Her organization is more or less holding digital protest signs in front of Northern California’s Family Court supporting these high-conflict protective parent cases. If a child is kidnapped in a Family Abduction Case in California, law enforcement needs to get a search warrant for Russell’s home like the Dede Evavold case.
Faye Yager is the most recognized name of the alleged leaders of the underground. She will confess to involvement or at least a phone call with any underground mom. She’ll allegedly admit to it even if she had nothing to do with the case to cover up for those that have direct involvement. We’ve found a picture of her smiling that was taken by photographer Allan Dietrich. Yager once faced a prison term of 66 years. She has been sued with judgments ordered for thousands of dollars. She claims that she doesn’t have any money nor does she exchange Christmas presents with her husband. With a pending grand jury indictment, we don’t think she is smiling these days. We also hear that she is no longer living in Georgia.
JoanPennington is alleged to be the real leader of the Underground as Executive Director of the National Center for Protective Parents. See her picture at the site of Freedom Magazine of the International Church of Scientology. Joan is the author of a legal book on the Underground for Attorneys representing abducting mothers. She is the one that coined the underground term protective parent. Her co-author was radical feminist attorney Joan Zorza of the National Center for Women and Family Law. Joan is trying to setup a nationwide referral and expert witness network of pro-bono attorneys to represent underground moms. Her organization will certify and train these attorneys. We also understand that her organization keeps files on all of the Underground moms. Our sources tell us that she was in hiding during the Philadelphia Federal Grand Jury investigation. If you ever wondered about motive for these organizations, check out this web page from the OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS that gave her organization an award amount of $236,998 in 1998.
LydiaRayner of Long Beach, Mississippi is an admitted leader of the Underground. Prior to her appearance on ABC Primetime for allegedly trying to help Bipin Shah, she was known for hiding Dorrie Singley and Karen Newsome. We actually found her organization Mothers Against Raping Children (M.A.R.C.) listed on the web.
Amy Neustein Ph.D. of Help Us Regain the Children is one of the alleged other leaders of the Underground. Her organization originally referred Underground Attorney Alan D. Rosenfeld to April Meyer. Amy has a perplexing story of her own as she no longer has custody of her child. Ms. Neustein, also refuses any sort of visitation. Her former spouse, a physician now has sole custody of their daughter. She allegedly conducts the Faye Yager type interviews on young children. She was a panelist with radical feminist Joan Zora and feminist author Karen Winner at the National Women’s Studies Association Meeting where the claim was made that women across the country are losing their children to batterers and child abusers in epidemic proportions as a result of biased family courts. Amy is also on the National Advisory for for MASA (Mother’s Against Sexual Abuse) whose National Office is located in the same area where April Meyer allegedly kidnapped her daughter.
Donna Medley was once the guardian ad litem for Dorrie Singley’s child in San Francisco. Medley and Underground Attorney Sheila Brogna sued the State of Mississippi on behalf of the child in the Singley case. That case was dismissed by the Mississippi Supreme Court. While Medley worked for the District Attorney’s Office, we understand she allegedly tried to get funds for an underground mom in Yager’s organization. She later worked for the Family Abduction unit investigating kidnapping. We are happy to hear that she now works for the Office of Citizen Complaints. Here is a picture of Medley. We wouldn’t let her near our child.
Connie Valentine’s current organization is the California Protective Parents Association that has a Web site that is hosted by the California National Organization for Women. Valentine, was once a state employee who worked with mental health patients was reassigned to administrative duties in 1993 after her appearance on a nationally televised show in which she claimed a satanic cult forced her to kill people when she was a little girl. Her organization used the underground term “protective parent“.
April Curtis Meyer is vying for the position of the next Faye Yager. We hear that April has now moved up to Dexter, Oregon with her parents. Her parents, James and Mary Curtis have admitted to helping to hide several underground moms and their children at the so called Curtis Compound. April has appeared on Sally, Geraldo, Leeza and in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Article. Yet, she claims to not know the location of her daughter. We understand LifeTime Cable did a movie on her story and she made some money. Now let’s ask some of these reporters how they concluded that April Meyer had nothing to do with hooking Amanda up with Underground. Do they honestly want us to believe that Amanda alone decided to call up Faye Yager and go Underground.
