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"Bubbles of Love" to raise awareness of parental alienation

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Tallassee Mayor Bobby Payne has proclaimed April 19-24, 2015 as Parental Alienation Prevention Week and April 25, 2015 as Parental Alienation Awareness Day.

On April 25 at noon, ALFRA requests you take 10 minutes to blow Bubbles for Love in support of Parental Alienation Awareness in an effort to educate the public about this form of child abuse.

April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month; a time to emphasize that our children deserve the leadership of the adults (parents, leaders, community) around them to ensure their health, wellness and safety.

Parental Alienation or hostile aggressive parenting deprives children of their right to be freely loved by and showing love for both of their parents. Wendy Archer, co-founder and Officer of Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA (PAAO USA), states that, "Parental alienation is when one parent tries to damage or destroy the relationship a child has with the other parent.  Parental alienation can be mild, moderate or severe.  It's a form of child abuse that causes extreme emotional harm and trauma."

Parental Alienation can arise from divorce, child custody situations and even with intact families. Parental Alienation is evidenced by the alienating behaviors of a person, such as a parent, family members, or as a result of the judicial system restricting the relationship between a child and a loving parent. Alienation can severely damage or destroy a child’s relationship with a parent. The most common symptom of children affected by Parental Alienation: “is a child's rejection of a loving parent who has done nothing to warrant that rejection, and it is at the behest of the other parent” (Linda Kase-Gottlieb, LMFT, LCSW-r).

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