April 25 was a special day for Hillary Crowe of Grayson. In the process of getting up a Georgia Chapter of the Parental Alienation Awareness Organization, Crowe and several other members of the community participated in the global Bubbles of Love campaign in honor of Parental Alienation Awareness.
At noon, around the world, people involved in the organization gathered to blow bubbles for 10 minutes. In the local area, the event took place at the Kirkland Toddler Park in Loganville. Crowe had also managed to get proclamations signed by the mayors of Grayson, Snellville, Loganville and Monroe in support of the seventh annual Parental Alienation Awareness day. She is also working with the Partnership for Families, Children and Youth to help get the message out.
For Crowe, the issue is personal.
“My husband has an 8-year-old daughter he has not seen in going on three years. Due to his case still being handled in court I don't want to go into too much detail, but his daughter is suffering from and has been diagnosed by two counselors as having 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 in a blog on Patch. “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.”
Some local community leaders, such as City Manager Bill Jones and former Loganville City Councilwoman Eileen Warning, participated in the activities. While it was a fun event, especially for the children, the underlying message was a serious one.
“Some parents may not even know that what they are experiencing, or what they are doing, is considered Parental Alienation,” Crowe said.
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