Our Children Our FutureThey are a new organization in California that are strong supporters of the underground. See their web page for a list of quotes from a who’s who list of underground attorneys and supporters.
Rosalyn Beasley from San Diego, California climbed aboard Faye Yager’s Underground Railroad in the early ’90s with her young son. She was caught in the Montpellier, Vermont, the former home of the the law practice of Underground Attorneys Harrison and Rosenfeld. She use to called The Friends of Elizabeth Morgan. They are alleged to help parents go Underground. At her trial in San Diego, Underground Attorney Alan Rosenfeld showed up and tried to get himself admitted pro hac vice. The Judge did not admit him, so Underground Attorney Rosenfeld left town. Beasley later plead guilty and received probation. Her son now lives happily with the father in a different state. Beasley is alleged to have tried multiple times to re-kidnap her son. We understand she rarely exercises her supervised visitation sessions. Beasley now living in Encinitas, California is alleged to be the main Underground contact in the San Diego area.
The Individuals and Organizations that Profit and Support the Underground/Protective Parents
The National Center for Protective Parents is the organization that is the alleged intake point, legal referral center, legal training center and shelter for parents going into hiding. They are listed as a New Jersey United Way funded organization. Their Executive Director is Joan Pennington.
Rita Smith — She is the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Denver, Colorado. As a Domestic Violence Advocate, she a supporter of those extremists that believe domestic violence is a one-way street “the abuser can only be the male” vs a two-way street “Family Violence”. In supporting this old school concept of domestic violence, she has also directly supported underground moms or protective parents that kidnapped their children. Many non-extremists members of the Domestic Violence Community will not directly support protective parents that engage in parental kidnapping. In September 2014, she became a paid adviser to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on domestic violence. She is apparently now the former executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The Ledership Council — A nonprofit organization that misuses psychological services to empower their professional reputations and indirectly promote such causes as “protective parenting”, parental kidnapping, maternal custody and lobby against such causes as “parental alienation syndrome. Their advisors include: Paul J. Fink (APSAC), Joyanna L. Silberg, PhD, Toby Kleinman, Esq., Richard Ducote, JD, Seth L. Goldstein, JD, Hol. Sol Gothward, JW, Geraldine Stahly, PhD, and Joan Zorza J.D.
Child Abuse SolutionsThe Executive Director is Underground or Protective Parent Attorney Meera Fox. Their list of faculty include Linda Barnard, Richard Ducote, Vincent J. Felitti, M.D., Robert Geffner, Seth Goldstein, Hon. Sol Gothard, Karen Hawthorne, Hon Eugene Hyman, Megan Lehmer, Geraldine Butts Stahly and Joyanna Silberg.
Alan D. Rosenfeld is one of the Underground Attorneys. He is known for his tousled hair, beard and wrinkled suit. He is known for flying around the country without time to buy a new suit or visit the barber. He’ll enter a new case, ask the court to have the public defender or a local attorney sponsor him for pro hac vice status. Sometimes, the judge will not mandate that the sponsoring attorney appear in court. In criminal cases, the local county will pay for expert witnesses to fly in from all over the country. He’ll get the local domestic violence shelter to raise funds to pay his hotel bill. Some allege that he is paid from a trust account that is setup before the mom goes into hiding. They are promised lifetime legal representation if they are arrested. He represented April Curtis Meyer. He tried to get his colleague Sheila Brogna from the Dorrie Singley case to represent Amanda Otter. Alan provides a statistics that 100,000 mothers go into hiding each year. This statistic sounds more like a promotion for his practice. He has been suspended once by the Vermont Bar for recommending to a client that she violate a court order and for not having good financial records. The AVVO Directory reports he has been suspended once. Our subscribers tell us that he is often seen holding hands and hugging his clients. He walked Amanda Otter to school when she was younger and was present when one of April Meyer’s kids was born. He received a sanction in 1991 by the Vermont Bar Association and was suspended for 6 months in Colorado in 2008 in PEOPLE v. ROSENFELD The PEOPLE of the State of Colorado, Complainant, v. Alan David ROSENFELD, Respondent -No. 06PDJ094 – November 21, 2007
Joyanna L. Silberg, PhD — She is the new extremist psychologists that is taking on plight against our family law courts awarding joint custody to parents after any domestic violence allegation. Her claim that 58,000 children year in the U.S. are abuse victims that are ordered by the family court to have unsupervised contact with abusers when their parents divorce has tenets lobbying our courts away from the preferred joint custody to maternal custody. Her current poster child for her cause is now Jennifer Collins.
Toby Kleinman is an alleged new protective parent attorney from New Brunswick, NJ who appeared at a Family Violence Conference in San Diego in 2001 discussing Desperate Moms Taking Children Underground.She is quoted as follows: “Mothers every day are put in a catch-22,” said Toby Kleinman, an attorney who has consulted on cases involving protective mothers who took their children into hiding.
Ted Gunderson is the private investigator and former FBI agent who appeared in many early underground cases. It was once alleged that Faye Yager was able to get Ted to help keep her out of jail. Ted retired from the FBI in 1979, and opened his private ivestigation firm, Ted L. Gunderson and Associates in Santa Monica, California. He is known for his belief in and investigation of criminal conspiracies involving cults run by government officials. This includes the McMartin Preschool alleged tunnels which was proven to be false. In other words, Gunderson is a private investigator and has the ability to find evidence for the underground cases. See his Wikipedia entry.
Sheila Brogna is another Attorney for the Underground. She first became involved with the Underground becoming the attorney for Dorrie Singley’s child. Singley died while Underground in New Orleans and the child surfaced in San Francisco. The custody of the child went back to the father and Brogna appealed it to the Mississippi Supreme Court. She wrote an article for Family Advocate Newsletter of the American Bar Association about the Underground. In June of 1997, she chaired a breakout session of a ABA meeting on representing children. She talked about a minor child’s right to choose her own attorney rather than have one appointed by the court. In this case, her claim was that 13 year old Amanda Otter, daughter of Underground leader April Meyer chose Brogna. Wow again…
Womanspace, Inc. is a nonprofit agency providing an array of services to women in crisis in the Mercer County, NJ. They have claimed to have helped over 22,000 women. With Ms. Pennington speaking at a meeting in 1996, we would encourage law enforcement to investigate family abductions from the shelter.
The Underground Attorneys Conference Circuit
Alan D. Rosenfeld is the Attorney for the Underground. Alan Rosenfeld is known for his tossled hair, beard and wrinkled suit flying around the country without time to buy a new suit or visit the barber. He’ll enter a new case, ask the court to give have the public defender sponsor him with pro hac vice status. The county will then pay for his expert witnesses to fly in from all over the country. He’ll get the local domestic violence shelter to raise funds to pay his hotel bill. Some allege that he is paid from a trust account that is setup before the mom goes into hiding. He currently represents April Meyer. He has tried to get his colleague Sheila Brogna from the Dorrie Singley case to represent Amanda Otter. He has been suspended once by the Vermont Bar for recommending to a client that she violate a court order and for not having good financial records. Our subscribers tell us that he is often seen holding hands and hugging his clients. He walked Amanda Otter to school when she was younger and was present when one of April Meyer’s kids was born. Wow….
The Legal Conference Circuit / Expert Witnesses
Battered Mothers Custody Conference — Their website has been taken down. Each year, the conference provides a protective parent speakers that include lawyers and underground moms. See their Facebook page.
The Leadership Council is the group of extremist child abuse professionals that support protective parents and domestic violence advocates that want to roll back the clock to the days of maternal custody at any hint of a family violence allegation of a mother. For the cause, there are some that believe these professionals would see child abuse in every case.
The Child Abuse Forensic Institute The board of this organization contains Seth Goldestein, Joan Pennington and Ann Haralambie. We mention Haralambie to the extent that an unnamed woman approached a recovered underground child allegedly on behalf of the noncustidal underground mom. The woman inappropriately told the 14 year old child if he wanted to live with his mom, the child needed to contact Ms. Haralambie. This event occurred several weeks after Haralambie attended a law conference in which underground attorney Sheila Brogna gave a seminar on the legal rights of children to choose their own attorney. BTW, it was Brogna who tried to become Amanda Otters’ attorney with Alan Rosenfeld represented the abducting mother.
Richard Ducote spoke at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work on 15th Annual Conference on April 19-22, 1998 on The Dr. Elizabeth Morgan Story: An Insider’s View. Ducote is one of those expert witnesses that surfaces at the trials of these abducting parents. He currently represents underground mom Rosalyn Beasley (see above), who plead guilty to going underground with her son in the late late ’80s and was arrested in Montpellier, Vermont — birthplace of the underground. Here is a link to a picture of Richard Ducote.
Seth L. Goldstein, J.D. spoke at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work 15th Annual Conference on April 19-22, 1998 on he Problem of Sorting Out Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Divorce Cases Goldstein is another one of those professionals on the legal conference circuit and who participates as an expert witnesses that surfaces at the trials of these abducting parents.
Professor Hal Pepinsky This feminist criminal justice professor at the University of Indiana has been a long-time supporter of the Children of the Underground and protective parent group or cult. Faye Yager has been a frequent lecturer in his classes. However, here is what he wrote about Faye Yager.
The Journalists (Protective Parent Movement Reporters)
Cara Tabachnick – Cara first reported for the Protective Parent Cause in 2010 as a reporter for the controversial Daily Beast in a story: When Fathers Kill Their Kids (Kathleen Russell (no professional credentials)/Joyanna Silber (protective parent supporter) provided quotes?). In 2017, with the adoption of Family Reunification Workshops and Camps to address parental alienation, Cara Tabachnick wrote another protective parent controversial story for The Washington Post Magazine. In the story, she discredits the entire Family Reunification process in cases where it is obvious one parent (usually the mother) is alienating the children.
Dede Evavold – A writer for the Red Herring Alert. Her home was searched that led to evidence in finding Samantha and Gianna Rucki in the Sandra Rucki Felony Parental Deprivation Case. Evavold was the campaign manger for Michelle MacDonald in her unsuccessful campaign for Minnesota Supreme Court Judge.
Elaine Aradillas – A writer for People Magazine, she wrote a spoon-fed piece for the Genevieve Kelly protective parent case. She actually interviewed an abducted special needs child. We hope People Magazine will never let Elaine Aradillas cover a story involving children again.
Mckenzie Carpenter In 1997, Carpenter did a story with Allan Detrich on the Children of the Underground.
Allan Detrich In 1997, Detrich, a photographer for the Toledo Blade was present at the parental kidnappings of Ellen Dever and Bonnie Rubenstein. Detrich’s wife Mary Detrich, a physician is also alleged to be involved. Later in 2000, kidnapper David Hughes was arrested in his home. Alan was recently was allegedly fired by the Toledo Blade for altering photos, a major ethics violations of photo journlists.
Anna Quindlen She wrote one her her last columns in the NY Times about protective parents and underground moms and reports a case involving a mother who killed herself and her child. As a news reporter for Newsweek, she writes an article to support Andrea Yates, the mother who killed her children. We feel sorry for Quindlen’s children.
Garland Waller In 2001, this Assistant Professor at Boston Univeristy produced a bias documentary entitled Small Justice: Little Justice in America’s Courts promoting the protective parent group or cult. There are some letters (letter1letter 2) on Professor Waller’s site from children that could not have possible be written by these children without coaching from the non-custodial mothers.
Karen Winner is a radical feminist former news reporter whose child custody views of maternal custody vs. paternal custody is allegedly as outrageous as the KKK or Osama bin Laden. Her web site lists herself as an investigator of family courts, but she does not have any professional credentials or has never raised any children.
Paula S. Fass is a U.C. Berkeley History Professor that authored a book on Child Abduction in America. She’s a history professor not a psychiatrist, psychologist or social scientist that has no formal training in child abduction cases. Her book is inaccurate and depits her personal opinions on this subejct matter. We’ve seen her quoted by the Assoicated Press and wonder what educational training she has received to form her opinions. AP reporters should have contacted more reputable sources such as those that have authored research papers or studies published in the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s literature.
This Family Abduction or Parental Kidnapping site monitors Family Abduction Searches, Hague Convention Cases, Recoveries, Trials and Sentencing. There should never be a reasonable legal excuse for a Domestic or International Parental Kidnapping.
We also monitor the activity of the Protective Parent or Underground Groups. It's your guide to what's going on with these notorious groups.
Some of these cases in the '80s & '90s started with Faye Yager's Children of the Underground Group. Over the years, the loose network of groups have evolved to the "Protective Parent Movement" and in more recent years to "Family Court Critics". During the last 25+ years, these groups have used their network of legal professionals, proclaimed child protectionists, domestic violence shelters and spoon-fed media to assist parental kidnappers. As these kidnappers play Family Court Judge, Jury and Executioner -- some parents are searching years for their children. They tearfully keep hope alive that someday they will find them.
This website is dedicated to the recovery of those children and the prosecution of the parental kidnappers and those that aided and abetted in this criminal act.
The Family Abduction Watch
Witness tampering is the act of attempting to alter or prevent the testimony of witnesses within criminal or civil proceedings.
From A.M. Costa Rica NewsMedia on Custody Caes
A.M. Costa Rica does not seek to rehear any of these complex custody cases. But the newspaper strongly believes that the case must be heard in the court of initial jurisdiction. It is grossly unfair for one party to a legal dispute to flee to a foreign county to seek a more favorable ruling. The evidence and the witnesses remain the initial jurisdiction. That is the purpose of the international agreement on child abduction …
Where Ms. Kufner sees smoke, however, there is not only no fire, but there is not even smoke. Here, the overwhelming absence of any evidence suggesting the children were subjected to sexual abuse ...
Protective Parents / Protective Mothers
Custodial-embattled parents, usually the mothers that refuse to accept the custody orders of the Family Law Court System. As the court system moves to co-parenting or joint custody, these proclaimed protective mothers are not able to comprehend why the courts would not award maternal custody in their case. They are willing to go to any extreme and use any all forums including fabricating allegations against their former spouse; use a loose network of physicians or child therapists to falsify a medical report; take their stories to the press or turn fugitive with their children with help of a modern-day "Underground Railroad" that may result in a prison sentence. In recent years, mothers have even abandoned all custody rights and even sent their older teenage children into hiding rather than abide by the court custody orders. After any allegations are fabricated, the mothers rarely follow through and provide supporting evidence for any related investigations.
In the past 30 years, a small number of activist groups, individuals and activist legal groups have been been trying to grow the so called "protective parent movement". With the expanded awareness of the plight of both domestic and international abductions and the emotional impact of the abduction on the kidnapped children - this movement is not highly regarded in the Family Law Legal Community. This cause is more of a protest against the Family Law Legal system of co-parenting or joint custody when they can recruit an activist and narcissistic mother that is willing to take her case to this extreme.
“Children who are victims of family abduction are uprooted from their homes and deprived of their other parent. Often they are told the other parent no longer loves them or is dead. Too often abducted children live a life of deception, sometimes under a false name, moving frequently and lacking the stability needed for healthy, emotional development.” - U.S. Department of Justice