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Parents Rally For Parent Alienation Awareness Day

April 25, 2014, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Parents Rally For Parent Alienation Awareness Day

Green shirts and big signs were visible along 41st Street and South Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls tonight. Their cause was painted clearly on the signs - parent alienation is harming their children.

"Where one parent has control over the other when they can see their child, their involvement in the upbringing and morality of their child, the financial burden put on one parent to the point where we can't afford the attorneys to fight for those rights," alienated parent Ron Bosch said.

Bosch is just one of many who joined the rally. He was kept from his sons and has fought against alienation for 15 years, and is now looking out for their future.

"I'm here. Someday, he's going to be a dad and when he's a dad he's going to want to be a dad, and here we are," Bosch said.

It's just as personal for the kids who have dealt with being kept from a parent.

"When I was little, I wasn't allowed to see my father. As a 30-year-old, I'm just now dealing with all of that and trying to rekindle that relationship, but it's very difficult," alienated child Chelsea Lockwood said.

Lockwood is hoping the next generation of kids don't have to deal with the same pains she experienced.

"The fact that when I was seeing all my friends go to daddy-daughter dances with their fathers and I wasn't going there with my father, I didn't even know him. I was told he didn't want anything to do with me, and that's not the truth, I can see it in his eyes," Lockwood said.

Entire families share in the struggles of alienation.

"I'm a grandmother, and we're going through it, too, with our grandkids," alienated grandmother Vernice Doyle said.

Everyone out at this rally had a sign that says 'Honk if you support shared parenting,' and everyone wants people driving by to know their one goal.

"I believe what this sign says. Alienation is a crime for our kids, and it needs to be stopped," Doyle said.

Causes like this are what the South Dakota Shared Parenting organization is taking part in now that the state legislature approved a shared parenting bill earlier this year.

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