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Another POV, Point Of View, on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012)

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Another POV on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012) (WordPress- generated shortlink ends in “-190” which is all numbers, no alpha character for the “0” which otherwise would look like this:  “O”).

Excerpt from this post pulled to top, in the form of a screenprint (image) in 2016.  This sticky post originally published 9/22/2012.  It should be put in bold print, large letters and stuck on a refrigerator IF one is stuck in divorce drama at this time, as a reminder of the resonance of the rooms it will be taking place in!


This image is simply a quote in image form from my own post, Another POV on “The Center for the Family in Transition” (and its funders) (Publ. 9/22/2012) (shortlink ends in “-190,” all numbers)

(The text in the image is repeated below in the post.  Link from the image/quote):  For more, see March 5, 2014 post “Suppose I’m Right Here ….What Would You Do When the Lights go on?”  
[Blogger Note:  I added: <> introductory paragraphs (navy font, fine-print, inside green borders), and <> some updates “exhortation/rant” on Aug 2, 2014 (tan background, (mostly) black font, still fine-print & inside green borders), includes links to two other places on the blog talking about how to do basic lookups.

I am currently continuing to write on the improper collusion of the court-reform/ Safe Kids groups who will NOT speak about these matters, with those who originally colluded to set them up, and to set up a variety of professions, for their private benefit and careers (although of course we are to believe this is for the public good) in and around the same courts.  See 6/29/2014 post referring to this one also.  There is valuable information (although in the form of multiple charts of different formats) about some of the key players in the family court system, which as we should know by now, is being promoted and restructured in large part through the vehicle of nonprofit trade associations functioning as systems-change, and PR (propaganda) vehicles, which “AFCC” is.  I think VERY few people have taken a close look, systematically, at how the larger and often the many smaller sets of nonprofits formed around key trade terms put forth by the larger (AFCC, NACC, etc.) groups function, I mean FISCALLY.

I have done this, and come to understand the “collegial” habit of  certain professionals (whether academics or in the courts) setting up not just one — but multiple — foundations or nonprofits with similar name, and moving the money around i.e., reducing or evading accountability as nonprofits are required to produce for the public and the states they’re incorporated in, not to mention the IRS.  ONLY by looking these details up can you see the pattern and start to comprehend the process, practices, and I’m going to add, purposes.  It’s hard to argue psychological issues with a PhD or Psy.D. professional convinced they have the expertise (and you don’t).  But anyone can look up and look at corporate filings, tax returns, and start putting this OBJECTIVE data (obtained from supposedly neutral, i.e., government, databases:  Secretary of State and Charitable Registries, plus some IRS or agency grants data.  Those are not “psychological” or subjective sources which can be dismissed so easily as “that’s just in your head,” or “You just said that to get control of the children.”

Exhortation (or if you will, “Rant”) added Aug. 2014 (slight update Dec. 2015):

I’m plenty aware of trauma.  I’m aware of safety issues.  I am a survivor of violence (all kinds), and am living every day with awareness of the things my children, families, and friends were put through without due process or even (our case) legitimate causes of action.  I’m also aware that others in similar situation, sometimes VERY similar, ended up, in my own community and others, as roadkill, and around the same times.

HOWEVER, EVEN SO, when it comes to the above processes in the family, divorce, custody, domestic violence, and yes, child support, arenas — I recommend a complete conversation change.  For years, I’ve been recommending to people and groups who claim they want to clean up the courts, protect children, and fix broken things, “pay better attention to the money trail.” (I’m not the first to tell several of the same groups the same thing…).  

It didn’t take long to recognize most such people and groups have no interest in paying better attention to the money trail, at least acquiring a few basic skills…or encouraging target clientele (distressed parents and aged-out distressed children) to, which made me consider, what might be the other, i.e., the real, agenda, if  “the money trail” is truly so UNimportant to protecting women and children?  

I continued recommending  to affected parents, and to the public (through posting, and commenting, and in private communications),  “look at the books — follow the money — public grants/contracts; private nonprofits run by family court professionals (including lawyers, custody evaluators, mediators, parent coordinators, administrative heads of county or state family court services, not to mention judges) etc.

On this blog I have put up simple and straightforward tools to follow at least START following it, while using them myself, and through practice, curiosity, and diligence, developing better understanding of the involved “power-brokers” influencing the courts.

This requires starting to understand it.  The problem I encounter the most:  People won’t even start!  It’s apparently more fun to follow the crowd, and blog the drama, the trauma, and the destruction.  But without learning even the basics of how custody decisions fit into the larger court-connected corporations context, this IMPORTANT information and “Family Court 101 basics” never makes it into most of the voluminous social media propaganda about the problems!

I have engaged in LOOKING AT COURT-CONNECTED CORPORATIONS AND PROGRAMS for at least 5 years now, personally, on the blog, and networked. It is NOT “rocket science”!!  It might be a little scary (how deep, wide and old the problems are does show up), but once you start,and develop the habit of paying attention,  it’s not even intellectually challenging.  [[2015 comment – it is definitely intellectually fascinating, and leads to deeper understanding of the country we live in.  But, those habits, with practice, are not too hard for the average, semi-literate person who is able to engage in some conceptual thinking based on what they read — not just the rhetoric echoing through the conscience from PR, media, or keeping to a small, select, circle of associations who talk the same “group” language]]. 

Just get to the basic identifying information on any group, and from there, get a grasp on who’s funding it, and on other practices, such as compliant or noncompliant with required annual filings, tax returns, etc.  GET MORE TYPES OF BASIC (foundational) INFO on the GROUPS AND PEOPLE INVOLVED!  Get the structure of the group.

There’s also a chart on this page of what elements to look up for any particular group.  FIRST, get its identity, locate in PLACE (in the US, a corporation can have offices in many, or even ALL states, but only ONE state can be its “domestic” registration at a time.  Find that and find date or incorporation, and more.  Get a location, get an age, and get some objective information that may or  may not show on a website or in the PR:

There are of course other sources of funding:  For example, governments dedicate sometimes filing fees, special accounts, towards specific purposes.  It can be looked up, often, on the state comptroller’s page.  Find some of the funds, the list of funds, that are being set up to finance domestic violence, marriage promotion, family reunification, compromise of child support arrears, etc., in your state.  Research the basic organizations known about in your state, and the landscape will look quite different!  And of course, include the ones you’ve been hanging out with, regardless of which state they proceed in.  If these groups are mirroring the fiscal (i.e., setting up multiple small or empty corporations — or simply never bothering to file for incorporation) practices of groups they seek to reform, how is that reform going to happen, then?

I know just how resistant people are to acknowledging that their “friendly” groups have engaged in similar practices to the alleged “Bad guys.”  And I also know who (specific groups) has been deliberately dumbing down, derailing and simply ignoring this data, and failing to encourage followers to even THINK about it by failing to mention it.  Meanwhile group leadership systematically uses vague, and inaccurate words to describe major concepts, when an accurate term might lead to further investigation by followers.  This practice of dumbing-down-the-dialogue is insulting.  It comes from an intent to dominate that dialogue, and publish, conference, and be recognized as subject matter experts IN that dialogue.  I find it arrogant, and essentially dishonest.  It discourages open conversations on basic issues affecting the entire country.

This practice delays others getting vital information before it’s too late in their own custody cases, laying down a trail of destruction (custody disasters), which is then used to both intimidate and solicit more followers from ongoing generations of families figuring out too late, what “family court” means for them.

The information has been there all along.  It is up to people who are tired of participation in censored dialogues to figure out how to have different ones on their own I handled this a few years ago by dissociation.  I dissociated from the “BMCC” crowd, which also cut across mutually supportive friendships.  However, sticking around for more crazymaking was not an alternative. My decision to dissociate from these conversations freed up time and energies, and resulted in what you can see on this blog; an increased understanding and awareness of system operations, and a more legitimate foundation for activism.  I also learned that even strangers  not even involved in the courts CAN comprehend, when shown, what a tax return of a major grants-getting reform group has to tell them.  I show the numbers on the tax return, sources of income, and what causes the organization is promoting. If they get major grants, and I can show it, I show that.
[end, Aug. 2014 “Intro Exhortation;”]


This post is for people following the courts and/or involved in custody matters — it sheds light on one of the more influential (I think) sources of the “doctrines” of the family law personages . . . .Consider it my “Notes” page after I discovered some off-the-track and oddball facts about some major players’ business behaviors.  It’s not outlined by priority, I switch from “teaching” to “lookups” quite a bit, and simply post, for what it’s worth… 

Anyone who still believes the courts are “broken” or keeps repeating this phrase mindlessly needs his or her head examined — which is what the courts are about anyhow — and if you don’t understand this yet, you should by the end of this post!   Too many of the substantial, mandated, and sometimes federally incentivized programs run by (really “through”) the courts, often by people employed as public civil servants in them, or in their administrative sectors (i.e., directors of “family court services,” etc.)  are driven by cult-like mentality.  If you want out of the system, I suggest also — FIRST — quit any OTHER cults you’ve joined recently with bright ideas on what’s wrong with the courts and how to fix them, and who keep you focused on personalities (of judges, mediators, etc.) and psychologies — and not on identifiable facts that YOU can study,  in accompaniment with where to find some facts that are not (like I said), “mindless repetitions” or anecdotal hearsay.  If that shoe fits, take it off, please!

The term “Families in Transition” is Jargon, and it is virtually trademarked for use in the courts.  The term comes from, it seems, ONE individual with key connections to psychoanalysis (Judith Wallerstein, who was married to Robert S. Wallerstein, also a devoted and highly placed psychoanalyst, at one time President of the International Psychoanalytic Association (“IPA”), essentially the inheritance of Sigmund Freud. 

This association, IPA, was formed shortly AFTER Sigmund Freud’s excommunication (by colleagues) for ca. 1895 presenting “the Etiology of Hysteria” and saying it related to violent sexual and physical assaults on his patients by their caretakers (often fathers or uncles, etc.) from the early 1900s).   In the 1950s, “The Origins of Psychoanalysis” incl. editor Sigmund’s daughter Anna) apparently included censorship of how Freud viewed his own “about-face” after being cold-shouldered by his colleagues.  In the 1980s a man was given access to the Freud Archives and wrote about this, in the interest of speaking the truth, and was again could-shouldered, and taken off the archives also.

For more, see March 5, 2014 postSuppose I’m Right Here ….What Would You Do When the Lights go on?” Seeing the Wallerstein-Wallerstein connection, and the consistent practice of re-framing reality (truths about person-to-person violence, including parent to child, man to woman, and vice versa), and the origins of the fields of psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, get it? the “Psyche” field in general  having been introduced as the bedrock formula for the conception of “FAMILY” and the “FAMILY COURTS,” a logical deduction is that those courts are also essentially — not “tangentially” —  crooked.

So, how can that “crooked” be cleaned up?  Can it?  Does the propagation of truth versus the propagation of the coverup of the (often ugly) truth matter, or not?  If it does not matter, how can calling something “justice” be applied on top of that foundation?

THIS post looks at the corporate behaviors, and forming of multiple businesses with similar names based on this one phrase, and how these corporations managed their own finances, filings, and accountability to the State.  The track record is pitiful — it’s a slap in the face to the public from people who wish to direct the masses into their expert counseling and interpretations of reality. Seeing the business filings is a wake-up call.  Failing to see them is like sleepwalking, a semiconscious and suggestible (?) condition in which civil, legal, and personal freedoms get compromised.

As a survivor of marital violence that was heading for homicide until I got out, I am well aware of how this passive, collective, communal “I see but it’s not my responsibility” state in any neighborhood or community invites violence and tyranny; including the economic controls and legal constraints that hinder people getting away from it, with small or growing children.

At the end of the “What Would You Do When the Lights go On?” post, I wrote:

SUPPOSE [SUPPOSITION #1] the bedrock elements of:

1. the Founding Families [and their bedrock principles & practices, literally the origins] of: AFCC (Conciliation Court model) Meyer Elkin, Stanley Cohen, Judith Wallerstein, Joan B Kelly, Janet Johnston, et. al.


2.  the Founding Families [and their bedrock principles & practices, literally the origins] of: the primary professions whose names begin with the four letters “PSYCH” (particularly PSYCHOANALYSIS), including among some of the most respected and decorated and published:  MD’s, Ph.D’s, Psy.D’s at some of the most respected and influential Universities in the USA.  Nationwide (US) and actually now internationally,


both of them individually and together, essentially (in their essence, fundamentally, expressed most concisely) about two things:


1.   “An Assault on the Truth,” (see my “Stunning Validation of Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson” post of Feb. 5, 2013), meaning, a conscious and deliberate attempt by associated professionals to cover up, reframe and rename the primary traumatic experiences of violent physical and sexual assaults upon minor children by their caretakers; and of men upon women, particularly after the 1970s and 1980s when women began to find through separation, an escape from enduring it.##



In-bred, inter-related, overlapping, self-referencing, common belief systems, simply different FUNCTIONS in service of the same goals, collectively.

AGAIN: [WHO: 1. the Founding families of AFCC-crowd and 2. Founding Families of the psycho-crowd (psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, psychodyamics — “PSYCH” get it?)

