Thursday, September 9, 2021

Excerpt Tour + #Giveaway: Parentectomy by Christine Giancarlo @cgiancarlo4 @GoddessFish

Parentectomy: A narrative ethnography of 30 cases of parental alienation and what to do about it

by Christine Giancarlo

GENRE: Non-fiction


When parents separate and divorce, kids come last in family law. Should children's welfare be measured in "billable hours"? Christine Giancarlo thinks kids come first and need both parents. Parentectomy moves us toward that goal... for the sake of the children.

Based on Dr. Giancarlo's peer-reviewed research study, Kids Come Last: The Effect of Family Law Involvement in Parental Alienation, this book tells, in their own voices, the stories of thirty loving, capable and dependable parents who, nonetheless, were removed from their children's lives. It is also the author's own journey through the devastation caused by parental alienation.

This book sheds light on an urgent social crisis, enabled by a broken family law system. An equitable and just model for eliminating this form of child abuse is proposed with an urgent plea for its implementation.


What rights do children have?

Almost all countries in the world have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which clearly commits to “the best interests of the child” as its primary consideration, “ensuring the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being; taking into account the rights and duties of his or her parents, legal guardians, or other individuals legally responsible for him or her, and that those institutions, services and facilities responsible for the care or protection of children conform with the standards established by competent authorities” (Article 3). Then, “… a child whose parents reside in different States shall have the right to maintain on a regular basis, save in exceptional circumstances, personal relations and direct contacts with both parents” (Article 10). “States Parties shall assure to the child who is capable of forming his or her own views the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child, the views of the child being given due weight in accordance with the age and maturity of the child” (Article 12). “States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of: any form of neglect, exploitation, or abuse; torture or any other form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment; or armed conflicts. Such recovery and reintegration shall take place in an environment which fosters the health, self-respect and dignity of the child” (Article 39)25.

25 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1990

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Christine Giancarlo is an applied anthropologist at Mount Royal University since 1992. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Services from Capella University, Minnesota, and an M.A. in Primatology from the University of Calgary, Alberta. Growing up with two loving parents, four brothers and being blessed with her own children, Devon and Carmen, inform her holistic perspective on the family. Christine resides in Calgary with her partner, Bert, and their dog, Gavin.








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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Christine Giancarlo said...

Thanks for hosting my book, Parentectomy! Parental Alienation is an urgent social crisis, affecting everyone since mental health is paramount for a healthy society. Children who become alienated from one of their parents suffer loss, confusion and struggle to understand why one parent "left" them. Depression and anxiety are common consequences. Taught to hate instead of love, children of alienation believe the world is terrifying and only the parent with which they are enmeshed can protect them. In fact, the opposite is true since alienators seek to control and render their children helpless in managing normal, necessary life skills.

Kim said...

This is such a sad topic.

Christine Giancarlo said...

Yes, it sure is, Kim. And completely eradicable by prevention and appropriate interventions (via informed mental health professionals, judges, and where necessary, court orders with monitoring and penalties for breaches.

Sherry said...

I really like the cover and the excerpt.

Christine Giancarlo said...

Thanks a lot, Sherry. The cover was intended to show a gender-neutral cause and effect, as this is not about moms vs. dads. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is in policy but too often, not in practice. Brainwashed children cannot identify the cause of their stress, even if they are interviewed in person.

Christine Giancarlo said...

Thank you everyone for your comments and encouragement for my work to eradicate parental alienation. I hope you will find my book a real eye-opener and a help in understanding parental alienation.

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