Episode 70. News and updates.
This week I discuss the Discussions paper recently released by the Australian Law Reform Commission which addresses proposed changes to the Family Law System. Also in the US, representatives from iStand and BAChome were once again in Washington, this time with a large focus on Lebanon. In Australian news a local mother won a Sharia court case to have her son returned from Jordan. Music credit. "Alive" Written and performed by Pearl Jam Episode dedicated to the memory of Phil Diggle. Read the...
Episode 68. Michael Sanchez
In 2005, Emily Machado was born to Nigia Machado and Michael Sanchez. The couple broke up before Emily was born and it took two years to work out a parenting agreement. That agreement was shattered in 2008, when mother and daughter disappeared. Sanchez sought out the help of the U.S. State Department. Sanchez found out that Machado secretly got a passport for Emily before leaving the United States. He said he believes Machado, a Brazilian citizen, fled because she was afraid the U.S. court...
Episode 67. Mike Dejong Part 2.
PODCAST DOWNLOAD/STREAM ONLY EPISODE A couple of months ago I had a week where I was unable to release a new episode and thus fell a week behind. Since my conversation with Mike went over the hour mark and was so interesting I decided to release it as a double episode and thus bring me back up to schedule Mike DeJong is a Canadian left behind father who was alienated from his son Kai in Japan. In order to see Kai, Mike took permanent residency in Japan and tried to fight for access to his...
Episode 65. Tim TerStege
Tim TerStege is a Canadian left behind father, who's son Liefie has been kept from him in Japan. Despite having court approved visitation with his son, Tim is still being denied any contact. https://www.facebook.com/LiefieisMissing/ https://sites.google.com/site/liefiejapan/home https://www.facebook.com/lbpstoriespodcast/
Episode 64. Demetrius Grant
This week I talk to U.S. LBP Demetrius Grant about his alienation from his son Travis, and his battled against the Court system to try and see his son. Despite a long career in child care, Demetrius is unable to spend time caring for his own son. Join the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lbpstoriespodcast/
Episode 63. Stephen Meehan
This week I speak to Stephen Meehan of the National Parents organisation. Stephen, an alienated father himself, has become an advocate for raising awareness of Parental Alienation and Family Law reform. National Parents Organization - https://www.nationalparentsorganization.org/ Stephen's articles and citations in the media https://dadsrc.org/national-parental-alienation-day/...
Episode 62. Jolly Bimbachi’s escape from Syria.
In October last year [episode 20] I first spoke to Canadian LBP Jolly Bimbachi about her 2 sons who were abducted by their father to Lebanon. A few weeks later she contacted me to let me know she was going to Lebanon in an attempt to see her boys. She was able to spend several weeks seeing them. Then I got a message from her to inform me that she was on the run with them, in an attempt to get to Turkey. The ensuing weeks became a life or death situation for Jolly as she was arrested and...
Episode 61. International Child Recovery.
When children have been abducted internationally, many parents take the extreme measure of attempting to recover children themselves with the help of Recovery agents. But often in the media we only hear of the stories that go horribly wrong, where parents are arrested with the recovery crews. So under what circumstances is it safe and plausible to attempt a child recovery? This week I talk to two recovery experts, Eric and Pat. We discuss the circumstances under which they will take on a...
Episode 60. Robert Franklin JD.
Robert Franklin has been an attorney in Texas since 1980, and a Men’s and Fathers’ Rights Activist since 1998. He has written the blogs for GlennSacks.com, Fathers & Families, and now the National Parents Organization. He’s contributed op-eds and essays to numerous online and hard-copy publications, including The Hill, the Toledo Blade, The Seattle Times, The Bakersfield Californian, the Manchester Union-Leader, A Voice for Men, Men’s E-News, Townhall, and many others. He works daily with...
Episode 59. Allan Freeman-Jones
Allan is the author of 'Parental Alienation - A loving father's lost years'. This is his story. In the space of four years Allan went from bachelor to alienated father. When it looked like Allan may have gained increased access to his son Timothy, Margaret played her trump card; the father was accused of sexually abusing his son. Upon the order of the Family Court, contact between father and son ceased. When re-established, contact was supervised. Investigations by the Department For Child...