See that post for the overview.  The ascendancy of AFCC and the family courts was indeed accelerated in the last half of the 1900s; AFCC’s own literature takes credit for this and dates the organization back to 1963, although technically speaking (as to business incorporation and business entities) this is a lie; they have been “outed” in the late 1990s and again are now being outed as tax cheats:  private conflict-of-interest professionals working without filing with the state for incorporation properly, and staying so incorporated right from the courthouses.  This has been known in many circles for a while, but minimized in most circles for too long.  In fact, that characteristic should really be added as Quality #3:


3.  through multiple overlapping, sometimes conflicting, sometimes simply “M.I.A.”** business entities, a comprehensive and expanding network of tax-dodging, “in-&-out”

(meaning, legitimately registered, incorporated, but non-filing; when the state or IRS catches up, the group quickly shifts the money to a similar, but not identical organization. Or engaging — regularly — in similar subterranean and deceptive tactics)

tax-exempt corporations, actually run by privately-associated people, often taking government grants (or, contracts) profiting through sheer numbers and over time, ever-rotating organization entities and names, functioning as a form of governmentally legitimized, well, public/private (govt/corporate) RICO (racketeering).

One thing it seems they can count on — public accounting illiteracy; little to no genuine monitoring and oversight (especially by the public)

**”Missing In Action”

Quality #3 added 12/2015. I have been seeing this, consistently, through repeated “drill-downs” on specific, coordinated organizations and foundations…  Note:  This all says “Suppose I’m right…” which is my free-speech qualifier… Did I say it’s all this form of RICO?  No.  However, I do notice certain qualities, summarized above, in specific situations, and organizations. I do notice what doesn’t look right — at all, or by a long shot.  Unfortunately, there aren’t a whole lot of people to discuss this with.   

JARGON:  “Families in Transition” is in conflict with the concept of individuals who by free choice commit crimes against other individuals within the family.

It is one way of viewing a situation which is in conflict with another way of viewing the same situation.

It frames certain problems as “Family” when the concept of prosecution and consequences for criminal behavior as being against the best interests of the public (i.e., when the State prosecutes an individual for commission of a crime).

Hence the introduction of linguistic confusion what’s legal and illegal (right vs. wrong for the public) deliberately creates a mental, reasoning conflict, which is inherently irreconcilable (like some marriages, as of about 1970 forward, “irreconcilable differences”).

This “irreconcilable difference” is a LANGUAGE CONFUSION which, when introduced throughout the court systems, calls for “bring on the experts” who (or such is the rationalization/philosophy) can better tell right from wrong.  It creates a landing place, or if you will, a business referral mechanism for the behavioral health experts, and validates into law {{or administratively//LGH 2018 comment}} by the creation of courtrooms and extensive services (with all the administrative overhead and related jobs, materials, training, publications, public relations, etc. ).  I call this the “cult of the experts,” and notice many qualities which correspond to a religious priesthood of the initiated, and the attempt to exclude normal people who haven’t bought into this system, from positions of responsibility.

The term “Families in Transition” if you google it, is clearly big business — in the divorce industry, child abuse industry, and counseling industry — if you’re in those industries.  For those of us who are (on the flip side) dealing with divorce, or child abuse, or as it were domestic violence issues (which will be translated in “Conciliation” court as a situation needing more psycho-educational courses), sooner or later everyone’s head is going to need professional examination (depending on the money in the family, or if the families could kindly provide their Title IV-A,B,C,D program qualification information (and SS#s), please…..

I was browsing the TAGG.hhs.gov database (just listing the recipients for the whole state) and got about as far as “C” in shock at how many lacked the (required, incidentally) DUNS# identifier for people doing business (grant OR contract) with the US Government.  It’s like an EIN# for an organization — Dun & Bradstreet Identifier; it serves as a lookup field also.   And guess who got a nice grant in 1995 — but perhaps** had no DUNS#?


Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards

UPDATE Jan. 2018 — HHS database changed, so that TAGGS link no longer works.  However, the same total amount shows if an “Advanced” (or “Basic”) search is done.  This saved search on the organization leads to the updated TAGGS.HHS.gov version of the next (replacement) image.  Note:  This center claims to have started in 1980, but TAGGS.HHS.Gov data only goes back to about 1994, 1995 (maximum).  Previous funding could have occured, although as you can see, the grant isn’t that large.  **ALSO, no DUNS# is showing, which may be a factor of the database, or of the organization not having obtained one.  This time I did an “Advanced” search so there are two rows, but (here) the same total.

Ctr for the Family in Transition, Jan. 2018 TAGGS.HHS.gov “advanced search” (selecting certain fields=column headings for results) shows same total, in two installmts. This TAGGS-generated (tinyurl) link saves the search specs, not the data. Note:  TAGGS data, generally, doesn’t go back before 1994 or 1995; so there may or may not have been previous HHS funding.  HRSA = Human Resources and Service Administration, one of EIGHT agencies under Public Health Service.

So, given how loud the mouths (publications, conferences, pronouncements, etc.) of this particular group — and how it is very much interested in parental alienation and sexual abuse “allegations” during the divorce process — I figured I’d keep looking.  For one, the amount of grant they got in 1995 (below) doens’t show up on a tax return — and as it turns out, they are somehow not earning enough money to even merit filing a 990 at all!  (Under $25K/year).  I don’t quite see how having received about $90K in HHS grants on a particular year (1995) would merit being “under $25K” — but then this is a strange world we live in.

Someone ought to Trademark the phrase “Families In Transition” !!

Please search the phrase “Families in Transition” and just see how in many states and sometimes even courts these have been set up.   No longer are individuals divorcing, or leaving abuse or violence — it’s a Family, In Transition (group identity counts, individual rights count less is the AFCC/Behavioral Health model…).  Also be reminded (see my “vital info pages”) that behind the marriage/family collective federal push ALSO stands a worldwide universal cult called The Unification Church; yes it is (I was shocked too); I’ve documented many connections.  Or, just look up Danny K. Davis crowning Rev. Moon in the Senate Dirksen building (ermine decked red robe, crown, procession & all!!) AND pushing responsible fatherhood…. Or look up “Bento Leal” of “California Healthy Marriages Coalition.”  These are related.  No more individual rights!   It’s GroupThink — which the proponents of this philosophy also tend to exhibit as well.

In other words, the worldview (framework) is not to be challenged.  That’s one reason they need constant “psycho-educational” classes (for indoctrination, and for some nice profits too).  The word “cult” applies — just because it’s run through government offices doesn’t mean it’s not a cult! !!!


…outfits… are Practice Groups.  They are Non-profits.  They are Court-ordered seminars.  Sometimes, perhaps all three, but they are also nationwide.  (Thanks to the marvel of communication called “internet” and things called conferences, plus nonprofit trade associations, like the AFCC, APA, ABA, and so forth)….  EXAMPLES:


“She is the founder of Families In Transition, Inc. (FIT), a comprehensive psychology practice offering a wide range of clinical, advocacy, and conflict resolution 


Families In Transition is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. You can help support our efforts by making a tax-deductible donation securely through PayPal.

Here’s one from Massachusetts that does deal with the Divorce Issue (and is for this purpose):

The purpose of the corporation is to engage in the following business activities:


Entity Name Identification Number Old Identification Number Principal Office
Address, City, State, Zip, Country

from Maryland (I’m not checking out which are family court related and which are not):

[Next set of text; some formatting was lost.  Search repeated during format cleanup, Jan. 2018//LGH.  Why bother: I am quoting another author, involved in designing (with two others) the Kids Turn (San Francisco, 1987-incorporated) parenting curriculum, which is court-referred and mandated (both parents pay fees), Dorothy S. Huntington, PhD (in what, unclear currently), whose 1984? testimony before the UN CRC on parental abductions in the context of divorce, and parental abduction also as a form of child abuse, which excerpt clearly states that the study was a funded (by two foundations, one giant one (James Irvine Foundation, total gross assets in FYE2014 over $2 Billion, per “990finder.foundationcenter.org” where I typically look up tax returns) and a smaller, private (files 990PFs) “Morris Stulsaft Foundation,” Morris Stulsaft having been (he died in fall, 1965) a California real estate developer.  As was the company and individuals (primarily) behind the James Irvine Foundation // Irvine Company in the State of California.)

I’m working on the page with this information, it should be out soon….The connection back to this post was that Huntington’s report stated clearly she was Program Director” on The Center for the Family in Transition referenced in my 9/22/2012 (original publ. date) post here..

..Meanwhile here, I’ll repeat this search for Maryland’s “DAT” (business entities search) in 2018; results may be different, but they at least will be easier to view! //LGH Jan. 16, 2018]

Main “DAT” website, you’d click on “Business Entity Search, then enter a name or Dept. ID# if you have one.

Maryland’s DAT courteously lets people (esp. those who may be filing reports) know it’s undergoing some update, and when it’ll be over…Search site still worked, though.

Click image to enlarge.  Under Dept. IDs, D = domestic, T = Tradename, I DNR what “L” means. Each of these has a filing history which can be looked up (and I did, but see no need to post here). //LGH 2018 update

Resuming the older version of the post



The Families in Transition Seminar is a court ordered educational program for parties involved in divorce, separate maintenance, paternity, change of custody, …

(the same idea, only in Georgia)

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Get the general idea? Psychologists (and to a good deal, lawyers also) tend to be herd animals — they either follow or attempt to develop a following.  Expertise likes company, right?  And the more people that say something a certain way, the likelier that is to be true, upright, and good — right???  If an idea ain’t broke, why fix it til there’s a (professional trade association) consensus that it’s bad (i.e., curtailing business opportunities)??

(California Charities search on this phrase comes up with 5 organizations):

(the first search results weren’t actually this crew; maybe they borrowed the phrase as well??)


Displaying 5 Records  {{Numbers in parentheses are “EIN#s” which are searchable on other websites, and on California OAG’s “Charitable registry search” Verification page, shown below}}
UPLANDCA 91784 ==== (Human services // counseling)
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION OF BENICIA INC (943152270) =  halfway houses for offenders and ex-offenders.  Formed 1992…. one 990 (2010) shows up.
SANTA CRUZCA 95060 = helps families at risk of homelessness, ruling 1992, filing 990s
PALO ALTOCA 94301   = formed 1994, no 990s found, temporary housing

Using (same Office of Attorney General’s site) the “registry search” and not “Charity Research Tool” we see that of these 5 above (or actually, here six show up) the only one actually active now is the Santa Cruz one.  It also seems to be getting a lot of federal and city/county support as well, plus Lucille Packard, etc.    (Registry Search Tool)  (==> that Verification link copied again 2018; searches these days pull up more fields, incl. that EIN#):

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION Charity Not Registered LOS ANGELES CA Charity Registration Charity
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION – PENINSULA 094657 Charity Dissolved EAST PALO ALTO CA Charity Registration Charity
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION COMMUNITY SERVICES Charity Not Registered UPLAND CA Charity Registration Charity
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION OF BENICIA 083349 Charity Delinquent BENICIA CA Charity Registration Charity
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, INC. 087309 Charity Current WATSONVILLE CA Charity Registration Charity
FAMILIES IN TRANSITION SERVICES INC. Charity Not Registered MORENO VALLEY CA Charity Registration Charity


None of these above, all “FAMILIES” (plural) in transition seem to indicate they are calling divorce a crisis that needs crisis intervention…  homelessness, yes — hunger (food banks), yes; places for ex-offenders to live, yes.  So it seems that here (as sometimes in other terms picked up by the family court professionals) the phrase wasn’t really even an original one. Or a commonly used phrase was deliberately chosen.


The same search in SINGULAR comes up with three different EIN#s and locations for the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition:  (huh?) (bulleted information I typed in…).  


[Obviously I noticed this when post was first published.  After more detailed study, since, I should say:  That’s a fiscal/financial red flag.   It may not be illegal (especially if they were slightly different in labeling, or not co-occurring, I think).  If a group like this has become or is promoted as a model for others (i.e., a business model, replicating) (another example:  the Family Justice Center’s “Camp Hope” 1, 2, and 3 — plus multiple name-changes during the life span of the nonprofit)  //LGH, Dec. 2015]]



MENLO PARK,  CA  94025-1822***
PO BOX 157
CA 94976
SAN RAFAEL,  CA  94901-0000


  • Unbelievably sloppy handwritten 2006 return!
  • Vivian Roseby, Janet Johnston & Peter Schaefer (Treasurer) on board ( 1 hr/week)
  • Ann B. Graves signed (11/15/06 for 2005 return) as “Treasurer” though is not listed with officers.
  • “Individual counseling and group counseling for children in high risk or violent situations, training prof. & the public in high risk conflict”

It looks like the person filling out the form is just barely able to write.  For such high-profile, published professionals, this is unbelievable quality 990 form… (Vivian Roseby has a Ph.D. )



Now the c/o Cheryl is confusing, as this same Cheryl has a practice (per the web) at the San Rafael

PO BOX 157
CORTE MADERA,  CA  94976-0157
Available 990s
Year IRS Process Date Form Type Assets
2004 11/16/2005 990EZ Initial Return $0
2003 02/16/2005 990EZ Initial Return $0
2002 11/07/2003 990EZ Initial Return $0
ERI Economic Res

OK, the return for 2002 (click on “2003”) is completely empty except for the title & address and a signature by — get this — Ann B. Graves (10/2003) again.  The completely blank 2003 (click on “2005”) one was again signed by Ms. Graves “Financial Manager,” on 2/1/2005, received 2/7/05 (per stamp) and is completely blank, again.  No officers, no activities, ca. $4k revenues.

