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Half of all marriages end, and, when they do, most parents hope to achieve a "good divorce" in which they can amicably raise their children with their former spouse. Unfortunately, about 20% of divorces are high-conflict, involving frequent visits to court, allegations of abuse, and chronic disagreements regarding parenting schedules. 

In response to this conflict, some children become aligned with one parent against the other - even a parent who has done nothing to warrant the hostile rejection of their formerly loving children. These "targeted" parents suffer from the loss of time with their children, the pain of watching their children become distant, even cruel, and the uncertainty of not knowing if and when their children will come back to them. These parents are on a painful journey with an uncertain outcome. Surviving Parental Alienation fills the tremendous need for concrete help for these parents. 

Too often parental alienation stories that are shared by word of mouth, on the internet, or in books depict unending pain and frightening outcomes. Surviving Parental Alienation provides true stories and information about parents who have reconnected with their lost and stolen children, and offers better insight and understanding into what exactly parental alienation is and how to handle it.

©2014 Amy J. L. Baker (P)2019 Tantor

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Accurate, Authentic: what PA looks like & how it feels to Kids and Targets.

This book demonstrates how and why PA is produced as a community effort, orchestrated by the Alienator, generally enlisting the help of his new wife/love interest to pour salt on the wound ...

The Alienator manipulates the broken systems of the CPS. police, courts. GAL, the kids’ doctors, coaches, school officials. And other adults involved in their lives ....

..... all to the point where it does t matter whether the Targeted Parent was even 100% wholly innocent, exonerated or even partially at fault for whatever ...

These authors tell the story of life as I know it to be, a broken-hearted mom of 4 who stood there like a deer in the headlights.

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Hmm.

I want to return this book because it totally lacked what I was searching for, which is solutions. Legal solutions, emotional solutions, ideas of what's going thru the children's minds during all this. etc. How to help your child when they are returned and still raise them.

However, I probably won't return it because it's a good book if you are in the beginning of PA. It's a good starter book.
I also liked that they gave references to other books.

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We love our kids too. We are not alone. We are not “crazy”.

Thank you for writing this book and for raising awareness about parental alienation. As a lawyer, it is very difficult for me to advocate for these situations as the courts do not understand the family dynamics and mental pathology of a parent that alienates another. Time and time again, the alienated parent is blamed and it is an abuse cycle that continues. This is an Excellent book for any parent who is going through a divorce or separation wanting to learn what to do or not to do to avoid destroying yours or your spouses bond with your child (even unintentionally), or anyone experiencing a threat to loss off parental bonds, anyone who is in the field to help this group. No one can begin to understand how it feels to experience something so corrupt meant to intentionally destroy parent child relationship. The worst part is that alienation abuse tactics are not obvious to anyone else (on the outside) making it hard to believe it could be “that bad”. I have read all of Lundy Bancroft’s books and this one ranks up there! Excellent read. Please write more on this topic! A much needed topic with an obvious research gap right now is specifically loss of maternal child bonds in domestic violence abuse, coercive control, Ect- with battering parents given custody and control of children as a way to continue battering through the children, specifically focusing on destroying maternal child bonds. The way the Courts and GALs are currently most respecting “parental alienation” research and literature is when it is listed under alternative descriptive terms such as “maternal child deprivation”, (psychology verbiage often appears to be widely misrepresented and or misunderstood). Please write more!!!

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A wealth of information and helpful to hear about the crazymaking others experience

Parental alienation has been my worst nightmare, and I’m trying to accept and prepare for the long haul of it. Grieving the different pieces of it is intense. Knowing and hearing that I’m doing most everything I can and gathering logical recommendations has been so beneficial for me. I will read more of Amy Baker’s writings!

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it touch my broken heart

I felt so isolated before I read this book. I didn't know there was a name for what was happening with my children and me.
I learned a lot.

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Heartbreaking and Realistic

As a victim of parental alienation, I found this book insightful and informative. Unfortunately, it offers limited hope for overcoming the alienation that I and so many others have experienced. There is a chapter on interventions, which have inspired some action on my part but, again, the reality with these horrible situations is that A LOT of damage can be done by the alienating family member. Dr. Bakers scholarship is clear both in this book, as well as in her many YouTube presentations. If you are struggling with this syndrome, you might want to look at the section on interventions first as well as join one of the many online and in-person support groups.

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Spot on & truly helpful!

Finally a book that describes every aspect of what I’ve experienced in this torturous process. Hopefully, there will be closure and again I will find a version of the wonderful relationship I once had with my daughter.

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NOTHING BUT THE TOTAL TRUTH !

THIS WAS AN AWESOME TOPIC
I COULD RELATE TO EVERY SINGLE THONG BEING
AS IM AILINATED PARENT
THOS ISBVERY UPSETTING TO HEAR , BUT VERY TRUTHFUL, ABD LEANING FULL FORNOUR FUTURE CHILDREN
WHONNEEDNTONBE TAUGHT THIS
THIS IS CHILD ABUSE ATBITS FINEST
SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS
ASAP !
BECAUSE THESE POOR CHILD BEING USED AS PAWNS ARW GROWING UP TO BE VERY DISFUNCTIONAL ADULTS
AND THESE PARENTS THAT ARE DOING THIS TO THEIR NEED TO BE LOCKED AWAY

ONCE AGAIN CHILD ABUSE AT ITS FINEST
ROBBING THEEES CHILD OF THEIR CHILHOOD AND OTHER PARENT WHO
THEY

ONLY A MONSTER WOULD STOOP TO THESE
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MAKESE SICK !

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Extremely helpful!

I learned so much and have never felt so understood as a alienated parent! This is a fantastic read!

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More please.

I cannot express how important this book and it's companions in this field are. As a father who's been a victim of parental alienation by my ex wife, and then when my second wife attempted it, it gave me the tools and courage not to just fight it, but also to help me be a better parent too. More people need to realize how pervasive and damaging these alienaters are, to everyone, including society in large. Great book.