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Our Children Our Future Charitable Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Media & Communications, Printing & Publishing

Mission: OCOF is dedicated to the prevention of the perpetuation of family violence by exposing and promoting reform of policies and practices in family court vis a vis child abuse and domestic violence. As a result of misinformation, discrimination, inadequate education of professionals, corruption and misguided government policy, family courts throughout the nation have been awarding custody in 'at risk' custody disputes to identified abusers. According to the American Judges Foundation, Inc: "Studies show that batterers have been able to convince authorities that the victim is unfit or under serving of sole custody in approximately 70% of these challenged cases."

Programs: Our Children Our Future's first project, Expose: The Failure of Family Courts to Protect Children from Abuse in Custody Disputes is an anthology written by eighteen professionals from diverse fields and describes the profound and entrenched problems in the nation's family courts. We work with renown professionals including attorneys, appellate court judges, media analysts, mental health professionals, sociologists, medical professionals, child advocates, journalists, university professors and filmmakers amongst others, in collaborative projects that address this broad-based miscarriage of justice (and common sense!) We lead a coalition of major nonprofit organizations, National Campaign to End Child Custody Injustices (NCECCI), in efforts to implement a policy of ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE in family law courtrooms. We have developed a public awareness and media education campaign which includes a Speakers Bureau, educational conferences, presentations to key organizations, a national survey, documentary films, websites, Internet marketing, media exposure, artificial intelligence software design for legal professionals working with protective parents and their children as well as educational and professional publications including a solutions-oriented anthology. The goal of these projects is to build a national constituency of support for substantive change in family law courts as the first stage of the reform process.

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