They do a “Modified Accrual” form of accounting…..


AND — what’s an ALIAS for this EIN# is a Secretary of State legitimate Corporation name for the one in San Rafael!!   Do you get the general idea that someone is trying to cover the tracks, and associations — and why are they all named after  Wallerstein, HUH??  In the year 2000, Dr. Judith Wallerstein was 78 years old ….  is this a cult, or what?

#4 SAN RAFAEL  (see Secretary of State Incorporation Address -this one matches) says ruling date 1996.  Because this is starting to look so ODD, I’m just copying the information from California Charity Search Tool on that EIN# right here:  They have no assets, either…. Notice all the Aliases (mentioned later in the post; there was some discussion of the players on a yahoo group of protective parents…)

Also, it’s “E” street, not “F” street, actually at least elsewhere….

 Address  (EIN# 680380522)
700 F ST STE 201
SAN RAFAEL,  CA  94901-0000
Available 990s
Year IRS Process Date Form Type Assets
2005 12/14/2006 990EZ Initial Return $0
2004 11/18/2005 990EZ Initial Return $0
2003 02/16/2005 990EZ Initial Return $0
2003 11/19/2004 990EZ Initial Return $0
2002 11/25/2003 990EZ Initial Return $0
2001 03/26/2003 990EZ Initial Return $0

(Quick comments re: quick-look at some of the Returns there):

  • 2001 990 there is missing its face sheets !!  but income was enough to file (over $25K).  The 2002 is filed under an alias (Bay Area Family in Transition), is typed, and has three different board members:
  • C. Clay Greene, Deborah Resinkoff, and Cheryl Vander Wall (not “Waal”) and shows $9,649 program service revenue and $34,989 contributions.  Their “program service accomplishment” was:
  • Clinical service:  Education regarding the needs of children & their families as the(sic) undergo treatment in the family unit.”
  • Education to whom, what kind of “treatment”?  “The family unit” when the field is custody & divorce?
  • Professional fees”  $37,440 which on page one = $35,272 to contractors (who — their buddies??) and $2,168 other (misc. expense)…
  • They are somehow operating at a small loss, even though their “Gross Receipts” for the past few years show as always larger than their contributions….Part IV-A, Lines 15 & 17)

I fail to see why this should be a nonprofit, other than to write off returns, or enable “donations” to produce fees to the professionals, i.e., referral business for less than honest purposes during a custody proceeding.

Searching “Resnikoff” with Wallerstein, introducing “PEP.org” a British/US alliance to continue promoting Freud and Friends across the decades and “across the pond,” and the planet..

Deborah “Resinkoff” (it should be ResNIkoff) has published alongside Wallerstein; both seem to prefer the anecdotal presentation:  This dates to 1997, and was found under “The International Journal of Psychoanalysis”

http://www.p-e-p.org/ = “Psychoanalytical Electronic Publishing.”

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing

Wallerstein, J., Resnikoff, D. (1997). Parental Divorce And Developmental Progression: An… Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 78:135-154.

International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

Parental Divorce And Developmental Progression: An Inquiry Into Their Relationship

Judith Wallerstein and Deborah ResnikoffAuthor Information

The authors argue that the patterning of conscious and unconscious needs, wishes, and expectations that parents and children bring to each other is often profoundly altered under the impact of divorce and the parents’ subsequent adult relationships.These changes, which are inherent in the divorce experience, have the power to modify significantly or derail the young child‘s developmental course. Clinical observations from an ongoing longitudinal research project show striking changes in the child‘s image of his parents, as portrayed here in the vivid play and fantasy of a psychologically sturdy child, concurrent with psychological changes in both parents and in their parenting.** A follow-up, twelve years later, is reported. The authors suggest that the stable parenting of this child‘s first three years represented an internalised template of good relationships, which enabled him, despite the father‘s subsequent abandonment, the mother‘s grave acting out and the stepfather’s rejection, to turn away from his disappointment in his parents, to wrest what was available from school, friends and others, and to propel himself forward at each point to the next developmental stage, moving increasingly away from his family towards independence and competence. The consistency of the child‘s inner life and integrity is contrasted with the depression of his parents and the instability of their parenting.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

[My Dec. 2015 commentary] The authors apparently have a label for almost every involved party except (themselves,) the courts, the financial stability or instability involved (also affected by the courts:  Child support, spousal, support, etc.) and no mention is made in the abstract whether or any violent or abusive behavior was — or was not — at play in the relationships.  The first three years of the child’s life (and “parenting / good relationships” during those years) are given credit for enabling this (male) child to separate from all the bad people — mother, father, stepfather — and do the right thing, engage with non-family, non-parents instead.  The passage, from my perspective, knowing what parents are going through these days — including threats of abduction / kidnapping (or that actual event), being forced to co-parent with violent partners with or without criminal history, supervised visitation and forced reunifications, sometimes overnight radical disruption of the child/parent relationship without foundation by the courts themselves (or the other parent) — is dripping with condescension and the psychological filter as applied by those comfortable with it, to concrete, real-life situations.   “The consistency of the child’s inner life” — which the writers, presumably, know about..over (apparently) periodic, longitudinal, interviews or questionnaires over the 12-year span.

~ ~ ~ P-EP (where this was published)– is a nonprofit, interesting indicator of how they psychoanalytic professions maintain themselves.  Interesting founder of this one, too:

Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, Inc., or PEP, is a Not-for-Profit 501C-3 public charity registered in the State of Delaware. PEP’s mission is to further psychoanalytic scholarship, research and outreach through the promotion of its literature.

[DISCUSSION of this nonprofit as typical of the ongoing, relentless propagation of psychoanalysis (roughly translated as “Freud, although Freud’s life spanned the 19th-20th centuries, he died in 1939, and we’re now into the 21st..)  IMPORTANT, and CURRENT, ENOUGH TO BE REMOVED TO SEPARATE POST.  And that organization is registered in Delaware, but located in California (per its IRS returns) with no indication on those returns of its legal domicile — and no presence as a charity OR business entity — that I can see — in California.]

Well maybe, but more to the point, is it, meaning, ….

Address  (EIN# 680380522)
700 F ST STE 201
SAN RAFAEL,  CA  94901-0000

incorporated and filing its taxes, and if a nonprofit, its 990s..?


Here’s a typical (?) example from Orange County, California called “Families in Transition” that may help explain why so many counselors (Psy.D.’s, LMFT’s) are so interested in this phrase:

Families in Transition

Jorge F. Galindo, MFT
Amy Stark, Ph.D.
Miriam galindo, Psy. D.
(714) 547-1456

Our Goal:

Helping the Legal Profession With Psychological Solutions

Reunification Groups

Phase One: Psychoeducational Group for both parents

  • Time: 4 Weeks
  • Cost: $250
  • Registration Fee: $60
  • By stipulation or court order

Phase Two: Individualized reunification services

  • Cost: Hourly rate
  • By stipulation or court order

Phase Three: Anger management group 

Families in Transition Group

Jorge Galindo, MFT

Jorge Galindo is a certified psychoanalyst and licensed psychotherapist who specialized in individual, family, and adolescent psychology. He has extensive experience with court-referred cases involving child-custody. He is a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Orange County.

Amy Stark, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Stark is a licensed psychologist who specializes in child custody and 730 evaluations. She has extensive experience in the area of child abuse treatment. She has worked as a child specialist for over 30 years. She is on the Orange County Superior Court panel of approved evaluators.

Miriam Galindo, Psy. D.

Dr. Galindo is a licensed psychologist, licensed social worker, and registered child play therapist. She is on the Orange County Superior Court list of approved evaluators. She has worked wtih at-risk children and families for the past 21 years.

– – – – –

Ever heard of “Judith Wallerstein” and “The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce”?  or, if you follow family court stuff, you may have heard of her influential “Center for the Family in Transition” in Northern California.  Along with Joan Berlin Kelly and several others, this is a fairly influential names in the development (a.k.a. expansion) of the family court system.

Wallerstein on Divorce

IDEAS – By ELISABETH BUMILLER, December 16, 2000, New York Times

. . . For 20 years, Ms. Wallerstein, now 78, has been the grandmother of an evolving view that divorce is more harmful to children than anyone thought. Divorce may liberate parents, she says, but it traps their sons and daughters for years: “It’s a river they’ve got to cross that other kids don’t have. And they’ve got to find how they do it. They’re going to ford that river, or build a bridge over it, or learn to swim… or drown.”

The “For 20 years” may very possibly refer to when “The Center for Families in Transition” was incorporated in California — i.e., 1980.  

David Blankenhorn, a supporter of Ms. Wallerstein and the president of the Institute for American Values, a New York organization that researches family issues, argues that the debate may have something to do with people who use different methods of research: quantitative in the case of Mr. Cherlin, and qualitative in the case of Ms. Wallerstein. “You’re talking about two different disciplines,” said Mr. Blankenhorn, who favors what he calls the reform of no- fault divorce and supports the strict covenant marriage laws enacted in Arizona and Louisiana.

If you read my blog, you should know quite a bit about Mr. Blankenhorn, the “IAV” and the National Fatherhood Initiative, etc.    That is kind of his “thang.” . . . . For example meeting with high-level officials at public expense in order to strategize how to get rid of no-fault divorce, thereby rescuing all the children (as in Kansas not too long ago; a recent post has the link, pale-blue background, in a three-point explanation of “TANF”)

Mr. Cherlin, a sociologist, has studied the records of thousands of children, while Ms. Wallerstein, a psychologist, has intensively interviewed a much smaller group. (She says she has also interviewed thousands of others at her Center for the Family in Transition in Corte Madera, Calif., whose stories are not included in her book.)

Which is the topic of this post. I found them without an identifying DUNS# getting a $90,000 HHS grant — see below — but their tax returns (assuming the same organization) show no income over $25K, plus this one in particular.

“She wasn’t looking for symptom lists, she was actually talking to people about their lives,” Mr. Blankenhorn said. “It sounds like a simple little thing, but on the other hand, at the dawn of the divorce revolution, Judy Wallerstein alone said: `I’m going to talk to the children. I’m going to watch them grow up.’ ”

Ms. Wallerstein readily says that her interest in the study of children and loss comes from her own family history. Her father, a director of Jewish community centers, died of Hodgkin’s disease in New York City when she was 8, in an era when death was rarely discussed with children. “I knew he was sick, but I didn’t know he was very sick,” Ms. Wallerstein said. Her mother, who had emigrated as a child from Russia, never told her that her father was in the hospital. Since he traveled a great deal, Ms. Wallerstein said, she wasn’t curious about his absence. His death came as a shock. As was also the custom for children, she did not go to the funeral.

Well, today, I had an Unexpected Legacy of Curiosity about TAGGS, and found out some interesting information on who is sponsoring some of the publications from this famous center — again, because I look at tax returns (where available) and corporate records. 

This month and last Ms. Wallerstein engaged in a particularly bitter exchange in the pages of The Nation with the columnist Katha Pollitt, who called her work “pseudoscience,” criticized her for using composite characters (she does) and pointed out that “every five years her warnings about the dire effects of divorce on children make the headlines, the covers and the talk shows.”

That has clearly been the case this season, with little let-up in sight. Ms. Wallerstein’s new book, “The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 25-Year Landmark Study,” written with Julia Lewis and Sandra Blakeslee, a regular contributor to The New York Times, has landed her on Oprah (twice), on the cover of Time and on radio call-in shows across America. The bad news about divorce is big news, especially when delivered by someone as savvy and quotable as Ms. Wallerstein.

Ms. Wallerstein’s central thesis, drawn from 93 of an original 131 children she has interviewed over the last quarter-century in Marin County, California

I finally decided to just print an alpha list of the TAGGS.hhs.gov coming to my state — all years, all recipients, and scan for how many had no DUNS#, had thirteen different spellings of the grantee name (i.e., the name search field being unusable for pulling up such grants), or otherwise caught my beady little eye.  Of course “The Center for the Family in Transition” having no DUNS# — and I knew the significance of this one — immediately did so.   Who in the Family Law Field (other than those who are following certain professionals who believe “PAS” descended on the brains of family law judges without any intermediary organization, such as AFCC) does not know some of these names?

  • Judith Wallerstein
  • Janet R. Johnston
  • etc.

Wallerstein & Kelly just about helped set up the field, at least in (and from) California.  So here we are:

You see that BLANK square right before the $$ amount?  It’s supposed to have a DUNS# in it; many TAGGS grants don’t, but they should — everyone dealing with the federal government (by grant or contract) is supposed to have such.  MOREOVER — that’s not the real name of the company, if I can keep this straight. (where I put the “@@@”)

Address: 5725 PARADISE DR BLDG B #300 CORTE MADERA, CA 94925
Country Name: United States of America
County Name: MARIN
HHS Region: 9
Type: Other Social Services Organization
Class: Non-Profit Private Non-Government Organizations



1995 — three small (well, increasingly larger) grants in one quarter, year, 1995, on guess what topic?

