R 228
2021 -- S 0854
Enacted 05/04/2021

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senator Roger Picard
Date Introduced: April 28, 2021

     WHEREAS, Parental Alienation is described as behavior by a parent, or an adult a child
trusts, whether conscious or unconscious, that could create alienation in the relationship between
a child and a parent; and
     WHEREAS, This negative behavior involves the manipulation of a child through a set of
behaviors that can result in destroying the loving and warm relationship the child shares with a
parent; and
     WHEREAS, The alienating behavior often involves one caregiver attempting to turn a
child against another caregiver with a desired outcome of persuading the child that they should
exclude the other caregiver or parent from their life permanently; and
     WHEREAS, Methods of behavior typically include constant badmouthing and/or
belittling of the other parent, and limiting a parent's contact with the child; and
     WHEREAS, The manipulation can be mild and temporary but can also be extreme and
ongoing, damaging a child and potentially leading to life-long consequences; and
     WHEREAS, Children who are alienated from one parent may experience increased
anger, have heightened feelings of neglect, or learn a destructive pattern that they pass on to
others; and
     WHEREAS, Parental Alienation deprives children of their right to be loved by and
showing love for both of their parents and is seen mostly in cases of divorce or separation; and
     WHEREAS, Research has estimated that twenty-two million adults in the United States
and almost four million children have been victimized by Parental Alienation; and
     WHEREAS, Parental Alienation Awareness Day was created to help raise awareness
about this growing problem of mental and emotional child abuse; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island hereby proclaims April 25,
2021, to be "Parental Alienation Awareness Day" and urges all Rhode Islanders to help stop the
abuse of innocent caught in the crossfire of this destructive behavior from the people they love;
and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Mr. Stephen Gouin, RI Chapter President,
Parental Alienation Awareness.