Episode 58. Julian Lowe
This week I talk to Left Behind father Julian Lowe, a British father residing in France, who has been alienated from his son Maxx. Julian is facing the difficult situation of having 2 countries argue over court jurisdiction which is only delaying and complicating his efforts to be reunited with his son. Thank you for the hundreds of comments coming in on the website. I don't have time to reply to them all but I appreciated the stories, kind works and articles. Don't forget to promote the...
Episode 57 Hind Kettani
This week my guest is Hind Kettani, a U.S. based left behind mother, who's two sons were taken by their father from the U.S. to Morocco then Saudi Arabia. In what is a fascinated story involving multiple governments and one very strong and determined mother. Also in this episode audio from a TED talk on Parental Alienation by Dr Jennifer Harman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3YdldNXZnQ Join the discussion on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/lbpstoriespodcast/
Episode 56. Shining the light to bring them home. With Jeffery Moorehouse.
Joining me on the show this week for the third time is Jefferey Moorehouse from BAChome. We discuss the recent gathering of LBP's in Washington D.C. As the coalition partners Bachome, iStand, and Bring ourkids home, held a series of marches and meetings at various embassy's in the U.S. capital. What did they do, and what did they achieve? Learn more about these wonderful organisations and show support. http://www.bachome.org/ https://www.istandparentnetwork.com/...
Episode 55. Vikram Jagtiani
I've spoken on this show a few times about India. India is another 'black hole' for International Parental Child Abduction, and is in fact one of the top 3 in the world for abduction cases. Today I finally talk to a father who's daughter was abducted by her mother to India from the U.S. Vikram Jagtiani. Vikram is not only an LBP but also a campaigner for raising awareness of IPCA with the organisation Bring our kids home. This is his story. Also in this episode is audio from a video on the...
Episode 54. Errol Goetsch
Errol Goetsch is a South African Parental Alienation awareness campaigner. As a Left Behind Parent himself, he has become the go-to man for parents in South Africa for legal help, advice and support. In this episode we share his story, his work and discuss what he calls "The Windmill" Join the discussion on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lbpstoriespodcast/ For Errols work" https://www.facebook.com/The-Justice-and-Reconciliation-Centre-1497351550531432/...
Episode 53. Housekeeping, news, music and ‘that’ Australian Senator
This week I cover a wide range of topics, from plans for the show moving forward, law changes in the U.S. and Australia, and my thoughts on comments made by Australian Senator Pauline Hanson on family courts, a speech that is being widely shared by fathers groups. The keep the show from being just myself talking I've featured some songs written and performed by alienated parents, and one song by my favourite band. Join the discussion on facebook https://www.facebook.com/lbpstoriespodcast/ US...
Episode 52. One year anniversary episode.
Well I've made it to one year of LBP stories. It's been a very challenging, but rewarding experience putting this show together every week. To mark the occasion this weeks show is a little different. This week I am the guest, and I've brought in my long term friend, and co-host of Radio Tatras Internationals 'Postcard From Poprad' show Rachel Brunsden to interview me. She grills me on a wide range of topics, including my own story, the logistics of the show and some light hearted stuff as...
Episode 51. Back to where it began
As I prepare to mark the one year anniversary of the show, I thought I'd go back and re-release my original episode for any of you who are new to the show. In this episode I share my personal story, as well as explaining what the show is about, and most importantly what is an LBP? https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/InternationalFamilyLaw/Pages/Questionsaboutinternationalchildabduction.aspx...
Episode 50. Karen Gillmer
This week I talk to South African Left Behind mother Karen Gillmer, about how her daughter was taken from her by her ex-wife. Karen has not only battled in the courts to try to gain access to her biological daughter, but has also done so while battling a crippling health condition. This is her story. For more on Parental Alienation in South Africa https://www.facebook.com/groups/cmdsa/?multi_permalinks=1759654000787860¬if_id=1527286797270078¬if_t=group_activity Join the discussion on...
Episode 49. Michele Swensen
This week my guest is Michele Swensen, mother of 3 children being held by their Father, a member of Al Qaeda, in Yemen. We talk of the events leading to her children being taken and her brave attempt to rescue them. She also written 2 books about her story "Straight of Tears" and "Mommy Don't" I also discuss up coming event's in the U.S. and the recent U.S. Senate Judicial hearing into international parental child abduction. And previous show guest John LaDue's up coming movie. Join the...