Suite 100 here is part of the  “GGRC.org” (Golden Gate Regional Center for Families with Disability)

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Yr of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date DUNS # Amount This Action
1995 MCJ060616  INFANTS AFTER DIVORCE: OVERNIGHT VISITATION 04 000 HRSA 06-07-1995 $ 69,900 
1995 MCJ060616  INFANTS AFTER DIVORCE: OVERNIGHT VISITATION 01 001 HRSA 04-13-1995 $ 13,552 
1995 MCJ060616  INFANTS AFTER DIVORCE: OVERNIGHT VISITATION 03 001 HRSA 03-15-1995 $ 7,541 
Fiscal Year 1995 Total: $ 90,993


Progr Office Grantee Name Grantee Type Action Issue


CFDA# CFDA Program Name Award Class Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator DUNS Number** Sum of Actions
MCHB CENTER FOR THE FAMILY IN TRANSITION Other Social Services Organization 03/15/


MCHB CENTER FOR THE FAMILY IN TRANSITION Other Social Services Organization 04/13/


MCHB CENTER FOR THE FAMILY IN TRANSITION Other Social Services Organization 06/07/



**2017Dec25 update (I was condensing Sticky Post lead-in sections on the blog); DUNS were apparently blank here.  It was tricky when post was written to condense sometimes very wide TAGGS search results (reports with many columns as you see) on to the blog format.  It apears that some column definitions for some line items are missing, which would’ve produced that blank “DUNS#” column, and that the “Summary of Award” column with the $$ moved into their place (collapsed horizontally). 

What concerns me more is that clicking on this older, 1995 link, does lead to TAGGS, and to this organization — but now shows as “blank,” meaning older data from TAGGS has been either moved, or REmoved. In the interim (between when this was put into a post and now, and probably after at least late 2013) the entire user interface with TAGGS.HHS.Gov was restructured, making it simultaneously both more flexible (columns can be sorted, for example) and INflexible (some sort options have been removed, as has the ability under “Advanced” search to view more than 25 rows (award actions) per page — not a big deal with small organizations, but a very big deal on larger organizations or wider searches, such as by grant type.  //LGH 12/25/2017

(The entire amount was $90K.  Searchable at the same site — click any link in the table above).

Look at this particular series of grants, with this one being the only “Other Social Services Organization” (although it’s a nonprofit, plain and simple) involved.  Most do NOT have DUNS#, and the principal investigators’ degrees are put in there, I guess to make it better, or because for the first three years of TAGGS, no data entry clerk figured out that a title is not a last name?

(This is a search for similarly-numbered HHS Grants.  The “Center’s” was


So I just searched “MCJ060”  (the above grant# minus a few digits), and of course selecting certain columns.  This is an “Advanced” search at TAGGS.hhs.gov…

Progrm Office Grantee Name Grantee Type Award Number Action Issue Date CFDA
Award Action Type Principal Investigator DUNS#
Sum of Actions
MCHB CENTER FOR THE FAMILY IN TRANSITION Other Social Services Organization MCJ060616 06/07/1995 93110 COMPETING CONTINUATION JUDITH A. SOLOMON PHD   $ 69,900
MCHB CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF LOS ANGELES Supplier Organizations ( Service, Supplies, Material and Equipment ) MCJ060570 11/29/1994 93110 ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) EDWARD GOMPERTS MD $ 0
MCHB CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF LOS ANGELES Supplier Organizations ( Service, Supplies, Material and Equipment ) MCJ060570 02/28/1995 93110 EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS EDWARD GOMPERTS MD $ 0
MCHB KAISER FOUNDATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory MCJ060803 02/15/1995 93110 NEW GABRIEL J. ESCOBAR MD 809825461 $ 52,249
MCHB KAISER FOUNDATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory MCJ060803 03/18/1996 93110 NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION GABRIEL J. ESCOBAR MD 809825461 $ 101,450
MCHB KAISER FOUNDATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE Research Institution, Foundation and Laboratory MCJ060838 09/16/1997 93110 NEW TRACY LIEU 809825461 $ 230,792
MCHB UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES Junior College, College & University MCJ060839 09/05/1997 93110 NEW MARGARET STUBER MD $ 156,589
MCHB UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN FRANCISCO Junior College, College & University MCJ060702 01/01/1997 93110 NEW JEANNE TSCHANN PHD $ 284,404
MCHB UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Junior College, College & University MCJ060799 03/04/1997 93110 NEW CHERYL MATTINGLY BA, MA $ 195,670

So, who is Judith A. Solomon, Ph.D.? —> A Clinical Psychologist, what else?

Two Cribs: Bad for Baby? from “Psychology Today”

Sleeping in two homes may cause babies to have difficulties establishing secure parental attachments.
By Anne Becker, published on July 01, 2003 – last reviewed on May 22, 2008

Kids love musical chairs, but musical beds? Not so much, according to a study on infants of separated parents.

Babies who live with one of their parents and spend nights with the other have difficulty establishing secure parental attachments, says Carol George, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., and Judith Solomon, Ph.D., of the Early Childhood Mental Health Program in Richmond, Calif.

Someone figured out long ago it was OK to perform experiments involving children’s emotions and psyches (and their parents) for great academic purposes…and career-builders.  Notice, both were PhDs.   During this update I looked up Dr. George.  She’s on Sabbatical from Mills:  (“http://www.mills.edu/academics/faculty/psyc/george/george.php“)

Once a psychologist, always a psychologist?  Probably not — but look at the degree progression, starting with a BA in Psychology from USC in 1974 (note:  all part of the State of California’s higher-education system, and as such, actually part of government itself).


  • PhD, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
  • MA, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley,1979
  • BA, Psychology, University of Southern California, 1974

I found a C.V. (showing full name, Caroline C. Yez George, Ph.D.)  Unbelievable.  Anyhow, while this was going on (click to see), I was — within literally about four blocks only — in the 1990s, and as a mother of young children, experiencing domestic violence (assault AND battery) over many years; basically the marriage was a survival-mode situation. Well, to each their own…. No help from this quarter at those times.   From one section of the CV (showing “Wallerstein” notice the years and the associations involved, the contexts — Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Paris-France, …)

  • Solomon, J., George, C., & Wallerstein, J. (1995, March).The development of attachment in
  • separated and divorced families. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for
  • Research in Child Development. Indianapolis, IN. Solomon, J., & George, C. (1994, August). Disorganization of maternal caregiving strategies: An
  • attachment approach to role reversal. Paper presented at the meeting for the American Psychological Association. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Solomon, J., Wallerstein, J., & George, C. (1994, July). Infant-parent relationships in separated and divorced families: A first report. Paper presented at the 13th International Congress International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. San Francisco, CA.
  • Solomon, J., & George, C. (1994, June). Role reversal and the disorganized attachment system. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Infant Studies. Paris, France.
  • Young, G.H., George, C. and Tori, C.D., (1994, March). Patterns of attachment in spouse abusing men. Paper presented at the meeting of the California Psychological Association. San Francisco, CA.

AND… under Invited Master Lectures, Seminars, Interviews (from the C.V.). we see, in reverse chrono order:  Calgary, Canada, Oakland, CA, Utah State University, and the Kempe Center in Keystone, Colorado. (The organization “NACC” or “National Association of Counsel for Children” is at this center, I believe)…

• 1996, May. The disorganized attachment-caregiving system: A representational perspective of child abuse. Grand Rounds, Calgary General Hospital, Calgary, Canada.

• 1995, October. “Good-enough mothering”: An attachment theory approach to caregiving. San Francisco Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Mills College, Oakland, CA.

• 1995, June. Attachment and Caregiving. One-day workshop presented at the 12th annual conference on Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence. Utah State University. Logan, UT.

• 1994, May. Internal working models of attachment and caregiving: A representational perspective of child abuse and prevention. Key note address, 22nd Annual Child Abuse and Neglect Symposium. C. Henry Kempe National Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect. Keystone, CO.

Anyhow, from the original “Two Cribs — bad for a Baby” 2003 quote, above:

George and Solomon observed 145 babies who were separated from and reunited with their parents in a lab setting. The babies were 12 to 18 months old at the outset.

Two-thirds of the babies who lived with one of their separated parents and visited the other on an overnight basis had disorganized attachments with both parents. They could not cope with separations and reunions with parents and did not trust parents as a resource to handle stress, researchers found. Babies who lived with married parents or who had daytime visits with one separated parent did not show this behavior.

. . . Parents should start overnights on a trial basis and adjust the
length and frequency based on how well the baby is coping. Warning signs
that an overnight situation is not working out include tantrums or
problems sleeping.

If parents are having difficulty co-parenting, George suggests
consulting a developmental psychologist to advocate on the baby’s behalf,
or waiting until the baby is older to introduce overnight visiting

Apparently even in 2003, some authors didn’t realize how little choice divorcing or separated parents with any court-involvement (often follows child support involvement, or domestic violence filing for protection involvement) may actually have as to whether infants are given overnights with the formerly non-caretaking parent, i.e., typically fathers…

(on reviewing this post in 2015, I have no idea where Hovell, Ph.D., came in.. as a TAGGS principal investigator on a related? grant — see large chart above.)

Hovell, Ph.D.

Melbourne Frank Hovell

Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Phone: (858) 505-4772
Office: 9245 Sky Park Court, suite 230 San Diego, CA 92123
Office Hours:   By Appointment
Email: mhovell@projects.sdsu.edu
Professor's Portrait

  • M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California-Berkeley (1981)
  • Ph.D., Human Development/Child Psychology, University of Kansas (1976)
  • M.A., Behavior Analysis Experimental Psychology, W. Michigan University (1973)
  • B.A., General Psychology, San Francisco State University (1972)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations:

  • NIH study section; UCSD Cancer Center; Joint Ph.D. Programs

Scholarly Areas:

I focus on studies of the etiology of health-related behavior following the Behavioral Ecological Model. This includes studies of classic risk practices, such as diet and physicial activity, as well as studies of clinicans’ service delivery. It also addresses means by which the influence of and change in culture can be achieved to establish healthy practices in whole populations.


Dr. Hovell holds a PhD in Child Psychology and Human Development with specialization in adolescent development from the University of Kansas and a postdoctoral MPH in Social Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Hovell is the former and founding Head of the Division of Health Promotion.


The other PhD — Jeanne Tschann, is in Psychiatry (UC Santa Cruz) and I note has published alongside Janet Johnston et. al in American Orthopsychiatry on parental conflict etc. (as far back as 1989):

ONGOING POSTDIVORCE CONFLICT: Effects on Children of Joint Custody and Frequent Access

  1. Janet R. Johnston Ph.D.*,
  2. Marsha Kline Ph.D,
  3. Jeanne M. Tschann Ph.D.

Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb02748.x

I believe Dr. Marsha Kline later married “Pruett” and now they are a fatherhood promotional dyad on the East Coast… at “marshapruett.com”   {{and is also “AFCC”  — see listing of past board members on the website}}

Hello. These web pages provide information about the consulting and professional mental health services Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett offers as a licensed clinical psychologist. Trained in child and adult psychotherapy, couples and family counseling, mediation, collaborative divorce, and models of consultation for schools and organizations, most of Dr. Pruett’s current work pertains to parental separation and divorce, child adjustment, and father involvement.

Dr. Pruett offers speaking engagements for professional and lay audiences on various topics related to child and family development, often based on data from her award-winning family law research.

Curriculum Vitae (pdf) Download

Dr. Kline Pruett works with

  • Individuals, Couples and Families Involved in Custody and Family Law Disputes
  • Attorneys, Judges, Policymakers, and Researchers

i.e., she’s an AFCC cult member if not actually enrolled in the organization….  

  1. Marsha Kline Pruett – Smith College: School for Social Work www.smith.edu/ssw/faculty_pruett.php

    Marsha Pruettjoined the Smith faculty from the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Her interests focus on family relationships and 

  2. Dr Marsha Kline PruettThe Maconda Brown O’Connor Chair in Research at the Smith School of Social Work. She has a Master’s degree in education from the 

Those who know the name Janet R. Johnston (well-known AFCC person, Lundy Bancroft has taken her on for minimizing evidence domestic violence and child abuse, I think she has been AFCC Board).  See why one does street address searches?

This Springer Publications PDF has an intro paragraph with its lead author, Janet Johnston described as spending “three decades” at the center below.  Please review and see her collaboration with Roseby & Kathryn Kuehnle (of Florida) specializing in sexual abuse “allegations” of children // traumatized children.  The word “high-conflict” (code for “AFCC” for the uninformed) is used 27 times; “allegations” 4.   “A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH TO HELPING CHILDREN OF CONFLICTED AND VIOLENT DIVORCE.” 2nd ed., 2009.   It deals with alienation, abduction and of course sexual abuse ALLEGATIONS.   

No DUNS?  — I  clicked on the Grantee — as “this phrase is associated with AFCC terminology, i.e. “Families in Transition.”). A corporation search (California) for this name exactly brought up the 1980 group, currently at 700 E Street #201, San Rafael, CA (Marin County) registered agent Cheryl Vander Waal:

Entity Number: C0977183
Date Filed: 03/07/1980
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 700 E ST.., STE. 201
Entity City, State, Zip: SAN RAFAEL CA 94901
Agent for Service of Process: CHERYL VANDER WAAL
Agent Address: 700 E ST., STE. 201
Agent City, State, Zip: SAN RAFAEL CA 94901

This Judith Wallerstein Center address is not at 700E Street #3201 San Rafael, and I don’t see any evidence that it ever was.  This is Cheryl Vander Waal’s office, still:

Cheryl Vander Waal Clinical Social Work/Therapist , LCSW

700 E Street
Suite 201
San Rafael,  California  94901 

Contact Information phone: (415) 237-4015  fax: (415) 331-2486

  • Years in Practice: 30+ Years
  • License No. and State: 3093 California
 Psychotherapy allows people to reach a greater level of satisfaction in their lives. Many different types of approaches can accomplish this. Some of the methods I utilize are short term interventions with the goal of improving ones coping skills, longer term insight oriented therapy to gain a better understanding of their feelings and choices, psycho educational guidance to provide “roadmaps” for some of life’s important transitions. I have come to realize that each individual’s unique experiences provide different entry points into the issues that they wish to resolve. My intent is to start where they are most comfortable and proceed from there.

I have long been involved with children of divorce, co-parenting and blended family issues. I have taught in the courts and at the college level re: these concerns. I also work with children in military families overseas where central concerns are frequent separations, loss, grief and the many transitions, which the military culture engenders.

In addition, I have worked with more serious emotional difficulties such as bi-polar illness and ongoing depression. Currently I serve as the vice-president on the Board of Directors of the Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition. I have previously served as President of the Board and the Executive Director of the same.

Fees from $70-$130/hour.

More from LinkedIn shows that basically, we have Ms. Vander Waal as a LCSW and associated with this one outfit (that, again, has no income worth reporting to the IRS basically as a nonprofit) — for 40 years  — I should be so lucky with a single degree!  I think people in this field tend to be herd animals (i.e., they like it and stick around a LONG time.  Well why not? Pay’s probably OK great social status, access to kids, and you get to publish — because AFCC will often put up your stuff, it it generally follows the party line…. ( Above this she also works or has worked with military families)


Self Employed

Cheryl Vander Waal, LCSW

September 1972 – Present(40 years 1 month)

licensed clinical social worker, outpatient psychotherapy specialising in children and youth experiencing parental divorce or separation

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2002 – January 2005(2 years 6 months)

lecturer for upper level students in subjects of divorce, remarriage and stepfamilies

Cheryl Vander Waal’s Certifications

  • Academy of Certified Social Workers

    • National Association of Social Workers
    • License California License LCS03093

Cheryl Vander Waal’s Education

University of California, Berkeley

MSWClinical social work

Cheryl Vander Waal’s Additional Information

Groups and Associations:

Vice-president of Board of Directors fo

Despite its influence, according to the Office of Attorney General, state of California, Apparently this Center that she’s  VP of the Board, previously President, and Executive Director, is a non-filing nonprofit whose income is consistently under $6,000/year and which has never? filed a 990 tax return (with any contents, that is).     



Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process

It exists as a Charity in California, “Current”:

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type

Though WHY, I have a question — no IRS 990s are submitted!   – at all!

Because this particular group is so central to family law, I’m submitting the entire field of information under the STATE Charitable organization registry.  We can see, its assets are not sizeable — but its influence (or, its founder’s influence) IS — because of the field of operation (i.e., the courts!). . . .

EIN# 942650693:

Below is the detailed data for the registrant you selected.
You may CLOSE this window to return to the Search Results and choose another registrant.
Registrant Information
Type: Public Benefit Corporate or Organization Number: 0977183
Registration Number: 040422
Record Type: Charity Registration Type: Charity Registration
Issue Date: 6/30/2002 Renewal Due Date: 11/12/2009
Registration Status: Current Date This Status: 9/22/2009
Date of Last Renewal: 9/22/2009
Address Information
Address Line 1: 700 E ST.., STE. 201 Phone:
Address Line 2:
Address Line 3:
Address Line 4: SAN RAFAEL CA 94901
Annual Renewal Information
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-01
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-02
Total Assets: $47,271.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,288.00
RRF Received: 05-MAY-03
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End:
Total Assets: $0.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $0.00
RRF Received:
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-03
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-04
Total Assets: $46,220.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,052.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-04
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-05
Total Assets: $47,550.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,188.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-05
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-06
Total Assets: $48,200.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,275.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-06
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-07
Total Assets: $47,520.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,175.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-07
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-08
Total Assets: $47,615.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,215.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-08
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-09
Total Assets: $47,412.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $5,160.00
RRF Received: 14-SEP-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
Related Documents
00074529 Founding Documents
0007452A RRF-1 2009
0007452B RRF-1 2008
0007452C RRF-1 2007
0007452D RRF-1 2006
0007452E RRF-1 2005
0007452F RRF-1 2004
00074530 RRF-1 2002
00074531 RRF-1 2001
Prerequisite Information

OK, there’s no filings since 2009; and although it hasn’t filed in over three years, there’s no letter on file from the OAG asking, why not….  And it’s still marked “Current.”  Amazing…

It’s listed as “Business or Professional Group” and “not required to file 990” because income is under $25,000. Watchdog.net (when you search and EIN# this sometimes comes up) — It says the ruling as a (nonprofit) as JUNE 12, 1996.  And yet, it (or the previously named — as above — corporation, which doesn’t show as registered in CA that I can see) received $90K of governmental grants in 1995 — the year before it was a nonprofit.  Address is a PO Box in Corte Madera.  Look yourself…

NCCSDATAWEB — shows (The Judith Wallerstein Center) was again, a nonprofit as of 1996, and its “NTEE” (field) is “Behavioral Science.”

NTEE: V23 – Behavioral Science

(990sForm NameFiscal YearForm 9902005DownloadForm 9902004DownloadForm 9902003Download

These almost completely blank forms are signed by “Ann B. Graves” of Tiburon and show different $$ than above — no officers, program service accomplishments, or basically anything show up on those few returns above.  Currently, the RRFs shown above (and the Articles of Incorporation) are also blank forms, from what I can access just now.  So they have assets, almost no income, and but Wallerstein and friends are marketing books throughout the country as a result of their influence on the courts.  GO FIGURE!

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Volume 65, Issue 1, pages 48–59, January 1995 (but not put on-line til 2010….)


  1. Vivienne Roseby Ph.D.†,*
  2. Janet R. Johnston Ph.D.

Article first published online: 24 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1037/h0079585

Author Information

  1. Authors are at the Center for the Family in Transition, Corte Madera, Calif.

*Center for the Family in Transition, 5725 Paradise Drive, Bldg. B, #300, Corte Madera, CA 94925

Other “finds” from a street address search, including a 1992-1993 FATHER’S CUSTODY CASE BIBILIOGRAPHY featuring (at top left) AFCC (Madison, WI), This group (California) and Family Service America (Milwaukee, WI) on top of a whole string of men’s rights’ groups from IL, MN, WDC, New York and (an 800#) and at the bottom, a Stepfamilies association.  This one has to be seen to be believed, after which I ask, why did HHS give a non-DUNS# grant to this outfit?

Here’s a 1994 article by Donna Coker on “Domestic Violence and Move-Away issues” quoting the same group, and supportive of the woman’s need for safety:

15 Fam. Advoc. 69 (1992-1993) 
Father’s Custody Case Bibliography 

_ _ _ _

The organization was originally incorporated at 634 [chk.#]  Beach Street, #334, San Francisco, CA by an Angie Runyon.  By 1982 they were informed that they were a regular public (not private) foundation, and the address change had happened.  I looked at the RRF tax returns stating a fair amount of assets (i figure, real estate) and ca. $4 to $5K income only — signed by “Elizabeth Amini” President every time.  No governmental support (per the RRF).

Corporation wiki shows me an Amini Foundation (about to look up) and Google makes me wish to know whether a “Fari Amini, M.D.” is related.

The Judith Wallerstein Center For The Family In Transition

PO BOX 157
Corte Madera, California 94976
 I think this 2004 Obituary of Dr. Amini, connecting him both with SF and with Elizabeth Ann Amini (who owns the Wallerstein Center, and has been signing it’s RRF forms, that is, to the extent it files them) — explains a lot.  Also note the AMINI FOUNDATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFFECT.
(New York Times):

Fari Amini, 73; Used Science To Study Love

Published: June 28, 2004

Fari Amini, a psychiatrist known for his work linking memory with bonds formed in childhood, died June 13 at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Calif. He was 73 and lived in nearby Ross.

The cause was a heart attack he had several days earlier, his family said.

Dr. Amini, a professor emeritus still affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, was a co-author of ”A General Theory of Love” (Random House, 2000), with two colleagues, Thomas Lewis and Richard Lannon. The book explained how lingering but forgotten impressions, like a smell or sound associated with a person or a positive experience, become embedded in the mind’s memory banks, where neurons constantly fire and forge connections.

Over time these links are reinforced through repeated exposure, leading to affectional bonds.

To continue work on these theories, Dr. Amini established the Amini Foundation for the Study of Affect.

Fariborz Amini was born in Iran and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1953. He received his M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco, and trained at the Neuropsychiatric Institute of the University of Michigan and at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute.

FYI, End of Year 2015 Update:  What I was sensing a few years ago, expressed here, I have since continued to study (and write up, but not post, privately — I’m also working on better formatting for communications than the blog allows).  I took a quick look — then, on seeing some filing “anomalies” — a more detailed look at this San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, which with a related foundation, underwent a recent merger.  One organization pre-dated the other; the one that had been required to show its returns, wasn’t doing them timely.  Then, they merged, and the surviving organization wasn’t the larger one, but the “exempt” (from having to “show its stuff”) one.  In other words, some “where’s the money” was appropriate in that case.  In writing it up, I learned that the continued promotion of Freud accompanies some publishings in the 1990s (including in the NYT) based on descendants of some of his patients, whose lives he seriously messed with, int the hunt for continued donations and support to the developing field of psychoanalysis, which is to say “Freud” (pro or con).  Interested readers who get so far as this paragraph may submit a comment asking for links — I would like to post soon, but I take a radical position on this subject matter as it impacts the family courts, and it may not be copyedited as soon as I’d like.

He was appointed to the faculty of the institute in 1973 and served as its president in 1981. He was a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, for 37 years.

He would have absolutely known Robert Wallerstein, M.D. well, and as a result, also be aware of course of what Dr. / Mrs. Judith Wallerstein was involved in.  The SF Bay Area is a major metropolitan area — but its neither NY or Chicago.  Within certain fields, word gets around, not to mention, the journals, institutes, associations, and presentations connect professionals in this field of psychoanalysis.

Dr. Amini is survived by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth Ann Cunningham Amini; six daughters, Dr. Kim S. Frederickson, Lisa R. Amini-Nicolopoulos, Dawn P. Shaw, Ariana S. Amini, Christina M. Amini and Elita F. Amini; a brother, Hossein, and a sister, Aghdas Davarkhan; and seven grandchildren.

That’s unusual — six daughters and no sons!….

THIS EXPLAINS A LOT ABOUT THE INFLUENCE OF THIS CENTER AND THE PEOPLE (AUTHORS) RELATED TO IT….  Dr. Fari Amini, possibly? ran into Janet R. Johnston at Michigan (although who knows) and after studying at its “Neuropsychiatric Institute” and the SF Psychoanalytic Institute was President of this Institute (presumably the SF one) since 1981.

I’m going to make a reasonable assumption he was not hurting financially and like many people of influence with a cause, connected with others of similar inclinations, and this “Judith Wallerstein Center” that never produced any significant revenue, apparently was a fine platform for the cause….  as helped by “The Amini Foundation,” among other places (not to mention conferences, speaker fees, who knows what else).


*”the research in this paper {{by Janet R. Johnston}} was funded by the Amini Foundation for the Study of Affects.”
in Family Court Review; co. 2005 the American Bar Association

Within two sentences (like, the first two), there two footnotes (1) referencing Judith B. Wallerstein & Joan B. Kelly (fancy that!) and (2) herself, as edited by Charlene Depner (connected with California Judicial Council AOC/CFCC (and also an AFCC member)) (incidentally the same AOC now being disgraced and fighting with the judges over a vastly bloated bureaucracy and financial boondoggle, etc).

Family Law Quarterly
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Winter 2005), pp. 757-775
Published by: American Bar Association
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25758265

CALIFORNIA CHARITABLE REGISTRATION (top table: at time of post. Second table: 12/23/2015, now Delinquent)…

Organization Name Registr Number Record Type Registr Status City State Registr Type Record Type
AMINI FOUNDATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFFECTS 114551 Charity Current ROSS CA Charity Registration Charity

(Checked status on updating this post: Delinquent).

Organization Name Registr Number Record Type Registr Status City State Registr Type Record Type
AMINI FOUNDATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFFECTS 114551 Charity Delinquent ROSS CA Charity Registration Charity

(since 2009, there is only 1 “RRF” which is to be filed annual, and only one IRS form uploaded, either). However, they were only marked “delinquent” since 7/2014.. They distributed (in 2013 fiscal year) $50,000 of grants — at the last possible minute — to 5 entities.  The form shown as IRS here isn’t the same on the other database I’ve also posted, although content is basically the same.

RRF-1 2009 RRF-1 2009
685225 RRF-1 2014

(=IRS 2014)


Small grants, all labeled simply “research,” from $8,000 to $12,000 went to:

  • Forwords 361 – 3rd Street, Suite G San Rafael CA 94901
  • Jennifer McIntosh, Ph.D. P.O. Box 5130 Alphington 3078 (no state shown…)
  • Psychoanalytic Research Consortium 40 East 94th Street #11B (“NonProfit”)
  • Regents of California, San Francisc • 521 Parnassus Ave San Francisco CA 94117
  • Regents of California, Davis One Shields Avenue Davis CA 95616

Forwords was only registered as a charity in Fairfax (not ‘San Rafael”) California, it seems in 2013, i.e., just in time to get this grant.  They are not called a “nonprofit” as is the NY research consortium, by the Amini Foundation:

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
FORWORDS, INC. CT0199837 Charity Current FAIRFAX CA Charity Registration Charity


(2015 curiosity here:  This is from their Articles of Incorporation, submitted to the State OAG site.  Their “Initial Registration Form” for the charity — despite it having been incorporated since 2012 separate from its former fiscal agent (under which it claims to have been started in 2007) — as of July 18, 2013 (although the “3” could also be read as a “5”!  Its directors share a few last names in common:

Founding Documents

& dated October 2, 2013 — so it looks like this group ain’t about to file, much better than the Amini Foundation, above….

Confirmation of Registration Letter

(from Charitable Details registration, above.  You must repeat the search to get to the details page)…

FORM 1023 ATTACHMENT FORWORDS, INC.  E1N: 46-3333037 **

Exhibit C Description of Activities

ForWords, Inc. (“ForWords”) was incorporated on November 16, 2012 as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation. An unincorporated organization named “ForWords” was originally created in 2007 and has operated under the fiscal sponsorship of the Canal Alliance of San Rafael, California, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ForWords, Inc. has been incorporated to continue the work of the unincorporated ForWords as an independent nonprofit organization.

Here is the Secretary of State filing, as they said:

Entity Name: FORWORDS, INC.
Entity Number: C3521492
Date Filed: 11/16/2012
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 361 THIRD ST., SUITE G
Entity City, State, Zip: SAN RAFAEL CA 94901
Agent for Service of Process: LAWRENCE MICHAEL SIEGEL
Agent Address: 136 LAUREL
Agent City, State, Zip: FAIRFAXQ CA 94930

Past and Present Activities

ForWords provides enriched literacy programs for youth who primarily live in communities with significant economic challenges, who are often learning English as a second language, and whose school districts often have the greatest challenges and the least amount of resources. ForWords’ programs operate in the Canal area of San Rafael, California, at San Rafael High School, and at Helms Middle School in Richmond, California

I went looking at 2006, 2007 IRS returns for Canal Alliance to see if “fiscal agent” was mentioned.  I didn’t see that, however, 2006 return, primary (first listed) program service accomplishments were:

MulticulturalFamily_advocacy is a whole range of services including: CaseManagement, Wage Recovery, Medical Referral & Assistance, Food Distribution, Fatherhood Program, Support Groups & Counseling Services, and Social8 Volunteer Opportunities._This program_supports more than 8,000 families annually .. (expenses shown were $837K, so guess that’s about $104K worth per family?)

By the next year, the terminology was “parent education” and not “fatherhood.”  Anyhow, not major focus just now…

**(the Corporate Entity is C3521492.  The date stamp for the Charitable Registry is illegible as to year)


Names Lawrence Siegel Gail Siegel Elisabeth Siegel Jeff Gough Judy Gough Nancy Wasserman Steve Wasserman Clara Greisman.

(That’s 3 Siegels, 2 Goughs, 2 Wassermans, and a Greisman):

Titles, respectively:  Director President and Director Director Treasurer and Director Director Director Director Secretary

Addresses, respectively (sorry I’m not formatting a special table just for this info…):

  • 136 Laurel Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930 136 Laurel Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930 136 Laurel Drive, Fairfax, CA 94930
  • 841 Bates, El Cerrito, CA 94530 841 Bates, El Cerrito, CA 94530
  • 1 Meadow Way, Fairfax, CA 94930 1 Meadow Way, Fairfax, CA 94930
  • 111 Jordan Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960


Website:  ForWords.org/mission-history/ (the “history” page absent any reference to dates, or years, and the font is so small — almost illegible.  Odd, for a literacy-focused program… This is the only paragraph under “History.”

. . . ForWords was inspired by the life of Catie Siegel, a young woman who loved reading and writing and appreciated the extraordinary ethnic, cultural and intellectual diversity of our Northern California communities. Catie was kind and open-hearted, and, in that, gently self-possessed. In the last years of her life she worked at Borders Books, where she could always be found among the words and ideas she so valued. She was discovering, as well, her own voice and strength of character in the poetry and fiction she had begun to put to page. ForWords began as a tribute to Catie, but more importantly it has evolved as a means of opening for other students the world of writing, thought and art, that she had set-out to explore.

Under “The Forwards Way” (mis-spelled as to the link and on the page itself) something which may have come from UNESCO is put forward as “The Ten Literacies”). Funny how “reading” isn’t one of them…and these seem to be alphabetized, not prioritized..:

At the heart of the ForWords’ approach to effective and enriched educational experiences are the key 21st century literacies required for a student to become a productive member of our democracy.

The 10 Literacies

Art, Design, & Visual:

to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual media.

Civic, Historic, & Cultural:

to act responsibly for the larger community; to have knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of different cultural groups.


to think critically, analyze, reason, problem solve, examine and interpret information and draw conclusions.

Collaboration & Social:

to work with others, exchange ideas and reach consensus; develop social skills and values and act positively in social settings.


to read, write, speak and listen; develop competencies to analyze, evaluate and create messages in various forms.

Creativity & Innovation:

to create and analyze new ideas and communicate those ideas with others.

Health & Safety:

to obtain and understand health information, avoid high-risk behaviors, deal with bullying and know internet safety.

Information & Communication Technology:

to find, sort, evaluate and communicate information using digital media.


to understand the numbers needed in everyday life.


to have knowledge about digital and analog technology, how they work and can be used to achieve specific goals.

The website (viewed 2015) seems strangely undeveloped.  It has lots of people — but not one subsidiary link to any of the people listed — under Our Team” and “Our Sponsors.”  The “Team” in two columns (Board, and Staff) includes realtors, attorneys, bank person, and one of the Goughs was “FORMER BOARD ADMINISTRATOR, SAN FRANCISCO FINE ARTS MUSEUMS.”  There is a CPA, a Contractor (undefined), an Entrepreneur (undefined), a Rabbi (Rabbi Stacy Friedman of Congregation Rodef Shalom, highly qualified at this Reform Jewish Congregation in Marin County,

Kol Yisrael arevim ba’zeh/All Jews are responsible for one another.
Congregation Rodef Sholom stands as one with Israel

[Also see Wikipedia], a Youth Advocate from “the Canal Alliance” (former fiscal agent) a filmmaker, and more… including a PhD, UCBerkeley Director of Program MUSE,

Lanette Jimerson, Ph.D. (no link provided on the ForWords website — after two, three, or perhaps now eight years of existence — why not?)


Ph.D., UC Berkeley, Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture
M.A., UC Berkeley, Language, Literacy, Society, and Culture
B.A., CSU East Bay, English  [Cal State University]
Lanette Jimerson is the Academic Coordinator for the Multicultural Secondary English Credential Program (MUSE). She has been an English teacher, a Literacy Specialist, a Teacher Coach and a university lecturer—impacting both future teachers and principals. Lanette has served in a number of leadership roles including as the co-director of the Bay Area Writing Project. Jimerson is interested in the imagination of pre-service teachers, (meaning — ??) teacher development, writing instruction, the production of classroom space, adolescent literacy development and urban schooling. Her research also extends to out-of-school spaces and the literacy practices of marginalized youth such as the creation of Rest In Peace t-shirts by urban youth.** Lanette Jimerson earned her doctorate from the Graduate School of Education in the Language, Literacy, Society and Culture program at the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master’s in Education from the same institution. Lanette earned her Single Subject English Credential and Bachelor’s of Arts in English at California State University, East Bay (formerly Hayward)**(no link there, either, but, to honor deceased friends...)
From ForWords, “Our Team”

Nice photo, but for the general public — unlabeled.  Are those the Siegels?

Taking a closer look at the “Sponsors” — if all those groups are indeed sponsoring — and this organization basically is not reporting, what conclusions might be drawn about why so many sponsors are so eager to take credit for donating to the worthy cause (without traceable funds…)??   Our Sponsors.” Do all these continue giving uncritically to the charity which doesn’t actually show up as a legal business entity til 2013?  (Answer:  Yes, that is, if they indeed did contribute).

It’s a long list and includes at least two law firms, one of them includes those on the board (Wasserman).  This list isn’t exactly alphabetical, so I”m thinking the Amini Foundation was either an earlier one, or a more important one..

ForWords is funded by hundreds of individual donors and various foundations, including:

Amini Foundation for the Study of Affect
Foynes Foundation
McBurney Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
Middleton Foundation
Millken Family Foundation
Miranda Lux Foundation
Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
Morris Stulsaft Foundation
Ellen & Richard Sandler Family Foundation
Unbroken Foundation
West Davis & Bergard Foundation

ForWords receives support from local businesses, including:

Arnold & Porters, Attorneys at Law
Blue Stone Tile
Ehlers Estate
First Federal Bank of San Rafael
Grgich Hills Estates
Hess Collection Winery
Iron Springs Brew Pub
La Tavola Fine Linens
Law Offices of Steven J. Wasserman
Marin Produce
Maldonado Family Vineyards
Picante Restaurant
Alain Pinel Realtors
Terrapin Crossroads Restaurant
Trader Joe’s
Wells Fargo Bank


Under their “Partners” (same page), Canal Alliance Scholarship for Youth is referenced.  I looked up Canal Alliance as a California Entity and found an “anomaly” although at this point (2015) it doesn’t exactly surprise me any more:

Results of search for ” CANAL ALLIANCE ” returned 2 entity records.

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process

Both are at 91 Larkspur Street, San Rafael, California just incorporated 20 years apart, and one of them, the Registered agent was accidentally (sic) mis-spelled.  Not that one can actually search “Registered Agents” on this database…

CANAL HOUSING ALLIANCE INC CA 2014 990 27 $1,182,879.00 16-1636326
CANAL HOUSING ALLIANCE CA 2013 990 26 $1,234,217.00 16-1636326
Canal Housing Alliance CA 2012 990 26 $1,221,811.00 16-1636326

and …

Canal Alliance CA 2014 990 31 $1,240,002.00 94-2832648
Canal Alliance CA 2013 990 35 $1,269,149.00 94-2832648
Canal Alliance CA 2012 990 34 $821,084.00 94-2832648

Hmm, at CanalAlliance.org, they offer a single IRS form, which, though it’s a little complex to show here (because I don’t know how yet to paste images from IRS forms onto the blog), tells me a few things.


  1.  Their main source of revenue is private, not public (gov’t grants) about 10:1.  However, they did in 2013 show $301K of “government grants” which then should be reported to the California Charitable Registry.
  2. I always look for Schedule-R (Related Organizations) and if any Schedule=L (transactions with interested persons) on a tax return.

So, the older (1982) organization is EIN# 942832648.  It reports contributions totaling $3.9M for FY2013 and a board of 10 independently voting, 47 employees, and lots (over 300) volunteers.  Page 1 shows that the money was spent $1.1M on Grants to others (Line 13), $1.9M (almost) on Salaries (line 15) and $764K (Line 17) on “Other Expenses.”  On looking at where the grants went, by far the largest part (over $1M) was “Food Bank Valuation,” to 1,525 recipients (SCHOLARSHIPS $62,111 cash;  TRANSPORTATION $15,036, cash, RENTAL & 2 OTHER 3 FOOD PROGRAM, $1,040,236, NONCash).  Their main source of assistance to others is in the form of non-cash  — food donations to unknown recipients.


So, related tax-exempt organization is (only) the 2002 one above, as shown on their tax return Schedule R:


and, the Schedule-R Part V reads that, this year, transactions between “interested parties” included a $950,000 loan (Guarantee) from the housing alliance to the main (Canal Alliance) organization — with a $30,000 fee administrative fee being paid back by the Housing Alliance to them:

(1) CANAL HOUSING ALLIANCE GUARANTOR “E” $950,000  [e=”Loansorloanguaranteesbyrelatedorganization(s)]


[q=”Reimbursementpaidbyrelatedorganization(s)for expense]

(An earlier return going the other way (from Canal Alliance to Canal Housing Alliance) showed a $1,000,000 note.)

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
CANAL ALLIANCE 4197-2005 Raffle Expired SAN RAFAEL CA Raffle Registration Raffle
CANAL ALLIANCE 048183 Charity Current SAN RAFAEL CA Charity Registration Charity




Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
CANAL HOUSING ALLIANCE, INC. 124235 Charity Current SAN RAFAEL CA Charity Registration Charity


[[More on this later, if I get to it…. Or anyone else is free to explore…]]

(RE: Amini Foundation and ForWords):

What IS it with these people — they are making a living off the state of California courts, etc — and don’t feel a need to contribute their tax records for the public?

