Augusta Area Updates

Our community is waking up to the reality that it just isn’t safe for families and children, not when they are thrust into our legal system in an attempt to resolve a family conflict.

The Augusta stories involving the predatory GAL [Doug Nelson] created a storm of a discussion over why it’s so easy for children to be removed from good parents and even silenced.  The way GAL Doug Nelson treated vulnerable and scared mothers on these cases damaged these mothers, their cases, and also caused good fathers to lose custody where Nelson was willing to write a favorable report for a mother who possibly should not have been given primary custody.

Since the first news reports aired earlier in 2014, many more people stood up and stated they faced similar issues with attorneys, judges and child custody experts in Family Court, and that they had lost their children.

While fighting to protect children, these parents have also lost careers, homes, health and retirement accounts.

Cartoonist Rick McKee of The Augusta Chronicle captures the right look on certain Guardian ad Litem faces as they over charge and under serve parents and children.

Cartoonist Rick McKee of The Augusta Chronicle captures the right look on certain Guardian ad Litem faces as they over charge and under serve parents and children.

There are many parents who did not have GAL Doug Nelson on their cases who are also damaged, cut off from children and even wrongfully jailed. It seems that there is zero oversight or accountability for Guardians who are determining case outcomes and sending children and parents down the wrong path. There are good professionals in this field who care and who add value, but reporting case details helps us filter out bad practices and support reform, so please join us here by sending details that can be reviewed by our advisory panel and by the authorities.

Please use this form to help us gather more information to help state leadership understand what needs to be done, and let us know if you are looking for guidance: