Last year, Hillary Crowe - a Grayson resident and employee of the Walton County Sheriff's Office - was able to help get the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization established in the local area. She secured proclamations from the mayors of Monroe, Loganville, Grayson and Snellville in support of the seventh annual Parental Alienation Awareness day on April 25, 2012. She and other members of the organization then set about establishing a Georgia Chapter of the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization.
Feb. 7, 2013, Crowe was able to see their efforts come to fruition when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a proclamation naming the week of April 21 - 28, 2013 Parential Alienation Awareness Week in Georgia.
For Crowe, the issue is personal. She explained on Her Blog on Loganville-Grayson Patch how her husband had been unable to see his then 8-year-old daughter. His daughter had been diagnosed with suffering from Parental Alienation Syndrome.
"For whatever reason, this innocent child has been talked out of having any kind of positive relationship with her dad, and it has resulted in years of hurt and pain for every party involved,” she wrote. “Parental Alienation, to keep it short, is basically when one parent tries to create a negative relationship between a child they share with the other parent. This can be done by talking negatively about the other parent in front of their child, making the child fear the other parent, bringing the child into adult discussions concerning the other parent, and the list goes on and on.”
Monroe-GA Patch Blogger Kathleen M. wrote about her family's experience with this too in Stolen Childhood.
"This will lead to other opportunities for parental alienation awareness in the state, and it's a way to reach out to others in the state that may not know about parental alienation, or know that they're experiencing it," Crowe told News Central.
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