Below is the detailed data for the registrant you selected.
You may CLOSE this window to return to the Search Results and choose another registrant.
Registrant Information



Type: Public Benefit Corporate or Org. Number: 2212309
Registration Number: 114551
Record Type: Charity Registration Type: Charity Registration
Issue Date: 1/31/2006 Renewal Due Date: 6/15/2010
Registration Status: Current Date This Status: 6/16/2007
Date of Last Renewal: 9/22/2009
Address Information
Address Line 1: 202 LAGUNITAS ROAD Phone:
Address Line 2:
Address Line 3:
Address Line 4: ROSS CA 94957
Annual Renewal Information
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-02
Total Assets: $0.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $644,494.00
RRF Received: 16-DEC-02
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-03
Total Assets: $960,773.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $38,353.00
RRF Received: 17-SEP-03
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-04
Total Assets: $1,017,257.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $40,941.00
RRF Received: 16-AUG-04
Returned Date:
990 Attached: Y
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-05
Total Assets: $976,424.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $133,185.00
RRF Received: 15-JUN-05
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin:
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-06
Total Assets: $938,182.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $38,536.00
RRF Received: 14-JUN-06
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-FEB-06
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-07
Total Assets: $945,966.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $47,646.00
RRF Received: 17-SEP-07
Returned Date:
990 Attached:
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-FEB-07
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-08
Total Assets: $0.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $40,851.00
RRF Received: 09-JUN-08
Returned Date:
990 Attached: Y
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-FEB-08
Fiscal End: 31-JAN-09
Total Assets: $901,872.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $49,538.00
RRF Received: 25-AUG-09
Returned Date:
990 Attached: N
Status: Accepted
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Interesting, eh?
The one (and only) RRF submitted above, was also signed by (his wife), Elizabeth Amini;
and shows “PO Box 1680, Ross, CA” underneath the warning that it had better file annually, or it might lose its tax-exempt status.  One wonders why this prominent organization slipped by the Attorney General’s Office’s notice:

Failure to submit this report annually no later than four months and fifteen days after end of the organization’s accounting period may result in the loss of tax exemption and the assessment of a minimum tax of $800, plus interest, and/or fines or filing penalties as defined in Government Code section 12586.1. IRS extensions will be honored.

The 5-bedroom 6-bath (single family) home has property taxes of $13K, about 6,000sf (living space, that is) and is owned by the trust; beautiful property looks like; Rep. MARK LENO

Price Type Date B-Buyer/S-Seller Agent
N/A Resale 01/25/2012 B: Elizabeth A Amini BA: N/A
S: Elizabeth Ann Cunningham Amini (Trustee),Amini Survivors Elizabeth (Trust)Amini Exemption Fariborz (Trust) SA: N/A
N/A Resale 01/25/2012 B: Elizabeth Ann Cunningham Amini (Trustee),Amini Survivors Elizabeth (Trust)Amini Exemption Fariborz (Trust) BA: N/A
S: Elizabeth A Amini SA: N/A
N/A Resale 01/11/2006 B: Elizabeth A C Amini (Trustee)Amini Survivors Elizabeth (Trust)Amini Exemption Fariborz (Trust) BA: N/A
S: Elizabeth A C Amini (Trustee)Elizabeth & Fariborz Amini 2003 (Family Trust) SA: N/A
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
Entity Number: C2212309
Date Filed: 02/07/2000
Status: ACTIVE
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Entity Address: 202 LAGUNITAS ROAD
Entity City, State, Zip: ROSS CA 94957
Agent for Service of Process: ELIZABETH AMINI
Agent Address: 202 LAGUNITAS ROAD
Agent City, State, Zip: ROSS CA 94957

Looking for a few nice 990s here, but it’s a “Private Non-Operating foundation”

Most Recent Tax Period EIN Name State Rule Date IRS Sub- section Total Revenue Total Assets 990 Image
2009  943354830 Amini Foundation for the Study of Affects CA 2001 03-pf 49,538 946,456 990

EIN: 943354830
Name: Amini Foundation for the Study of Affects — Google
Location:  PO Box 1680
Ross, CA 94957
 Report Address Change
County: Marin County
Ruling Date: 2001   (Approximate year when founded)
IRS Type: 501(c)(3) – Private foundation
Legal basis for public charity or private foundation status (FNDNCD): 04 – Private non-operating foundation
NTEE:  T21 – Corporate Foundations
Most recently completed fiscal year (TAXPER) 01/2009
Total Revenue $49,538
Total Assets: $946,456

Here are the 990s from NCCSDataweb…

Form NameFiscal YearForm 9902011Download Form 9902009Download Form 9902008Download Form 9902007Download Form 9902006Download Form 9902005Download Form 9902004Download Form 9902003Download Form 9902002Download

OK (recommend, take a look at the returns if this is new to you):
Here’s what I see:
The $901K or so is simply Schwab and other (investment) bonds — which spits off the revenue/income — of about $48-$50K a year.
This interest income, or dividends (whatever) is then distributed for research purposes — to a few different individuals (not that many).  ALL but one are UC Regents, i.e.

Respectively, for research, received this particular year:

  • $12,780.
  • $6,955.
  • $5,000.
  • $10,000.
  • $15,000



_ _ _ _ _ _ For those who don’t get this, it appears that the psychoanalyst (M.D., but read what he’s writing) Robert S. is married to (or at least residing with THE “Judith S. Wallerstein” as in The above “Center for the Family in Transition.”  here’s a footnote to one of the (probably many) places on line ‘THE UNEXPECTED LEGACY OF DIVORCE/Report of a 25-year study” is posted, for the dubious:

Judith S. Wallerstein, PhD, Judith Wallerstein Center for the Family in Transition, Corte Madera, California, and School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Julia M. Lewis, PhD, Department of Psychology, San Francisco State University.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Judith S. Wallerstein, PhD, 290 Beach Road, Belvedere, CA 94920. E-mail: judywall@mindspring.com


  1. Robert S. Wallerstein MD

Article first published online: 20 AUG 2012 DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-8315.2012.00607.x Copyright © 2012 Institute of Psychoanalysis

A sample Amini Foundation Grant (2012):

“2012 Amini Foundation Grant: “The Affective Roots of Moral Development: A Naturalistic Investigation” (PI: Joseph J. Campos, Co-I: Audun Dahl)” (found in Audun Dahl’s CV, a fascination with infants, http://babycenter.berkeley.edu/CV_ADahl.pdf  For example:  ”

2010 NSF Grant 0958241 “’Deprivation’ and ‘Enrichment’ in Infant Spatial Cognitive Development” (PI: Joseph J. Campos, Co-I: Audun Dahl)”

(what I want to know is who provides the infants to experiment on)

(BONUS FIND, for what it’s worth… it’s hearsay, but so is a lot of information put out by the professionals!)

Found this (from a yahoo groups, associated with CPPA or showing CPPA (California Protective Parents Association) notations — mentioning some of the inbreeding among attorneys, judges, and evaluators, including Cheryl Vander Waal, showing another point of view.  “The Winner Report” is about custody of children going to abusers in custody cases….

Professionals in the Marin County Divorce Industry < Prev  Next >
Posted By: Wed Jul 19, 2000 1:18 am  |
Posted By: Tue Jul 18, 2000 4:31 am  |
An excellent map of Marin County professionals associated with the divorce
industryIn a message dated 7/17/00 11:31:05 PM EST, FxCAR18 writes:Judge Verna Adams formerly practiced family law in the same office with
Terence Colyer and Mary Halbert and was one of the attorneys for an abusive
father in one of the cases in the Winner report. She also formerly was chair
of the board of directors of Judith Wallerstein’s Center for the Family in
Transition which included Janet Johnston and Cheryl VanderWaal.Judith Wallerstein and Joan Kelly authored a book together (I believe it is
called “Surviving the Breakup, but I am not 100% sure), Joan Kelly is
associated with the AFCC and the Northern California Mediation Center
(NCMC). Janet Johnston is connected to the case in which Paula Oldham went to
jail for trying to protect her child from the abuse of the father.Nancy Olesen is a member of the NCMC and also the Northern California Task
Force for the Alienated Child along with Joan Kelly, Margaret Lee, Janet
Johnston, and Steven Friedlander and they recently presented seminars at the
AFCC New Orleans conference about “Custody Evaluations and the Alienated
Child”.Attorney Mary Halbert is frequently appointed as an attorney for children and
gets appointments for Nancy Olesen and Cheryl VanderWaal as evaluators and
therapists. When she represents litigants (often abusive fathers) she asks
that Sandra Acevedo be appointed for the child.Sandra Acevedo and Mauna Berkov frequently are on the same cases. Berkov and
Margaret Lee give seminars togehter.Olesen and Halbert are named in the Winner report in connection to illegally
diverting my child support.Cheryl VanderWaal (and I think Frederica Conrad) are members of Bay Area
Family in Transition Associates, which was chaired by Clay Greene.Attorneys Clay Greene, Mauna Berkov, Scott Leuders, Sandra Acevedo, Terence
Colyer and Mary Halbert are all named in Karen Winner’s report, as are
Frederica Conrad, Margaret Lee and Nancy Olesen. These same attorneys wrote
the “counterattack” to the Winner report, along with Judith Cohen, who has
been attorney for children in which Colyer represented the fathers and
ensured that the mothers lost custody.And now Verna Adams is the judge in the Mardeusz case. Carol Mardeusz
used to be a court reporter. This case represents the ultimate attempt to
punish a mother for trying not only to save her child, but to expose what is
going on. We need lots of support here in this cesspool which is called Marin
Family Law Court…
P.S. Sorry if this is confusing, but there is no easy way to describe the
depths of the corruption. Thanks to you all for being out there.

This is a 2001 article by Cindy Ross (California NAFCJ leader) and it appears she has had direct interaction with several of these players.  You should read the entire page as it’s a fairly compact explanation of what’s going on in the courts, and how Family Court colludes with DA’s to toss criminal behavior (toward one or more family members) into family court and “mediate” — pulling in of course federal TANF funds, and a lot more.

She also describes this particular center (Wallerstein’s) and “NCMC” which is Joan B. Kelly’s “Northern California Mediation Center (or similar title).  Kelly and Wallerstein as I have shown above, work and sometimes publish together — and now we know that this is at times funded by the AMINI FOUNDATION, although the front profile (for example, of a Janet R. Johnston) may actually be this Center — which has interviewed thousands of children (per Dr. Wallerstein, female) while the board of directors of an organization helping fund some of that research (the Amini Foundation) happens to have her husband (presumably, Robert S. Wallerstein, same street address) on its board of directors.  The Amini family being from Iran which as we know is a forward-thinking, conservative, and very supportive of divorce and feminism-supporting type country…. and always has been.
I hope that last comment doesn’t land me in too much hot water; I know there are very many highly educated personnel (both genders) around, but I do think it bears mentioning — when it comes to divorce and family, is that no influence?
. . . In Marin County, the Superior Court/Family Law Facilitator, and the  DA/Family Support Division collaborate through a project called the “Focus  on Fatherhood Program” and the Court is the recipient of an annual Title IV-D  Child Support Enforcement Grant. All of the attorneys and evaluators  contracted by the courts are those that use and teach PAS methodology,  especially through their affiliations with the Association of Family and  Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and/or the Children’s Rights Council (CRC). CRC is the primary FR group working directly with Richard Gardner, DHHS, OCSE and other government officials and agencies, and is heavily cross affiliated with AFCC.Court contracted and appointed AFCC affiliates do PAS custody switches and fund diversion through the “conciliation court” by calling themselves “mediators” who practice “Collaborative Law” and “Alternate Dispute Resolution.”  After receiving appointments as attorneys for children, custody evaluators, special masters and therapists, they rig the cases so that  fathers avoid child support obligations and the funds are redirected back to themselves and the Court. Often this means that the father will get custody in arrangements that are both illegal and detrimental to the children and mothers. However, because the DA participates in the scheme, any requests for investigation are dismissed as “family law matters” over which the DA claims lack of jurisdiction.
This happened to me in another county.  There was no crime (or even abuse) claimed; the DA’s office did nothing (when my kids were removed, including from SCHOOL! in direct violation of a custody order).  They deferred to family court, even though parents illegally removing children HAVE to by law file with the DA’s office, and mine hadn’t.

In Marin County, virtually all of the attorneys and custody evaluators  identified in the Karen Winner report are those connected to the PAS scam.  Most of the cases documented in the Winner report involve attorneys
affiliated with Judge Verna Adams’ Dornan and Adams law firm. Adams has been the director of the Center for the Family in Transition which spawned all of the PAS proponents who are cross affiliated with the Northern CA Mediation Center (NCMC). They have reconfigured their group as the “Northern California Task Force for the Alienated Child” and give training seminars in PAS,  including at AFCC conferences.

Verna Adams is the judge who convicted Carol Mardeusz in a PAS scheme that involved collaboration of the courts and DAs in Sonoma and Marin Counties. Her partners Terence Colyer and Mary Halbert are the attorneys for  the father of Hannah Stone, who were planning a PAS transfer of custody.  Now that the mother has fled with the child, the DA is handling this as an  “abduction” by a “noncustodial” mother. (Click. to read.http://www.pollyklaas.org/stone.htm)  The  same investigator from the DA’s office, is involved in the Mardeusz and the Stone cases. Mary Halbert is the attorney appointed for my own son, who  diverted funds to herself and an evaluator who was also involved in the Stone case.

When I approached DA Paula Kamena as a litigant whose case was in the Winner Report, she refused to investigate claiming a “conflict of  interest.”  When I approached her as a member of the Marin County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) concerned about the PAS victimization of mothers in family court, I received a letter from her stating, “…I will not be  available to discuss your concerns with you, nor will any other staff members in this office.” This was especially inappropriate, as I routinely attend and work with DA staff through the DVCC.

