Robin Karr and Janie McQueen are the driving force a new movement giving thousands of women who have been victimized in court custody battles to have a voice. Unbeknownst to most women there is a federal Fatherhood Initiative that protects and provides custody for fathers if they demand custodial rights. The notion that mothers win most custody cases if false. And just to make this clear – there is no ‘Motherhood Initiative’ to protect women’s and children’s right in court. In my humble opinion every woman needs to know this before she gets married. There is not justice for mother and children in the court system.
Janie Brooks McQueen & Robin Karr
A Nation of Motherless Children–Who Will Save the Children?
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A nation is not defeated until the hearts of it’s women are on the ground. ~ Native American proverb
Janie Brooks McQueen and Robin Karr’s novel, The Motherless Child Project is quickly becoming a movement with more and more women are speaking up about the injustice, humiliation and earth-shattering sorrow over the loss of their children to the family court systems.
Unbeknownst to so many – this issue burdened with shame and guilt affects the lives of thousands of mothers who have lost their children in family court and/or to child protective services to unfounded claims that they’re not fit to remain in the lives of their children. One cannot separate this issue from so many historical, social/political and religious articles that have deemed women to be unfit – period. If you think I am exaggerating – you are sadly mistaken. Over 700 women have been murdered in Tanzania annually, accused of being witches; i.e., unfit women: Witchcraft Accusations Perpetuate Women’s Oppression In Sub-Saharan Africa. And what happens to the ‘motherless children’ these women are forced to leave behind?
Although we cannot ‘legally’ murder women in this part of the misogynist world, we can murder their hearts and burn their souls, by taking their children. Some women never see their children again. Some women risk their lives and go underground to keep their children from their abusive husbands. Some women end up in jail.
What happens to these kids? do they adapt normally to a life without their mother? Do they function and perform well – are they able to love and develop relationships? What McQueen and Karr have discovered is that not only do these children struggle in the system – many of them do not even ‘age-out’ of the system because they commit suicide because of the very system that kidnapped them from their mother.
McQueen and Karr just wrote about this topic in an article entitled: Burying Voices No More
“Suicide among children is an agonizing news subject and we hear reports about it every single day. Depression, bullying, divorce (even when extreme decisions are not made), breakups and loss of friends, can all certainly break the heart of a child who sees only his or her immediate life and can’t imagine things ever changing.
“… a child embodies what it’s like to bear the brunt of cruel, one-sided court rulings. It’s a parents’ fight. It’s about power, control, money and punishment. It’s seldom about the child–at least in terms of how the judgments go. We hear far too often about parents murdering their own children as a means of punishing the other parent–’If I can’t have the child, no one will.’ ‘This is my final act of revenge on her (him).’ ‘I’ll take away the thing she loves most.’
“But this is more than revenge. This is about real lives being cut short that shouldn’t have been. It’s just struck us full in the face that some scenarios are playing out even when a vengeful parent isn’t the one doing the killing… but rather enabling the death to occur at the child’s own hands.”
A quick search on the number of children who commit suicide annually is quite disturbing:
Suicide has become much more common in children than it used to be. For children under age 15, about 1-2 out of every 100,000 children will commit suicide. For those 15-19, about 11 out of 100,000 will commit suicide. These are statistics for children in the USA. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children ages 10-14 and the third leading cause of death for teenagers 15-19. Recent evidence suggests it is the lack of substance abuse, guns, and relationship problems in younger children which accounts for the lower suicide rates in this group.
The Motherless Child Project
Janie (Brooks) McQueen is the author of five books, including Hanging On By My Fingernails: Surviving the New Divorce Gamesmanship, and How a Scratch Can Land You in Jail; The Magic Bookshelf, which was featured as a series in the former Los Angeles Times Book Review as part of its Reading by 9 literacy program; and its 10-year anniversary edition, The New Magic Bookshelf: Finding Great Books Your Child Will Treasure Forever. Her writing career includes news beats for major metro newspapers including The Greenville (SC) News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a stint as a speechwriter for the government of Taiwan during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. A native of Beaufort, SC, McQueen has a B.A. in English literature and writing from the University of South Carolina. She lives with her husband and four children in metro Atlanta. Her author’s website can be found at www.janiemcqueen.com.
Robin Karr’s varied career includes working as a technical writer for USCIS Department of Justice, teaching high school English and working for more than thirty years in retail management. She has worked as a writer and activist for womens’ and children’s rights since the late 1980’s. Robin holds a BA in English from Union College in Kentucky. Her oldest son Christopher is a writer who lives in Austin. Karr’s two younger children Matthew and Laura were taken in babyhood by a Texas judge who was later ousted from her position. Her journey to make meaningful contact with them continues at www.motherswithoutcustodyworld.com.
American Mothers of Lost Children – has this to say about The Motherless Child Project
Congratulations to the Team of McQueen and Karr, the reviews are in and you did it, a hit! This touching and poignant story of a young girl caught off guard by a project, a song and her unanswered questions about her mother’s absence in her life. Now we’re looking forward to the Screenplay ladies!!! Thank you so much Janie and Robin for putting to pen the story that needs to be told. The kind of nonfiction that resembles life. Let’s hope life imitates art and it strikes a chord in the hearts of other motherless children and ignites a movement for mothers’ who have ‘lost’ their children.