California county supervisor acknowledges that children’s best interests not always served in family court; event for parents 10/10/10

In 730 evaluation, Divorce and custody on September 29, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Gail Steele
Supervisor, Second District

Contact: Supervisor Gail Steele


[Public encouraged to sign THE RIBBON, and share own stories]

Alameda, CA, September 17, 2010 — Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors, a premier team of artists pursuing this craft, will create a significant sand sculpture ribbon for the newly-formed organization “Best Interest of the Child in Custody Cases (BICCC).” Individuals and families who have suffered injustices in Family Court are encouraged to attend the event. There they can sign the ribbon, share their stories, and join a support network to help reform the Family Court system. This event will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in the City of Alameda.

Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele, a member of the BICCC, states, “In so many instances the decision of the Family Court is not in the best interest of the child.  This is not just a problem in Alameda County, but across the country as well.” In fact the State of California has approved auditing the Family Courts of Marin and Sacramento. Marin County, however, destroyed its Family Courts records, which are now unavailable for audit by the State of California.

Archisand Professional Sand Sculptors is designing a spectacular sand sculpture to call attention to this issue that affects so many children today.  Divorce can take a significant toll on a child. The impact on children as a result of the current state of the Family Court system is often regrettable, and can be tragic.  In the United States every year, many children die as a result of unresolved family custody cases. This event will give the public a first-hand understanding of the magnitude of bad decisions that are occurring in child custody cases today.

Archisand is the only Masters Level sand sculptor group that allows children to participate in team competition. Teaching, learning, and passing the craft on to future generations are at the heart of Archisand’s philosophies. The Team has won the US Open Sandcastle competition event seven out of the last eleven years.  To learn more about Archisand’s work, including images from the 2009 Long Beach Marathon event, please visit

The event will be held at Crown Memorial State Beach, in the City of Alameda, Alameda County, California, on Sunday October 10, 2010 from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Parking will be free in the State Beach parking lot, on 8th Street at the end of Otis.  Please contact Alison Urdan at 510 789-0510 or Gail Steele at 510-272-6692 for more information.


1221 Oak Street, Suite 536    Oakland, California 94612    Telephone (510) 272-6692  Fax (510) 271-5115

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  1. I have a serious complaint about a PhD MFT we used for 6 sessions to try and agree re custody with cost/ intrusiveness 730.
    Dr. h Abrams in Los Alimitos early 2011. He manipulated me and my children to agree to give all weekends to the father. See below. 19 yr marraige to control freak.
    1. He told me both children were suffering because I wanted weekends in addition to school nights and by not agreeing causing them undue stress.
    2. He told me I had no right to any weekends and it wssnt fair to have Sunday night to Friday PM and any non summer non holiday weekends.
    3. He said if I really loved my children I would be happy with the 5 schoolo night arrangement and not complain
    4. He said if I didnt agree he would write it up anyway and he was the one with the power.
    5. He told me my sons (15 and 17) told him they only want to spend weekends with their Dad.
    6. He said he would arrange a long term cash relationship with us to mediate disputes and I should trust my husband.
    7. Made me write up above in my own handwriting and sign it as he also signed it getting no school year weekends except holidays and then hald summer weekends. I did it crying and he said it was only tentative.

    NEXT DAY got my sons to agree to schedule also. I wasnt there, he told them I had signed agreement and that this was what was right. He never told them I could have some weekends and weekday custodial which is what they really wanted.

    The man is evil. How can I report him?

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