What was even more inappropriate,  however, was that the head of Family Court Services, who had been present  with Paula Kamena at one of my meetings, illegally inserted himself as a mediator in my case, after it had been disposed by the court. In Judge Sutro’s chambers, I was threatened for my association with the Recall, even though I was not involved at the time and had even previously told the press  that I thought the recall effort against the DA was “a really bad mistake.”  (Ross Valley Reporter June 7-13, 2000)

Perhaps the Kamena recall effort has a “weird mix of bedfellows,” but that does not mean that there are not legitimate concerns about the DA’s office and the Superior Court. Considering the atrocities that have been perpetrated on custody litigants and our children, it is no surprise that a  few people have “cracked” under the pressure. Paula Kamena as District Attorney is adept at throwing out “red herrings” that accuse innocent citizens and take the focus off of her own actions or lack thereof.

(for the future)<> <> <>ELKMAN OR EKMAN?? RE: THE AMINI FOUNDATION?

(storing here for future reference — the Amini Foundation paperwork keeps writing a Paul ELkman, Ph.D. (with an “L”), address, UCSF (401 Parnassus) on their board of directors.
401 Parnassus, SF is the “UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. “
However, every time I search it with the “l”, a Paul EKman (without the “L”) comes up, as a well-known psychologist (in the same field) at UCSF.  There’s even a “PEI” — so I’m just noting it here for future reference (it’s not the most important issue around just now . . . . . . )  why would this be, or who is the “Elkman”???
From an interview, also I note that he says his entire work was based on the work of three men (basically) — two in the mid 1800s, and one in the 1900s (1950s, 60s!)    Darwin Duchennes and Sylvan Thomas. This is the interview:

Paul Ekman: Well, I can’t say nothing, because really, the pioneer, the founder in my view not only of research on emotion and expression but the first book in psychology, in Western psychology, is Darwin’s The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals, published in 1872. And it was a bestseller in its time, but it became completely neglected for multiple reasons. And I knew of Darwin’s work, but I hadn’t bothered to read it until I started my cross-cultural work and found, much to my surprise, evidence for universality, which is what Darwin had predicted – not for cultural differences, which is what Margaret Mead and the cultural anthropologists had – I wouldn’t say they predicted – they asserted. And it was widely accepted, by me as well.

So I stand on the shoulders of, probably, three men would be the most accurate way to say it. Darwin is one of them; the 70% of what we know about certainly the face is in Darwin’s book. He just didn’t have the evidence for it. And 30% was bit off. In the Journal of the Association of Psychological Science, I think next month, there will be an article I wrote on Darwin’s contributions to the study of emotion in this 200th anniversary of his birth.

The second man whose shoulders I stand on is Duchenne du Boulogne, a French neurologist that published in 1862 the first use of photography in science to study facial movement. And Duchenne’s interests in the face were much more narrow but extremely useful in terms of doing a functional anatomy of the face. That is, up until Duchenne – and after him, because he was also widely ignored – we only knew what the muscles were by taking the skin off a cadaver’s face. But we didn’t know which ones are capable of independent action because they have separate neural supplies. That’s a functional analysis. Duchenne started it. He got about 20% of the way there and Friesen, my co-worker, and I did the other 80% and developed this facial action coding system, this tool.

And the third person whose shoulders I stand on – I’m now thinking about whether these guys are getting tired of having me stand on their shoulders. But, actually, they’re all dead and I think metaphorically they’d all be pleased that their work didn’t die with them on this topic, that someone continued it. Silvan Tompkins, who was a well-known psychologist in the 1950s and 1960s – I met him in early ’60s – and it was Silvan who convinced me, by showing me what he could get by looking at someone’s face, that I should tackle this terrible problem that had defeated so many people. Because there are at least a half dozen famous psychologists who became famous for something else and failed in their attempts to get anywhere studying the face. So I knew it was a risky move, but at that point in my life – my wife would say it’s still the case – I like risks. They appeal to me, and so I embarked on it.

David: Yeah, boy, what a fascinating history. Now, I believe that you found that there are about 17 or so basic positive and negative emotions that are expressed facially and that hold up cross-culturally. Do I have that right?

Paul Ekman: It’s almost right. I’m not sure the exact number; it’s close to that. And there are seven emotions for which we have the evidence of universality, and that is for anger, fear, disgust, contempt, sadness, surprise and overall happiness. Now, those have a universal expression in the face. That’s pretty well established now, as established as anything ever is in science. And I should offer a reward for anyone who could find an eighth universal facial expression of emotion, but I don’t think anybody would want to look; it’s very unlikely there is one.

But then, we have a number of enjoyable emotions that have not a facial signal, but a vocal signal. So just to take one example: it feels good – you’re happy when you’re relieved, and you’re happy when you’re amused, but everyone can recall those sound entirely different. They look the same on the face. The timing’s a little different, but the muscles that move are the same. It’s the voice that carries the signal and distinguishes I’ve claimed as many as 12 emotions. But the evidence for universality of those vocal signals so far is for only two or three of them: amusement, relief, and sensory tactile pleasure. Those three have a universal vocal signal. We don’t yet know whether the others that I’ve proposed have a universal vocal signal.

David: Okay. Now, how did you become interested in the detection of lying and deception?

Paul Ekman: It wasn’t my idea, any more than the idea to study the face was mine, and that was Silvan who said – because I was focused on gesture and posture – he said, “You’re missing the richest source. It’s the face.” And the idea to study it cross-culturally was not mine either. It was a program manager at one of the federal agencies, who was married to a woman from another culture. They were having trouble, and he thought it was because of miscommunication, and he wanted me to go and try and settle the matter.

And then the issue of deception: I was teaching a group of young psychiatrists about how to better diagnose different forms of mental illness by considering expression and gesture, and they said, “Yeah, but the problem we really need help with is how to tell when a patient who’s been admitted because of a serious suicidal attempt is lying or being truthful when they say, ‘I’m feeling much better, doctor. Give me a pass for the weekend to be with my family.’ And we know that some of those patients are deliberately lying to get free of the hospital supervision and take their life.” It took me about 25 years to come up with an answer that’s practically useful. So it was their idea, not mine, to study deception.

EIA logo (PEI the association, or whatever it is!…).  By the way, note it’s not a US company even though it’s named after a UCSF professor emeritus!

Building on the life’s work of Dr Paul Ekman over the last 40 years, Paul Ekman International plc (PEI) has been established to make emotional skills and deception programmes more widely accessible.
With the international head office in Manchester, UK, the Managing Director, Cliff Lansley is responsible for building a network of quality assured Licensed Delivery Centres who will provide the training for individuals and for organisations across public, private and voluntary sectors.

Cliff is the Managing Director of ‘Emotional Intelligence Academy Ltd’ (EIA). EIA (www.emotionintell.co.uk) specialises is using reliable science in developing and delivering programmes in emotional awareness and deception. EIA is the parent company of Paul Ekman International plc which is the sole authorised global provider of training approved by Dr Paul Ekman (www.ekmaninternational.com)  – established to spread this Ekman Approved, science-based training around the globe.

 Marketing the trainings — should sound familiar by now….

There’s no question that this Ekman is associated with the 401 Parnassus “Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute” and that Ekman, in association with that, is highly decorated and influential.

He was also born in 1934. Why, then is he participating with The Amini Foundation to help, for example, the likes of Janet R. Johnston, V. Roseby, The Wallersteins (Robert S. / Judith S. if she’s still around) and a host of family court personnel enrich themselves at our expense through the courts here? (i.e., see their ‘zero income” nonprofits, above, and their larger-than-life influence on court systems nationwide through AFCC conferences (and such things) ????

About Ekman Photo by: Davis Freeman Dr. Paul Ekman (1934 -)

Paul Ekman was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and New York University. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Adelphi University (1958), after a one year internship at the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. After two years as a Clinical Psychology Officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to Langley Porter where he worked from 1960 to 2004. {{DO THE MATH:  44 years!!}} His research on facial expression and body movement began in 1954, as the subject of his Master’s thesis in 1955 and his first publication in 1957. In his early work, his approach to nonverbal behavior showed his training in personality. Over the next decade, a social psychological and cross-cultural emphasis characterized his work, with a growing interest in an evolutionary and semiotic frame of reference. In addition to his basic research on emotion and its expression, he has, for the last thirty years, also been studying deceit.

Currently, he is the Manager of the Paul Ekman Group, LLC (PEG), a small company that produces training devices relevant to emotional skills, and is initiating new research relevant to national security and law enforcement.

In 1971, he received a Research Scientist Award from the National Institute of Mental Health; that Award has been renewed in 1976, 1981, 1987, 1991, and 1997. His research was supported by fellowships, grants and awards from the National Institute of Mental Health for over forty years.



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  1. (This is my followup to the book by Judith Wallerstein and Deborah Resnikoff (one of the board members on one of the (three) nonprofits with the same name registered in California under three different EIN#s and three different addresses. . . . ).

    Here is that book’s table of contents — and notice the last chapter was the joint-project by Wallersteing & Resnikoff.

    Anyone who is expecting a fair hearing in a family court situation while this is what some of the professional experts are (REgULARLY) debating among themselves meanwhile — backedup by psychoanalysis, psychiatrtic institutes at UCSF, and almost any field of study (or practice anyhow) which has the prefix “PSYCH” attached — such as “psychopathology of parents” (i.e., one of them maybe wants to exist abuse???) (or abuse of their children??) – – – – must be nuts. Or will be considered so, eventually after years of dealing with the same in the court setting, with children, housing, and jobs at stake and sometimes lives too: Love Chapter I title “The Courtroom — a Multidsiciplinary Collaboration” (1997) well, I guess their dreams came true…..!!


    I. The Courtroom: A Multidisciplinary Collaboration

    Interlude I – Linda Gunsberg

    1. What Judges Want (and Children Dream) – Alison Whitmer Tumas

    2. A Lawyer’s Considerations in Selecting a Mental Health Expert – Robert Z. Dobrish

    3. Representation of the Child to the Court: The Law Guardian and Guardian ad Litem – Patricia Ann Grant and Steven Klee

    4. Considering Custody Evaluations: The Thrills and the Chills – Bernice H. Schaul

    5. Ethical and Legal Considerations in Child Custody Evaluations – James S. Wulach and David L. Shapiro

    II. Parental Psychopathology and Its Impact on the Child

    Interlude II – Paul Hymowitz

    6. Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Developmental Consequences of Domestic Conflict and Violence on Children and Adolescents – Ava L. Siegler

    7. Soul Blindness: A Child Must Be Seen to Be Heard – Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick

    8. Betrayal of the Family: The Parental Affair as Family Incest – Linda Gunsberg

    >>>>>Notice that “parental psychopathology” comes before the discussion of incest, and notice the next chapter’s title: Parental Alienation and terms like Incest (when it’s even that direct) usually go together. To identify one is to be convicted of the other, apparently!<<<<< I think the truth of the matter is that this crowd just doesn't like to deal with incest, or with what stopping it would signify to their worldview and business models…. * * * * * that's my OPINION, and my kids were moved to the household of two adults, who BOTH had a family background of incest (one convicted, one not). How'd YOU feel about that???

    9. Parental Alienation: The Creation of a False Reality – Moisy Shopper

    III. Parents' Rights and Responsibilities

    Interlude III – Paul Hymowitz

    10. When Should Courts Be Empowered to Make Child-Rearing Decisions? – Martin Guggenheim

    11. Divorce and Custody in a Changing Society – Albert J. Solnit and Barbara F. Nordhaus

    12. The Rights of Parents and Stepparents: Toward a Redefinition of Parental Rights and Obligations – Alan J. Klein

    13. When the State Has Custody: The Fragile Bond of Mothers and Their Infants on the Prison Nursery – Susan W. Silverman

    14. When Families Cannot Be Healed: The Limits of Parental Rights – Michele Galietta

    IV. The Forensic Expert's Challenge: Making Recommendations in the Best Interests of Children

    Interlude IV – Linda Gunsberg

    15. The Developmental Evolution of the Family Forensic Evaluation – Linda Gunsberg

    16. Empirically Assisted Assessment of Family Systems – Barry Bricklin and Gail Elliot

    17. Parents' Sensitivity to the Child's Creative and Spiritual Core: An Overlooked Consideration in Child Custody Determinations – Elaine Schwager

    18. Evaluation of Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Child Custody Disputes – B. J. Cling

    V. The Dilemma of Visitation

    Interlude V – Paul Hymowitz

    19. Tailoring Parental Visitation Orders to the Developmental Needs of Children of Divorce – Cynthia Dember and Vivian Fliman

    20. An Attachment Theory Framework for Planning Infant and Toddler Visitation Arrangements in Never-Married, Separated, and Divorced Families – Judith Solomon

    21. Visitation in High-Conflict Families: The Impact on a Child's Inner Life – Barbara B. Hauser

    22. Supervised Visitation: Preserving the Rights of Children and Their Parents – Alan J. Tuckman

    23. Relocation: Parents' Needs, Children's Interests – Paul Hymowitz

    VI. Aftermath and Healing

    Interlude VI – Linda Gunsberg

    24. Experiencing the Absent Father: In Sight and Inside – Lora Heims Tessman

    25. Psychotherapy with Children and Parents During Divorce – Diana Siskind

    26. Clinical Work with Parents in Entrenched Custody Disputes – Janet R. Johnston

    27. Parental Divorce and Developmental Progression: An Inquiry into Their Relationship – Judith Wallerstein and Deborah Resnikoff

    Epilogue – Linda Gunsberg

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