Child Survivor of “Reunification” Speaks Out: “I Want to Save Other Children..”

I am posting this story of  about teen, Hannah Mills, to raise awareness of the systemic failures in family court to protect children from abuse. And raise awareness of the horrors of “reunification therapy” imposed on children who are forced into having a “relationship” with an identified abuser.

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MY STORY: I have similar experiences in family court with my children, who are also victims of physical and emotional abuse from their father. The children were not formally entered into a reunification program but the reunification agenda underlined every action of the family court; and caused significant harm to the children, and to my relationship with them as a mother. 

As a result of escaping the abuse, I became homeless with two traumatized children… I could not imagine how much our troubles would escalate when we became involved in family court proceedings. When I bravely spoke out about the abuse, after over 8 years of imposed silence, the family court not only failed to protect my children but assisted the abuser in gaining custody. 

My children also spoke out about the abuse, and displayed emotional and behavior symptoms consistent about abuse. While I fought to get help for my children, and rebuild our lives, free of violence, the family court placed my children back into the danger.

After forcing reunification on my children, they both de-stabilized, and suffered from PTSD, anxiety and other behaviors. While in supervised visitation, both children showed fear and anger towards their abusive father. As a result of the court’s actions, my precious son had a breakdown – at just 6 years old – and required hospitalization. While in the hospital he continued to disclose abuse from his father, even stating “I learned my tantrums from my dad” and recalling his “worst memory” as the time he witnessed his father physically assault me (all documented). My son said he felt “guilty” that he could not protect me… I now feel guilty that I could not do enough to protect him, and his sister, from continued abuse by their father, and the predatory family court.

~ Emily Court, 2017


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(Michigan) Hannah Mills was 15 years when forcibly taken from her mother and court ordered to attend a reunification program in California called Family Bridges.

Hannah recalls witnessing her father physically and verbally abuse her mother, and says tension was high in the home. Hannah was also a target of abuse, and recalls that her father once told her “you are a mistake. CPS was called when Hannah reported that her father deprived her of food as punishment but failed to investigate further because her father didn’t use “sticks or weapons” against her, so his treatment was not considered abuse.

As a freshman in high school, Hannah was so despondent at the thought of visiting her father that she considered suicide and began cutting herself. Her younger brother also struggled with being forced to visit the father. 

Instead of protecting the children, CPS worked to force the children to visit their father – going so far as to make recommendations to the judge that included ordering the mother Candy (Mills) Mezey into community service if the children continued to refuse to see their father. Candy’s efforts to protect her children did result in her being thrown in jail, overnight. Hannah recalls she felt guilty that her mom was in jail, and would do anything to protect her. 

Mother, Mezey was labeled with “parental alienation”. In August 2015 family court judge Judge Matthew Stewart awarded sole custody to ex-husband Kurt Mills. Hannah was taken into “reunification therapy” by a pre-arranged “escort” which caused more trauma, and placed her life at risk…

Hannah has finally escaped her abusive father and is now telling her story in an effort to “save other children”.

Read Full Story Here:Taken from mom, teen flees dad and waits for 18th birthday

About Emily Court

It takes "Just Us" To Fight Injustice in Family Court. I blog to raise awareness about problems existing in the family court system, and use my own story as a personal example of how the systemic failures in family court, and the Guardian ad Litem Program, affect families, in an effort to encourage needed reform. Written by a survivor of domestic violence and homelessness working to create a better life for her children, in a stable home free of violence. In her efforts to rebuild her life, she has not only encountered harassment and intimidation from her alleged abuser but faced systematic failures in family court that have empowered her alleged abuser and put her children at risk. She has spent over a decade trapped in family court until her children finally aged out of the system. Through writing and blogging, FCI is working to raise awareness about domestic violence, and the urgent need for family court reform. She is currently working on a memoir titled "'Til Prayers Are Answered".
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5 Responses to Child Survivor of “Reunification” Speaks Out: “I Want to Save Other Children..”

  1. Pingback: Child Survivor of Reunification Therapy Speaks Out (Family Court Injustice) | julian's justice journal

  2. Gary Trieste says:

    This abuse of “reunification therapy” is done in several ways.
    I had no issues with my child, we were loving and wishing to be with each other and had no issues.
    But by being vilified by the Family Court system and others, I had to submit to ‘reunification therapy’, reunification that was only needed because the system tore us apart in the first place.
    I wrote about my experience on this in an article:
    Reintegration Therapy – A cruel scam

  3. growthfulsouls says:

    I was filling up reading this it’s exactly what happened to my children’s half sister and she’s now an adult but their father is doing the sane thing to my children and the Family Courts are enabling him. He made us get evicted the only reason we were not homeless is my parents managed to raise some money to get us a house. And years later he turns up and starts family court. They need to recognise that my ex partner is not well he’s got severe control issues and he needs help so that this stops. We escaped from his abuse only to be thrown straight back in again 10 times worse

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